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.

2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

See you in Myrtle Beach, SC, February 19-22, 2017
for the 2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

Registration is open!

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Episode 82

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

Watch Episode 82: "Alternative Education: Setting a Trend, Breaking a Trend" January 10, 2017

Next Episode February 14, 2017

Rural Dropout Prevention Resources

The National Dropout Prevention Center is pleased to offer a collection of films, tools, Webinars, slide presentations, and articles that are designed specifically to assist practitioners who work to improve graduation rates in rural schools and communities. We invite you to review these resources and utilize them to support our work.





Your Support Matters

Consider making a contribution to support and expand the services of the nation’s oldest and most utilized dropout prevention agency this holiday season with a tax-deductible gift that will support our offering resources, research, and networking opportunities to promote dropout prevention and high school graduation rate improvement. Your Support Matters.


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/N article.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

NDPC Celebrates Thirty Years

NDPC Thirtieth Anniversary Program

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network celebrates thirty years.

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January 10, 2017

What Deshaun Knows

It’s no coincidence that Clemson University quarterback Deshaun Watson thanked his high school coaches in a postgame interview after Clemson’s defeat of then top-ranked Alabama in Monday night’s College Football Playoff Championship game. Go to to view Watson’s postgame interview. Research indicates that coaches and others who mentor youth through extracurricular activities such as… Read more »

December 7, 2016

Diploma Planning Institute—Columbus, OH—February 23-24, 2017

Join district teams from around Ohio as they create a strategic dropout prevention plans with assistance from Clemson University and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network in a two-day conference you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information.

October 19, 2016

National Dropout Prevention Network Announces 2016 Crystal Star Award Recipients

National Dropout Prevention Network Announces 2016 Crystal Star Award Recipients Award Recognizes Significant Contributions to Dropout Prevention, Recovery and Reentry CLEMSON, S.C. (October 19, 2016) – The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) is pleased to announce the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention individual and… Read more »

From the Web

October 26, 2016

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013

New report published by the National Center for Education Statistics

High school status completion rates increased from 83.7 percent in 1973 to 92.0 percent in 2013 among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to a new report. In the same time period, the gap in completion rates between White youth and Black and Hispanic youth narrowed, although the gaps remain.
The National Center for Education Statistics released Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013 today (October 25), which draws on a wide array of surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates at the state and national levels.

October 19, 2016

Commentary: There are ways to help students stay in school

Greenville Online by Dr. Sandy Addis

Johnny is absent today — again. He was absent yesterday and may be tomorrow as well. Johnny has begun the slow process of disengagement that can and often does contribute to dropping out of high school.

Unfortunately, Johnny’s not alone in his absences — or his disengagement from school. Many other students across the nation share his story. The unfortunate fact is that, once begun and without intervention, a student’s disengagement all too often culminates in that student dropping out of school. And while there are other equally important indicators, excessive school absence is a critical and obvious indicator of disengagement.

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