Our Elementary Program
Kindergarten - The Kindergarten cut-off date is December 31st.
Ho`ala’s elementary curriculum makes full use of each professional educator’s personal skills and diverse experiences. Teachers emphasize the process of learning, while working toward excellence in the students’ work.
Ho`ala students are empowered to become fully alive and involved in their learning, which naturally leads to maximum creativity and exploration. Hands on, multi-sensory learning is key in the elementary grade levels. All teachers are Orton-Gillingham certified.
Class work is purposeful, generative, challenging, engaging, gratifying and meaningful. Competition is with one’s own limits rather than others. Mistakes are accepted as learning opportunities.
Thinking skills, problem solving and writing skills are integrated throughout Ho`ala’s curriculum. Whole group, small group, cooperative group, peer tutoring and one-on-one teaching are all used.
Core classes in science, math, language arts and social studies are balanced by Ho`ala’s excellent arts program, service learning, Spanish, and physical education.
Students of diverse racial and religious heritage attend Ho`ala School. Through open communication and interaction among parents, staff, and peers, students are motivated to grow academically, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. Students work through a curriculum, which fosters their love of learning, prepares them for the next steps in their education, and expands their ability to communicate effectively and participate fully in life.
It is our goal to create caring communities where students attend to those around them in a compassionate, loving atmosphere. Teachers are natural, genuine, and competent. Students can see their teacher as someone who believes in them so that they can resist the pull towards negative choices.
Our purpose is to educate students by providing a solid academic foundation in an environment in which children live healthy, happy and self-expressive lives while learning to be responsible, respectful, resourceful and responsive.
Additionally, our goals are
To make this program available to children of diverse ethnic, socio-economic and financial backgrounds;
To support parents and teachers in raising their children to be more energized, more responsible, more communicative and more cooperative; and,
To benefit the larger community of Wahiawa and surrounding communities through continued emphasis on Service Learning, Ho`ala Parent-Teacher Study Groups, and Financial Aid Programs.
Every year K-4 students are excited to participate in the St. Jude Research Hospital Trike-A-Thon program. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a leading pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases. Students obtain pledges for their participation and have raised thousands of dollars for St. Jude Hospital over the years. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment.
Students kick off the program with a week-long curriculum that teaches children riding safety through a series of interactive stories while raising money for St. Jude. At the end of the week students practice the rules we learned by riding in the Trike-A-Thon event. It is a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause.
Ho`ala School participated in the Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) children's painting contest, "Beauty Through the Eyes of Our Children." MOA received over 400 entries from the Leeward and Central Oahu school districts. This year two Ho`ala students were selected both from 1st Grade. The winning paintings will be exhibited at Pearlridge Center and at a State exhibition at the Linekona Art Center at the honolulu Museum of Art.
Students had fun in Kindergarten through 2nd grade as they kicked off the fall season by creating their own scarecrows using old shirts and pants brought from home. With the help from their middle school reading buddies, teachers and parent volunteers, students created unique faces and stuffed their own scarecrows with newspaper & straw until they were just right. Children later brought home their scarecrows to set up for neighbor kids to enjoy during Halloween trick-or-treat.
Students Take Their Classroom to the Zoo
3rd, 4th and 5th grade students took their class to the Honolulu Zoo to present their research on animals. Students prepared oral reports by researching an animal of their choosing and presenting their research facts to their classmates and Pre-K to 2nd grade students who also joined the field trip. Their teacher Lori Fukuoka helped her students prepare for their oral presentations by practicing, keeping notes and critiquing each other before their visit to the zoo.
Ho`ala Plus Before & After School Care
Ho`ala provides before and after school care for students in grades K-6. Morning care begins at 6:00am and after school care ends at 5:30pm. Ho`ala Plus staff coordinate group activities, free play, field trips and daily homework support. Additional fees apply.
After School Enrichment Classes
Ho`ala School hosts teachers from the community to provide a variety of enrichment activities. Classes include private piano lessons, hula, chess club and theater arts. Ho`ala teachers offer Lego Club and Science Club. Enrichment teachers set their own class fees.