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Adult Education & Literacy


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Adult classes offered for FREE in the following areas:

  • Classes to prepare to take the Missouri High School Equivalency Test
  • Classes to prepare to attend college or job training
  • School for Adult English Language Learners
  • Citizenship Classes for English Language Learner Students

Opportunities for all adult students in our program include:

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

All of our instructors are AEL certified. Students are required to make a commitment to consistent attendance and effort. Morning and night classes are available.

The Adult Education Center classes:

Monday - Thursday: 

  • Morning classes are 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Evening classes are 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Office hours:  9:00am-1:00pm Monday-Thursday and by appointment 

NOTE: The North Kansas City Schools Adult Education Center is open year-round except for the NKC School District holidays and winter/spring break. 

SNOW DAY POLICY: If North Kansas City Schools are closed due to bad weather, both our morning and night classes will also be canceled. We do not offer a virtual option for snow days at this time. (Testers: Watch for special instructions from someone in our department if you are scheduled for a testing appointment.)


(You may be placed on a waiting list. We will contact you when we have an opening.)


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Adult Education Center
6449 North Prospect Ave
Gladstone, MO 64119 

Office Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm Monday-Thursday and by appointment

Phone Number:
(816) 321-5011




The Adult Education Center offers free 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. (16 year olds must have 16 credits AND a drop out letter to enroll)
  • If English is not your first language, you must be able to read at a fifth grade level or higher to enroll in high school equivalency classes. If not, please enroll in our Adult English Language Learning classes first.
  • Students must be Missouri residents. 

High School Equivalency Classes

In order to enroll in classes to prepare for the high school equivalency exam, you must complete an Orientation session. Orientations are held throughout the year. Click the dark blue REGISTER HERE button above or the yellow button to request an orientation.

Please make sure to check your email (including spam/junk folder) for more information once you have signed up for an orientation. You will be emailed one to two weeks prior to your scheduled orientation session. Call 816-321-5011 if you have not received an email confirming your registration.



The Adult Education Center offers English Language Learner classes for adults who 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). 

English Language Learner Classes

In order to enroll in classes for adult English Language Learners (ELL), you must complete an ORIENTATION session. To sign up for an ELL Orientation, click on the dark blue REGISTER HERE button above. Orientations are held throughout the year. You will be contacted when there is a space available. Please note there may be a waiting list. You may call 816-321-5011 to check that we've received your information if you feel you have been waiting more than one month.

Please make sure we have accurate contact information for you so we can contact you to come in to test and please make sure you are checking your email. You will be notified by phone or email one to three weeks before your scheduled orientation.

For more information call (816) 321-5011.  




If you would like to volunteer to help an adult with reading, math or English speaking skills, please submit an application or call (816) 321-5011 for more information.  

Upcoming Events



Morning session: Doors open at 9am and testing will begin promptly at 9:30am. 


**Testing may go slightly longer for some people **



1) Pre-registration required. 

2) You will have received an email or text confirming your placement in this orientation.

3) Both days of testing/orientation are required prior to being placed in a class. 

4) No childcare provided.


We look forward to seeing you! Please be on time to avoid losing your place in the orientation. If you need to cancel, call 816-321-5011 and leave a message as soon as possible. 

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