The dropout rate for at-risk students in American public high schools is staggeringly high, but that doesn't mean the situation is hopeless. The Takeaway looks at one school that's fought to change its 40 percent dropout rate, and succeeded with the help of dedicated staff like Brandi Brevard.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas, and Frank Koughan, writer/producer of Frontline’s documentary “Dropout Nation,” looks at what it takes to keep kids in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to take a close look at students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day. “Dropout Nation” premieres September 25, at 9 pm on PBS.