James H. Groves

James H. Groves Adult High School

Admission Criteria

    The following individuals may enroll in the James H. Groves High School:

  • Adults, 18 years of age and older, who reside in the State of Delaware or who have worked in Delaware for a minimum of one year are eligible.
  • Out of school youth, 16 & 17, who have officially withdrawn from a day school and who have not been expelled or have an expulsion pending shall enroll under a waiver process.
  • Non-residents, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements set forth above, are also eligible to enroll in the James H. Groves Adult High School.  In addition to completing the entire admissions process, these students must pay $60 per half credit in addition to the materials fee of $27.
  •  Individuals expelled from a local school/district shall not be enrolled in Groves High School for the duration of the expulsion, without first obtaining a waiver from the Department of Education.  Individuals who enroll without a waiver shall lose credits earned during the expulsion period.
  • An applicant for a waiver shall be at least 17 years of age plus intend to graduate from the James H. Groves High School.  Students who have been expelled from a traditional high school may enroll in the James H. Groves Adult High School so long as the students were expelled for a nonviolent reason.  Students shall not be a security threat, must demonstrate an interest in learning, and state specific ways to be a successful student.

Groves Strategic Plan Priorities and Goals

  1. Access to Programming

Goal 1: Provide access to the Groves program that is responsive to changes in the community and the diversity of students.

Objective 1: Offer academic programming using the Delaware Department of Education standards aligned curriculum.

  • Complete alignment of all Groves Courses with College and Career Readiness Standards and Next Gen Science Standards to satisfy DDOE requirements.

Objective 2: Provide opportunities for students to become engaged in community activities.

Objective 3: Provide instruction that supports learners in their abilities to become effective worker, supportive family members and informed community members. 

  • Develop a transition to work program/process for students
  • Offer transition to work program/process to students
  • Host or co-host post-secondary employment fairs
  • Host employer workshops on site and at the annual student conference

Objective 4: Research national, state, and local data and demographics to ensure that the changing needs of students and the community are being met.

  • Review data to identify “at risk” students most likely to not complete a Groves course

Goal 2: Offer programming that promotes lifelong learning, self-direction, and digital literacy.

Objective 1: Provide options and opportunities for learning in a flexible environment.

  • Enhance ABE feeder patterns by reviewing ABE student data to identify the characteristics of “diploma seeker” ABE students

Objective 2: Offer guidance and transitional services that lead to continued learning beyond the James H. Groves Adult High School program.

  • Provide supports to students that facilitate/encourage course completion and fulfillment of the student graduation plan
  • Facilitate career and postsecondary planning
  • Assist students with navigating online resources for career and postsecondary opportunities

Goal 3: Promote the program statewide and communicate with all stakeholders.

Objective 1: Maintain local and statewide print and online marketing efforts to promote services for adult learners statewide while exploring new strategies to reach learners who do not have a high school diploma.

  • OAASIS will maintain an active Facebook page

Objective 2: Participate in public stakeholder events supported by practitioner and student organizations.

  • Events will be scheduled throughout the year by OAASIS, DAACE, Groves Centers, School Districts

Objective 3: Provide useful metrics and reports that blend fiscal and program data to support informed budgetary decisions.

  • Quarterly reporting is maintained and a statewide Annual Report is compiled and distributed

Objective 4: Develop a Groves Brand and a uniform marketing plan.

  • Develop marketing plan for Groves Adult High School to build community awareness
  1. Curriculum and Instruction

Goal 4: Address student academic goals through explicit instruction that is meaningful and rigorous and meets state approved standards.

Objective 1: Offer targeted professional development with current and innovative curriculum which leads to providing quality instruction to improve student skills and competencies.

  • Review and revise instructional delivery to increase student course completions

Objective 2: Deliver and monitor instruction designed to improve student skills and competencies.

  • Follow Groves curriculum and provide feedback to individual students based on formative and summative assessments

Objective 3: Ensure that all instructional materials are aligned with state standards.

