High School Dropout Rate: A Case Study

Description of the Problem: School and family partnerships are lacking in the community to help decrease teenage pregnancy and their dropout rates. With declining adolescent birth rate, according to (Kail & Cavanuagh, 2016) 1 in six young women will become pregnant. (pg. 311). Majority of teen pregnancies will be unintended due to teens using birth control incorrectly. When teens discover the pregnancy; this typically throws young lives into chaos. Forcing the adolescent to make the most painful decision of their life. Should she carry the baby? Or does she end the pregnancy? We hope she knows she has parental support, for guidance to be sure to make a choice. Adolescents sometimes fear rejection or abuse at home. So, most adolescent pregnancies …show more content…
Then their decisions to dropout raises more concern for societal issues. During my research it was bad to see the pregnancy rates of higher income communities compared to the lower income communities. Pregnancy rates play a significant role in the high school graduation rates. These students tend to face discrimination from school administrators, teachers, counselors, and fellow students. Many students are unaware of Title 9 law. (Educatin, 2015) states that it is illegal to discriminate against teen parents. In some cases, teens are excluded from school activities and this is depressing for many students in this population. I remember the feeling of being told I could not sing in church Choir. I could not participate in band or participate in after school activities. Because of so many issues I endured during my pregnancy, I went through a deep depression. Developing a family community partnership with these students, parents, and community organization is key to changing negative opinions and high school dropout rates amongst these adolescents.

Possible Interventions or Strategies
● The School Counseling Program, engages in a process of collaborative partnerships building with parents to establish mutual trust and to identify family goals, strengths, and necessary services and other supports.
● The School Counseling Program, works collaboratively with all participating parents to identify and continually
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As discussed earlier, teen parents tend to face a lot of discrimination from other students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the rest of the community. To prevent teen moms from enduring discrimination. School counselor should collaborate with community organizations to make this a positive experience for the teen mothers and fathers to show support. It’s not only important to collaborate with the students. It is crucial to collaborate with the administrators, teachers, and parents. Teachers should know how to help teen moms and how to intervene in certain situations. What can teachers do that parents already have not? Some students do not get the needed support from parents. Teachers can give the students the support and reassurance that they are not receiving from home. A lot of parents do not know how to approach the topic of sex with children. If school counselors collaborate with parents to give them conversation starters, provide resources for parents, and let them know that counselors are here to help in tough situation such as this. Many parents do not understand how to deal with their child becoming pregnant. Providing parents with the right resources and support can put less stress on the family and teen parents. This will in turn, encourage teens to finish school. Community involvement in schools can play a crucial role in an adolescents’ life. It is very important for our teen parents

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