U.S. high school students' entrepreneurial ambition at new lowStaff Writer | April 22, 2017
While entrepreneurial ambition remains steady among U.S. students overall, high school students' intentions to start their own business are at the lowest level in five years.
Living in America The latest Gallup-HOPE Index report
More than one in four students in grades nine to 12 (27%) say they plan to start a business, down from the 33% to 35% range found among this group from 2011 to 2015.
In contrast, a majority of students in grades five to eight (55%) say they plan to start their own business.
There has been a gap in entrepreneurial ambition between these two student groups since the index began in 2011.
While half or more students in grades five to eight have consistently expressed intent to start a business, students in later grades have lagged behind.
The Gallup-HOPE Index's latest figures reveal the largest gap in entrepreneurial ambitions between these two groups since 2011.
The ongoing gap between the two student groups suggests that dreams of starting a business decline in high school for many students.
This could reflect that students' goals change as they age, or perhaps some students become less interested in entrepreneurship as they become more familiar with it.
Despite lower entrepreneurial intent, high school students (60%) are more than twice as likely as fifth- to eighth-grade students (27%) to say their school offers classes in how to start and run a business. ■