Mid-Pacific Institute is full of surprises. One of Hawaii’s oldest and largest independent schools founded on Christian values, this co-ed school of 1,500+ is renowned for an outstanding college preparatory curriculum, the state’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and its unique school of the arts, among other educational landmarks. “I didn’t know Mid-Pacific offers…” is the frequent comment heard by director of admissions John Williamson.
“Families are surprised at the sheer variety and expansiveness of our offerings, but also how our philosophy guides the carefully integrated programs to ensure a quality learning continuum across all grades,” says Williamson of the school’s extensive preschool to grade 12 program.
Now in its third year, Mid-Pacific’s preschool welcomes three-year-olds with a one-time application process to embark on a full 15-year program through high school graduation.
Our youngest children are active authors of their development. Children use the language or symbol systems, like drawing, singing, dancing, clay and painting, to make their language visible,” says associate director of admission Ella Browning of Hawaii’s only progressive, Reggio Emilia-inspired, child-centered preschool program.
From preschool, students learn to develop habits of mind, such as curiosity, perseverance, resiliency, friendship, responsibility, open-mindedness and risk-taking. They also begin character education, including age-appropriate conflict resolution, peer mediation, community service and other lifelong skills and principles, adds Browning.
Designed to support the holistic development of a child’s cognitive, social, spiritual and physical growth, the preschool and elementary programs are housed in MPI’s new learning community, a campus-within-a-campus opened in 2005. Its classroom design encourages interaction and collaboration across grades in one of Hawaii’s most unique multi-age instructional programs. With all classrooms wired and outdoor spaces wireless, technology is integrated into curriculum, beginning in the elementary school.
“Entering middle school, students do not just move from grade to grade, but discover their ‘own specialized school’ designed for their unique growth needs,” says Williamson. Continuing Mid-Pacific’s caring, yet highly academic philosophy, each middle school grade has its own dean well-versed in the educational, emotional and social issues of adolescents.
Dedicated to preparing students for responsible global citizenship and success in life, the Mid-Pacific Middle School also adds performing, visual and media arts (pvma) to the sixth grade core curriculum to start students on their journey to discover personal talents for a career or as a lifelong enthusiast. International students from some 24 countries can enter in the seventh grade and, by grade 9, they make up 15 percent of Mid-Pacific’s global student body.
A rigorous college preparatory program is required of all high school students, including school of the arts’ students. Highly qualified faculty and a range of challenging subject levels – IB, Advanced Placement, honors and college prep – accommodate learning personally tailored to each student’s strengths and interests.
Underwater robotics, computer graphics, hydroponics and a student-run fully digital television studio are among the advanced tech tools available to challenge students to integrate their academic learning at the Hartley Math, Science and Technology Complex, one of Hawaii’s leading high tech educational facilities.
“Our graduates have a passion for life. The foundations received at Mid-Pacific will support and enrich their educational and professional careers as well as their extensive contributions to society,” says Browning.
Families are invited to take weekly tours to see for themselves what’s new, inspiring and surprising at Mid-Pacific.