The time has come to choose an education center for your child, and if you’re like most parents, you’re feeling the pressure and wondering where do you begin? Every parent wants to be confident in deciding on the best program, but there are so many considerations to take into account when interviewing and choosing a school that it can feel overwhelming. Choosing a school for your child doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, the choice can be broken down to two essential components – being informed and being prepared. The best place to start is with what you know best: your own family’s needs and most importantly, your child.
Know Your Needs
For many families, preschool is an essential part of life and allows us to work while our young children are well and cared for. First things first, break down the process by thinking about how each school will fit into your daily life. Learn the basics of each program: location, hours, tuition costs. Ask yourself if it’s important for the preschool to be near your home and your work. What are their hours and does this work with both yours and your child’s schedules? What is included in tuition costs and is this fee reasonable with your budget and expectation? Prepare for any upfront registration costs and look into waitlist times. Answering each of these questions will help you narrow down and eliminate any that do not work for you right away. From here, you’ll know which schools you’d like to tour.
Know Your Child
The most important person to consider in this process is your child. They will be the one spending their time at the facility you choose and considering their needs and wants will make your decision that much easier. First, how old is your child? Your child’s age will determine the type of program they will enroll in and will guide your feelings on curriculum as well as determine variations in price. Younger programs for instance, generally charge higher tuitions due to higher costs. For a younger child, supervision may be your first priority – to keep them safe and happy – while for older, more independent Pre-K children, education will certainly come first. Next, think about your child’s interests: Art? Science? Hands-on activities? Imaginative play? What brings out their smile?
KCAA Preschools is THE resource on preschool for the Hawaiian Islands. Their President Christina Cox, suggests “thinking about the happiness of your child will no doubt, bring about a good choice. Will my child be safe and be happy? Make friends with their peers AND their teachers? The first thing I look for when visiting a school for my own family, is staff and child interactions. How are they talking? How are they interacting? Am I getting positive or negative feelings as I walk through this school and classroom?”
Considering your child’s interests and personality will allow you to envision your child fitting in there and will give you an idea of what to expect in your keiki’s upcoming transition. Never be afraid to ask your teachers and directors how they attend to children exactly like yours or ask how they encourage their individuality in the classroom. Every child is wonderfully unique and your child’s personality will very much decide how the transition to preschool will go for all of you.
Time To Take A Tour
Once your initial research is completed, you will have a solid list of schools that you want to interview. Schedule your tours, write down a list of general questions and while touring, bring a notebook and jot down things you notice and feel during your visit as well as any questions that pop up. By writing down teachers/directors names, current lessons, etc. you’ll be able to remember your impressions and feelings toward each location more clearly and better your decision later. President Christina Cox recommends “always remember to take any information they give you home and read it carefully. There is vital information in the welcome packets-policies and promises that sometimes aren’t noticed until it’s too late. Always read the information completely as this could sway your decision one way or another. Being informed is the key to making a positive choice for your family.” Always keep in mind that this is YOUR interview and not the other way around. YOU are the employer and your child is the service being provided for. Always tour your final considerations WITH your child at least once.
Licensing And Accreditation
Any and every school you tour should want you to be as informed and as knowledgeable as possible. NO question is a bad question and professional educators will be more than willing to help guide your process. Choosing a center that is state-licensed is essential. On this matter, Ms. Cox states, “In Hawaii, ALL childcare programs are required to be licensed by the state. This means that expectations are kept at a state standard including everything from safety regulations, staff hiring and background checks. A licensed facility is held to an expected standard as all schools caring for children, should These requirements keep child safe and makes the program accountable not just to you, but to the state as well. An accredited program will ensure that the schools are regulated with stricter policies, higher standards of education, curriculum, staff qualifications and further ongoing training. There are several accreditation programs participated in by schools throughout the islands. Ask the schools you tour about their involvement in accreditation or about their future plans to be involved.
