The determinants of school perseverance

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Determinants of school perseverance

Different factors or situations can influence, either positively or negatively, school perseverance among young people. An accumulation of risk factors[1] increases the likelihood that a young person will drop out.

These determinants fall into four broad categories: family factors, personal factors, school factors, and social or community factors (related to one’s living environment or the community).

Why take action on determinants?

To better meet the needs of young people

The influence of determinants on school perseverance has been widely documented. Analyzing the situation in light of these factors therefore makes it easier to match needs with priorities for action.

To increase the effect of actions

Given the importance of these factors, many resources now classify information aimed at supporting school perseverance according to the determinants it acts on.

This makes it possible to access a wide range of documentation that can be used to guide effective actions and target partners for involvement.

Selecting determinants

The determinants featured in this section were deemed to have the greatest effect on school perseverance.

Many other factors influence students during their development, but researchers and experts have reached a consensus on the importance of these ones.

These factors were selected by Réunir Réussir for their kit entitled “Taking Effective Action on the Determinants of School Perseverance and Educational Success”.


1. Anything that can potentially lead to dropout.