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can i drop out of school at 17 without parental consent?

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Can I drop out of high school at age 17 without parent approval?
I live in Florida. School is hell for me, and I hate every second of it. I'm not staying in school so don't try and change my mind.

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asked Mar 20 in Education and Reference by jhsm85

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There is no state in the union with compulsory education laws for minors of greater age than fifteen.

So, that means that you actually wound up staying in school at least a whole year longer than you had to.

But, don't take my word for it: simply walk into your high school office and tell the receptionist that you've decided to drop out, and that you are just there to turn your textbooks back in and obtain the final list of any fees or dues you still owe.

Expect them to tell you to go to class (it's how they get the money from their sponsors that gets them paid), and to threaten you with detention, but remain resolute and continue to inform them that the only direction you will be heading once you leave the office is off-campus.

Once they tell you that they're calling the police, is the sign that they recognize their own lack of authority to impose any kind of punishment upon you.

At that point, simply walk out.

Then, of course, I would strongly recommend you sign up at your local community college. College classes are OH SO MUCH less hellish than anything they force you into in high school. This is because NOBODY is forced to attend college, and they know that if they don't make classes worthwhile, they won't be able to keep students coming, which is how THEY earn their paychecks.

So, even though I am NOT trying to talk you out of staying in high school, I AM trying to encourage you into continuing your education. College is NOT the hell that high schools most definitely can become.

Get your GED, get an Associate's Degree, and earn some scholarships. You'll be grateful, when you do.
answered Mar 20 by Robert G
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Do I need parental consent to drop out?
I don't live with my father. He kicked me out of his house about two months ago, and now he is denying that he ever told me to leave. I am 17 years old and live in Illinois, and I am wanting to drop out of school because it is extremely stressful for me and I don't believe I can continue. My question is this: if my father is still technically considered my legal guardian, but I don't live with him, can I drop out without his consent? I do have a job, I'm not sure if that contributes to anything
answered Mar 20 by Alex
You cannot drop out of school as the school will require a parent meeting. And, you likely cannot be emancipated because your father is denying
I suggest you get back with your Dad so you hang in there until you are 18 and graduate
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What age can you legally drop out of school without parent consent?
I am a 17 year old female and I would like to drop out of school jus until september. I was wondering if anyone could help me to tell me the age I can do it without my parent permission?
answered Mar 20 by kayla_marie
The answer is generally 16. Dropping out seems like a good idea and in your mind it probably will be for a few years of fun. Once you turn like 19 or 20 you're like WTF did I do, I'm stuck working crap dead end jobs and it's a lifelong never ending cycle all because of one stupid mistake.
I have some friends that made this decision and they're all pill heads who are 25+ with no employment. The path you choose is in your hands, choose wisely.
Even if you don't have money for college, there's so much financial aid out there you would be surprised, I have some friends where the college actually payed them to attend since they were low income.
All I'm saying is if you drop out (I'm serious) you better get used to saying "fries with that" bottom line.
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What is the legal age at which a person can drop out of school in Texas?
According to the Texas Education Agency, a person cannot drop out of school in the state until the age of 18. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Students are not required to attend public school in Texas if they are going to private or parochial schools. Home-schooled students are also exempt. Seventeen-year-olds are allowed to leave school if they are enrolled in or have successfully completed a GED program. If students are 16 and have been identified by the court as truants, they are allowed to enroll in GED programs, as well. Students who are 17 when they receive their high school diplomas are not forced to stay in school.
answered Mar 20 by Cactus Jack

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