Adult Detention Center - Inmate Education Programs

Adult Education Program

The Sheriff's Office offers GED classes in both English and Spanish for inmates who do not have a high school diploma or GED. Inmates attend a placement class where their reading levels and math levels are determined. This evaluation then determines if the inmate will be placed in a literacy level, pre-GED or GED class.

The Sheriff's Office has English-as-a-second-language (ESOL) classes for inmates who need to learn the English language. Inmates must attend a placement class before they are assigned to the ESOL class.

Alternative School Program

The Alternative School Program is part of the Fairfax County Public School System. The program is designed to provide inmates an opportunity to obtain a high school diploma. If inmates are between the ages of 16-19, and do not qualify for special education services, the inmates will be enrolled in the general education classes of the alternative school program. Inmates between the ages of 16-22, who do qualify for special education services, will be provided services outlined in their individual educational plan (IEP). This means that an inmate qualifies for services if they have an emotional disability (ED), a learning disability (LD), are mildly mentally retarded (MR) or have ADHD/ADD (OHI). Inmates' official transcripts are evaluated to determine which courses are needed for graduation.

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