School serving adults, youth on Kauai

McKinley Community School for Adults continues to provide education services for adults and youth on the island of Kauai. Key programs include adult basic education, adult secondary education, and English language acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem solving; all are vital to creating an educational foundation and career pathways that will enable students to succeed. MCSA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The school offers two options for those seeking a High School Equivalency Credential. One being the General Education Development (GED) and the other, the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

In 2015, 35 students received their HSE credentials through MCSA. Additionally, 24 students received an Adult Community School Diploma through the school’s Competency Based Community School Diploma Program.

Successful completion of either may provide pathways to higher education and access to financial aid. MCSA also offers substitute teacher training and re-certification classes, as well as administering the Para Pro Assessment for those seeking employment as educational assistants and skills trainers with the Department of Education.

In June, MCSA welcomed its new partnership with Hale ‘Opio Kauai. Through this exciting collaboration, students on Kauai are provided an opportunity to take classes offered on-site during the day at Hale ‘Opio, 2959 Umi Street in Lihue. Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., providing a much needed option for those who are unable to attend evening courses.

Students also have access to First Jobs Academy, Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative, YES! Imua Kakou, and other independent living and work-readiness programs provided through Hale ‘Opio.

MCSA Kauai’s main office is located on the campus of Kauai High School (3607-A Lala Rd. P-12). Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classes at Kauai High are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Registration for the fall session will begin the week of Aug. 8. For more information contact Michelle Fernandez or Gordon Shibao at (808) 274-3390.



Hale Opio Kauai convened a support group of adults in our Kauai community to “step into the corner” for our teens, to answer questions and give support to youth and their families on a wide variety of issues. Please email your questions or concerns facing our youth and families today to Annaleah Atkinson at For more information about Hale Opio Kauai, please go to


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