Adult Diploma Program (ADP)
The ADP is an alternative way of earning a high school diploma. Students must first demonstrate acceptable reading, math, and writing skills as measured by the ADP entrance exams. After completing the 3 diagnostic tests, students are given a set of 6 tasks. 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.
In addition, students are required to pass the grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) English Language Arts and Mathematics exams. This program collaborates with the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE) and Somerville Public Schools for testing services.
General Education Development (GED)
This program develops critical thinking skills, increases reading comprehension, improves written communication and numeracy skills, develops research and study skills, and prepares students for the GED test and for higher education. Many colleges and employers accept a passing score on the GED as an alternative to a high school diploma. The GED consists of five timed subject area examinations: writing, social studies, science, interpreting literature and the arts, and mathematics. An important feature of the GED test is the essay, which documents a student's ability to communicate effectively through writing.