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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 Shenandoah 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. 606 Massanutten Ave.
P.O. Box 1820
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 631-9503
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Center for Holistic & Integrative Education

Able to help families address the complexities of negotiating public and private education challenges, especially in the areas of special education and 504 Accommodation planning. Support families by guiding, educating and advocating on their behalf. 3 S. Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(484) 885-5906
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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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Edinburg Heritage Foundation

Supports the historic structure, The Edinburg Mill, one of the few mills that survived burning during the Civil War and now houses the Edinburg/Madison District Museum which exhibits many artifacts during this era. 214 S. Main Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 984-8400
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Family Youth Initiative

A community coalition aimed at reducing substance abuse among youth. Our mission is to promote the drug-free, healthy and positive development of local youth and families through community collaboration and prevention based initiatives. 441 N. Main Street.
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-4946 ext. 3036
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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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Parent Resource Center    

Offers parenting education workshops and courses aimed at separated and divorced families. As clinicians with over 30 years of experience working with youth and families, we are able to streamline our classes to the very unique parenting challenges of each population.
P.O. Box 741
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 550-6250
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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 Community Foundation

Provides easy and affordable ways for individuals and groups to build permanent financial support for the causes and institutions they love and believe in. Every year, the Foundation makes grants to qualified are nonprofits and scholarships to county students. P.O. Box 31
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-7737
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Shenandoah County Library

Provides access to the world of ideas, information and creative experience. Maintains an environment where lifelong habits of learning, self-improvement and self-expression are encouraged. Services as a place for people to meet their educational, informational and recreational needs. 514 Stoney Creek Blvd.
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 459-6222
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Shenandoah County Public Schools

Provides quality educationfor Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 students to prepare them for the future in a supportive and caring environment. Allow provides information to students and parents to increase awareness of issues facing students in an ever-changing society. 600 N. Main Street
Suite 200
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-6222
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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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