There are a variety of curriculums that schools decide to follow in educating their students. These philosophies on education allow for different methods of teaching, discipline and of interaction with students. If you are concerned with which specific style your school is choosing, your director will easily be able to answer this for you. Ask what curriculum they follow and do your research from there. Some of the most common are Montessori, the Creative Curriculum, and Waldorf. All of these styles of teaching are designed to benefit the student through various methods and activities. Feel free to ask how lessons are chosen and how often they change. Above all, make sure play is at the center of every lesson. A preschool child, no matter what age, learns through play. Play is their work. What may look like playful silliness to the untrained eye should and will be a purposefully planned lesson for students. Learning your school’s teaching philosophy can help you as a parent to see past the silliness and understand the lesson being taught.
Each classroom you visit will be different in how it’s set up, how it’s decorated and how it’s run. Visit the classrooms and ask yourself how it feels to be there. Are you happy? Are you stressed? Are you excited? Check for cleanliness of the floor, tables, play areas, and bathrooms. Preschool classrooms can get messy – twenty-four 4-year olds should be making a mess – but is it organized chaos? Or just chaos? Is it messy or dirty? Ask about sanitation practices and cleaning routines. Ask about bathroom visits and how those are dealt with (and depending on the age of your child, about potty training routines).
Another telltale sign of a well-run classroom is to look at the art. Student art should cover the walls of their classroom making them feel as though they are a part of their school. It should be hung at child-eye level so they can take pride in their work. As an adult, look at the displayed projects and consider: Is it made by the students? Or is it made by the helping hands of teachers? Art should be just that: a creation by your student no matter their age. In addition, check that supplies and toys are readily available to little hands at eye level. There should be more than just crayons and paint; check for the big five: imaginative play, art, a quiet library, tactile play (blocks, etc.), science/math area and additionally gross motor/outdoor play. Remember, if your center is concerned with how well a child is playing, their educational success will follow in suit no matter the teaching theory being followed. Play is serious business and it should be purposeful and encouraged naturally all day.
Staff And Classroom Ratios
The State of Hawaii provides guidelines for the hiring and necessary experience qualifications and education requirements for the staff of every center. Lead teachers are the most highly qualified and assistants and aides follow behind. Ask your tour guide who is the Lead in your child’s classroom and ask this person your questions directly. If your teacher is not there on your initial tour, come back and meet him or her. It is important to get an in-person opinion of the human responsible for caring for your most loved creation and to see how you child responds to this person. The teacher to child ratios in each room are also regulated by the state – infants: 1 teacher for every 4 infants, 1:6 for 1-year-olds, 1:8 for 2-year-olds, 1:12 for 3-year-olds, and 1:16 for 4-year-olds. These restrictions are in place to ensure your child’s safety and supervision and also to make sure every child is receiving the attention they need and deserve.
Look For The Smiles
With so many things to consider, interviewing a school can be overwhelming and certainly thought provoking. Questions, above all research, decide whether or not your child will thrive in this environment. There is no amount of research that can replace a parent’s intuition. The peace of mind that comes from finding the right program for your child and family is incomparable. You can look forward to taking your child to school every day knowing the happiness and love they’ll feel once they’re there. So above everything, the best and most useful thing to consider is also the easiest: the smiles. Look at the faces of teachers and of the other students in attendance – are they calm and at ease? Are they smiling at each other and is there a general feeling of love? These things can all be noticed regardless of how many questions you ask. Does the classroom feel happy?
Early education teachers are responsible for many things, but more than anything, for teaching a child to LOVE learning. Choosing a school for your child doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, the choice can be broken down to two essential components – being informed and being prepared. So do your research, ask your questions, and above all… look for the smiles.
Central Union Preschool & Kindergarten
2 to 6 year olds 1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu 808-946-4025
Central Union Church Preschool and Kindergarten is a Christian-based early childhood program accredited by NAEYC that promotes spiritual, cognitive, socioemotional and physical growth in a nurturing environment. Their Ohana Toddler Program for two year olds offers both part-time and full-time options. The preschool program for three to six year olds offers eight classrooms with a teacher-student ratio of 1 to 10. The regular school day is from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with before and after-care available as well as extracurricular such as swimming, ukulele, foreign language, choir, creative movement and physical fitness. Central Union Church Preschool recommends that parents arrange a visit to tour the campus prior to submitting their child’s application. Call 808-946-4025 to schedule a visit or find out more about their classes, and visit www.centralunionpreschool.org.
