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Adult High School Program - Adult Education and Literacy Services

The Adult High School Program establishes an alternative method for adults, who did not graduate from high school, to earn a high school diploma and potentially earn post-secondary credit or an industry-recognized certification in an environment that meets the needs of the adult learner.

The Adult High School Program will address the needs of adult learners and improve their quality of life by providing:

  • Academic services that lead to a high school diploma
  • Postsecondary education and training opportunities
  • Industry recognized credentialing opportunities, and
  • Wraparound services that address challenges.

This will provide learners with the necessary tools and skills to meet their current and future academic and career aspirations.

The pilot program, established by House Bill 1381, became effective July 1, 2017.

The Adult High School Program is under the authority of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Department of Labor.

Adult High School Program
Solicitation for Proposals

Eligible Applicants
Private non-profit organizations interested in applying to become a program operator will need to submit a detailed proposal, including a three-year budget. Refer to the solicitation for proposals for the complete description of eligibility.

The operator must secure financing to develop or have the capacity to secure financing for the development of a physical site for the adult high school. The applicant must present a detailed 3-year budget with the proposal to demonstrate financial sufficiency.

Limited funding may be available in the future for adult high schools established in a Maryland Opportunity Zone.

Key Dates
Solicitation for Proposals (Word) Release: June 3, 2019
Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: June 21, 2019
Technical Assistance Briefing: June 27, 2019
Proposal submission deadline: September 9, 2019

Technical Assistance Briefing

Adult High School Program Contact
Perketer Tucker , Maryland Department of Labor
Laurel R. Williams, Maryland State Department of Education

Information about the Task Force to Study the Adult High School Concept.