Please refer first to our application and enrollment policy.

1 - Is the school public or private?

Alaka`i O Kaua`i is a Public Charter School. It is funded by the state of Hawaii, Grants and generous Donors.

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2 - Is this a free school or is there tuition?

The school is free! It is a public school and there is no tuition.

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3 - Where is the location of the school?

We are located at Kahili Mountain Park on the side side of Kauai.

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4 - When does enrollment begin?

We will be taking applications for lottery enrollment from December 15th 2017 to January 12th 2018 for grades K-5. Rolling admissions will begin February 7th until occupancy is reached (first apply, first served).

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5 - When will I find out if my child was accepted?

If a lottery is needed, the event will be held January 16th (location TBD). 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) beginning February 7th 2018.

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6 - Do you require 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, see: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/home.aspx And: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/FAQs.aspx

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7 - Do you require testing?

Charter Schools are under the authority of the Hawaii State Public 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.

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8 - 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 lean more deeply through our teaching methodology (project based learning) during the school day.

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9 - 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 1585, Kapaa, HI 96746. 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. http://www.alakaiokauai.org/support/

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10 - Will special education students be able to enroll and if so, what about services?

Absolutely, special education students will be welcomed to apply and enroll. The state will provide for special education teachers and services will be provided according to the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

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11 - What staff will you be hiring?

We will have a Director (Principal), Business Manager, Office Manager/Registrar/Secretary, and seven teachers. Upon our final enrollment count, we hope to add a Curriculum/Data Coordinator and a part-time health or nurse aide. There will be seven teachers hired, two kindergarten teachers, one first grade teacher, second grade teacher, third grade teacher, fourth grade teacher and a fifth grade teacher.

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

Parents will not be mandated to contribute volunteer hours, but will be encouraged 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.

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13 - Will there be bus transportation provided?

We are investigating all options to better accommodate east side families.

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14 - How can I apply?

The application is available online at our website, requesting the application through email at info@alakaiokauai.org. You can complete and give the application to one of the board members or assistants helping us with enrollment, or mail the application to Alaka`i O Kaua`i Public Charter School, P.O. Box 1585, Kapaa, HI 96746.

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15 - Do I complete an application for each child I wish to attend the school?

Yes, please complete an application for each child, listing their name and grade.

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16 - Will lunch be provided?

Lunch options are being investigated, but free meals will not be available. If there is enough interest, we could accommodate pre-paid lunches in our school kitchen.

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17 - 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/

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