Supporting Academic Success
THE HO`ALA AGREEMENT SYSTEM
By way of the simple but high congruent Ho`ala Agreement System, students, K-12, learn to understand and accept the repercussions of their own behaviors, without blaming others or oneself. This is a vital piece of Ho`ala education.
Students in grades K-12 gather in small groups to "connect" each week. Students learn to rely on one another for emotional support and to problem solve as peers.
Each quarter, a class organizes an event for the entire community to celebrate a shared value such as "friendship," "gratitude" or "respect." Lively assemblies include music, dance and reflections and often focus on global issues.
MIXED-AGE NURTURING ACTIVITIES
Every other week, students in grades K-8 gather in mixed-aged groups to complete group projects that help them learn to rely on one another as community members.
CELEBRATIONS & HOLIDAYS
Given its nonsectarian and inclusive philosophy, Ho`ala students learned about and celebrate a wide variety of traditions and holidays.
In partnership with various nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout Oahu, Ho`ala School is deeply invested in the benefits of service learning. Students at all grade levels have opportunities to serve the larger community through academic, afterschool and summer programs. (link to Camp Kokua brochure)
Camp is held at the beginning of each school year for grades 3-12, helping students promote unity, improve communication and forge a sense of trust that they can build upon throughout the school year.
Beach Day is held at the end of the school year as a way to welcome the summer vacation with students, teachers and families.