Pass-Fail: High School Drop Out Rates

While no Chamber of Commerce wants to promote its high school dropout rate, identifying challenged areas has helped focus attention and resources on what the National Drop Out Prevention Center at Clemson University calls “a problem that interferes with educational system efficiency and the most satisfying route to individual educational goals for young people.”

A new RealtyTrac report, based on 2012 Census, reveals the 50 zip codes with at least 500 residents where the failure of high school students to graduate is most severe.

Researchers classify the causes of dropping out as “pushed out” (school-based reasons like missing too many days, getting poor grades, not getting along with teachers) or “pulled out” (personal and family reasons such as pregnancy or the need to work). Some studies include “falling out,” which is not necessarily an “active decision” but one in which a student drifts away after becoming disillusioned.

According to the RealtyTrac report, the 50 zip codes have high school drop out rates above 50 percent, with half of them in California. The Top Ten, all above 40 percent, are listed below.

      City, State, Zip       Pop. Drop Out %
Sextons Creek, Kentucky (40983)  751 81%
Cantua Creek, California (93608) 859 80.40%
Lost Hills, California (93249) 2,564 79.40%
Salem, New Mexico (87941)   1,008 73.90%
Five Points, California (93624)  1,615 63.60%
Mecca, California (92254) 11,181 73.30%
Beverly, Washington (99321) 919 72.70%
Huron, California (93234) 6,952 72.20%
Encino, Texas (78353)   553 71.60%
Los Angeles, California (90058) 3,289 71.30%


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