The Cole Academy
6 months to 6 years old Locations throughout Oahu, and on the Big Island
The Cole Academy is a family-owned and operated preschool nationally accredited through NECPA with locations in Mililani, Kapolei, Windward Oahu, East Oahu, Downtown, and on the Kona- Kohala coast of Hawaii Island. Their specialized academic and social curriculum prepares children for success and kindergarten readiness, including early reading, math, foreign language and infant-toddler sign language. Care is offered from as long as 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with both full-time and part-time enrollment options for reduced tuition.
The Cole Academy also welcomes requests for alternative schedules to suit interested families’ needs. In addition to their preschool classes, The Cole Academy offers childcare for children as young as 6 months old and boast some of the lowest teacher student ratios. The teacher-student ratio for the infant class is 1 to 3, 1 to 4 for the wobblers and toddlers, 1 to 6 for the two-year-old class and 1 to 8 or less for the rest of the preschool classes.
In addition to their preschool and childcare, The Cole Academy also offers drop-in and back-up care for an hourly fee if a child’s regular preschool is unavailable, or if parents have an important appointment or errand. Apply online so the academy can keep your child’s records on file in case an unexpected need for care suddenly arises. There is no application fee and interested parents can visit their website at www.coleacademy.com to find their nearest location.
Cross Academy, formerly known as Our Savior Lutheran School, builds a solid Christian foundation for learning that encompasses the whole child by including virtues and emotional maturity, as well as academic, moral, aesthetic, social, physical and service-leadership dimensions in a well-rounded educational program for preschool through eighth grade. Cross Academy teachers implement the S.T.E.A.M. project-based science, technology, engineering, art and math program to further inspire and prepare students with more real-world work. Promoting active learning, all K-8 classes have P.E., art and expert computer practice. After-school clubs, summer school and many event projects help to further expand the range and diversity of student’ educational experiences.
3 years old to 8th Grade 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu 808-373-3232
Built upon the qualities of respect and inclusion exemplified in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School encourages the development of character, heart, and excellence. The small one class per grade school has served students in preschool through sixth grade for nearly 70 years, and is excited to have recently expanded through 8th grade. HNS features a research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum and includes performing and fine arts, physical education, religion and computational thinking. Care is available from 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., with school day options from 7:30 a.m. to noon (for the Keiki 3s class), or 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their preschool teacher student ratio is 1-to-10 students or less, with a teacher and an assistant in every class. Holy Nativity is located on a 2-acre scenic campus in Aina Haina and accredited by the WASC. Call 808-373-3232 for more information or to schedule a personalized campus tour. Visit online at www.holynativityschool.org.
Pre-K – Grade 6 1922 Makiki St. 808-949-6491
Hanahau‘oli School nurtures life-long learners – children, teachers, and parents. Since the school’s founding 100 years ago in 1918, Hanahau‘oli honors the natural way children learn – through doing – by making learning exciting, challenging and enjoyable. Their intimate and nurturing Preschool-6th grade learning community supports connections between home and school and the world, respecting and celebrating the uniqueness of the Hanahau‘oli child while appreciating the interconnectedness that defines their learning ‘ohana. Grounded in their traditions yet embracing of innovation, they perpetuate “joyous work,” committed to being a resource and symbol of learning’s potential for generations to come. For more information, visit hanahauoli.org or call 808-949-6461.
