Meet America's Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists


Join the growing number of practitioners who are Certified National Dropout Prevention Specialists by enrolling in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) Certification Program for educators and at-risk youth workers. Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists complete a professional learning program founded in the Center's 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies, document their experience by completion of a job-embedded field project, and serve as a national resource for others who work with at-risk youth.

Click here to meet the Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists, to learn from their work, and to access their Field Project Report.

National Dropout Prevention Center Joins National Innovation Initiative

The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has found that a concentrated, leadership-driven focus on overarching student outcome goals produces improved graduation rates of local school systems.  For that reason, NDPC encourages local school districts to join the 2018-19 Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network offered by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and to consider focusing local district goals on addressing the local dropout issue. Learn more here.


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Episode 101


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Solutions Celebrates 100 Episodes!

Grant Support


Grant Project Components

The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.

Model Programs for Grants

The National Dropout Prevention Center's (NDPC's) Model Programs Database provides proven interventions for replication and inclusion in dropout prevention and school improvement grants. Proposals that replicate NDPC Model Programs are competitive and have high likelihood of achieving desired student outcomes. Visit the Model Programs Database or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.


Position Papers on School Dropout Prevention Research to Practice Recommendations

Four Position Papers Underscore Importance of Adapting Strategies to Fit Student Populations

Why Do Students Drop Out


Several large longitudinal studies include questions asked of high school dropouts related to reasons for dropping out of school.

See some of the most frequent reasons reported over the last several decades in this NDPC article.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

October is National Dropout Prevention Month!

NDPC Headlines

September 17, 2018

National Dropout Prevention Center Names Five Additional Research Fellows

National Dropout Prevention Center Names Five Additional Research Fellows Fellows Crucial to Nationwide Dropout Prevention Research Anderson, SC—(September 17, 2018)—The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) announces the addition of five Research Fellows who will join existing NDPC Research Fellows from across the nation. Fellows are selected based on academic research and expertise in dropout prevention…. Read more »

August 9, 2018

National Dropout Prevention Center Announces Achieve3000 as Innovation Partner

Innovation Partners’ Missions Support and Enhance National Dropout Prevention Center’s Work  Anderson, SC—(August 9, 2018)—The National Dropout Prevention Center announces Achieve3000, a provider of online education-related professional learning experiences, as its latest Innovation Partner. Innovation Partners are businesses, individuals or companies whose dedication in advancing efforts to reduce dropout rates nationwide align closely with the… Read more »

August 7, 2018

America Is Powered by Graduates—And There Aren’t Enough of Them

By Dr. Sandy Addis, Director, National Dropout Prevention Center Anderson, S.C. (August 7, 2018) – The American economy is prospering, it’s back-to-school time, October is National Dropout Prevention Month, and our future depends on how we understand and connect the three. Multiple indicators reflect a welcome degree of prosperity in many sectors of the American economy…. Read more »

From the Web

October 9, 2018

McCormick County School District adds Star Academy Program

September 2018

The McCormick County School District today showcased its new Star Academy Program, a “school within a school” that helps at-risk and disengaged students get back on path to graduation.

Introduced in McCormick at the start of this school year, the Star Academy Program is recognized as one of the most effective dropout prevention programs in the nation. Created in 2005 for the Pickens County South Carolina School District, the program is both an intervention and acceleration solution.

August 7, 2018

High school dropout rates in South Carolina: Ranking every school and district

Sandy Addis, director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, a national nonprofit organization that provides research and guidance on the issue, said a more accurate measure on the dropout issue used by educators is the high school graduation rate.

“It’s a measure of high school completion,” he said. “But it’s not totally a high school issue.”Some students begin to disengage from education even in elementary school, he said, and others “check out” in middle school though students cannot leave education until they are in high school.

Innovative Solutions for Improved Graduation Rates





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