Holy Nativity School
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Built on deep relationships and personalized attention, Holy Nativity School’s 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.”
The small school environment and trained faculty benefit a wide range of learners in Preschool through grade six, and build a compassionate school culture where graduating students are empowered advocates for their own learning profiles. Holy Nativity School takes pride in knowing that its students graduate well-equipped for the challenges of Hawai‛i’s finest receiver schools. HNS recognizes that learning happens best in an environment of respect and trust, where every child is truly known. Alumni share time and again that at HNS they felt seen, they felt that they mattered, and that they had a voice.
The curriculum follows current neuroscience and research, delivering a program that ensures academic rigor, while also nurturing social and emotional maturity. At HNS, students gain leadership experience within an integrated, project-based curriculum. Talented teachers use their creativity to develop programs that inspire students to become independent learners with strong meta-cognitive skills. All teachers use mindfulness tools to increase self-awareness and self-regulation.
Acknowledging the strengths and talents of each individual, HNS ensures that students enjoy weekly enrichment classes in music, fine arts, physical education and religion. Experiential learning engages students through unique and diverse opportunities. HNS students are engaged in critical thinking, problemsolving, and creativity using logical thought, precision and data management—invaluable skills required in today’s classrooms and tomorrow’s careers.
HNS is small by design, recognizing that class size and teacher to student ratios matter. The small one-class-per-grade school includes facilities often seen at larger school — three playfields, a full-size gymnasium, dedicated art room and kiln, music room and computer lab—on a beautiful and open, safe and quiet four-acre campus. The largest of three playgrounds was student-designed, is eco-friendly, and built by the school and local community. The Great Pumpkin Festival, Holy Nativity School’s long standing annual community event each October, looks forward to welcoming families to pick pumpkins, play games, and more in 2021.
For the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to deliver our school program in person with all appropriate health and safety measures in place. Prospective families are encouraged to find out more about the school by visiting our website, following us on social media, and scheduling a personalized campus tour. Find out what makes HNS so special and how your family can start the process to join the Holy Nativity School community.
5286 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96821 | (808) 373-3232 | holynativityschool.org