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Thinking of Dropping Out?

Moorhead Alternative Learning Center

Phone: 218-284-2200
Fax: 218-284-2233

Attendance Office: 218-284-2201

School Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (other options as arranged)

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Are you thinking of dropping out of school?

  • School seems boring or like a waste of your time.
  • You are having difficulty getting along with your teachers.
  • You don't feel connected to the kids in your classes.
  • You've been suspended.
  • You're pregnant or already a parent.
  • You don't feel safe at school.
  • You're having trouble keeping up with school work.
  • You're failing your classes.
  • You need to hold down a job.

Red River ALC can help!

Contact us today, to find out which of our programs might be the right fit for you.

What's the big deal about dropping out, anyway?

  • High school dropouts are eligible for only 12 percent of new jobs.
  • High school graduates, on the average, earn $9,245 more per year than high school dropouts.
  • Unemployment rates are up to 10 times higher for minorities without a high school education.
  • Girls who drop out are more likely to have children at a young age and to be single parents.
  • The U.S. death rate for those with fewer than 12 years of education is 2.5 times higher than the rate of those with 13 or more years of education.
  • In today's workplace, only 40 percent of adults who dropped out of high school are employed, compared to 60 percent of adults who completed high school and 80 percent for those with a bachelor's degree.
  • One high school student drops out every nine seconds in this country.
  • U.S. companies lose nearly $40 billion annually because of illiteracy.
  • Seventy-five percent of America's state prison inmates are high school dropouts.
  • High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested in their lifetime.
  • A 1 percent increase in graduation rates would save approximately $1.4 billion in incarceration costs, or about $2,100 per each male high school graduate.
  • A one-year increase in the average education levels would reduce arrest rates by 11 percent.

To learn more about dropout prevention, visit the National Dropout Prevention Center Network's website at

To learn how you can help someone who is considering dropping out of school, contact the Red River ALC. We are here to help.