In 2006, early childhood educator Melita Nasiah Charan moved to Maui from Oregon where she had been teaching in Ashland’s progressive public school district. After spending time on Maui, she saw a need to create a new educational option for the island. In 2006, her vision was realized when she started Roots School with six children in a small building on the North Shore. By the end of the school year, the class size had doubled and there was significant interest in adding another classroom. So in 2007, Melita asked her friend and colleague, teacher Debbie Benton, to relocate to Maui from Oregon as well, so they could work together to develop the Roots School philosophy and methodology.
Within five years enrollment grew exponentially, and with inquiries about opening a preschool, the search began for a larger location. It was important to Melita that the school stay located on the North Shore, so it could continue providing education to students in the Upcountry area.
Since 2012, Roots School has been located at 740 Haiku Road in the heart of Haiku town. With the generous support of Nuestro Futuro Foundation, the school was able to purchase the property in 2017. Roots School has an enrollment of approximately 60 students from Preschool to 8th Grade.