Peachtree Corners, GA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012
Across the country many states have reported a decline in graduation rates which correlates to an increase in the number of high school dropouts. According to an recent "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" article, this is partly due to a decision by the federal government to make states adopt a more rigorous method to calculate graduation rates (for example, the new formula shows this particular state's graduation rate dropping from 80.9 percent to 67.4 percent). To help curb this trend and to keep more students on the path to graduation, alternative high schools like James Madison (http://www.jmhs.com/) are letting outside students complete high school online and transfer credits back.
Becoming a high school dropout typically does not just happen; rather it usually follows a long process of disengagement and academic struggle. It has been estimated that of the more than 14.8 million public school students who enrolled in grades 9-12 this fall as many as that 1.3 million of those students will drop out before the end of the school year. These students may have run out of motivation or have minimal support or encouragement in school or at home.
"There are many reasons why a student drops out of high school and it is important for them to know that the door on education never closes," said Rob Klapper, President of Ashworth College and James Madison High School. “Regardless of where a student started his or her schooling, we’re committed to making a high school education accessible and affordable. Whenever these former students are ready to study again our online high school format can easily accommodate work schedules and any other obligations.”
According to Education Week, only 76 percent of today’s public high school students earn a diploma within four years of entering the 9th grade. In addition, with regional and state unemployment rates relatively unchanged last month, those without a high school diploma will continue to have a harder time finding jobs and can expect to earn as much as $10,000 less per year than their peers who graduated high school.
It’s never too late to get a high school diploma
The good news is that many teen dropouts do eventually go back to school to get their diploma and then on to earn a college degree. The better news is that earning a high school diploma online comes without major time commitments or spending a lot of money.
“Traditionally a GED was the fallback for those wanting to complete high school,” said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Chief Academic Officer for Ashworth College and James Madison High School. “As competitive as the job market is, dropouts now realize the advantages of an accredited high school diploma. The JMHS online curriculum is regionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).”
Dr. Gargiulo also went on to explain that an online high school education program like James Madison’s allows students to earn their diploma at home and the self-paced curriculum can work around full-time jobs and/or family obligations.
About James Madison High School
Among the first U.S. high schools to be 100% compliant with Common Core State Standards, James Madison High School is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). An accreditation division of AdvancED and by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), the Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. JMHS offers online general and college prep, high school completion, homeschool and single course options.
Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, James Madison High School, along with parent school Ashworth College, is celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives. Together, these leading online schools have built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of traditional high school students and working adults.