Philosophy: Traditional school models, divided arbitrarily by 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. It addresses the whole child, creating learning experiences that are relevant to students, enhancing engagement and providing a greater depth of knowledge. It has also proven to cultivate the academic and social skills needed to succeed in the classroom and in life.
Using state and national standards as the foundation; our teachers combine traditional learning with hands-on projects; to strengthen understanding and knowledge of subjects by making connections across disciplines.
Our teachers build dynamic lesson plans that foster excitement and interest, while nurturing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Although some subjects require memorization (like spelling and math) we design curriculums which reflect real-world experiences, keeping students active and engaged through our hands-on, project-based approach.
Project-based learning provides students with opportunities to explore real-world challenges by working in small collaborative groups and integrating multiple subjects. Research indicates that students are more likely to retain knowledge gained through project-based rather than textbook-centered learning. Students also develop confidence and self-direction as they move through team-based and independent work. Longtime Maui educator Christina Cowell observes, “In my 20 years as an Education Consultant, I’ve rarely come across a school with as much breadth and depth in its curriculum, combining a classical academic foundation with dynamic experiences.”
Class sizes are purposefully small to enable our teachers to appreciate and encourage multiple types of intelligence.