Reports show that many states changed the drop out age to seventeen or eighteen but according to Georgia school officials, 16-year-old students can still drop out of school without any recourse.
According to the US department of education 40 percent of eventual high school dropouts can be identified in the 6th grade and 75 percent can be identified by the 9th grade.
"I think sometimes a 16-year-old may not be old enough to make that decision about his future so if we can have them longer another year to work with them they can get closer to graduation," said Thomas County Central High School Principal Joe Sharp.
School officials said the drop out rate for Thomas County is three percent.
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