How Old Do You Have to Be to Drop Out of School in Indiana?

According to the Indiana General Assembly, without consent, a student is not allowed to drop out of school in Indiana until the age of 18. At age 16, a student may leave with permission of parents and the school principal.

The General Assembly also reports that 16-year-olds only receive permission to leave school if there is financial hardship or illness unless a judge intervenes. The National Conference of State Legislatures describes several programs that Indiana has implemented to reduce the number of dropouts. For example, in 11th or 12th grade, students are allowed to attend high school part time while simultaneously enrolled in college classes or technical training courses. According to the NCSL, part-time students are also allowed to hold jobs.