ADP is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education according to the PA Common Core State Standards, which are closely aligned with the National Common Core (about 85%), with a few adjustments made to better fit the needs of Pennsylvania students. The program is designed for students from Grade 9 to Grade 12.

Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language, Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

What is Common Core?

  • The establishment of state education standards has always been – and remains – under the jurisdiction of each state. In order to provide consistency in standards for core subjects such as math and English, states began to recognize the need for common benchmarks across the country.
  • A multi-state effort began as early as 2004 to determine if common standards in math and English could be identified. Several years later, the formal effort was coordinated by two entities representing state leaders in education policy.
    • National Governors Association (NGA) – which represents all states’ chief executives, and;
    • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – which represents every states’ top government official overseeing education (in Pennsylvania, this official is the Secretary of Education).
  • NGA and CCSSO worked in collaboration with state officials, teachers, parents and other interested parties across the country to develop model standards in math and English for states to consider using. These model standards are now referred to as Common Core.
  • The Common Core standards provide:

    • Clear, understandable and consistent standards for all states to consider when developing their state-specific standards for math and English;
    • Evidence-based rigorous content;
    • Standards aligned with college and career readiness.


General Information

Address: 9 Donation Road, Greenville, Pennsylvania

Founded: 1810

Type of School: Public

Grades: 7 – 12

Academic Highlights

  • GHS graduates are accepted at highly competitive colleges and universities every year.
  • GHS Students can earn over 50 University credits through the University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill University.
  • Students can take programming and app design courses offered by Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Four 3D printers and one state of the art laser engraving printer that allows students to design and produce their own.
  • Models and equipment.
  • Interactive robotics program for students interested in engineering, design and management.

Top Universities attended by Graduates:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Miami (FL)
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Purdue University
  • Syracuse University
  • Yale University

Featured Highlights

Greenville High School (GHS) is officially recognized as a distinguished National Blue Ribbon School Award by the U.S. Department of Education! The official announcement was made by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on September 28th, 2017, who praised the 2017 schools award winners: “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future. You are visionaries, innovators, and leaders.”


The standard framework, assessments, and curriculum of each subject are developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Each subject will have different evaluation criteria but generally follow the following framework:

  • 20% will be allocated for homework, projects, homework and daily questions.
  • 80% will be allocated for chapter / lesson exams and end-of-course exams.




90 – 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


0 – 59%

To complete a course and receive a credit, students must get a D, equivalent to 60% of the subject knowledge. If students not reach 60%, students need to resit some parts or the whole course.

Keystone Exams

Starting with the Graduating Class of 2020, students must be successful completion of secondary level course work in English Language Arts/Literature, Algebra I, and Biology in which a student demonstrates proficiency on the associated Keystone Exam.

The keystone exams are Pennsylvania’s end of course tests that were designed to prove proficiency in the subject matter. All students must still take the keystone exams to meet federal guidelines, however; only students who failed to score at the minimum levels will need to look into alternative ways of meeting graduation requirements. While passing the keystone exams themselves is not required in three of the five pathways, students must still prove they understand and can apply the material covered in the courses.

Project-Based Assessment

The Pennsylvania Department of Education shall develop a Project Based Assessment System that is aligned with the module for each Keystone Exam.

If a student is unable to pass a Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam Module, the student may supplement the Keystone score through satisfactory completion of a Project Based Assessment. A student may qualify to participate in one or more Project Based Assessments if the student has met all of the following conditions:

  1. Has taken the course.
  2. Was unsuccessful in achieving a score of proficient on the exam after at least 2 attempts.
  3. Met the attendance requirements of the district.
  4. Has participated in a satisfactory manner in supplemental instructional services provided by the district, or School.


Requirements for graduation are established by the Greenville Area School District Board of Directors and satisfy the mandated minimums set forth by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. To be eligible for a diploma, a student must complete a minimum of 25.0 credits in grades 9-12. The following are basic subjects required of all students:

Subject Credits
English 4.0
Social Studies 4.0


7.0 total, minumum of 3.0
in each discipline *
Health 0.6
Physical Education 1.1
Fine Or Applied Arts 1.0
Electives 7.3
Total 25.0

* Up to 1.0 credit (math or science) of total 7.0 may be applied from approved and designed computer science courses.


Students at WASS, who meet the graduation requirements of the program, will be awarded the diploma and official transcript from Greenville Highschool (GHS) with a recognized qualification at all schools in the US, Australia, Canada and other English schools worldwide.

American Diploma Programme Certificate American Diploma Programme Transcript

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Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Subject Credit Subject Credit Subject Credit Subject Credit
College Prep English Grade 9 1 GHS English I 1 GHS English II* 1 GHS English III 1
World History 1 GHS US History I 1 GHS US History II 1 GHS US Government 1
Keystone Biology 1 Gerenal Science I 1 GHS Biology * 1    
Foundation of Algebra 1 GHS Algebra I (or equivalent) * 1 GHS Geometry/
GHS General Science
1 GHS Algebra II 1
PE 0.5 PE 0.5 PE 0.5    
Art I 1            
Vietnamese 1 French 1 Engineering and Design 0.5 Ceramic I 0.5
Manufacturing System 0.5 Introduction to Computer Programming 0.5 Academic Support 11 0.5 Academic Support 12 0.5
Band 9 0.5 Band 10 0.5 Community Service 0.5 Yearbook Journalism 1
    Academic Support 10 0.5        

Read more about ADP Subjects and Assessments.