There are several reasons for both staying and dropping out of school. For some it is too demanding; for others, too dull. Still, for others, it is considered unnecessary. Whatever your reasons, the decision to leave school is not an easy one and should be considered carefully. It is much simpler to leave school than it is to return to it.
Step 1. Understand your reasons for dropping out of school
Knowing this will help you and those who care about you understand and respect that decision. Remember that respecting a decision and supporting it are two different things. Your decision to leave school should be based on your individual needs. Going out to pursue a career in a band, for example, would be a bad reason to drop out of school.
Step 2. Consider ways to exit the school system faster than usual if you think you are doing this because you are frustrated with school in general
Try to choose stories that you think you have mastered (ask the board about this possibility). Enrollment programs at community or technical colleges often allow courses that allow you to accumulate college credit while still in high school.
Step 3. Also consider an online school or home education, or homeschooling
These options, when pursued with dedication, will earn you a degree while allowing you to do so at your own pace and without the hassles associated with high school.
Step 4. Research the legal requirements for dropping out of school
Depending on your location, you may need to submit specific documents for formal high school dropouts. While you can, in fact, just "fail to show up", getting the proper forms will help you make the process official with the school as well as in your mind. Doing so also shows that you are mature enough to follow legal procedures.
Step 5. Develop a plan
What would you do instead of going to school? Will you get a job? How about writing a book? Don't just think of a plan, but write it down. Make sure it is achievable.
Step 6. Talk to friends, teachers, and school counselors about your desire to leave school
Keep an open mind and listen to what they have to say.
Step 7. Talk to your parents or legal guardians
Explain to them why you want it. Understandably, they might be upset about the new ones. Remember to talk calmly and let them know that you've been thinking about it a lot. However, if your parents or legal guardians refuse to support you financially, you may have to rethink the plan.
Step 8. Consider taking the ENEM
The National High School Exam, created in 1998, aims to assess student performance in relation to the knowledge offered in high school. Students who are completing it or who have already completed it in previous years can participate in the exam.
Step 9. Continue to learn after leaving school (talent is important, but persistence even more so)
The most successful people in the world are those with their own motivation to learn for themselves rather than relying on others to feed them ideas and information.
- Talk to others who have dropped out of school and research statistics.
- Find out if you can make a living from your talents and work ethic, and enjoy your job. Still work while at school and on weekends, but keep your grades high if you want to graduate.
- Talk to high school and university graduates to see how this has affected them.
- Try homeschooling or online schools. There are many opportunities on the internet, through technology, enabling you to complete your studies without the distraction of your fellow students.
- Consider the medium- and long-term consequences.
- Strongly consider going to a school or vocational community after leaving school. Many early high school dropouts still manage to obtain a university certificate. This can be useful for anyone who wants to expand their skills and be better able to get a good job or start a business.
- Don't be afraid to change your mind and stick to school, and go to a community or technical college as well.
- Don't drop out of school because of a boyfriend, girlfriend or anything related to your relationships with others.
- You may end up with fewer business opportunities if you decide not to get a high school certificate.