Reasons to Graduate from High School

Jun 3, 2013 | 7:46 pm
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Did you know that in America’s 50 largest cities, only 58% of students graduate from high school? This lack of education is becoming a serious issue. Forty years ago, the United States was ranked number one in high school graduation rates, today we are ranked twenty-one. What effect is this having on our society as a whole?

Consider this statistic from the Young Mothers’ Education Policy:

“Over a lifetime, students who are unable to finish high school earn an average of $200,000 less than their peers who graduate from high school and $800,000 less than their peers who graduate from college.”

In addition, students who were unable to complete high school make up about half of the heads of households that are on welfare. If you don’t want to be another statistic, a high school education can offer many opportunities for personal development.

Better Employment
While many higher-end jobs require college degrees, even the most basic job requires a high school diploma. Without one, you are severely limiting your opportunities for work. A high school diploma is more than a piece of paper that states you’re educated. It shows that you are willing to put in the time and effort to finish something. It shows that you can be dedicated and stick through until the end. These are all traits employers are actively looking for.

Better Education
While you may be focused on just getting your high school diploma, once you have one, your educational opportunities open for you as well. You can attend college or technical classes to help become better educated in a particular area. This will allow you even more access to better paying jobs.

Better Income
With better education comes better job opportunities, which means more money. Having your diploma communicates to the world that you have more education than those who don’t have a diploma. This means you’ll be more likely to be considered for raises and other income opportunities over others who may not have a diploma.

Graduating from high school opens the doors to many new experiences. It can give you better confidence, self-esteem and more knowledge. These benefits alone can change your life in a positive way.

If you’re ready to go back to school, an online high school program is probably the best choice since it can work with your current life and work schedules. To find out what program would be perfect for your particular needs, call 888-993-9566 to talk to an adviser or fill out the form above.