One in four students will dropout of school. The United States is experiencing the highest graduation rate since the 1970’s. But why is a 75 percent graduation rate an acceptable number?
At Wasatch Academy, we are one of the private boarding schools who commit to creating an educational environment that caters to all learning styles. By doing so, our students not only graduate, but we celebrate our 100 percent college acceptance rate. By zeroing in on the reasons students drop out, any school can see an increase in graduation.
Not Enough Counselors
The average school has one counselor per 500 students. Most high schools boast one counselor to 285 students. With so many students to take care of, the struggling students slip through the cracks. The most important years are the transition years between schools, and these years have peak dropout rates.
At private boarding schools, we have a large portion of the staff dedicated to making sure your student achieves. Whether it’s an academic advisor or a counselor, your student always has someone to approach if they feel like they’re falling behind.
High school can be a breeding ground for bullies. When students feel insecure, they sometimes feel the need to point out the faults in another. This form of bullying can lead to low self-esteem and even depression. When a student doesn’t have a strong support system during these low times, dropping out can feel like the only solution.
Wasatch Academy is a safe space for these students. We cater to all types of interests and build support systems for everyone in attendance.
Burdens of Home Life
Many students feel the pressures of money and family at some point in their education. These students are more inclined to dropout and start working in hopes of supporting their younger siblings.
One of the benefits of private boarding schools is that students don’t have the pressures of home life coloring their education. The focus on their schoolwork will push them to succeed, regardless of outside influences.