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PLEASE HELP ME!!! I'm a 17 year old drop out, I dropped out from 8th grade and would love to go back to school!!!


smashlibabix33 August 28, 2010

I live in Lowell, Massachusetts. I dropped out of school after I stayed back in 8th grade 3 times! I'm now gonna be 17 years old in less then 3 months. I honestly, with everything in me, want to go back to school. I want to either graduate from the 8th grade then go to regular highschool, or just take a placement test to go to highschool. I would honestly give anything to go to a regular highschool, and not have to settle for my G.E.D. I talked to the Lowell school board about it, and also my old principal and they said because I'm gonna be 17 already, I won't be able to go back into the 8th grade and I can't take a placement test because they don't do that anymore! I'm so lost, and I've been very depressed because I haven't been in school. It was the dumbest decision in my life to drop out and I honestly feel that if I could take that mistake back, I would!! My past isn't great at all, it's actually pretty bad but the one thing I would love more then anything is to get another chance and make a change in my life. Any tips or ideas on how I should go about that? Please feel free to leave any comments, or advice on how I should try to do this.

Thank you, Ashley!

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jwrakosy August 28, 2010

Hi Ashley,
I totally understand how you feel. I repeated a couple of grades when I was in school, and as a consecuence I finished at 20. A relative of mine suggested that I should drop out, but I refused because all in all I liked school very much.
I didn't study in the USA, so I am not too familiar with the process of reentering school. It bothers me that they wouldn't give you a placement test; I think it is the least they should do for such a motivated girl like you.
My suggestion will be to take courses online until you catch up with other students who are in the grade you will belong to. I know you might be missing the social part of school, but there are not many options. What about your parents? What is their input on this matter? You know, there are many students who are being homeschooled.
Wish you the best of luck.



MagnetMom August 28, 2010

Hi smashlibabix33,

Contact your local school district and ask to speak to the adult school counselor. Given your age, and where you'll be starting either alternative school or adult school would both be options.

Most school districts are eager to put everything in place that you will need to succeed, so make the call and find out what you'll need to do.

Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.


mplsgrl August 30, 2010

Hi Ashley,

Congratulations on deciding to return to school and don't feel discouraged there is a solution out there it jus has to be found.

I called the Greater Lowel Regional Vocational Tech and well they were not any help but there is an adult learning center there.

Here is the direct link to the site:

I called them and they said you just have to be 16 and older. There are eight locations and it looks like there is a $65.00 fee.

And there is an online K12 school here is the direct link:

It seems they have the Massachusets virtual academy. Where you can take high school online. There is a free campus and a private campus where you have to actually pay for the high school cirricular.

I hope this helps. If you need any assistance just post here I will keep an eye out for a few days.

Good Luck,



either August 31, 2010

We all make bad decisions at one time or another, but it sounds like you have learned from yours. I would just take the G.E.D., get your diploma, and move on to adulthood. We all have things we'd like to do differently, but there comes a time when you just have to let it go and step forward.


exstudent1994 October 4, 2010

alright, you just need to find a good way to learn things, get tutors, see which one helps you the most, definatly go to college, or you will find it hard out there, just find a good teacher or tutor and fast, your 17 and you dont have much time left


jennyl12 December 19, 2010

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