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
McKinley CSA student Joan Sevilla Dantzig was chosen as Kapiolani Community College's Valedictorian Speaker. Read more about Joan's story at the McKinley Community School for Adults.
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.
McKinley Community School (MCSA)||634 Pensacola Street|
Honolulu, HI 96814
|808-594-0540 ||808-594-0544 |
MCSA-Farrington Campus: 1505 Dillingham Boulevard, Room 110, Honolulu, 808-829-1399, Fax: 808-832-7817
- MCSA-Kauai Campus, 3607A Lala Road, P-12, Lihue, 808-274-3390
MCSA-Maui Campus, 179 Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, 808-873-3082
MCSA-Moanalua Campus, 2825-A Ala Ilima Street, Honolulu, 808-837-8466
Waipahu Community School (WCSA)||94-1211 Farrington Highway|
Waipahu, HI 96797
WCSA-Hilo Campus, 155 W. Kawili St. P27, Hilo, 808-974-4100
WCSA-Kona Campus, 74-5062 Onipaa Street, F-2, Kailua-Kona, 808-313-3032
WCSA-Wahiawa Campus, 1515 California Avenue, Wahiawa, 808-305-3200
WCSA-Windward Campus, 730 Iliaina Street, Kailua, HI, 808-254-7955
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:
- functionally literate adults;
- productive and contributing citizens/community members;
- effective family members; and
- productive workers.
All enrolled students who complete the requirements of the CBCSDP Program will receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma.
*CBCSDP will be discontinued June 30, 2019, please the CSA for more information.
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 Requests
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
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.
Community School for Adults Financial Plan Summary