SC high school dropout rate decreases

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Education released new numbers detailing the amount of students that dropped out of school during the 2010-2011 school year.

The most praise-worthy of those figures come out of Florence County.

Florence County School Districts Two and Four had no high school dropouts in the 2010-2011 school year, when statewide the dropout rate was 2.8 percent.

The statewide dropout rate is actually lower than it was in previous years. The rate was 3.9 in 2008, 3.4 in 2009 and 2.9 in 2010.

Overall dropout rates by county, for students in grades 9 through 12, are:

Darlington County: 0.6

Dillon County, District Three: 1.2

Dillon County , District Four: 1.1

Florence County, District One: 1.5

Florence County, District Two: 0

Florence County, District Three: 0.8

Florence County, District Four: 0

Florence County, District Five: 2.1

Georgetown County: 1.7

Horry County: 3.9

Marion County, District One: 2.9

Marion County, District Two: 6.6

Marion County, District Three: 1.3

Marlboro County: 4.3

Horry County's dropout rate for last year was 3.9 percent with 424 students leaving during the school year.

Of those 424, 260 were males and 164 females.

Breakdowns of dropout rates for each county are available on the South Carolina Department of Education's website.

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