Hongwanji Mission School
Hongwanji Mission School strives to nurture compassionate, responsible, and successful learners through comprehensive, challenging programs that enable students to excel in the private or public high school of their choice. Founded in 1949, Hongwanji Mission School, the first Buddhist school outside of Japan, is located in Nu’uanu valley, minutes from downtown. HMS serves students in preschool (three-year-old) through eighth grade. Instruction is highly personalized, guided by Buddhist values, and provided in a physically and emotionally safe atmosphere with a low teacher-student ratio of 1:10 in preschool. Accredited by HAIS and WASC, the preschool/pre-k curriculum addresses the individual child’s needs, interests, experiences, feelings, and ideas to nurture a natural enthusiasm for learning. Parents are encouraged to partner with teachers in supporting their child’s academic and social success. A typical week’s schedule includes classes in the arts, P.E/swimming, music, library, and Japanese language. The school day is 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with optional extended care until 5:30 p.m.) and includes lunch and snacks. To schedule a tour, call 808- 532-0522, or to apply, visit www.hongwanjimissionschool.org.
PreK to Grade 12 94-294 Anania Drive, Mililani 808-625-0737 x456
Nestled on six beautiful acres in Mililani Town, Hanalani Schools is an HAIS- and WASC-accredited private Christian school for students in PreK– Grade 12. With a curriculum fueled by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Hanalani’s Early Childhood (EC) program for ages 3- 4 builds a strong academic foundation while providing a rich educational experience through field trips, cooking lessons, music classes and more. With low studentteacher ratios of 12:1 for three-year-olds and 16:1 for four-year-olds, students receive individualized attention and care while developing important social skills. EC students enjoy a full school day from 8:05am–2:15pm on Monday-Thursday and 8:05am–1:15pm on Fridays. Extended care is available from 6:15am–5:30pm. Apply today at Hanalani.org.
Kaimuki Christian School
P2 to 12th grade 1117 Koko Head Ave., Honolulu 808-732-1781
Since 1968, Kaimuki Christian School’s preschool has laid the foundation for achieving the school’s mission of educating each child to his or her God-intended potential. Watch your child flourish with caring and creative teachers in a safe, nurturing, and close-knit environment. The preschool’s fun, loving, and energetic atmosphere helps young minds to grow and know that they are loved by God! Children develop their independence, social skills, and math & reading readiness skills, as they prepare for elementary school. After school care, intersession care, and summer programs are offered. For two-year-olds, part-time options are available. Applications are now being accepted; visit www.kaimukichristianschool.org or call 808-732-1781 to schedule a personalized virtual tour.
KCAA Preschools of Hawaii
2-5 years Multiple locations 808-941-9414
Established in 1895 as Kindergarten and Children’s Aid Association, KCAA is one of the largest early education providers in Hawaii. We currently serve over 900 children annually, ages 2 to 5 years, at six nationally accredited preschools on Oahu in a nurturing and stimulating environment. Many of our students are second and third generation KCAA keiki!
All six of our preschools are accredited through NAEYC, which evaluates the quality of early education programs in 10 critical areas and includes a rigorous review and evaluation process. This accreditation status enables income-eligible families to obtain a higher-level of tuition subsidy from one of several federal, state or local funding sources. In addition, KCAA has an in-house tuition assistance fund. Limited tuition assistance may be available for qualifying families.
Our schools are open year-round and tuition includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. To request a tour or for more information visit their website at www.kcaapreschools.org.
Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center
2 to 6 years old 4470 Aliikoa Street, Kahala 808-734-0208
Established in 1980, Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center has been in the forefront of quality, Catholic, and Montessori early childhood education. The Center supports a faith-filled and personalized learning environment to meet the developmental needs of each child. With its enriched, spacious indoor/outdoor learning environment, children have opportunities to acquire global, 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills, as well as the development of the whole child, socially, personally, physically, and academically. The Montessori method of teaching and learning is designed to support the natural development of children in a well-prepared environment. Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center accepts students from ages two through six years of age (Toddler through Kindergarten). Weekly school tours are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 AM. Please call our office at 808-734-3840 for more information.
