Healthy Living

Jul 21, 2014 6:45 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Kids at high performing schools make better personal health decisions

High performing schools may not only turn out students who have good grades. A new study suggests the kids may also make better decisions when it comes to personal health.

UCLA researchers compared two groups of teenagers from low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

One group was offered admission to successful public charter schools while the other was not.

Those who attended the more successful high schools had better test scores. Those kids were also much less likely to drop out of school, engage in unprotected sex, carry a weapon, or be in a gang. However, there was no difference in smoking, alcohol, or marijuana use.

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