When you stay in school, or help someone stay in school, you help all of us. New Yorkers have a history of working together to make things better. In this spirit, we have developed this site for you and for ourselves. If you are thinking about leaving school before you graduate, please "drop in" and talk to someone you trust. If you are a parent or educator, let students know that you will make the time to listen to their concerns.

Studies suggest that students have a better chance to succeed when they maintain certain skills. These skills include the "ABC's" of Autonomy, Belonging, and Competence. Autonomy means that you take initiative and are responsible for your learning. Belonging means that you have meaningful relationships with peers and school staff. Competence means that you have a sense of mastery when you are challenged.

There is no issue more important to the Regents than raising New York’s graduation rate for all students..."
- Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch

"Early and sustained intervention is integral to the success of students because the decision to leave school without graduating is not an instantaneous one, but rather a process that occurs over many years."
- Current Directions in Psychological Science