Keiki Care Center of Hawaii
2 to 5 years old 757 Hoomalu Street, Pearl City 808-455-5545
At Keiki Care Center of Hawaii (KCCOH), children learn through play, as KCCOH’s core philosophy is structured around its motto, “Enhancing Joyful Learning.” We believe that each child is an individual, with individual needs. Our curriculum program is in alignment with the Hawai‘i Early Learning and Development Standards (“HELDS”). We conduct parent conferences and produce a customized portfolio for each keiki. KCCOH’s knowledgeable and experienced teachers create a supportive and nurturing environment, to help form a positive foundation for lifelong learning. Hours available are from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a partial day program ending at 2 p.m. Teacher-to-student ratios follow national accreditation guidelines of 1-to-6 for 2-year-olds, 1-to-8 for 3-year-olds and 1-to-10 for 4-yearolds, which are significantly lower than Hawaii ratios. For more info or to schedule a family tour, please visit their website at www.keikicarehawaii.com or call 808-455-5545.
Keiki O Ka ‘Aina
Infant-5 years Multiple Locations Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Keiki O Ka ‘Aina’s mission is to educate children, strengthen families, enrich communities, and perpetuate culture. Parents are encouraged to be their keiki’s first and best teacher, setting a standard for family-based education.
Keiki O Ka ‘Aina’s environment is firmly grounded in Hawaiian values, traditions, culture, and language. Teachers support children’s natural enthusiasm to learn and play in a developmentally appropriate environment. Children learn through art, discovery, movement and use the ‘aina as a “natural classroom”. With a focus on perpetuating Hawaiian language, Keiki O Ka Aina incorporates the richness and diversity of Hawaiian culture, traditions, and values. In addition to their schools, Keiki O Ka ‘Aina also offers cultural events, from parenting workshops to simple hula classes. Please visit koka.org or call one of their locations for more information.
Navy Hale Keiki School
Navy Hale Keiki (House of Children) School takes pride in delivering quality early childhood education for every student in a safe and nurturing environment. They are a small private school comprising of just over 200 students from ages 3 years old through 5th grade. Their family setting has a strong foundation of trust, respect and accountability. Navy Hale Keiki School prioritizes the social, emotional and intellectual characteristics to good citizenship in both school and in a global setting.
The school is open to all children. If you would like more information please visit halekeikischool.org or call 808.423.1727.
Lanakila Baptist Schools (LBS) has been educating children for 50 years. Their well-rounded, Biblically-based college preparatory program of study emphasizes mastery of the fundamentals, which are vital to each student’s success in academia with the truth of God’s word.
Decades of successful graduates have proven their traditional system and teaching methods to be effective, enabling 100% of the graduates to receive college scholarships to universities & colleges of their choice. At LBS, your child will become an informed, discerning individual, who is solidly equipped with the knowledge and critical reasoning skills that enable success in future academic endeavors, career pursuits, and life.
For information, application and admission requirements call 808-677-0731 or visit www.lbswarriors.com.
The Learn School
Ages 2-5 4211 Waialae Ave #1030, Honolulu, HI 96816 808-384-8219
We are the only preschool enrichment program dedicated exclusively for kids ages 2 to 5 which focuses to empower children through a holistic learning environment.
2 years old to 6th Graders 1239 Nehoa Street, Honolulu (808) 522-0244
Montessori Community School is an independent, non-sectarian school providing a Montessori education for children ages 2 through 12. Dedicated Montessori teachers guide children through the purposefully designed curriculum in a mixed-age classroom that emphasizes academics, peace education and environmental studies, to develop competent students respectful in their relationships with others and the natural world. The school offers a half-day schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., a standard school day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and extended care until 5:30 p.m. In addition to its preschool, Montessori Community School continues to provide an accredited Montessori education through its elementary program for children in grades one through six. Founded in 1972, MCS is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and is licensed by the Department of Human Services and the Hawaii Council of Private Schools. Visit their website at www.montessorihawaii.org to find out more about the application process, or call 808-522-0244 for more information.
