What age can I drop out of school? Read before you lecture me!?

NYS GED


I’m 17 years old and I live in NYC but go to school in Yonkers. I go to a school for kids with emotional disorders (I’m bipolar and have social anxiety.) At this school, I’m not learning anything. When I got registered for this special education, I was informed of my reading, math and writing levels. I am at a college level of everything except my speed rate, and that was 2 years ago. I have a 504 allowing me extra test time and a separate location. I’ve never failed any type of test, my biggest problem is getting to school because of the anxiety. I hate high school and especially the one I’m in. It’s the third high school I’ve been in, and it’s the best out of the three. I’ve attended Bronx Science (before I was registered for special education) and Summit Nyack (after I was registered.) I’ve been informed that I follow NYC regulations even though I go to a school in NYS, not NYC (if you know anything otherwise, please let me know.) So instead of wasting away my brain in high school, I want to go to college early and start my path to the career choice I’ve chosen (psychology.) So now that you know my reasoning for dropping out, it’s time for the questions. What age can I legally drop out, with parental consent. I just turned 17 in April, so I’m not turning 18 anytime soon. I’ve heard that if you finish out the year at 17 then you may drop out. I am not sure if all that is true. Also, what age can I take the test for my GED? My plan is to get the GED and go to a community college to prove to a university that although I got my GED, I am still fully capable of handling a University. It’s going to be quite a few years of college, considering that I have to get my graduates degree or masters. So I want to start ASAP and get started.

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IF YOU DON’T HAVE SOUND ADVICE OR THE ANSWER I’M LOOKING FOR. IS TWO POINTS REALLY WORTH MY AGGRAVATION?

You might try switching schools before you decide to drop out. While I can certainly understand the frustration you must be going through, you have to keep in mind that the colleges you will be applying to will look at dropping out in a negative light. They will be looking at your scores etc., but they will also look at how you finished school.


3 Responses to “What age can I drop out of school? Read before you lecture me!?”

  1. Reagan Ng — December 13, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Consult it with your instructor. negotiate a faster academic schedule.in my country usually everything goes smooth with money.if you are really that capable,you should tell your teacher what’s in your mind.i’m sure he/she’ll arrange you.and most of all,which college do not open arms for genius student?i don’t want any point for this.good luck with your future.
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  2. missasia22 — December 14, 2010 @ 12:06 am

    you seem quite smart, so it wont kill you to drop out. but might i recommend just switching schools. if you’re not learning anything, i don’t think dropping out is the answer.
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  3. Babs — December 14, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    You might try switching schools before you decide to drop out. While I can certainly understand the frustration you must be going through, you have to keep in mind that the colleges you will be applying to will look at dropping out in a negative light. They will be looking at your scores etc., but they will also look at how you finished school.
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