2016 Private School Guide
(page 16 of 34)
Le Jardin Academy
PhotoS: Le Jardin
D.J. Condon, Head of School
Le Jardin Academy was the school of choice for 16-year-old Nina Krupa and her family because of its location in Windward Oahu, its small classes and attentive teachers, and its reputation as one of only two fully authorized preK-12 IB (International Baccalaureate) schools in Hawaii. Tall, athletic, inquisitive and personable, young Nina, who enrolled in the 7th grade, had budding interests in volleyball, art and science. Now a sophomore at Le Jardin, she’s had opportunities to participate and to excel.
Finding personal passion and proficiency blossomed for Nina in her last year (Grade 10) of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). One of the youngest starters on the Le Jardin varsity girls volleyball team, she learned cooperation and gained confidence from her “dream team (that) played for each other and had the biggest heart.” In art, her imaginative drawing of a fantasy creature was Le Jardin’s only Gold Key winner in Hawaii’s competition for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Award. One of only 2,000 selected out of 300,000 Gold Key winners nationwide, it is now part of New York’s Parsons School of Design’s touring exhibit of student art. As the MYP culminating requirement, Nina’s well researched and tested year-long MYP Personal Project on the impact of exercise on brain development spurred the administration to consider longer classroom breaks to enhance student focus and retention.
“I feel part of a close community here, surrounded by amazing, supportive kids, and understanding teachers who know you in small classes where you can ask for help and feel motivated to learn,” says Nina. Her MYP experiences enabled her to confidently choose chemistry and biology study for her Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11 and 12.
Offering the IB Advantage from an early age at Le Jardin provides depth and continuity in developing critical thinking and caring students well-versed in the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of being global citizens. The rich college prep program is complemented by diverse sports and extracurricular activities, and community service from primary years to high school. IB’s academically rigorous DP, internationally recognized as outstanding qualification for university admission, has attracted solicitations from colleges for the independent, co-ed Windward Oahu school’s graduates. More than 100 colleges sought entrants from the Class of 2015, 99 percent of whom went on to college.
“Le Jardin Academy seeks to develop highly capable, self-directed learners who are able not only to navigate different cultures in the world, but also to help make our world a better place,” says its new Head of School D.J. Condon, whose 28-year career in education includes extensive teaching and leadership experience in IB in Japan, Hong Kong and the U.S. mainland. His three children are all IB Diploma Programme graduates.
“With Le Jardin’s student-centered, inquiry-based approach, each student matters and what matters to each student is of utmost importance,” says Condon.
917 Kalanianaole Highway, Kailua, HI 96734, (808) 261-0707, lejardinacademy.org