Our Beliefs

Our school is committed to self-assessment and reflection.  We are always striving to refine the content of what we teach and to find better ways to impart that to children.  Self-improvement often means change and so the quality educational experiences and outcomes that characterize Wai’alae School are likely to evolve over time.

Our Beliefs About How Children Learn:

In the Spring of 1998, in 2006, and in 2012, the faculty reexamined and then reaffirmed its collective belief about how children learn.  These beliefs form the core of the school’s philosophy of learning and define what the teachers value as “best practices” to be used in the classroom.

  • Learning is social.
  • Learning occurs in different ways and at different rates (including developmental).
  • Learning takes place in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.
  • Learning is the construction of knowledge and the making of meaningful connections through active participation.

Principles About Assessment and Evaluation:

  • Assessment and evaluation of learning consider the process in which children engage as well as the products which result.
  • Assessment and evaluation encourage the child to have an important role in monitoring his or her own learning and development.
  • Effective assessment and evaluation is based on opportunities to observe the children and their decision-making.
  • Assessment and evaluation are based on multiple observations.
  • The teacher selects assessment and evaluation procedures in light of standards of excellence, program goals, curricular expectations, learning opportunities and classroom practices.
  • An effective assessment and evaluation program is constructive and promotes student learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation support the learner’s risk taking.
  • Assessment and evaluation facilitate the transfer of learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation are an integral part of instruction decision-making. In this process, the teacher is the major instructional decision-maker.

Beliefs About Assessment and Evaluation:

  • The goal for assessment and evaluation is for children to become competent self-assessors and evaluators.
  • Thoughtful, sensitive and supportive assessment and evaluation are essential for learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation must be centered in the classroom, consistent with educational goal sand with what we know about learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation should measure what the school community values.

Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS):

The goal of the Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS) is to help children achieve in school.  CSSS accomplishes this mission offering comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and customized supports that are accessible, timely and strength-based.  Our broad inventory of services is designed to development competent students consistent with Wai’alae Public Charter School’s Vision and Mission.

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