According to the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, this fall approximately 4.1 million public school students are expected to enroll in 9th grade in over 27,000 public high schools in more than 14,000 public school districts.

The America First or Last Movement, with the support of 20 national consortium members, will work with public school districts and their high schools for incoming freshmen to sign a pledge agreeing to complete high school, and support the movement in four other key factors towards that objective on a National High School Graduation Pledge Day.


The National Pledge will be:


I Pledge to Graduate from High School


I Pledge to become Computer Literate


I Pledge to Live Drug Free


I Pledge Not to Become a Teen Parent


I Pledge to Enroll in College or Vocational School after high School










Why Pledge

1) The U.S. ranked 19th in high school graduation in the world. Forty years ago, the U.S. was 1st. SOURCE: Strong American Schools, 2008

2) The 21st job market is a knowledge base-economy that will require a minimum of 4 year’s of computer skill training. SOURCE: U.S. Government Accountability Office – Education and Employment Challenges for the 21st Century  


3) Statistics show youth that use drugs are more vulnerable for at-risk behavior, poor grades, and poor school attendance. SOURCE: Drug War Facts – Adolescents  


4) Only 40 % of teenagers who have children before the age of 18 graduate from high school. SOURCE: March of Dimes – Teenage Pregnancy



5) Students with high school diplomas make about $10,000 more annually than high school dropouts. Those with college degrees, some college or certification in a skill make $10,000 to $26,000 more annually than those with only a high school diploma. SOURCE: Alliance for Excellent Education – The High Cost of High School Dropouts  


For More Information


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