The Adult Diploma Program

  • The Adult Diploma Program is designed especially for adults with experience in meeting family and work responsibilities. Adults can work at their own pace, at a location convenient to them and tailor assignments to fit their own experiences and needs.

    Program Overview

    Adults 23 or older demonstrate life-skill competencies in the following areas:

    • Learning Through My Community and Beyond 
    • Learning Through Financial Literacy and Numeracy 
    • Learning Through Health and Science 
    • Learning Through History and Social Science 
    • Learning Through My Next Steps


    Candidates must demonstrate an individualized competency in ONE of the following areas:

    • Academic
    • Occupational 
    • Skills Training 
    • Parenting
    • Community Service

    Students are also required to obtain a passing score on the MCAS in Mathematics, English Language Arts and Science or complete the State Alternative Portfolio Assessment.

    The Adult Diploma Program is conducted at several community-based agencies throughout the City of Boston.

    Graduates receive a Boston Central Adult High School diploma!


    What is the ADP?
    The Adult Diploma Program (ADP) is an alternative route to a high school diploma. Adults work at their own pace in this flexible program. It includes take home projects, performance assessments, frequent interviews, and library research.

    Where is the ADP?
    The Boston ADP operates year-round including the summer months at community based agencies. Programs offer both day and evening hours. Contact each site for specific information. All encourage the use of the variety of educational and cultural resources within the City of Boston.

    Who can Enroll in the ADP?
    Candidates must be 23 years or older. Students register with a community-based agency and complete the diagnostic and assessment phases. All entering adults take math, reading, and writing assessments. Those who need to review or to strengthen basic skills are referred to existing educational resources in the community. The high school diploma is awarded when students demonstrate competencies in the five areas listed above, plus one individualized competency. The graduation ceremony is held in June.

    Note: Students are also required to obtain a passing score on the MCAS in Mathematics, Science and English Language Arts or complete the state Alternative Portfolio Assessment.

  • Need a High School Diploma? Attend an information session to learn more about the different options for adults to earn a high school diploma or equivalency.

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Contact Us

  • Department of Adult Education & Community Services

    Madison Park Complex
    Building 1
    55 Malcolm X Boulevard
    Roxbury, MA 02120

    Phone: 617.635.9300 or 617.635.9827
    Fax: 617.635.9045
    Maria I. Harris
    Kristen D'Avolio 
    Director of Instruction
    Karla DeLeon
    Director, Student Affairs
    Michelle Foppiano
    Recruitment & Placement Specialist