In 2012, 5 Birmingham High Schools were labeled as “Dropout Factories”

More than 60% of entering freshman don’t graduate.

In 2018, 14 Birmingham K-12 schools are still classified as "Failing"

as defined by the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013. 

They’re NOT MOTIVATED because they feel like they’re not going to be able to get out of where they are.
— Community School Coordinator, Birmingham City Schools
I really think that the reason we have a high dropout rate is because of LACK OF INTEREST with students.
— Former Principal, Woodlawn High School

WATCH: Students from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham look at the factors behind their school's label as a "Dropout Factory"


For every $1.00 a college graduate earns,

A high school graduate earns $0.51,

And A high school dropout earns $0.29.

In 2006, 93 percent of all Alabama children with a parent who has less than a high school degree were low income. 

Think this doesn't affect you?

The educated public is then required to shoulder the escalating need of government for sources of revenue. For businesses, investment capital does not readily flow to areas of deep poverty.


Source: Suitts, Steve. High School Dropouts: Alabama's Number One Education and Economic Problem. Southern Education Foundation. (2008).