Frequently Asked Questions (High School Diploma & GED)

Are you an accredited program?

DCDAL is accredited through Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

When can I start classes?

DCDAL offers four terms per year.  Semesters typically begin in January, March, June, and September.  Each semester is 10 in duration.  To see the next available orientation dates, check the registration tab on home page of this website.

How many credits can I earn in each term? (high school diploma students)

A student may earn an average of 2 credits per semester.

Where do I take my exams/assessments?

You can take your exams/assessments at an approved DCDAL testing location. There are testing locations in each of the three counties in Delaware.

How do I complete assignments?

Students complete assignments online through DCDAL's online learning system-MyDCDAL.

Will the credits from my previous high school transfer to DCDAL?

Yes.  Generally, most credits earned at your previous high school(s) will transfer to DCDAL.

How long will it take me to get my diploma or GED?

For the James H. Groves diploma program, it will depend on how many credits you still need to achieve Delaware’s 24 required credits. Currently, Delaware requires 4 credits in English (one credit in a senior level English), 4 credits in Mathematics (one credit in Algebra 1, one credit in Algebra 2, and one credit in Geometry), 3 credits in Social Studies (one credit in U.S. History), 3 credits in Science (one credit in Biology), 1/2 of a credit in Health, 3 Career Pathway credits, and 4.5 elective credits.  A counselor will review your previous high school transcript and determine exactly how many you need.


For the GED program, it will depend on your skill levels in reading, writing, and math.

How do I enroll?

To enroll, fill out the online registration form to schedule to attend an upcoming placement test and orientation. After you successfully complete the initial reading, math, and writing assessments , you will learn how to access and complete classes using our online learning system.

What are the costs?

  • There is a $20 materials fee for James H. Groves Adult High School classes per term (every ten weeks.)
  • GED preparation and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are free. There is a $120 fee for the Official GED Test.

Who can enroll?

Delaware residents age 16 or older who are withdrawn from traditional high school and have not earned a high school diploma.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a personalized program with quality instruction and support to enable adult learners to become more effective employees, family members, and community participants.