Holy Nativity School
Holy Nativity School is a small school with big experiences, a big heart, and a big reputation for excellence. Built on deep relationships and personalized attention, the HNS motto is character, heart, and excellence. Head of School Jeanne Wilks celebrates that, “HNS is your neighborhood school in East Honolulu and is rooted in the Episcopal tradition of respect and inclusion.”
HNS is small by design. We serve students from preschool through grade six, with two teachers in each classroom. One class per grade ensures that every student is given the ability to take on new challenges while continuing to develop strengths. Our beautiful, safe, and quiet four-acre campus boasts three playfields, a full-size gymnasium, dedicated art room and kiln, and music room—facilities often seen at larger schools. At HNS, every child is truly known and “personal best” is part of our regular practice, not just a clever tagline.
HNS students have the dual benefits of a small school (personalized learning, where every child is known and appreciated) with the opportunities of big experiences. HNS offers unique endeavors including a variety of trips; visits with community leaders; and authentic student leadership where students chair school events, organizing everything from communications to logistics.Students participate in weekly specialist classes in music, arts, PE, religion, and Mindfulness. A variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities also allow students to find their role in sports teams, chapel services, speech team, and more. Developing student affinities, talents, and agency is a fundamental part of the HNS philosophy. Students gain confidence from trying new things in a school that understands how to balance support and challenge, honest feedback and encouragement.
Child rearing in the early years is especially sweet when shared with friends who become like family. With frequent and transparent communication between faculty, administration and families, along with an active Parent-Teacher Organization and a robust network of alumni, HNS is a place where children and parents develop friendships that often become lifelong. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary this year, we reflect with awe about the many children and families whom we have been blessed to serve.
5286 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96821 | (808) 373-3232 | holynativityschool.org