Adult Education & Literacy

  • Located at: Norclay Building
    2601 Howell Street
    North Kansas City, MO  64116 


    **Due to the pandemic, We are contining with online learning for most classes at this time. A few ELL classes are returning to in-person and we will continue to slowly transition to in-person as it is safe to do so. To begin classes, you must sign up for an orientation on this site (see below for more details). STAY SAFE.

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    The North Kansas City Schools Adult Education & Literacy Center is open year-round except for the holidays of the NKC School District.

    The Adult Education & Literacy Center hours are:

    Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    (Evening hours are ONLY for classes. Offices close at 4:00pm)

    Friday 9:00am - 1:00 pm


    All classes are free and taught by AEL certified instructors. Students are required to make a commitment to consistent attendance and effort. Daytime and evening class schedules are available.


    We offer additional learning opportunities for all adult students in:

    • Job Search/Career Goals
    • Resume Development
    • Individual Goal Setting
    • Computer Literacy
    • Work Skills
    • US Citizenship


    *The HiSET test is given in the Learning Resource Building, 2601 N. Barry Road, Room 174, on the main campus of MapleWoods Community College. The Testing Center may be reached by calling 816-604-1000 or visit their website:*


     SNOW DAY POLICY: If North Kansas City Schools is closed due to bad weather, our classes will also be cancelled. If school dismisses early OR if evening activities are canceled, our evening classes will be canceled.


    The Adult Education and Literacy program offers preparation classes for adults who want to take the Missouri high school equivalency exam.  

    Students must be 17 years old or older and not enrolled in school. 

    If English is not your first language, you must be able to read at a fifth grade level or higher to enroll in HiSET classes. If not, please enroll in our Adult ELL Classes.

    **In order to enroll in classes to prepare for the high school equivalency exam, you must complete an Orientation session. Please click HERE for information concerning orientation.

    *Orientations will be done in small numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please make sure to check your email for more information once you have signed up for an orientation above. At this time, ALL HSE classes are being done online only.* 


    If you are unable to attend classes, but would like to enroll in online classes, please register at



    The Adult Education and Literacy program offers English Language Learner classes for adults that want to learn or improve their English. 

    Classes are free. Students are required to make a 3 month commitment to consistent attendance and effort. Daytime and evening classes are available. 

    Classes are taught by AEL certified instructors. 

    Students enrolled in the ELL program, are also eligible to attend six, one-hour citizenship classes to help prepare for the citizenship interview. *Applicants for citizenship must reside in the U.S. for a minimum of five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen). 

    **In order to enroll in classess for Adult English Language Learners (ELL), you must complete an ORIENTATION session.  To sign up for an ELL Orientation, click HERE.

    *Orientations are currently happening in small groups at this time. A couple classes are back in person (with a limited number of students), but most classes remain online only. In order to be called in for an orienation to begin classes, you must register by clicking "HERE" above and make sure we have current information so we can contact you to come in to test.*


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  • For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help an adult with reading, math or English speaking skills, call (816) 321-5011.  Email inquiries may be sent to