Only 62 per cent of Indigenous girls on Cape York graduate high school, and it is even harder to finish when you fall pregnant.

Many teenage mums are desperate to break a cycle of dysfunction and disadvantage, including drug and alcohol abuse and violence.

They have turned to a one-of-a-kind boarding school, the Cape York Girl Academy, for help.

The students live on-campus with their babies and have lessons in everything from reading through to cooking for a baby.

  • by Allyson Horn
  • ABC
  • 20th Aug, 2017