25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.

The U.S. now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.


Every 26 seconds of the school day a student drops out.


Students in low-income neighborhoods with little to no arts engagement are five times more likely to drop out than their peers with access to arts education.

Schools with music programs have a graduation rate of 90.2%, as opposed to a 72.9% dropout rate in schools without music programs.

Youth with access to high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests than their peers with deficient music programs, regardless of socioeconomic status or school district.

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