Island School

3-1875 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, (808) 246-0233,

Photos: By Island School

Located on a lovely 38.4-acre campus in Lihue, Kauai, this Pre-K to 12 college prep academy nurtures its students to be actively engaged in learning. A challenging academic program is combined with character building and experiences in the arts. An Island School education program encompasses the full range of human potential – aesthetic, athletic, and academic.

“We offer students caring and knowledgeable faculty who give individual attention to students, a comprehensive program including experiential and classroom instruction, and successful placement of graduates into colleges that best fit their needs,” says Robert Springer, Head of School, when asked about the school’s strengths. Island School’s educational program is guided by distinguished Harvard educator Howard Gardner’s groundbreaking theories on “multiple intelligences”; these stress a variety of learning experiences for individual student growth.

Robert Springer, Principal

The Lindamood-Bell phonemic program is integrated into primary grades reading instruction, and state-of-the art social studies curriculum is drawn from the ideas of Samuel Huntington, chair of Harvard’s Academy of International and Area Studies. To improve learning, the school offers multi-age grouping whereby students are placed according to their achievement and social maturity, not their age; computer education for all students; and weekly meetings of teachers to discuss student progress. Personalized learning is enhanced by math and language labs for students needing extra help. “Our students are well-prepared for a wide range of pursuits in college. What we see in them is a love of learning and a willingness to take prudent risks in accord with whatever excites their curiosity,” says Springer.