About Us

Wai’alae Elementary Public Charter School is a Preschool (Special Needs) to Grade 5 elementary school located in the Kaimuki section of East Honolulu.

In 1995, the school became Hawai’i’s first Student-Centered School and then four years later, with the passage of Hawai’i’s “charter school law”, evolved into a New Century Public Charter School.

Our Mission:
Wai’alae Elementary Public Charter School is a student centered school that honors the whole child. It is committed to nurturing a community of learners who strive for excellence and innovation; empowering all members of the community to actively engage in a democratic society.

Our Vision:
The vision of Wai’alae School is to prepare our children for the 21st century as:

  • Creative problem solvers
  • Self-confident risk takers
  • Well-rounded individuals who are capable of multiple dimensions
  • Collaborative
  • Socially responsible to others and the world

The Mission of Wai’alae Elementary Public Charter School’s Educational Faculty:
The mission of Wai’alae Elementary Public Charter School’s educational faculty is to facilitate student learning in a democratic environment in order for students to development into effective and responsible citizens.

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    1. Hello –

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      We have completed our set of Orientations (which were held throughout January and February) and, at this time, we have no plans for additional Orientations.

      If you live “in-district” for Wai`alae School, you may sign up for a Campus Tour that we have scheduled for March 27th. Please select the “Orientations & Tours” tab on the main menu on the home page if you would like to register for the Tour.

      If you have further questions about our Admissions procedure, please contact our Registrar at 733-4880 on weekdays (excluding holidays), between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm.

      Thank you.

    1. Hello Kris –

      Sorry that I did not see this message until now.

      Unfortunately, the deadline for submitting the G.E. application (for the 2014-2015 school year) was March 1st. At Wai`alae, we also require G.E. applicants to attend one of our Orientations, which were held in January and February.

      IF you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 school year, please check our website in December 2014. By then, we should have our 2015-2016 admissions information posted. G.E. applications will be accepted from January 2nd to March 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.

      Thank you for your interest in Wai`alae School.

      -Mrs. Sumida

    1. Each week, students attend classes that are specifically focused on Art, Music, Physical Education, and Hawaiian Studies. The arts are also integrated into the “regular” classroom curriculum.
      We do not have specific classes of “Gifted and Talented” students as we believe that all students are gifted and talented in some way. However, our curriculum, and the way that it is delivered, does address the varying abilities of students and in many cases, the teacher can apply differentiated instruction to challenge those students who need to be challenged, while also providing support for those who need added help. If you are interested in learning more about Wai`alae School, you are welcomed to attend one of our Orientations that will be held in January through February 2015. Please check our website in December 2014 for information on how to register for one of the Orientations.

    1. Thank you for your interest in our school. Since you do not live in our district, you will need to apply, and be accepted on, a Geographic Exception (GE).

      Our admissions and enrollment policy for the 2015-2016 has not been posted on our website yet, but it should be fairly similar to the policy in place for this (current) school year. That information is posted on our website. Click on the “News and Information” tab, then scroll down until you see “Admissions” on the right hand side (listed under “Sections”). http://www.waialae.edu/waialae-school-admissions-and-enrollment-for-the-2014-2015-school-year/

      GE applicants are required to attend one of the Orientations that we hold from January through February. For the 2015-2016 school year, the Orientations will be held in January – February 2015. Please check our website (or call our office at 733-4880) in December 2014 for information on how to register for one of the Orientations.

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