The Accelerated Performance Learning Program (APL)

The Accelerated Performance Learning (APL) Program is a program in which you can earn your high school diploma from Urbana High School. APL is an adult program. The completion of the requirements is your responsibility.

Should you ever decide to drop out of the program before completing the requirements, please talk to your instructor, a counselor, or the Director. You took an important step in returning to school, and we want to see you graduate, so give us a chance to help you.

Eligibility and Registration Requirements:

  1. Must be at least eighteen years of age and be officially withdrawn from school prior to registration in this program.
  2. Must take and score at least a 9th grade level on the reading and math portion of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

Graduation requirements:

  1. Complete the unit work including all community activities for each of forty units of study (see list) and successfully pass the unit exam with a score of 70% or above.
  2. Pass an assessment test in each of the four areas with a score of at least 70%. Each of the assessment tests covers all the material presented within each area of study: Consumer Education, Occupational Knowledge, Health, and Government and Law.
  3. Complete the Writing portion (six components).
  4. Select one of the following three competency areas: Advanced Academic, Occupational/Vocational, or Home Management. Complete the required work for the selected area. The Home Management option is available only to students who have lived independently and have (or are expecting) children.
  5. Complete a computer checklist to assess basic computer skills.
  6. Record at least two hundred hours of classroom attendance.
  7. Present evidence of successfully passing the U.S. and State of Illinois Constitution Test. This test may be taken while enrolled.
  8. Furnish a copy of high school transcripts from all high schools previously attended.
  9. Retake the reading test to determine changes in grade level from time of original testing.
  10. Meet with the Director of Adult Education to discuss your experiences in APL and your
    plans for the future.

Minimum Time for Completion of Program:

  1. While the guidelines below show the shortest amount of time in which a diploma can be earned, it should be noted that many students take one or two years or more to complete the program (some take longer, some shorter). Completion rates reflect students’ individual schedules, attendance, efforts, and abilities.

Maximum Time for Completion of the Program:

  1. We encourage students to work diligently toward their educational goals. If a student is not able to complete the program by the end of one school year, because of individual circumstances, they may resume their work in the following school year.

Graduation Exercises/Diplomas/Transcripts:

  1. Upon completion of graduation requirements, a picture will be taken of the student in a cap and gown. The student may also bring a camera if more pictures are desired.
  2. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Urbana Adult Education Commencement Ceremonies. Information regarding ordering cap and gowns and participating in the Commencement Ceremony will be mailed to you in early Spring.
  3. Students who do not participate in graduation exercises must pick up their diploma at Urbana Adult Education after Commencement Ceremonies have been held.
  4. No student shall receive a diploma or participate in the Commencement Ceremonies without satisfying the academic requirements for graduation.
  5. A $2.00 fee is charged for each copy of an official student transcript. Transcripts can be obtained in the Registrar’s Office at Urbana High School, 1002 S Race St, Urbana, 61801, 384-3511.

In compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment), approximately 27% or $330,275 of federal funding supports this program.

Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities are available upon request.

Rev. January 16, 2013