There is a high school dropout epidemic in the United States. Each year, almost one third of all public high school students and nearly half of all minority students fail to graduate with their class. Duval County is no exception.
According to the 2009 State of Jacksonville’s Children report by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission:
• Duval County graduation’s rate is 64.3%, compared to a state graduation rate of 72.4%.
• The percentage of high school dropouts is 57.6% higher in Duval than Florida.
• African American students have a graduation rate of 55.7%, the lowest percentage of all high school graduates.
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