Adult Education Student Handbook


The mission of the Groton Adult Diploma Program is to prepare our students to be informed responsible and productive citizens.  

Administration and staff are committed to creating an environment which promotes the pursuit of a high school diploma and is responsive to the needs of the individual learner in our diverse coastal community.  Our great challenge is to provide an education for every student who comes to our program and to keep them interested in pursuing a high school diploma until completion.

We assume the responsibility for assisting our students to develop initiative, to have respect for themselves and others, and to appreciate multi-cultural backgrounds and traditions.  We will foster in our students a strong desire to learn and to encourage them to become life-long learners

Adult Course Offerings

Subject to Change based on Enrollment


  • Civics
  • English 9-10
  • College Readiness Math
  • Biology
  • VLHS


  • English 11
  • US History
  • STEM & Tech Skills
  • VLHS


  • Personal Finance
  • Topics in American History
  • English 12
  • VLHS

Student Expectations

  • Students must be 17 years or older to attend the adult education program.
  • A minimum of 3 credits must be earned within the adult education program in order to obtain a diploma from Groton Adult Education.
  • Take responsibility for his/her learning.
  • Respect staff, themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills.
  • Be a clear and effective communicator.
  • Use oral, written, visual and technological modes of expression.
  • Read, listen to and interpret messages from multiple sources.
  • Read and respond to a variety of literature.
  • Analyze problems confronting mankind and his environment from a global perspective.
  • Manifest competency in math reasoning, application and computational skills.
  • Exhibit the ability to research and use information from a variety of sources.
  • Use technology productively to obtain and organize information.
  • Possess practical life skills including those of an educated consumer.

Diploma Requirements - 22 Credits

4 credits   -   English

3 credits   -   Math

3 credits   -   Social Studies  (US History and Civics are required)

3 credits   -   Science

1 credit     -   Vocational or Fine Arts

8 credits   -   Electives

A student must be actively enrolled in classes to earn a Diploma.

Report Cards and Exams

The school year is divided into two semesters.  Each semester is has two quarters.  A School Counselor will meet with each student periodically throughout the semester and review his/her scholastic achievement and attendance in each class. A final exam and /or project is given at the end of the semester and is recorded on the report card along with the final grade.  Students normally earn up to 3 academic credits each semester. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their progress with their teachers throughout the semester.

Marking System

A - Superior work

B - Very good work

C - Average work

D - Unsatisfactory, barely passing work

F - Failing work - no credit awarded

INC - Incomplete because of excused absences; work must be completed within 2 weeks after grade is assigned.


Night School Schedule


promptly from 5:30-8:30 PM

  • First semester runs from September thru January for 17 weeks.
  • Second semester runs from end of January to early June for 17 weeks.
  • You will earn a full credit for each course taken.
  • No NEW student can enroll in class after the 2nd week. Exceptions may be made for students transferring from Fitch High School (day) to Groton Adult Education (night school). Students may enroll in the Groton Adult Education program provided that their attendance at Fitch High School is in good standing.

Attendance Policy

Good attendance is a major contributor to academic success, so attendance in all classes is a significant factor in grades. Each course meets for 17 weeks which means perfect attendance is 51 hours of classroom instruction.  A student is expected to attend a certain number of instructional hours per the State of Connecticut Department of Education. A student will be allowed to have up to 2 absences per class, excused or unexcused. Late arrival and leaving early (up to 30 minutes total) can affect grade or course credit.  Arrival greater than 30 minutes or leaving greater than 30 minutes will constitute an unexcused absence.

Absences are not excused due to work schedules.

  • Unexcused absences – weigh on final grade for attendance.
  • Excused absences – a doctor’s note or legal verification is needed for all excused absences.

Students are allowed two absences per semester per course. If absent, the following protocol will be utilized:

1st absence – meeting with school counselor

2nd absence – meet with Co-Directors and sign a letter of acknowledgement

3rd absence – termination from the course for that semester

A student waiver is to be signed if the following occurs:

Enrollment into the program after 2 weeks – Students are only allowed 1.0 unexcused/ excused absence.

All students are asked to read and understand the attendance policy and will sign the student agreement form at the end of this handbook.

Non-Discrimination and Grievance Policy

The Groton Board of Education reaffirms that all educational opportunities taught by the Groton Public School System are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, creed, religion, age, handicap, ancestry, physical or mental disability or lack of proficiency in the English language.

The Board further designates the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, 1300 Flanders Road, Mystic, CT 06355, as the Coordinator of grievances.

Anyone who alleges discrimination may appeal in writing beginning at the appropriate level as follows:

Step 1: Referral to Adult Ed Director at evening school building level.  The Adult Ed Director will reply in writing within 10 days.

Step 2: If the matter is not resolved at Step 1, referral to the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  The Assistant Superintendent will reply in writing within 10 school days.

Step 3: If the matter is not resolved at Step 2, referral to the Board of Education with hearing within 10 school days after receipt of referral.  Written decision by the Board will be rendered within five (5) school days after the hearing.

Appeals beyond the Board of Education shall be made in accordance with procedures specified under law.  In the event an appeal is filed at a date such that a resolution could hold over until the beginning of the next school year, both parties may, upon mutual agreement reduce the time limits set forth so that the appeal procedure will be exhausted prior to the end of the school term or as soon after as is practicable.

Individuals with a disability who require an accommodation in order to participate

in any class or program, please contact the Adult Education Director, Frank Herrick, at West Side Middle School, 441-2152 during Adult Evening class hours.

Conduct Policy

Groton Adult Education has had a minimal number of discipline problems because of the cooperation and mutual respect between the staff and the student body. Some general simple rules are be respectful to yourself, others and the school, be on time, be prepared and don’t miss class.

Any electronic devices, which include cell phones, two-way radios and I-Pods are prohibited in class from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  If any electronic device disrupts a class, the student will be asked to turn it off.  If the device goes off a second time, the student will be asked to place the device on the Teacher’s desk.  If any student becomes uncooperative, he/she will be asked to leave.

Conduct that is unacceptable and could lead to disciplinary action up to and including removal from the program is as follows:

  •  Possession of a weapon
  •  Possession or consumption of drugs or alcohol
  •  Destruction of school property
  •  Theft
  •  Fighting
  •  Profanity
  • Disruptive classroom behavior
  • Threatening or intimidating students or staff
  • Continued sexual or bias harassment
  • Flagrant disobedience to a staff member.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on school grounds (this includes the school parking lot)
  • Cell phones are required to be turned off during class time and no ear buds are allowed.


  • Students may only take breaks inside the school building.
  • Bathroom breaks will be permitted at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Times will be documented to determine any misuse.


  • Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on school grounds

School Grounds

  • All students are to be off school grounds by 8:30pm. If a student is found after 8:30 pm a suspension will be issued. If a second violation occurs the student will be expelled from the program.

Textbook Policy

The Board of Education will furnish any books and materials to any adult student who is a resident of such cooperating school district and is enrolled in any program required under section 10-69 for use in such program. No charge may be made to any adult enrolled in the classes and activities pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-69 offered by a cooperating eligible entity.

Students will be held accountable for textbooks or materials that are not returned.

Groton Adult Education Student Agreement Form

Groton Adult Ed Student Agreement Form