Community School Diploma FAQs

All enrolled students seeking a diploma from the Community Schools for Adults (CSA) who complete the graduation requirements, via General Education Development (GED) and Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (CB), will receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma.

​Frequently Asked Questions

The CSAs are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The CSA campuses will continue to offer quality content and services to support student attainment of the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. The goal of the GED and CB programs is to ensure that graduates who earn a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma are career ready and prepared for post-secondary education.

The transformation of the CSA has focused on centralizing the delivery of services while achieving our overall goal of ensuring college- and career-ready graduates.

Why is the Department unable to grant a high school diploma to students who complete the CB and GED programs?

The CSAs are not high schools. CB is a CSA program; it's not part of the K-12 program and cannot be administered in high schools. GED is a national stand-alone program; it is not part of the K-12 program.

Is the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma equivalent to the high school diploma?

The rigor and expectations remain the same.

Will the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma be accepted by colleges within the United States?

Official transcripts for CB and GED students remain the same. The official transcript, not the diploma, is the document that is shared with poential employers or academic institutions.

With the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma, will students be able to receive financial aid?

The Department doesn't offer financial aid for CSAs.

Will the Community Schools for Adults lose federal funding?

According to Public Law 105-220, August 7, 1998, Section 203: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), funds shall be used for those individuals who "do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent." The Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma is a recognized equivalent; therefore, federal funding will not be affected.

Contact Information

Hilary Apana-McKee

Phone: 808-305-9759

Email: hilary_apana-mckee@hawaiidoe.org

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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