Researchers at Johns Hopkins University identified 1,700 dropout factories in the United States.
Jefferson County Public Schools is home to ten dropout factories.
Doss High School
Fairdale High School
Fern Creek Traditional High School
Iroquois High School
Jeffersontown High School
Moore Traditional High School
Shawnee High School
Southern High School
Valley Traditional High School
Western High School
JCPS has 22 high schools. That means 45% of our schools are dropout factories even though JCPS has a $1 billion budget and spends approximately $10,000 per student per year.
Source: Associated Press – Dropout Factories: Take a Closer Look at Failing Schools Across the Country.
The dropout factory label refers to schools that have senior classes with 60% or fewer of the students who started there as a freshman, says Robert Balfanz, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who coined the term. Somewhere along the way these schools have lost at least 40 percent of the class. There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins reasearchers for the Associated Press. That accounts for about 12 percent of all schools.