There is no question that students play the primary role when making the decision to drop out of high school, but for the purposes of this study, the main focus was on outside influences to the problem. Although the major intent of this paper is to look at reasons for parents’ lack of involvement in their children’s education, the literature uncovered different themes which were grouped into three dropout factors: (a) environmental, (b) school system, and (c) parental involvement. These categories will be looked at shortly, but first it is necessary to determine if the dropout rate is as high as advertised.Many statistics segregate U.S. born dropouts from foreign born, country of origin or generational level. Fry (“High School Dropout Rates,” 2003) states that figuring dropout rates for Hispanics is a convoluted process because as many as 33% are foreign born, and their countries of origin have much lower rates of secondary school completion than the U.S. As a result, many are not academically prepared to enter U.S. high schools, so they struggle and eventually drop out, or in some cases never enroll. Furthermore, Fry points out that many of these immigrants have very limited spoken English abilities and most do not gain English fluency until age 16. By that time, they are so far behind they face hopeless odds of catching up and either voluntarily drop out, or end up encountering age limitations that force them out.