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28 Jameson Hill Road • Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
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Program Info/High School Diploma

 

 

 

 

    New & Returning Student Registration Day

    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019  • Noon to 6 PM

    Saco Learning Center, 80 Common St, Saco

Call 207 282 3846 OR Just Drop IN!

The high school diploma program is designed to enable students 17 years of age or older to take classes and meet the requirements for a high school diploma. Those who are 18 years of age or older, not enrolled in high school, and have completed all course requirements are eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students must complete at least one (1) credit in an Adult Education course in order to graduate from our program. Students 18 years or younger whose high school graduating class has not yet graduated must attend adult education classes for at least two semesters. Classes are open to students 17 years of age or older who are not enrolled in high school programs. Acceptance may be contingent on the completion of an academic contract.

Required classes are offered on a regular basis to assist students in completing their high school diploma. Upon enrollment, a plan is set forth that identifies and outlines the courses a student needs to complete their diploma requirements. Each high school transcript is evaluated to determine an individualized program of study.
Students may also be awarded credits for various life experiences, including work experience, on-the-job training, homemaking, apprenticeship programs, home study, and volunteer service.

To Enroll
Our Academic program offers open enrollment throughout the semester so you are welcome in most classes even after the start date. Please call (207) 282-3846 or (207) 934-7922 (summer) to set up an appointment with our Student Services Coordinator, who will help tailor your educational needs to support your academic success! You may also email our Student Services Coordinator at: lnigol@rsu23.org

NOTE: A total of twenty-two (22) course credits* is required for an adult education high school diploma. In order to participate in graduation ceremonies, students must complete all requirements by the Monday prior to graduation each June.

If interested in getting your high school credential instead of a diploma - visit our HiSET page.

 

 

Supporting Courses for Adult High School Completion or HiSet Certificate

 

Adult Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing - 1/2/19-6/5/19, M/W from 1:30-3 PM, rm 1, Melissa Mowery

 

I mprove your reading comprehension and become clear, competent and confident writers! Write a number of different types of paragraphs using the 5 components of "Critical Thinking:" open-mindedness, problem solving, creativity, analysis, and communication.  A wonderful variety of National Geographic readings and writings will be used as instructional guides.

 

Adult Math: Comprehensive Review & Accuplacer Prep - 1/2/19-6/5/19,M/W from 11 - 12:30, rm 1, Melissa Mowery

 

Whether you are looking for review or preparing for college level math, this is the class for you! The "Comprehensive Review" portion of the class will refresh your skills with whole number operations, mental math, fractions, decimals, and percents. Math in this course is learned through practice, real life contextualization using the concepts, and individualized instruction. The "Accuplacer Prep" portion of the class is self paced and individualized depending on the results of Unit Pre-tests – You only work on the skills you haven’t mastered yet! Accuplacer Prep starts with basic arithmetic and progresses through geometry and algebra skills.  The two portions of this class run simultaneously throughout the semester.

 

Adult U.S. Government - 1/3/19-6/6/19, T/Th from 10:30-12 PM, rm 1, Melissa Mowery

 

Learn about the U.S. Government and earn credit towards your high school diploma! This course will focus on 4 main topics: 1) How & why the U.S. government began, 2) Exploring the Branches of the U.S. government, 3) Understanding Amendments, 4) The rights & responsibilities of U.S. citizens. 

 

Explorations in Literature – 1/2/2019-4/10/19, Mon/Wed from 8-10 AM, rm 2, Christine Adams

 

Explorations in Literature is designed to improve students’ abilities for employment, further schooling, or to simply refresh reading and writing skills.  Through a variety of reading materials, students investigate different types of literature styles.

 

Missed the start date? No problem! This class has ongoing enrollment as studies are tailored to our students’ needs.

 

Adult Education High School Diploma Credit Requirements

English

4.0 Credits

U. S. History

1.0 Credit

U. S. Government

1.0 Credit

Science

2.0 Credits

Mathematics

3.0 Credits

Computer Literacy

1.0 Credits

Health/Life Skills

0.5 Credit

Humanities

0.5 Credit

Job Readiness/Career Exploration

0.5 Credit

Community Service Project

0.5 Credit

Electives

7.5 Credits

*NOTE: For students born on or before October 15, 1968, only 16 course credits are required. For those eligible for this option, there are nine (9) core courses: 4 English, 2 Math, 1 Science, 1 U. S. History, and 1 Social Studies

Summary of Course Requirements and Options

Listed in accordance with a suggested sequence for student enrollment and completion.