Montessori of Oahu School
3 years old to age 12 808-312-9605
Montessori of O’ahu School (Mo’O School) is a storefront AMI Montessori school located in Mnoa Marketplace. The school has two programs: A mixed-age Primary classroom for children ages 3-6, and a mixed-age Elementary classroom for students ages 6-12. Mo’O School is the only school on island with AMI trained guides at each level. Mo’O School is grounded by the cultures of Hawai’i and uses an ‘aina-, or “place-based,” approach to education, offering students hands-on interactions with the natural and cultural resources which surround them. The school operates on a 9-month school year schedule. For more information, visit mo-o.org or call 808-312-9605.
3 to 6 years old 467 North Judd Street, Honolulu (808) 523-6495
Offering preschool and junior kindergarten educational opportunities within a Christian setting, Pali Preschool engages students in stimulating and thought-provoking, hands-on experiences that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Activities in music, art, literature, pre-reading, math, writing, science and social studies enhance each child’s physical, academic, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
At Pali Preschool, each child is recognized as a unique individual, as well as a contributing member of a group. Children are encouraged to express their feelings with confidence and acceptance, with an emphasis on building self-esteem. Experienced and supportive teachers provide individual attention according to each child’s interests, abilities and needs.
Conveniently located close to downtown Honolulu, the school’s Nu‘uanu facilities include spacious indoor and outdoor areas, individual classrooms and a gymnasium. Nutritious lunches and snacks are included in the tuition. For additional information call 523-6495, or visit our website, www.palipreschool.com.
Rainbow Schools is a non-profit group of early education centers which has been serving the families of Oahu with excellent programs for over 40 years.
Sacred Hearts Academy
808-734-5058, ext. 224.
Sacred Hearts Academy’s Early Learning Center is licensed by the Department of Human Services and provides an excellent educational foundation for young girls ages 3 through 6. Girls learn in a caring and supportive environment that nurtures social-emotional growth; and develops cognitive, quantitative, creative, language, and fine and gross motor skills. With the goal of educating the whole child, students engage in interactive, cognitive activities such as math, phonics, handwriting, literacy, religion, STEM, world language, music, arts, and physical education. The Academy’s Early Learning Center excites and engages young girls for active learning through hands-on and age-appropriate activities geared to their developmental levels. They learn to explore, problem-solve, think critically, and take risks in a caring and nurturing learning environment. Sacred Hearts Academy’s Early Learning Center is often the first school setting experience and our well-qualified and dedicated early learning teachers respond to this transition with understanding, patience, and positive guidance. For more information, contact the Academy’s Admission Office at email@example.com or 808-734-5058, ext. 224.
18 Months – 5 Years 5 locations on Oahu 808-261-8534
At Seagull Schools, we have created rich, safe and stimulating environments for children’s growth that consists of developmentally appropriate learning materials, energetic, warm and imaginative teachers and staff; and an appreciation for the unique qualities each of our students possess. We provide opportunities and materials for increasing the cognitive or thinking skills developing physical coordination, exercising imagination and creativity, building social skills and a health self-concept, and participation in the decision-making process, all in the atmosphere of trust and caring for each other.
We offer affordable, high quality early education and childcare programs that meet the needs of Hawaii’s working parents year-round. If you are looking for a childcare or school program that’s right for you and your ohana – we can help!
All locations are NAEYC accredited which is the gold standard in early education.
Since 1952, St. Anthony School Kailua has been centered on educating the whole child. The Early Learning Center provides preschool-aged children with a stimulating learning environment focusing on discovery, creativity, faith formation, and preparation for Kindergarten. St. Anthony School is committed to providing a nurturing, God-centered environment to foster a deep sense of value of self and others and an appreciation for learning.
Kindergarten through 8th-grade students focus on a curriculum that is academically rigorous, with core subject instruction, specialty classes including the arts, and faith formation. The curriculum prepares students for future academic success and to become moral citizens who serve others in the world. Excellent teachers guide their students to be 21st Century learners. Art, music, physical education, digital technology and Spanish are some of the resource classes they offer.
St. Anthony School Kailua is fully accredited by the WCEA and WASC. For more information, please visit saskailua.org or call 808-261-3331.
