A student 16 years old or older may voluntarily withdraw from high school. By dropping out of school, students are giving away their rights to free, full-time public education.
Statistically, students who drop out will be:
- less likely to find a good, steady job.
- less likely to be able to buy things that they want or sometimes need.
- more likely to get caught up in criminal activity.
- more likely to spend time in jail.
- more likely to be on welfare.
- likely to have fewer choices about where to live.
- less likely to properly care for and educate their future children.
If a student drops out of school, they have the right to return to school and be reenrolled. It's not too late to stay in school!
If a student wishes to withdraw from school after understanding the consequences of dropping out, they may request a withdrawal form from Oakland Schools Truancy Department.