2016 Private School Guide
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Photos: Hanalani Schools
Mark Sugimoto, Head of School
Hanalani Schools, a Christian school located on six beautiful acres in Mililani, offers a 21st century program that challenges the heart and mind of each student, preschool through 12th grade. Accredited by the WASC/HAIS, Hanalani has an astounding 100 percent college acceptance rate. Over the last five years, graduates have earned more than $13 million in scholarships.
The school’s program has three foundational pillars: core knowledge, critical skills and Christian character. Core knowledge refers to the commonly recognized subject matter and related skills. Students are taught an academic foundation in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), language arts and other liberal arts courses.
In addition to core knowledge, students need six 21st century critical skills that will position them for future success and prepare them for leadership. They are critical and analytical thinking, creativity and adaptability, effective communication (written, oral, digital and arts), collaborative leadership, citizenship in the digital age, and cultural competence. Hanalani develops these skills in the classroom and through a variety of co-curricular offerings. Also important classrooms for critical skills development are team activities on the athletic field, drama stage, performance stage, and in student government.
Christian character, the last pillar, addresses students’ hearts and character development. They are founded on learning to love others and to love God. Dealing with others through compassion, kindness, empathy, integrity, honesty and other relational virtues are essential for successful leadership.
Beyond the classroom, Lower School students participate in community service projects, student leadership team, Lego robotics, art, band, organized sports teams, camps, Big Island trip, Mighty MO overnighter and more. Hanalani Lower School students are the 2014 Elementary Science Olympiad Champions. To extend the classroom experience, students also enjoy monthly field trips around the island, music and drama performances, and gardening.
Upper School offers a rigorous academic track with more than 20 honors and advanced placement courses. Students can earn graduation certificates from STEM or Fine Arts. Co-curricular activities include ILH sports, a nationally recognized student government program, the five-time Hawaii region robotics championship team, band, drama and many other exciting opportunities. Upper School students also travel to Europe, Washington D.C., and Japan.
The campus is wireless to support the BYOD program. Hanalani’s low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that students are known and receive a highly personalized education designed to challenge each of them to develop to his or her unique and fullest potential.
94-294 Anania Drive, Mililani, Hawaii 96789, (808) 625-0737, Hanalani.org