Adult Education & Literacy

  • Located at: Northland Human Services Center
    Maple Woods Community College
    3100 NE 83rd Street Suite 2450
    Kansas City, MO  64119 



    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.


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




    Classes for Adult English Language Learners (ELL) are also offered at several northland locations. Call 816-321-5011 for more information.

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

Upcoming Events

View Calendar
  • 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