"Definitely go to high school and finish college. Do the best that I can do," Austin said.
With only 260 students, this public school didn't feel cuts as harshly as some other schools.
"The biggest thing, we didn't lose a lot of teachers. We did lose support staff, and again, that means some people had to do some other jobs that they weren't assigned too," said acting principal Rick Beck.
Since 2008, spending per student in Arizona has gone down $628 dollars and the dropout rate has gone up.
Arizona Department of Education reports the dropout rate is now 3.5 percent -- up from 2.9 percent in 2008.
But Beck actually thinks the recession has been positive for students in one way.
"I think more than losing numbers, we're seeing more numbers, as a lot of students realize they have to have a high school diploma," he said.
For students like Vincent this chance at a diploma could open a lot of doors.
"To graduate from high school, that would be like a high honor to my mom," he said.
In this year's budget, education spending is up but only one percent. That comes out to $4 extra per student, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
So educators are still hoping to see more dollars come in.