Elementary school at Wai’alae is a place where the foundation of learning takes hold, and where we have the rewarding job of fostering and challenging students to maintain their curiosity and creativity while extending their self-confidence and self-advocacy.
A daily schedule of core subjects in reading language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies is punctuated by specialist classes in art, music, physical education and Hawaiiana. Additional continuous learning opportunities are offered to all our students in STEM, Technology, Aina and Library. Experiential learning outside the classroom through place-based learning and community service inspires students and enriches the curriculum.
From the earliest grades, Wai’alae students are active learners; elementary school students learn to analyze and question across subject areas, and learn to express themselves in writing, presentations, and discussions. They understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what it will take for them to reach the next steps. Our students take risks and learn from failure in a community of acceptance, preparing them to meet and exceed high academic standards.
We recognize the importance of friendships and working cooperatively in order to foster the development of skills that contribute to students’ personal and academic success. Social-emotional programs are integrated into the curriculum of each grade level and Wai’alae counselors are matched with grade levels to provide personal support and facilitate building emotional competencies.