Health Equity: High School Completion Programs
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends high school completion programs for students at high risk for non-completion, and also for a subset of students who are at risk for non-completion because they are pregnant or have children. The following types of high school completion programs are effective for the general at-risk student population (listed in approximate order of effectiveness): vocational training; alternative schools; social-emotional skills training; college-oriented programming; mentoring and counseling; supplemental academic services; school and class restructuring; multiservice packages; attendance monitoring and contingencies; community service; and case management. For students who are at risk of high school non-completion because they are pregnant or have children, the only program types evaluated in included studies were attendance monitoring and multiservice packages, and both were found to be effective. Economic evidence shows that interventions to increase high school completion produce substantial economic benefits to government and society. And for most programs, benefits exceed costs for all students at risk for non-completion, including students who are pregnant or have children.