We believe children have unlimited potential. Our inspired purpose is to help develop that promise.

Welcome To Roots

Roots School is an independent private school for students from Preschool to 8th Grade. Through our project-based approach, multi-age setting, small classes, and emphasis on critical thinking and creativity, we create a flexible learning environment to encourage students to develop their unique potential. Along with mathematics, science, history, social science, language arts, and foreign language classes, we offer fine and performing arts, physical education, gardening, student activities, and field trips. Roots School is located in the heart of Haiku town on the island of Maui, which provides distinctive educational and cultural resources. Our graduates attend high schools across Maui, and are accepted at colleges and universities across the nation. 

Real Ongoing Opportunities to Soar (ROOTS) is a nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation licensed by the Hawaii Council of Private Schools and the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, and is fully accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent School (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Our Mission & Philosophy

"Such a special school with amazing staff and a warm friendly vibe. Loads of fun learning too!"

Me-Shell Mijangos

"Roots School is a little jewel in the middle of Haiku where children can grow and learn in a safe environment with the support of kind, nurturing and completely dedicated teachers. My kids love Roots school and I am happy to be part of this amazing community."

Ri Dela Paz

"Roots School has been the best choice we ever made for our child. Since our son started attending the school four years ago, he has flourished in this atmosphere."

River Siver

"I honestly cannot imagine our lives without the excellent academic quality, social and emotional education, and overall support the Roots 'ohana provides."

Wesley Crile


Roots is now accepting applications for new students!


Join us at flatbread pizza in paia on june 11!

Join us at Flatbread Pizza in Paia on June 11, 2019 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. for our annual Benefit Night! The event includes a fun silent auction with hotel, dining and activity gift certificates, and unique merchandise! A portion of the proceeds from all pizzas go toward our 2019/2020 Enrichment Programs, which include art, music and PE. See you there! 

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Another milestone for our amazing little school! Roots School has received full Initial Accreditation Status from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the school's founders, teachers, staff, board members, parents, students 


Announcing the purchase of our campus!

We are thrilled to announce that we are now the proud owners of our school house and land at 740 Haiku Road in Haiku Town!  For this little school of 1000 miracles, this miracle is a big one!  Thanks to a generous gift of the down payment from Peter Hagedorn and Miriam Trahan of the Nuestro Futuro Foundation, we were able to secure a loan and purchase the property.



At Roots School, we see education as an investment in children. We don’t produce goods and services, we help children blossom into happy and healthy individuals. We are also a nonprofit organization which needs to operate as a business and strategically plan for the future.  We work hard to find ways to meet the rising costs of providing quality learning and positive social experiences to our students and their families. Philanthropy is absolutely essential to maintaining the best teachers, the best programs, and keeping our mission alive and our school moving forward. We invite and appreciate your participation.


Roots is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools




Call 250-7988 today or contact us below to arrange a personal tour!


Our School

(808) 250-7988

740 Haiku Road

Haiku, HI 96708

Preschool Hours: 

Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 3:30pm

K-8  School Hours: 

8:45am-3:00pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

8:45am-1:00pm (Wednesday)

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