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KG-Grade 5 Admissions Process

Each year, during our application period, Wai’alae School offers Informational Sessions so that parents/guardians can learn more about our school and see if we’re the right fit for their child and for their family.

For those who are considering applying for admission in the 2023-2024 school year, we are holding an additional Informational Sessions on Thursday February, 23rd at 4:00pm HST and attendees are required to register (sign up) for the Session ahead of time. (See below in the 'Join an upcoming information session' section.

Students enrolled in our Preschool program are not automatically enrolled/advanced to Kindergarten when they become eligible for Kindergarten.  Therefore, a new Student Application Form must be submitted.  As a reminder, if your child does not reside in our service area (i.e. district), then the deadline for applications is 11:59pm March 1, 2023 to be included in the lottery.

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Pre-k Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in Wai’alae School’s Preschool Program!  Our Preschool program is authorized through Act 46 of the 2020 Hawai’i State Legislative Session and falls under the oversight of the Hawai’i State Public Charter School Commission. This is a tuition-free program, but there may be fees or costs associated with school meals and school activities.

Please read through all information on this page before submitting an Application.

We will begin accepting applications from Tuesday January 3, 2023.

Pre-k Enrollment

Here is the process and age eligibility criteria for applying to our Preschool Program:


Submission of a fully completed Wai’alae School Preschool Student Application Packet, including required forms and documents (see Packet below).

Age Eligibility Criteria

For the 2023-2024 school year, our Preschool Program is open to students who are 3 years old or 4 years old on or before July 31, 2023:
For four-year-old children, their birthday must fall on or between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.
For three-year-old children, their birthday must fall on or between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.

Selection will be made by lottery by the Commission. Families of children who submit complete applications will have the initial opportunity to be selected.
Families who submit COMPLETED applications by Friday March 31, 2023 will be considered first.
Families who submit COMPLETED applications by Friday April 28, 2023 will be considered second.

Please read the following letter (below) from the Hawai’i Public Charter School Commission for complete details about the selection process:

Letter Regarding Preschool Program
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