FRONTLINE: Dropout Nation

FRONTLINE: Dropout Nation

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 7:00pm

Shown: Sharpstown High School graduation ceremony, June 3, 2012, Houston, Texas. Of the 455 students who entered the class as freshmen, 217 made it to graduation.

Credit: Courtesy of FRONTLINE

Witness a high-stakes experiment to rescue students prepared to quit high school without a diploma. 

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, Dropout Nation, airing Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 24 at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, September 29 at 12 noon on WXXI World, investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.

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This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate project to educate the community on the dropout problem, rally support to get the community involved, and help provide pathways to community resources to address the problem. To learn more visit our website.

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Dropout Nation

Great show. What we need is a Vochuer Program for Catholic school to give parents an option beside public school. We need two parent household so that kids in the citys across america can equal footing with suburban kids. Also the unions will fights any reform that not in the unions best intrest.The liberal Democrat both black & white know that public schools have failed and do they care.