Mission & Vision
The mission of Kona Pacific Public Charter School is to educate the whole child, in order to cultivate in young people the skills, knowledge, and values they need to reach their highest potential.
Our vision is a world in which each person fulfills their unique potential in service to the community.
Public Waldorf Program
- Holistic Approach
Kona Pacific Public Charter School strives to include all of the essential components of a public Waldorf school program, including developmentally-appropriate curriculum and instruction that significantly follow the traditional Waldorf curriculum, and that emphasize the whole child. This approach frames the academic components within an artistic, creative and imaginative context, embracing all facets of our students’ development: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. The daily lessons and daily and weekly rhythms appropriately engage the students’ thinking, feeling and willing, and include a balance of academic, artistic, musical, experiential, physically-active, social, and nature-based activities. Learning occurs through hands-on, authentic experiences. Class teachers loop with their students multiple years. Academic subjects are presented in longer morning periods of study lasting several weeks per subject. Vital is recognition of the importance of nurturing each student’s individuality and of helping each student develop into a well-rounded, inspired, competent, and compassionate individual. To facilitate this program, we strive to engage Waldorf teachers who are experts in the Waldorf approach or on a path to such expertise, for instance, through a recognized Waldorf-credentialing program.
Culture of Hawai'i
Hawaiian culture will be meaningfully honored and reflected in the school’s curriculum and culture, including through our new Hawaiian Cultural Practices Program (temporarily on hold due to the pandemic); Hawaiian Studies (e.g., history, geography, music, hula); incorporating Hawaiian culture and language into other subjects of study; the morning protocol; and festivals and assemblies that celebrate the Hawaiian culture.
Rooted in the Land
Agricultural studies and our relationship with the land will be deeply embraced at KPPCS, through regular student work in the school garden; active composting and recycling programs; regular outdoor instruction, including field trips; and bringing awareness of the importance of agriculture and sustainability through other subjects of study.
Engaging & Rigorous Academic Program
The academic skills of Kona Pacific Public Charter School students are addressed and developed with the rigor and expectation of excellence that this aspect of their education deserves, and the level of attention that is equal to all other aspects of our educational program. Our goal is that our students will meet or exceed our academic expectations, in alignment with state expectations, through our rich program that provides an engaging and challenging academic curriculum, and that they will emerge from our school with the confidence in their academic abilities that will allow them to be successful throughout their academic careers.