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An adult high school or adult school is a high school facility designed for adult education. It is intended for adults who have not completed high school to continue their education. Some adult high schools offer child care, special integration programs for immigrants and refugees, career and other programs and services geared toward the special needs of adult students. Some adult high schools may also offer general interest programs such as computer skills or other continuing education courses.

A few cities in the United States and Canada have dedicated adult high school facilities. In most other cities, students age out of the system at 19 or 20 leaving them no other option than getting their GED or attend an online high school program. This is a problem for students who still need many classes to gain the skills they need to pass a GED test. This problem is compounded for the United States' growing foreign born population who are not familiar with the American school systems and are still learning English, especially if they come into the United States in their teens and are expected to catch up with their American peers by the time they reach the age of 19 or 20.


Samuel Fox is credited with helping William Singleton to start the first "Adult School"[1] in 1798.[2] Initially, the classes were for young women from local lace and hosiery factories.[3] William Singleton, a Methodist started the school, but it was Fox and the staff from his grocer shop that maintained it. Fox's staff was expected to teach at this school and Fox provided breakfast at 9 a.m. on a Sunday after they had completed two hours of teaching.[4] The school grew to include men, but it was said that Fox was specifically interested in improving adult education. Lessons are believed to have started with a Bible reading, but the book was then used as a text book to enable scholars to practise reading and writing. Fox conducted lessons for three mornings a week for students of more advanced arithmetic and he would fund some to go to become teachers themselves.[4]


  1. ^ W.B. Stephens, ed (1964). "A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 7". British History Online. pp. 411–434. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Holland Walker, J.; A.P.Nicholson (1934). "An itinerary of Nottingham". Transactions of the Thoroton Society 38. Retrieved January 2010. 
  3. ^ Quakers and Adult Schools, infed.org, accessed January 2010
  4. ^ a b Rowntree, John Wilhelm (2009). A History of the Adult School Movement p10-11. p. 116. Retrieved January 2009. 

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Cape Gazette
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:15:00 -0700

James H. Groves Adult High School's Sussex Center, administered by the Sussex Technical School District, graduated 27 students at its 50th annual commencement Aug. 13 in the Sussex Tech gymnasium. Sussex Technical School District is one of six ...
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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:07:56 -0700

The Sussex Tech Adult Division announces the 50th Commencement Exercise of its James H. Groves Adult High School. Adult students from all over Sussex County will celebrate their high school completion Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Sussex ...
Lebanon Democrat
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:20:30 -0700

The Adult High School was first established in 1992 by the Wilson County Board of Education to allow older residents who had dropped out of school to obtain their high school diplomas in order to advance their careers. As time passed, the school began ...


Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:25:39 -0700

With over 2,000 students annually TAS has a goal of serving educational needs for community learning courses, career technical education, ESL, adult basic education, high school equivalency test prep and adult high school diploma classes.
Morgan Hill Times
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:45:00 -0700

In the 2013-14 school year, there were 757 total students with 52 earning Adult High School diplomas and 51 earning California High School Equivalency diplomas. The Community Adult School, which has been and will continue to be an official GED test ...
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:11:15 -0700

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:28:42 -0700

In the 2013-14 school year, there were 757 total students with 52 earning Adult High School diplomas and 51 earning California High School Equivalency diplomas. The adult ed program follows the district calendar, except it starts on Aug. 18 for high ...
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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:49:38 -0700

Cornerstone is a program offered by Greenbush Service Center. Adults can work on the computer to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Students work at their own pace with flexible hours.

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