Red Deer Public School District

Graduation Matters

Top 5 Reasons to Graduate High School

Career Opportunities: Attaining a high school diploma can increase your chances of finding not only a job, but a lifelong career. With a high school diploma, or even better - a college degree, you're more likely to land a job that provides a higher salary in addition to health insurance and retirement benefits.

Expanded Knowledge: Finishing high school gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, whether that be at a university, college, or other post secondary institution. The more you learn, the more likely you are to discover something you’re passionate about and dedicate your life and/or career to it.

Higher Confidence: Research shows the students who have graduated from high school are more confident and have a boosted self-esteem. When you graduate, you become a role model to younger siblings, relatives and friends, and that might encourage them to stay in school.

Staying Employed: According to a 2006 study, students who never completed high school had a 16.3% unemployment rate eight years later. The unemployment rate among those who earned their diplomas was dramatically lower at only 4.7%.

More Life Opportunities: According to Statistics Canada, you’re more likely to live above the poverty line with a high school diploma, giving you the chance to apply for loans, lease a vehicle, or even purchase a house. Additionally, individuals with a high school diploma are less likely to get in trouble with the law.