Getting to Zero – Gaston County Schools, NC

Zero Dropouts would like to recognize Gaston County Schools as a Getting to Zero School District – almost half way there to reaching the goal of having zero dropouts in their school district.

Congratulations to Gaston County Schools in North Carolina for signifcantly lowering its dropouts numbers since the 07-08 school year.  That year showed 607 students dropping out of school, and the figures just released for the 11-12 school year indicate a decrease to 336 students dropping out of school.  This represents a 45% reduction in the span of 4 years, an amazing 271 students kept in school this year compared to four years ago.

School Superintendent Reeves McGlohon credits the recent year’s reduction with a greater emphasis on working with students one on one at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.  Social workers work with individuals students to find alternatives to keep them in school and the district office provides both coordination and support.

According to this year’s annual dropout report, 81 of the 115 school districts in North Carolina saw their dropout numbers decline as the state witnessed a decrease of 12.1 percent in students dropping out of school statewide.

Dropout Reduction over 5 years in Colorado

The state of Colorado has amazingly reduced its raw annual dropout numbers by 29% from 18,031 to 12,744 over the five year period from school years 2005-2006 to 2010-2011.  This is right on track with addressing previous Governor Bill Ritter’s call to action in 2005 for the state to reduce dropout numbers by 50% in a 10 year period (by the end of the 15-16 school year).

For the same 5 year period, some of the school districts we have been working with have made even greater strides in reducing their dropout numbers.

  • Aurora Public Schools – 30% reduction in the number of dropouts from 1706 to 1192
  • Denver Public Schools – 43% reduction in the number of dropouts from 4017 to 2292
  • Englewood Schools – 48% reduction in the number of dropouts from 266 to 137
  • Boulder Valley Schools – 58% reduction in the number of dropouts from 282 to 119