Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Truancy is an issue that is affecting the overall success of school districts, and in particular the King City High School District. A study was conducted to provide the school evidence on the leading factor of truancy. A survey was distributed to about thirty students who are currently truant to discover the leading cause of truancy, which was lack of motivation. Additionally, a workshop was developed for truant students who lack motivation. A guest speaker was invited to the school to give a motivational speech to promote future success. Several factors have led students to become truant such as lack of motivation, physical health, mental health, and homelessness among others. Unfortunately, truancy is steadily increasing. Truancy is negatively associated with negative outcomes in terms of not completing their education and becoming unemployed or homeless. Students whose families are from low socio-economic status, parents who do not monitor assignments, negative attitudes towards instructors, are all associated with the elevated levels of truancy.