Adult Education

The Adult Education Program offers a variety of courses for adult learners including basic education, English literacy and civics. It also offers degrees including the GED and Competency-Based Diploma. The adult schools also coordinate the Department's substitute teacher course.

​​​​​​​​Adult Education Program

The Department's program includes a variety of courses for adult learners, with integrated programs and services in the areas of basic education, hawaii adult community school diploma, family literacy, citizenship, workforce education and life enhancement.​​ These courses are run out of the Department's 10 Community Schools for Adults (CSAs). 

Please contact the school nearest you (see below) for information. General queries about the Adult Education program can be emailed to inquiry@hawaiidoe.k12.hi.us​.

Locations

The two primary CSA campuses are at McKinley and Waipahu high schools, with eight satellite sites. 

  • ​Contact the school nearest you for class schedules and courses. 
  • For transcripts and education verification requests, contact the school attended from the list below.​​
School Address Phone Fax
McKinley Community School (MCSA)634 Pensacola Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
808-594-0540 808-594-0544
Waipahu Community School (WCSA)94-1211 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, HI 96797
808-528-9577 808-675-0259

Diploma Programs

The Community School for Adults (CSA) offers adult learners who have not graduated with a high school diploma, the option to pursue obtaining a High School Equivalency Credential and/or Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. The CSAs offer two recognized High School Equivalency Tests. General Educational Development (GED) and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Both are aligned to national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

General Educational Development (GED)

The GED test provides a valid means of measuring the educational achievement of adults who have not graduated high school and of comparing their academic competence with that of high school graduates. Individuals who successfully complete the test battery will receive an official GED transcript and may qualify for the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. The diploma may provide graduates the opportunity to enter the military service, gain college admission, increase income, increase job qualifications or assist in obtaining work advancement.​

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

The purpose of the HiSET is to certify a candidate’s attainment of academic knowledge and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. HiSET scores will identify those candidates who have performed at a level consistent with high school equivalency. Individuals who successfully complete the test battery will receive an official HiSET transcript and may qualify for the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. The diploma may provide graduates the opportunity to enter the military service, gain college admission, increase income, increase job qualifications or assist in obtaining work advancement.

Competency Based Community School Diploma Program (CBCSDP)

Enables adult learners to become:

    1. functionally literate adults;
    2. productive and contributing citizens/community members;
    3. effective family members; and
    4. productive workers.

All enrolled students who complete the requirements of the CBCSDP Program will receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma.

HIDOE's Community Schools for Adults are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The goal of GED, HiSET and CBSCDP Programs is to ensure that graduates who earn a High School Equivalency Credential and/or Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma are career ready and prepared for post-secondary education.​

Transcript and Verification Re​​quests

All transcript and verification requests should be sent to the school the individual attended. This form is required as a part of the request. For Saint Louis School inquiries, please call their registrar directly at 808-739-4729​. Should you have questions, please e-mail gedverify@hawaiidoe.k12.hi.us. ​

Substitute Teacher Course

The Department's CSAs coordinate the in-person substitute teacher course. (You may also choose to take the course online; contact the McKinley Community School.) You will need to have an Approval Notice from the school at which you wish to substitute teach before you can register for the course. Please review the information on our Substitute Teaching page. When you have your Approval Notice in hand, please contact the CSA close to you or McKinley CSA to register for the class.

Kupono Diploma Program​​HIDOE's Kupono Diploma Program grants honorar​y high school diplomas to World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans, and individuals whose schooling was interrupted due to internment in relocation camps during World War II.

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