Street School’s goal is to reduce the high school-dropout rate and provide at-risk students the skills necessary to be college and career ready.
Street School focuses on students who are committed not only to their education, but also to resolving substance-abuse problems, learning and practicing life skills and dealing with behavioral issues. The vast majority of the youth who attend Street School face many personal challenges such as a history of domestic violence, abuse, trauma and lack of family support. Many students that find their way to Street School are “at-risk” for substance abuse and other illegal behaviors. These challenges and other behaviors have become barriers to their success.
Students attend Street School for a myriad of reasons; academic deficiencies, behavioral and emotional issues, pregnancy and parenting responsibilities. Despite the different reasons students attend, they all have something in common; their needs have not been met through traditional public schools.
The majority of students dropped out of high school
prior to enrolling in Street School.
. . . Many cite academic problems, behavior problems or lost interest in school.
. . . Approximately 28% are identified as chemically dependent during the initial assessment.
. . . High rates of poverty cause students to drop out to focus on financial problems, getting a job or supporting their family and children.
. . .Three out of four students do not have both parents in their household and have a family income of less than $38,000 and for the majority it’s less than $21,000, annually.
. . . Street School fills a void of support traditionally provided by family and provides an avenue for them to be successful.
Dropping out of high school affects the communities we live.
. . . Out of an estimated 14,400 Oklahoma students, 4,200 in Tulsa area dropped out from class of 2011.
. . . If these 14,400 students would have graduated, Oklahoma would have realized $1.7 billion dollars.
. . . On average, 23% of Oklahoma students leave school between ninth grade and graduation.
. . . Oklahoma dropout statistics are bleak; 25% over age 25 live in poverty and 71% of inmates did not graduate from high-school.
. . . Nationally the statistics show that dropouts make up nearly half the heads of households on welfare and commit about 75 % of crimes.
. . . Dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be imprisoned at some point during their lifetime.
. . . Each class of high school dropouts cost the U.S. economy $8 billion in incarceration and lost wages per year.
. . . Students who graduate are more employable, earn higher salaries, increase tax revenues, lower welfare costs and lower incarceration rates.
. . . Over the course of his or her lifetime, dropouts earn, on average about $260,000 less than a high school graduate and more than $800,000 less than college graduates in their lives.