Final Report of Dropouts

The following tables include data on 7th–12th grade students who have dropped out of a Prince William County school.

A dropout is defined as a student who:

  • was enrolled at some time during the previous school year, has withdrawn, fails to transfer to any other secondary education program, and also fails to re-enroll by October 1 of the current year. Even if this student enrolls after October 1 he/she will still be counted as a dropout if there is no record of transfer from another state-approved secondary education program*. Or,
  • ends the previous school year active and fails to enroll again by October 1 of the current school year and for whom there is no record of transfer to another state-approved secondary education program*. Or,
  • ends the previous school year withdrawn due to long-term suspension and fails to return when the term of suspension is over and for whom there is no record of transfer to another state-approved secondary education program*.

*State-approved secondary education programs include public schools, private schools, home schooling, charter schools, and overseas Department of Defense (DOD) schools. Also included are special education and GED programs that are administered by a secondary education agency.

Note: A dropout is reported as a dropout for the grade and school to which they fail to report. For example, an 8th grade student who ended the previous school year active at Lake Ridge MS and is expected to attend Woodbridge HS in the current year will be counted as a drop out in the 9th grade at Woodbridge HS if he does not report by October 1, assuming there is no record of a transfer.

Students who dropout during the previous school year but are re-enrolled by October 1 of the current school year are not reported as dropouts.