• The average high school graduate earns more than $10,000 annually than a dropout and $6,000 more than someone with a GED.  This amounts to over one half of a million additional dollars in your lifetime.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a high school graduate will out earn a dropout by 50% (over $10,000 annually).
  • 80% of those in prison are dropouts. (Office of Juvenile Justice)
  • Dropouts are 72% more likely to be unemployed. (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
  • 98% of dropouts will never own a home. (Northeastern University)
  • Female dropouts were six times more likely to have given birth than their peers who were graduates.

*Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers and do not include the self-employed.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey


I would tell them it’s not the best idea to stop. Find a goal, make a goal for yourself to get through it and achieve your goal. Challenge yourself. My goal was to finish my class by Thanksgiving and I finished it two weeks before.
— Bradford Clark, Acceleration Academies first graduate, on what he would tell fellow Graduation Candidates