Transitioning and Dropout Rates



  • Dropout rates have been increasing since the 1970’s. (Smith, J. B.) The dropout rate currently is approximately 11% between the ages of 16-24. (Hess & Lauber, 1985; McMillen, Kaufman, Hausken, & Bradby, 1993) As educators, how can we decrease the dropout rate associated with transitioning?


Solution:Transition Programs

  • Based on research by Julia B. Smith, there are two types of transition programs; full transition and part transition programs.



  • Two Types of Transition Programs




  1. Full includes all audiences; students, parents and staff.

  2. Part includes one or two audiences; students, parents, or staff.


Full transition programs have higher rates of success with gpa and graduation rates. In the following table, it shows the standard deviation of students who participated in no transition program, part transition or a full transition program. Overall, transition programs as a whole are  more effective in creating a higher GPA and a lower dropout rate. Full transition programs have higher graduation GPA’s and a lower dropout rate.




















The video embedded at the bottom of the page provides an example of a transition program and advice from a high school principal on how to make the transition smooth.


This link is an article of a Boston school's transtion program called, Coutdown to High School.  The article discusses how the program was started and what the program consists of.






  • "Why Link Crew?" The Boomerang Project. The Boomerang Project, 2011. Web. 9

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