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Can you drop out of high school when you are 16 in Virginia?


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2009-02-07 09:52:44
2009-02-07 09:52:44

The below is true except for the homily at the end. Make no mistake, high school is a complete waste of time. As a dropout who went on to do everything that the writer below finds incomprehensible (GED, early marriage, etc.) I found that indeed one can attend college and achieve a very nice life without following the fear-bound traditional route. Of much more importance in your life than mindless "book learning" is a passion for knowledge and persistence to your goal. And the willingness to work hard (although hard work by itself accomplishes little--one must be focused). Good luck, try to see if you can do the GED route, and do expect to want to attend college after a couple of years in minimum wage.

In VA you are required to attend school until you're 18. In order to be exempt from this requirement, it has to be approved by the school board. There is a process to it, you can not just stop attending school. And *if* it is approved then you could be required to attend a GED program, receive career guidance counseling, receive counseling on the economic impact of failing to complete high school, etc. Let me just add studies have shown that most people who fail to complete high school, spend the rest of their lives working a minimum wage job and barely being able to pay their bills. Is that what you want for your life? Think long and hard about it.

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Certainly not! A 15 year old can not drop out of school! Most states, including West Virginia, have set a mandatory education age of 16. You must be at least that 16 in order to drop out of school. Please note that the unemployment rate for high school drop outs runs over 50% or higher in the current economy.

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You can drop out of school in Vermont once you are 16.

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No, you would not be able to drop out in Virginia. They have set the Mandatory Education ages from 5 to 18. You must be at least 18 to drop out of school. Please note that the unemployment rate for high school drop outs runs over 50% or higher in the current economy.


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