  • Curriculum committees of certified teachers align with CCR standards and differentiated delivery strategies

Goal 5: Deliver curriculum that reflects the needs of adult learners and enhances the individual’s post-secondary and employment opportunities.

Objective 1: Complete graduation and transition planning to post-secondary training or education and/or employment.

  • Integrate graduation and career planning topics into Student Orientations
  • Develop a career plan template
  • Meet with students to complete career and graduation plans starting with potential graduates

Objective 2: Offer academic coursework embedded with employability skills.

  • Develop and integrate “employability skills” into student processes and classroom instruction

Objective 3: Create and maintain a sustainable technology plan that provides current instructional resources for staff and offers innovative learning opportunities for students.

  • Develop Technology Plan to increase and update technology available to students
  • Increase technology integration into courses

Objective 4: Offer career pathways that align to Delaware workforce needs.

  • Integrate graduation and career planning topics into Student Orientations
  • Develop a career plan
  • Meet with students to develop graduation and career plans
  • Develop additional Career Pathways courses
  1. Student Supports

Goal 6: Provide a supportive learning environment that enables students to obtain maximum benefits from the James H. Groves Adult High School.

Objective 1: Promote the development of behaviors and attitudes that enable individuals to be effective workers, supportive family members, and informed community members.

  • Meet with “at risk” students to support retention

Objective 2: Provide supports to retain students through graduation.

  • Develop supports needed by ABE student “diploma seeker” to enter Groves
  • Develop supports needed by “fast track” students to complete graduate within 24 months
  • Develop supports that will help “at risk” students to successfully complete courses

Objective 3: Utilize technology to enhance communications with students and provide support services.

  • Communicate information to students using various electronic forms (school website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Schoology, email, text)
  • Review and select career development  planning software
  • Schedule students into career planning software and/or provide assistance with college applications and FAFSA

Goal 7: Provide non-instructional services that promote academic success and motivate students to achieve their greatest potential.

Objective 1: Implement transition processes toward post-secondary, employability readiness; including additional non-instructional services as needed for at-risk students.

  • Develop a transition program/ process for students exiting Groves
  • Offer transition programming to students
  • Host post-secondary career fairs including skills training programs, community college and university offerings
  • Review and enhance student advisory process to support program improvement

Objective 2: Develop rapport with students to maintain commitment.

  • Meet with “fast track” students to complete graduation within 24 months

Objective 3:  Develop a “toolkit” of resources including non-instructional materials as needed for at risk students.

  • Further develop the student recognition process.
  • Identify strategies to accelerate credit completion

Objective 4: Extend employment search and work readiness skills through career counseling services.

  • Select and use job market resources for students to explore job opportunities

Objective 5: Maintain partnerships and linkages with other agencies/service providers to support students during and after enrollment.

  • Provide financial Support/Scholarship Workshops
  • Follow up with Groves graduates on what they are doing three months, one year and two years after graduation
  1. Program Quality

Goal 8: Manage program resources efficiently to deliver quality adult education services.

Objective 1: Demonstrate fiscal responsibility to maximize quality services for students enrolled in the James H. Groves Adult High School.

  • Utilize casual seasonal and part staff

Objective 2: Develop an Impact Statement describing Groves services to support funding.

Goal 9: Ensure accurate and accountable data collection and analysis to address quality service delivery.

Objective 1: Maintain and report measureable program outcomes that reflect goals and objectives.

  • Develop a system to gather the tracking information from the P-20  Data Match and share the information with programs
  • Monitor and review student course completions
  • Review student data to identify  characteristics  of  students who do not complete 12 hours of  attendance

Objective 2: Collect and prepare data for quarterly desk audits and annual reports.

  • Data match with P-20 Count to determine number of students transitioning to post-secondary education
  • Data match with P-20 Count to determine number of students entering and retaining employment

Objective 3: Practice proactive data analysis toward program improvement efforts.

  • Develop a system to gather the tracking information from the P-20  Data Match and share the information with programs
  • Review student data to determine the characteristics of “fast track” students who graduated within one and two years
  • Review student data to identify  characteristics  of  students who do not complete 12 hours of  attendance