1) English I (1 credit): This level of study assumes less than 0.5 hour homework per class.
a) Exploring the World Through Reading and Writing (reading level of 5 or less)
b) Essential Reading and Writing Skills (reading below 7; best: 3-6 range)
c) Reading for Life (reading below 7; best: 3-6 range)
d) Or any option from English II (if student skill level is appropriate)

2) English II (1 credit): This level of study assumes about 0.5 hour homework per class.
a) Reading and Writing Skills Workshop (reading 6 or higher; combined reading/writing in 5-8 range)
b) Writing is Like Driving a Car (reading 6 or higher; combined reading/writing in 5-8 range)
c) Topics in Social Studies, Science, and Literature (with focus on Literature)
d) Or any option from English III (if student skill level is appropriate)

3) Math I (1 credit): This level of study assumes about 0.5 hour homework per class.
a) General Math (reading in 3-6 range; math in 2-5 range)
b) Practical Math Refresher (reading 5 or higher; math in 4-8 range)
c) Exploring the World Through Reading, Writing, and Math (reading in 3-6 range; math in 2-5 range)
d) Or any option from Math II (if student skill level is appropriate)

4) Computer (1 credit): This level of study assumes less than 0.5 hour homework per class.
a) Computer Literacy
b) Introduction to Computers
c) Other advanced computer courses (as approved by the Academic Program Director)

5) Health Science/Life Skills (1/2 credit): This level of study assumes about 0.5 hour homework per class.
(reading level of 5 or higher)

6) English III (1 credit): This level of study assumes about 0.75 hour homework per class.
a) Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Skills (reading above 6; combined reading/writing in 6-8 range)
b) Business English (reading 7 or above; combined reading/writing in 7-10 range)
c) GED and College Prep Writing: Mechanics Review and/or Essays (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 7-10 range)
d) GED Writing and Test Taking Prep (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 7-10 range)
e) Or any option from English IV (if student skill level is appropriate)

7) Math II (1 credit): This level of study assumes 0.75 hour homework per class.
a) Math is Like Spending Money and Paying Taxes (reading 5 or higher; math 4-10)
b) Math Problem Solving (reading 6 or higher; math 6-10 range)
c) Math and Measure (reading 6.5 or higher; math 6-10 range)
d) GED Math and Test Taking Prep (reading 8 or higher; math 7-11 range)
e) Or any option from Math III

8) Science I (1 credit): This level of study assumes at least 0.75 hour homework per class.
a) General Science, Health Science, Hands-on Science, other special science study (reading 5 or higher for this and all Science I level)
b) Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing class (with focus on Science)
c) Other Science Electives (as approved by the Academic Program Director)
d) Topics in Social Studies, Science, and Literature (with focus on Science)
e) Or any options from Science II (if student skill level is appropriate)

9) Job Readiness/Career Exploration (1/2 credit): This level of study assumes 0.5 hour homework per class (reading level of 5 or higher).

10) Math III (1 credit): This level of study assumes 0.75-1.0 hour homework per class.
a) Math Problem Solving (reading 6 or higher; math 6-10 range)
b) Math and Measure (reading 6.5 or higher; math 6-10 range)
c) Consumer Math (reading 8 or higher; math 7-10 range)
d) Algebra and/or Geometry (reading 10 or higher; math 9 or higher)
e) Transition math (reading 8 or higher; math 7-10)
f) Bookkeeping or Accounting (with the permission of the Adult Education Director)

11) History (1 credit): This level of study assumes 1.0-1.25 hours homework per class.
(Reading 6 or higher; combined reading/writing 6-10 range)

12) Humanities (1 credit): This level of study assumes 0.5 hour homework per class.
a) Taking Responsibility: Ethics in Today's World (combined reading/writing 7+)
b) Enrichment studies in art, music, etc. (as approved by the Academic Program Director)
c) Other electives (as approved by the Academic Program Director)

13) English IV (1 credit): This level of study assumes 1.0-1.5 hours homework per class.
a) College Prep Literature (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 8-10 range)
b) College Prep Writing (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 8-10 range)
c) Professional Writing (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 8-10 range)
d) Other Literature options (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 8-10 range)
e) Other Advanced Writing options (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing in 8-10 range)

14) Problem of Democracy: U. S. Government and Citizenship (1 credit): This level of study assumes 1.0-1.5 hours homework per week.
(reading 6 or higher; combined reading/writing in 6-10 range)

15) Community Service Project (1/2 credit): This level of study assumes a total of at least 20 volunteer service hours.

16) Science II (1 credit): This level of study assumes 1.0-1.5 hours homework per week.
a) Energy and Conservation (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing 7 or higher)
b) Environmental Science (reading 8 or higher; combined reading/writing 7 or higher)
c) Biology, Chemistry, Physics (reading 10 or higher; combined reading/writing 9 or higher)
d) Other Science electives (as approved by the Academic Program Director)

17) Other Electives as needed

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