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


At Roots School, we see education as an investment in children. We don’t produce goods and services, we transform children into happy and healthy individuals.

That being said, we are also a non-profit organization which needs to operate as a business and strategically plan for the future.  Roots School must find ways to meet the rising costs of providing quality learning and positive social experiences to our students and their families. The future of our school depends on a blend of solid business practices, growing enrollment, new revenue streams and philanthropy. Giving 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.

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Our Curriculum


The goal for our preschoolers (ages 3-5) is to set the foundation for their future educational experiences. Students learn what it means to be part of a group or class, how to communicate their needs and wants appropriately. They learn about nature, cooperative play, and develop key language skills. The preschool benchmarks develop skills in a child’s cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical capabilities. Children come in with little or no experiences and are introduced to tasks/activities which specifically move to strengthen their total body and mind. The students all achieve substantial success with our benchmark goals.


The early elementary years are a beginning foundation for ones academic journey. The goals in the Kinder through 2nd grade classroom are setting children up to have a deep love for learning, be able to problem solve, have interpersonal communication skills with others, be conscientious and sensitive to our planet, and to be able to think for themselves. Our setting provides a daily rhythm that begins with story and academic experiences in both language arts and mathematics. The afternoon hours of our day are dedicated to right brain thinking including Art classes, Physical Education, Gardening, Singing/Music/Ukulele, Building/Creating, Play, and Yoga. Throughout the day, conversational Spanish is used in the classroom to allow the students a solid foundation in a foreign language.


The 3rd – 5th grade classroom builds on foundations established in the K-2 years. The program utilizes previously learned skills and scaffolds into more abstract learning. Third to fifth graders work to become organized and responsible students, while seeking the answers to questions about the world all around them. Students are encouraged to set goals for themselves and to use multiple intelligences in developing projects and completing assignments.

Daily Schedule:

Most mornings begin with core Mathematics and English/Language Arts classes, followed by Science, History, and Social Studies thematic units in the early afternoons. Students have the opportunity to study material that is of interest to them and to apply their knowledge through a variety of hands-on projects, presentations, service work/study in their community, and special events.


In addition to preparing students in grades 6th through 8th for the next step in their academic careers, we are committed to supporting middle school students in the transition from childhood to young adulthood. We believe that the needs of middle school students are best served within/in our small, multi-age class setting.

Traditional school models, divided arbitrarily into age, grade, and isolated subjects, cannot address the richness and complexity of life. An integrated, project-based approach to education is learning for the real-world; addressing the whole child, creating learning experiences that are tailored and relevant to students, enhancing engagement and providing a greater depth of knowledge, cultivating the academic and social skills needed to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Project-based learning favors depth and application of knowledge over breadth. Focusing on real-world challenges, multiple subjects are integrated into a single unit of study.


We provide the perfect education for your child every day


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

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."

RiDe la Paz

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Another milestone for our amazing little school@ As of June 29th 2017, Roots School has received full Initial Accreditation Status from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the school's founders, teachers, staff, board memebers, parents, students 


Announcing the purchase of our campus!

We are thrilled to announce that as of June 21, 2017, we are 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.


Melita Returns to Teaching

The winds of change are upon us at Roots School!  We have a staff announcement to make for the 2017-2018 school year.We are excited to announce that our dear co-Founder Melita Charan will be returning to the classroom this fall!  She will be teaching Grades 5-8 in a part-time capacity, while continuing to serve as our Head of School.





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


Our School

Phone(808) 250-7988

740 Haiku Rd

Haiku, HI 96708

Preschool School 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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