General

Is there homework?

No! We want the keiki to spend their evenings how they and their families feel best. There is plenty of time to learn and learn more deeply through our teaching methodology (project-based learning) during the school day.

How can I help?

There are many ways to support our school. Financial support is welcome via Paypal, or check mailed to P.O. Box 1534, Lihue, HI 96766. These donations help to pay for school supplies, field trips, facilities, etc. We also have an Amazon wishlist where you can donate specific items that get sent directly to us. If you have special skills or equipment that you would like to volunteer, or if you are part of another community organization that would like to collaborate, please contact us. If you are a parent of a student, your help in the classroom, chaperoning events and field trips, and offering your time outside the school is always needed and welcomed. Please contact your child’s teacher or other school admin. https://alakaiokauai.org/support/

Will parents be required to volunteer hours to help the school?

Parents are encouraged and welcomed to join with us as partners in their child’s education. We will welcome parents in the classrooms, in maintaining the school, in volunteering for help with before, during and after school, for events and activities, chaperoning on field trips, and providing services of expertise. Credit will also be given for assisting teachers, who outside of family, are the major influence in your child’s life.

Will there be bus transportation provided?

We are investigating all options to better accommodate east side families. For our first year, a bus was not possible. Carpooling is encouraged!

How can I enroll my child?

The application is available online at our website, requesting the application through email at info@alakaiokauai.org. You can complete and submit the application in person at our office, or mail the application to Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School, P.O. Box 1534, Lihue, HI 96766.

Will lunch be provided?

Meal service is not currently provided. Learners must bring their own lunch and snacks.

What are the school hours of operation?

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Is there before or after school care?

No. Before and after school care is not available at this time.

Will there be a uniform or a school T-shirt? When will we get these?

There is no uniform, but we do have T-shirts for all our learners available at the school office. Extra shirts for youth are $10, and $20 for adult sizes.

What do I do if I can’t access my SchoolMint account, forgot my password, or am not receiving emails from the school?

Call the office at 808.635.5110 for any of these issues.

It is easy to reset account passwords if this is the problem.

If you are not receiving emails sent through SchoolMint there are two things you can do:

1) Log into your SchoolMint account. Go to “Parent/Guardian Info” and click the grey pencil button to edit. Under “Contact Preference” be sure to select the option to receive both Emails and Texts. You MUST opt to receive emails, not only texts, as all our school communications will be via the SchoolMint server.

2) The other thing you can do to be sure you receive our emails is to search your “Junk Mail” inbox for SchoolMint. Make sure to mark those emails as “Not Junk”.

Is there a school supplies list?

Yes, the list is HERE.

Is the school public or private?

Alaka’i O Kaua’i is a free public charter school. It is funded by the state of Hawaii, Grants and generous Donors.

Where is the school located?

We are located at Kahili Mountain Park off Kuhio Highway just past the Tunnel of Trees. The location of our road leading to school is: 2-4035 Kaumualii Highway, Koloa, HI 96756

When does enrollment begin?

Admissions begin in January for the following school year. A lottery is held after the admissions window closes if there are more applicants than seats available. After the lottery process, applications to enroll are accepted all year long and seats are offered as seats are available.

When will I find out if my child is accepted?

If a lottery is needed, the event will be held at a specified date at the school. Parents will be notified that their child has been accepted through available seats or lottery and directed to complete the enrollment packet. Parents/guardians will then have 14 days to complete and send in the enrollment packet. If the enrollment packet is not received by the due date the next person on the waitlist will be invited to enroll. A wait list will then be established for each grade level after all seats are filled in that grade. Applications and enrollment will then continue to be made available for any remaining open slots (or seats) through the end of the school year.

Do you follow Common Core?

Charter schools are subject to the Common Core State Standards. At Alaka’i we plan to meet and surpass Hawai’i Common Core standards by balancing direct instruction of mathematics and English Language Arts with their integration into our project-based learning curriculum. It’s important to note that the Common Core is not curriculum or teaching methods, but standards. Standards define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level. Schools and teachers choose curriculum, and choose how standards are taught in the classroom. Put another way, the standards are the platform from which teachers and schools can innovate. For more information, click here or here.

Do you participate in standardized testing?

Charter Schools are under the authority of the Hawaii State Charter School Commission. Their annual assessments include student academic outcomes as measured and mandated by the state’s Strive HI performance system. Currently this does include statewide assessments in math and English language arts beginning in Grade 3.

Will you require vaccines?

Our vaccine policy is mandated by the state of Hawai’i and is the same for all public and private schools. Hawai’i law does allow for religious and medical exemptions in writing. http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/school-health-requirements-frequently-asked-questions/