St. Clement’s School
3 to 6 years old 1515 Wilder Ave. Honolulu 808-949-2082
The mission of St. Clement’s School is to provide children with preschool and kindergarten experiences of high quality that will help them in their successful transition from toddler to student. The school enlists the help of a full time music teacher and a Hawaiian culture teacher to carry out the curriculum. Enrichment classes, such as ballet, tap, Little Vet School, keiki fitness, STEM, Curious about Creatures, hula and more, are offered from October through April. St. Clement’s operates on a traditional 9-month schedule with an optional 6-week summer session beginning mid- June. Their teacher-student ratio ranges from 1 to 8 to 1 to 10, and the regular school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with after-school care available until 5:00 p.m. The school is accredited by the NAEYC, and the kindergarten is licensed by HAIS. St. Clement’s also offers need based financial aid. For more information and to download an application, visit their website at www.stclem.com.
St. Elizabeth Catholic School
99-310 Moanalua Rd. 808-488-5322
St. Elizabeth School is a Catholic Community dedicated to the formation of the whole child. The school offers education in Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Music, Art, Robotics, and Computer Literacy. To round out the students’ experience, St. Elizabeth School also offers extracurricular activities, such as Robotics, Sports, Student Council, Yearbook Staff, Praise Choir and Hula Halau.
St. Elizabeth School is also proud to offer affordable tuition. Before-school care for children in Kindergarten through eighth grade is available, as well as after school care. Extended care for Preschool is available up to 5:00 p.m. Let St. Elizabeth School help to prepare your child for a brighter future. For more information or for an application, visit steliz-hi.org or call 488-5322.
St. Joseph Parish School
PreK – Grade 8 94-651 Farrington Highway Waipahu, HI 96797 808-677-4475
St. Joseph Parish School believes parents are the primary educators of their children. They support and assist the parents by nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural, aesthetic, and physical growth of the whole person in a safe and caring family environment. For more information, please call 808-677-4475 or visit www.stjosephwaipahu.org.
St. Patrick School
3-5 years old 3320 Harding Ave., Honolulu 808-734-8979
St. Patrick’s focus of the Early Learning Program (ELP) is to provide a solid foundation for success in present and future learning. This is accomplished through four major areas: the individual child, teaching strategies, an integrated curriculum and parent/teacher relationship. St. Patrick School inspires children to imitate Jesus and Mary by developing hearts of compassion and forgiveness. Teachers create a positive learning environment through programs and extra-curricular activities that foster life skills in leadership, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. For more information visit School.SaintPatrickHawaii.org
Sounds of Success Preschool & Learning
2 1/2 to 5 years old 98-029 Hekaha Street, Aiea 808-488-2211
The school teams up with several local programs to provide additional enrichment activities including Island Tumblers Gymnastics, Leahi Swim School, Amazing Athletes, Gymboree Music and Dance and Language Wonderland Japanese language classes. In addition to their preschool, Sounds of Success also has an on-site Learning Center providing after-school speech-language therapy services for children from ages 2 to 18 years old. The school adheres to the Hawaii Preschool Content Standards and their speech pathologists are American Speech-Language Hearing Association certified. For more information call 808-488-2211 and visit them online at www.sospreschool.org.
Stepping Stones Academy
6 weeks-5 years old Aiea, Honolulu, and Waipahu Centers 808-485-1010, 808-593-2922, 808-200-4790
Step into Stepping Stones Academy’s Infant/Toddler Centers and Preschools and you will be greeted by the beauty, cleanliness and warmth of their facilities. The spacious floor areas, divided into well-planned classrooms with many learning corners, are ideal for your child’s active exploration and learning.
Teachers provide an unparalleled level of interaction, individually nurturing each child. Parent communication is the top priority. Parents receive daily email updates allowing them to participate in their child’s day. Teachers post updates directly from the classroom in real-time. Photos and videos are emailed to parents giving them a record of every precious event and milestone of their child’s development. The updates are private, secure and only visible to those who are authorized to see them.