Common Questions

Why should I invest in an independent school education for my child?

At a private independent school like Island School, there are high academic standards that nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, while fostering critical thinking. Often there is a larger percentage of students that enroll in honors courses at Island School, than in public, parochial, and other local private schools. Smaller classes along with individualized attention, and lower student to teacher ratios encourage close connections with students. Excellent teachers, who are life long learners, teach in their areas of expertise and share their passion with students. Dynamic Autonomy allows for flexibility within the classroom and permits teachers to cultivate a greater understanding of the content learned. Teachers also take a personal invested interest in each student and seek to understand what motivates them in their quest for learning.

Time and again students from Island School have demonstrated the ability to be accepted into competitive four year universities and colleges all across the country. These students, due to the preparation an Island School education has afforded them, have completed a range of bachelor’s degrees on to graduate degrees and even post doctorate degrees.

Island School nurtures not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity, but also their personal and social growth and civic responsibilities. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences, educating the whole child. Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family. Island School is also comprised of community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student. And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Where is Island School located?

Island School is centrally located near Lihu’e, on the east side of Kaua’i, Hawaii, directly behind Kaua’i Community College in Puhi. For directions, visit our google map HERE

How does the school use tuition?

Island School’s tuition ranks tenth in the state of Hawaii as compared with other independent schools as far as cost is concerned. Roughly 80% of Island School’s budget goes toward faculty and staff salaries. Teachers in independent schools are paid notoriously lower than in the public system, yet keeping class sizes at optimum levels with top quality teachers, results in a significant line item in our budget. Tuition would be even higher if it weren’t for our two major fund raising events, the Annual Giving Campaign and the Annual Auction. The goal of these two events is to raise the additional 20% needed to balance our budget each year.

How can I find out if I qualify for financial aid?

Families who feel they have financial need may pursue the Financial Aid application process. Families who qualify may receive up to half of tuition reduction. All Financial Aid is confidential and need based. Island School is proud to support approximately 43% of students currently attending with some financial assistance. If an application for financial aid is complete and submitted in a timely manner, tuition payments will have the award subtracted from the balance owed. Click HERE to begin the financial aid application process. Please note that Island School uses FACTS Grant and Tuition Aid as a service that provides Island School with a summary of a family’s financial need. It is from this financial summary that Island School will determine the level of need for a family. Families wanting continued financial support in the form of Financial Aid must re-apply each year.

My child is advanced in certain subjects and has not been challenged at school. How do you address this with your students?

Island School is committed to supporting all students in their efforts to reach their highest potential. Not advancing students fast enough can lead to problems. To address this, Island School students are assessed at the beginning of the school year and periodically thereafter to check on their progress. Each student is placed in a class setting consistent with his or her level of achievement in math and reading; also, the student’s social adjustment is considered.

My child has difficulty with certain subjects. What kinds of remedial assistance do you offer?

Individual assessments are designed to place students in the appropriate classes that address academic performance issues before they become a serious problem. Students who demonstrate the need are offered tutoring by faculty members as well as by members of the National Honor Society. Courses that cover fundamental skills may be assigned to a student to address any weaknesses in specific subjects.

How is peer conflict managed at Island School?

Peer conflict manifests itself differently depending on the age of your child. In order to combat peer conflict, your chid is provided tools to combat this behavior as part of their regular curriculum. Resources such as the “STEPS to RESPECT” program are used as educational material resource to help students identify and deal effectively with bullying behaviors. Students learn strategies to not only defend themselves against bullies, but to help build a climate of positive social interactions.

How can parents get involved?

As mentioned above, parent involvement is one of the key components of an independent school education. Parents are seen as valuable resources on many levels: they are welcomed classroom volunteers, chaperones for school events and field trips, mentors and guest teachers, active members of the Parent Association, Auction volunteers, energetic workers around campus, donors, board members, even faculty and staff members. But most of all, parents are one of three essential elements, along with teachers and students, in the building of a solid educational foundation.

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