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Benefits of Getting a High School Diploma (source: High-Schools.com)

Salaries. A high school diploma recipient earns an average of $8,400 a year more than a high school dropout. If you work until the age of 65 that will amount to $394,800...Wow!

Significance. A study by the Economics Center for Education and Research in Ohio found that high school diplomas benefit taxpayers and state economies as well. High school graduates contribute more to a state's economy and require less state assistance than high school dropouts.

Potential. The Ohio study found that high school graduates can realize a net lifetime benefit of more than $470,000. For state tax payers, the contributions by high school graduates far outweigh the costs of education.

Misconceptions. A General Educational Development, or GED, is widely perceived as a high school equivalency certificate. However, studies have shown that high school graduates earn more on average than GED recipients. In addition, not all colleges accept a GED as equivalent to a high school diploma.

Considerations. High school dropouts, in contrast to graduates, face uncertain futures. Dropouts are more likely to be incarcerated or require public assistance than high school graduates. 

Educational Support in Page County

Blue Ridge Educational Center

Educates students with disabilities, ages 12-22, in a small classroom environment. Offers highly individualized instruction. Also available is after-school tutoring for students in the community. Therapeutic day treatment staff are on-site.  

Charterhouse School

An affiliate program of United Methodist Family Services that offers services to middle and high school students between the ages of 11 and 22 with autism, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and other health impairments 508 Piccadilly Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
(855) 669-5326
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Great Expectations at LFCC

A program to help youth in foster care, previously in foster care, or adopted to graduate high school and transition to Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). A Coach helps students succeed at LFCC, academically and personally. Eligible students are 16-24 years of age. Middletown Campus
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645
(540) 869-0745
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Northern Shen. Valley Financial Education Program

Part of Virginia Cooperative Extension that provides financial education through individual/family mentoring, a speaker's bureau, and various group learning programs including Kids Marketplace,  Real Life/Real World, Reality Store, and LifeSmarts (four programs aimed at youth. 600 N. Main Street
Suite 100
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-6140
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Office on Children and Youth, the (JMU)

Promotes positive development through collaboration with youth-serving organizations. Supports, coordinates, and examines the needs of the youth. Programs include a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, Gus Bus, a reading road show, The Teen Outreach Program, and Draw the Line/Respect the Line. 601 University Blvd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6007
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Page Alliance for Community Action

A coalition of agencies, organizations, parents and youth that work together on ways to promote healthy and positive development of families.  735 W. Main Street
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 843-2808
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Page Public Library: Location 1

A highly visible center for culture, technology and knowledge resources, serving the wide-ranging needs of the community. Youth-focused services include a large young person lending library, summer reading programs and storytimes.  100 Zerkel Street
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-6867
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Page Public Library: Location 2

A highly visible center for culture, technology and knowledge resources, serving the wide-ranging needs of the community. Youth-focused services include a large young person lending library, summer reading programs and storytimes.  418 S. Third Street
Shenandoah, VA 22849
(540) 652-2665
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Page County Public Schools

Provides education to students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Also offers various prevention programs on substance abuse  and making healthy choices. 735 West Main Street
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-6533
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People Incorporated of VA

Provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their communities. Provides Project Discovery (college preparation and site visits), low-income multi-family housing, financial literacy classes, and consumer  loans to area residents. 118 S. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-9096
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Randolph-Macon Academy   

Co-ed college-prep school for boarding and day students in grades 6-12. Graduating classes have a 100% college acceptance rate and an average of over $4.5 million in college scholarship offers. Sports available at all grade levels. Summer programs also available 200 Academy Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 636-5419
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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum   

Ignites creativity, sparks curiosity, and inspires learning in patrons of all ages by providing a rich variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the arts. 54 S. Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 722-2020
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Skyline Cap Inc. Head Start

Provides comprehensive preschool services to at-risk children. Serves children on an income basis and accepts children with disabilities.  532 S. Main Street
Madison, VA 22727
(540) 727-3916
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Smart Beginnings

A systems building organization to ensure that all children enter school healthy and prepared to succeed. Endeavors to connect all components of early childhood to foster greater collaboration and build strong partnerships in the best interestss of young children and their families. 601 University Blvd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-8968
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