Wai’alae’s Commitment to Education

Wai’alae is committed to providing “quality educational experiences, establishing and maintaining meaningful and productive partnerships, effective self-governance, and public accountability.”

Quality Educational Experiences

Wai’alae is committed to providing educational experiences that help our students develop the habits of mind and the attitudes of effective, productive citizens who are able to think, to solve problems, to make decisions, and to work together.  Each child is challenged through a curricula of theme-based unit studies.  Students and teachers create interactive learning environments where student input helps to determine particular areas of study, and students are involved in multidimensional assessments based on performance criteria.  Wai’alae strives to provide each child with a firm foundation for learning by developing both the traits of curious, critical and reflective thinkers, and balanced with the more traditional rote memory and repetition of reading, writing, and numeric skills through:

  • Vision-based instruction to develop the thinking and attitudes of lifelong learners.
  • Standards-based curriculum based on science and social studies integrated thematic units.
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Meaning and Productive Partnerships

Wai’alae is committed to the establishment and the maintenance of meaningful and productive partnerships with our school community in order to support student learning.  Wai’alae parents are provided a variety of opportunities to be involved with their child’s learning at home, in school, and at school-related activities.  Wai’alae’s partnerships with community organizations also provide rich learning resources that support learning.

  • ŸLearning Hui Program for Parents
  • Friends of Wai’alae School (FWS) – comprised primarily of parents
  • Community Partnerships
    • RSVP Program (helps find volunteers for Wai’alae’s FELLOWS Program)
    • Kokua Hawaii Foundation Actively Integrating Nutrition and Agriculture In Schools (‘AINA IS) Program
    • Institutions of Higher Education Teacher Education Programs (University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University)
    • Common Grace Program with Honolulu Assembly of God Church (and past partnerships with Kaimuki Christian Church and Waialae Baptist Church)

Wai’alae also seeks to provide enrichment opportunities for students outside of the normal school day.  These “after-school programs” are run independently by private directors, but all classes are held on the Wai’alae School campus.   Program length, meeting frequency, and registration procedures vary.  Some programs may not be available for all grade levels.  Specific program and registration information is distributed to all families at the beginning of the school year and/or at the beginning of the second half of the school year.

Effective Self-Governance

Wai’alae is committed to providing leadership and direction for the school community to ensure that Wai’alae’s vision is a reality for all students.  The Wai’alae School Board is responsible and accountable for the setting of policy and school direction, for the promotion and maintenance of communication among members of the school community, and for the effective management of resources.

  • ŸLocal School Board that is inclusive of students, teachers, staff, administration, parents, and the community

Public Accountability

Wai’alae’s accountability framework and process requires the members of the school community to examine and evaluate the effectiveness of our organizational program.

  • ŸSmarter Balance Assessment
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation

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