Reasons high school students change their educational setting

March 21, 2019

High school students leave school through various means: dropping out, transferring to another school, becoming homeschooled, or graduating. While 2.7 percent of students dropped out between 2009 and 20121, many more students changed their educational setting. Though there may be differences between students who transfer and students who become homeschooled, both groups share a key similarity: continuing to pursue their education.

  • The most frequently cited reasons for changing an educational setting were personal or family reasons (61 percent) and moved to a new area (54 percent).

  • School-initiated reasons (including reassignment by the school system and expulsion or suspension) were among the least cited reasons for transferring or becoming homeschooled. Of fall 2009 ninth-graders who changed their educational setting, 13 percent cited school district reassignment, and 7 percent cited expulsion or suspension.

Do student-reported reasons for changing their educational setting vary by socioeconomic status (SES)?


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Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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