Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
Students in grades K-8 participate in our blended program which offers a combination of personalized core curriculum and Lā Hoʻolako on-site weekly classes. With the guidance of their Kanu kumu, ʻohana choose from a variety of curriculum for each core subject to build a customized scheduled for their keiki. Middle school students in grades 6-8 also take an ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i course with our Kanu ʻOlelo Hawai’i Kumu. Individualized, flexible and place-based learning guide our ʻohana-centered K-8 program.
All students attend Lā Hoʻolako — a weekly ʻohana-based onsite day for fun, elective classes and social experience with place-based learning. Classes vary by site but can include choices such as Aloha ʻĀina, environmental science, PE, games, STEM, gardening and more. Students participate in projects and huakaʻi (excursions) led by kumu and cultural practitioners.
Our blended K-8 program is currently offered on the Big Island (Waimea – campus), O’ahu, Kaua’i and Moloka’i.
High School Curriculum
Ka ‘Ohā high school students work with subject certified kumu on courses required toward a Kanu o ka ‘Āina diploma. Courses include place-based and culturally relevant offerings via PowerSchool, Hawai’i Virtual Learning Network (HVLN), and custom individualized study with a kumu. High school students are required to take two years of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
High school students participate in regular huakaʻi (excursions) to culturally relevant locations and meet up regularly with their advisory kumu.
All Ka ‘Ohā students are part of Kanu o ka ‘Āina Public Charter School and are required to follow all school policies:
- Students are required to meet State Department of Health requirements for enrollment into public school.
- Students are required to complete school-wide and statewide assessments, including assessments that need to be completed onsite, at a testing location on each island.
- Students must have access to reliable and consistent high-speed internet.
- Students must have access to a personal computer.
- In order to assure that the online/blended learning environment is appropriate for your child, student must maintain minimum grades of 70% or above in each subject.
- Students are expected to attend Lā Hoʻolako weekly.
A responsible adult (usually a parent) must be designated as the student’s learning coach. This person will be responsible for monitoring the student’s progress daily and communicating with the student’s instructor/mentor consistently.