RALEIGH – The number of students who dropped out of public schools in 2012-13 has significantly decreased, according to statistics from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. 

The report shows that 2.45 percent of high school students dropped out of school – an 18.6 percent decrease from the previous year’s record low of 3.01 percent.

The three largest school districts surrounding the Lake Norman area – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools and Lincoln County Schools – have seen dropout rates decrease gradually each year since 2008-09.

Students abandon their education for different reasons. Attendance issues were the top reason cited for dropouts, according to NCDPI. Some students return to school the next year and complete their high school education, while others drop out several times and graduate much later than expected or not at all.

More males dropped out of school as compared to their female counterparts in the Lake Norman area.

Below is a list of Lake Norman school districts with overall dropout numbers and percentages, along with a compilation of area high schools in regards to gender.

 

2012-13 district dropout counts and rates

• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: 1,246 total, 2.01 percent.

• Lincoln County Schools: 93 total, 1.66 percent.

• Iredell-Statesville Schools: 120 total, 1.14 percent.

• Mooresville Graded School District: 47 total, 1.81 percent.

 

2012-13 high school dropouts by gender

• East Lincoln High: 12 male, 5 female, 17 total.

• Hopewell High: 30 male, 13 female, 43 total.

• Hough High: 23 male, 10 female, 33 total.

• Lake Norman Charter: 0 total.

• Lake Norman High: 11 male, 5 female, 16 total.

• Lincoln Charter School: 1 male, 0 females, 1 total.

• Mooresville High: 31 male, 16 female, 47 total.

• North Lincoln High: 5 male, 9 female, 14 total.

• North Mecklenburg High: 28 male, 13 female, 41 total.

• Pine Lake Preparatory: 0 male, 2 females, 2 total.

• South Iredell High: 12 male, 4 female, 16 total.