Holy Nativity School
Schedule a personalized campus tour to experience what makes HNS so special.
Photos: Holy Nativity School
Character, heart and excellence have made Holy Nativity School a shining gem in East O‛ahu for Hawai‘i’s keiki. This coming 2019-’20 school year, Holy Nativity proudly marks its milestone 70th anniversary. The HNS Alumni Summer Soiree, held in July, kicks off the 70th year celebration.
Now expanded to eighth grade, HNS takes pride in knowing that its students will graduate equipped for the challenges of Hawai‛i’s finest high schools. The school recognizes that learning happens best in an environment of respect and trust and focuses on personalized learning where every child is truly known.
Its curriculum follows current neuroscience and research to deliver a program that ensures academic rigor, but also nurtures social and emotional maturity. At HNS, students gain leadership experience within an integrated, project-based curriculum. Teachers use their own creativity to develop programs that inspire students to learn. Students focus on metacognition, and all teachers incorporate yoga to increase mindfulness.
As the first school in Hawaii to incorporate Computational Thinking into the curriculum, HNS students are engaged in critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity using logical thought, precision and data management—skills required in today’s classrooms and careers. Design Thinking, the leading edge methodology used by innovative colleges and companies, also infuses HNS curriculum to inspire students to discover creative, out-of-the-box solutions to problems by focusing on empathy by listening and communicating with others.
Acknowledging the strengths and talents of each individual, HNS ensures that students also enjoy weekly specialist classes in performing arts, fine arts, physical education and religion. The importance of personalized, experiential learning becomes real for students through the unique and diverse opportunities offered through field trips, guest speakers, service learning projects, sports and class trips to the Big Island, Maui and Arizona. Seventh and eighth grade students will embark on an amazing adventure to New Zealand as part of their project-based learning program. Student-led initiatives, such as the Buddy Bench and this year’s recycling efforts to benefit Living Waters International, illustrate the ways in which students at HNS show compassion in action and make a positive impact on their community.
This one-class-per-grade school includes facilities more often seen at larger schools—three playfields, a full-size gymnasium, art room, performing arts room and computer lab—on a beautiful and open, safe and quiet two-acre campus. A student-designed, eco-friendly playground was built by the school and local community. October’s successful annual Great Pumpkin Festival, to be held on October 19th and expected to be the biggest ever in this 7th year of amazing growth, has become a community-wide event. Families come to enjoy pumpkin-picking, games, contests, hands-on activities, a country store, craft booths, entertainment and
Come see first-hand what makes HNS so special. Prospective families are encouraged to schedule a personalized campus tour.
5286 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96821 | (808) 373-3232 | HOLYNATIVITYSCHOOL.ORG