Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten - The Kindergarten birthday cut-off 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 that teach Language Arts are Orton-Gillingham certified.

Many students work above grade level in LA and Math. If appropriate, K students may also be accomodated in an upper grade level classroom in these subject areas. After Kindergarten, Ho`ala students have been known to read on a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade level, and occasionally higher. However, all students are encouraged to reach their full individual potential without peer competition or comparison.    

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 including music & drama, as well as 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.

Assessments begin in February for the following school year and will continue until the classroom is full. Call us today at (808) 621-1898 for an application packet and to schedule a tour of our campus to learn more.  Or click on the following link to download the application and required forms:  Kindergarten Application

What we look for during the assessment process: Prospective students are asked to spend a few hours in the current Kindergarten classroom. Observations are made regarding peer and adult interactions and separation from parents. Students are asked a variety of questions to determine their willingingess to cooperate, listen to instructions, focus, and sit for a designated period of time. Maturity level is also considered in regards to following instructions as well as working independently. Applicants should be able to have some letter and number recognition and write their first name with proper pencil grip. 

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.


Trike-A-Thon Fundraiser

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.  

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