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Course Descriptions


Students may pre-register for these FREE programs, which are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education, by calling 781-871-8410. Registration for enrollment and testing will be scheduled by appointment. If you have any questions regarding these programs, please call 781-871-8410.

Adult Education Course Descriptions

General Math

This course was designed to be the basic structure in preparing students for standardized math testing. First the review of basic math skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percentages. Students will then develop those skills into problem solving techniques that include exponents, square roots, probability, and statistics. All topics will be the foundation for the Advanced Math course that follows.

Advanced Math

This course is designed to use the skills learned in General Math and develop the techniques needed to be successful on standardized math exams. Students will learn to interpret graphs, solve equations and inequalities and develop various algebra and geometry skills. The completion of this class will leave each student prepared in all the areas of math needed to enroll in a community college or a technical school.

College Prep Math

Wed evenings 5:30 - 9:00 PM

This course is designed to ready students for the college Accuplacer test and college level mathematics courses.

Writing and Comprehension

This course is designed for students with basic writing and comprehension skills in preparation for high school English and Adult Diploma. The focus of this class will be to re-introduce students to Basic English skills through writing, reading and discussion. Through individual writing assignments students will improve their knowledge as related to basic grammar, vocabulary and paragraph development. Students will also complete reading assignments and participate in class discussion of current events or areas of interest in order to develop critical thinking skills. The end goal of the class will be to write an essay addressing 3 goals they will have set to be accomplished over the next 2, 5 and 10 years, related to their financial and career lives.


The purpose of this class is to expand and develop a student's writing skills and reading comprehension. Students will read and discuss a variety of works of literature, thereby developing their critical thinking skills. In addition, students will engage in research based writing and reading. Throughout the course, students will engage in the writing process and practice their revision skills. Upon completion of the class, students will be prepared to write a research paper on the topic of their choice.


Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Biology is designed for students who need to pass the Biology MCAS. It provides a greater understanding of biology at the molecular level. Topic areas include cellular and molecular biology, organismal reproduction, development, growth and nutrition, ecology, heredity, genetic engineering, evolution, organismal biology (structure and function), systematics, and behavior.

Environmental Science

Wednesday evenings  5:30 - 9:00 PM

Introduces many different aspects of environmental science as it relates to: ecology, the biosphere, land, forests, and soil; water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Connects scientific theory and concepts to current, real-world dilemmas.


Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 9:00 PM

A basic, introductory course in computing. This course covers PC history, hardware, software and operating concepts. The student will receive hands on experience in : Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets.

STAR (Student Achievement in Reading)

The STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) is a program of evidence- based reading instruction geared towards adults reading at an intermediate grade level (grades 4-8.9).

STAR requires teachers to use diagnostic assessments to identify the individual strengths and weaknesses of their learners and to target reading instruction accordingly. Teachers help students improve their skills in the key components of reading by explaining new concepts, modeling strategies, and providing many opportunities for learners to practice.

The key components of STAR are:

  • ALPHABETICS: The process that readers use to identify words.
  • FLUENCY: The ability to read with efficiency and ease.
  • VOCABULARY: The body of words whose meanings a person knows and understands.
  • COMPREHENSION: The process and product of understanding connected text.

Senior  Portfolio

This class consists of research and problem solving topics that must be presented in a final copy portfolio to meet graduation requirements.

Introduction to Writing and Comprehension

The course will use a variety of strategies and modalities which support the unique skills and knowledge of the students.

This class will emphasize skill building in Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, and Writing.

Instruction will focus on improved comprehension of texts in literature through a variety of Reading,Writing lessons in prose, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Students will learn to discriminate among genres and develop critical thinking skills. Specific activities will be emphasized, such as: Identification of Main Idea and Supporting Details, Making Inferences, and Summarizing the Text. Throughout the acquisition of fundamental literacy skills, students will prepare for Adult Diploma classes.

Career Pathways

This program provides students with several  opportunities to prepare for a career as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, Pharmacy Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist, or Medical Terminologist. Courses are online with instructor support. Internships are arranged for CNA and PA students. Testing for both are off site.

  • Microsoft® Office Specialist

    This course introduces students to the features and functionalities of Microsoft® Office® 2010 while preparing them for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program. Students prepare to take one or more MOS certification.

  • Medical Terminology

    The knowledge and skills gained in this course will provide students entering the healthcare field with a deeper understanding of the application of the language of health and medicine The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to healthcare settings, medical procedures, pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology, and pathology.

  • Pharmacy Technician

    This course prepares students for employment as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), and covers the skills needed for the pharmacy technician field. Successful completion of this course prepares the student for national certification for employment as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

  • Nursing Assistant

    This course prepares students to provide and assist with all aspects of activities of daily living and medical care for the adult patient in hospital, long-term care, and home settings. Successful completion of this course from an approved program prepares the student for state certification for employment as a Nursing Assistant.


RHS Tues./Thurs. 5:30-9:00p.m.

This course will assist students who intend to participate in Hi Set testing. Students must test at the 9th grade level or above to participate in this program. Students who do not qualify will be enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes until they test to the required level. Students will be prepared to successfully complete this test using traditional and computer instructional technology. Counselors will assist prepared students for Hi Set test registration at participating centers.


RHS Tues./Wed./Thurs. 5:30-9:00p.m.

FREE family-based remedial and enrichment literacy program for school-aged children of Rockland Regional Adult Learning program participants. Spaces are limited and ONLY CHILDREN OF ACTIVE STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN ATTENDANCE will be permitted to attend.