Interagency Program Helps Inmates Earn High School Diplomas

June 13, 2008 

The Sheriff’s Office and Fairfax County Public Schools salute this year’s six graduates of the Interagency Alternative School Program at the county’s Adult Detention Center. The program is specifically designed to provide inmates with special needs the opportunity to obtain a standard high school diploma.

Fairfax County special education teachers Wanda Thompson and Muhammad Nawaz provide a challenging and effective learning environment based on the Virginia Standards of Learning. “We use a variety of teaching methods and materials and a structured environment to help our students develop positive academic and social skills,” said Thompson. 

She and Nawaz tailor their lesson plans based on each student’s profile. They gather information from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Adult Detention Center, school districts in Fairfax and other counties, and the Virginia State Department of Correctional Education. “Our goal is to learn as much as we can about the students to help each one reach his or her academic potential,” Thompson explained.

The Interagency Alternative School Program has been serving students at the Adult Detention Center since 2001.

For more information about programs offered to inmates at the Adult Detention Center, please contact Lt. Dan Pierce at 703-246-4440. The hearing impaired TTY number is 711.

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