• North America - Subject to jurisdiction - generally age 16. -------- "A child stops being of compulsory school age on the last Friday in June in the school year in which he or she reaches the age of 16. This requirement is binding on all children, whether they are taught in a school or at home. If a child is 16 in August, he will still be able to leave at the end of the summer term before he reaches 16 as the school years runs to 31st August." from the net. Edit - Red John you are right. It's subject to jurisdiction and many places in the world are trying to increase the age to 18. Generally it is 16 in Canada but where the age is 17 or 18 the child has rights and can legally quit school before the required age of leaving. Except for one Cdn province the age is 16.
  • This depends on the legal jurisdiction in which you reside. Although 16 was a common school-leaving age in many jurisdictions in Canada and the US, the trend over the past couple of decades has been to increase the age to 17 or 18. In Canada, education falls under provincial jurisdiction. Most Canadian provinces and territories have a school-leaving age of 16. New Brunswick raised the age to 18 in 2000. Ontario has been considering raising the age to 18 since 2002, but no action has been taken so far. A private member's bill was introduced in the Alberta legislature in 2003 to raise the age from 16 to 18, but did not become law. Further information is available from provincial and territorial governments. With a population of about 750,000 (2005), New Brunswick represents a relatively small percentage - 2.3% - of Canada's population of 32.3 million. Since Ontario has the largest population of any province or territory (12.5 million or 38.7%), raising the school-leaving age there will have a large impact on education. Twenty-seven of fifty states in the US, plus the District of Columbia, have a school leaving age of 17 or 18: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. These states represent some two-thirds of the US population, about 207 million citizens (2004). Therefore, a school-leaving age greater than 16 can be considered the norm in the US. Further information can be found in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Education Digest.
  • Here in the UK it is 16.
  • It varies from state to state. the general age is 17, whether attending public or home school.
  • It is 17 but if he or she quits school at 16 they must go to trade school or job corps...which is not as bad.
  • in america it is 18.
  • In Wyoming the age is 16 or have completed the tenth grade.
  • I live in Missouri. You must be at least 16 and in any grade.
  • In my state the child can quit school at 16 however than can only do so WITH parental permission. They cannot simply leave school on their own, a parent must agree and sign them out. I live in FL.
  • 16 in California and Minnesota, used to be 16 in IL - don't know if it has changed. But, don't do it, unless you expect to live in your parents house for the rest of your life, and you want to work really really hard to become an assistant manager at Taco Bell as the pinnacle of your career... If you work hard and do a good job getting through High School, your reward is going to a college away from home where you get TONS more freedom! If you drop out, you'll be trapped being told what to do for the rest of your life!
  • In the UK: If you were 16 between september and december then you can quit at any point after january. If however you were 16 between january and august you must finish that year of schooling. Its a wierd rule.
  • I'm 18, and I am curently trying to get drop out of school due to my pregnancy. The thing is, over at my school they are not letting me drop out.
  • i am 17. i live in tn. my mom said i could quit but the principal said if i did he was going to send me to jail. if my mom sings then can i quit?
  • 18 in AZ

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