High School Diploma

ADP Task Preparation

This course guides students through the six required tasks for the Adult Diploma Program (ADP). A task is a project related to the skills needed to function and progress in daily living situations. Reading a map, understanding a lease, writing a resume, and measuring the area of a room are examples of task requirements. Each completed task is evaluated by the teacher/assessor and students must demonstrate a working understanding of the finished task. Sixty-four generalized life skill competencies are grouped into the following task areas: Community Awareness, Personal and Family Health, Occupational Preparation, Personal and Social Awareness, Consumer Awareness, and an Individual Skill Area. With an instructor's guidance, students work individually and in small groups to research, study, and collect information necessary to complete the tasks.

MCAS Biology Preparation

This course is designed for Adult Diploma candidates to successfully pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Grade 10 Biology exam.  Students must demonstrate that they have reached the standards on the Biology strand of the Science and Technology curriculum framework in order to receive a high school diploma. Coursework prepares students to be tested in the following six content areas:

  • The Chemistry of Life
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Ecology

Lessons focus on developing a range of skills, habits of mind and subject matter knowledge.  Students must complete multiple choices, as well as open response items.

MCAS English Language Arts (ELA) Preparation

This course is designed for Adult Diploma candidates to successfully pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Grade 10 English Language Arts exam.  Students must demonstrate that they have reached the standards on English language arts and mathematics in order to receive a high school diploma. Coursework prepares students to be able to read and analyze basic literary concepts. Examples of readings include short stories, poetry, novel excerpts, and speeches. Students are required to read a novel and be able to respond to a provided writing prompt using a five paragraph composition format.

Lessons focus on developing reading and writing strategies. Students must complete multiple choice and open response items, as well as a five paragraph essay.

MCAS Math Preparation

This course is designed for Adult Diploma candidates to successfully pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Grade 10 mathematics exam. Students must demonstrate that they have reached the standards on the English language arts and mathematics in order to receive a high school diploma. Coursework prepares students to be tested in the following content areas:

  • Number Sense and Operations
  • Patterns, Relations, and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

Lessons focus on developing mathematical problem solving and communication skills necessary for the exam. Students must complete multiple choice items, as well as short answer and open response items.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education