The kids at Waialae are friendly, happy, and work well together. The school's holistic approach to education shows in the various extracurricular activities, projects, and field trips they organize. Like any where else, some teachers are great, some are so-so. The school could do a bit more to challenge the advanced kids but other than that, great school.
In response to the previous post: "A lot going on behind the scenes at this school, wouldn't send my child there. The CEO is nice, but oblivious. They have trouble hanging on to teachers and not without reason. " I'm not sure where this individual is getting their information if they don't even attend Wai'alae. In regards to teacher turn-over, I don't believe our churn rate unreasonably high. We generally loose teachers to maternity and moving back to the Mainland. We have also lost teachers because they moved abroad, which is a testiment to their adventurous spirit, which we want to foster in our children.
A lot going on behind the scenes at this school, wouldn't send my child there. The CEO is nice, but oblivious. They have trouble hanging on to teachers and not without reason.
My daughter 2nd great teacher is AWFUL...very lazy and disorganized, and although we had a parent/teacher/principal meeting...minimal improvements...teacher needs to retire...she is lacking nurture and it has been observed by other parents that the student take advantage of the teacher's lack of focus and laziness. Its a hit or miss with the teachers. 1st grade teacher was excellent! However, as stated previously..this year's 2nd grade teacher terrible! Most likely opting for private school in the Fall. Principal unsupportive, has never followed up since the meeting and she is always in meetings.
I go there it is great (p.s. my dad is on the board) I like may day there
After one year at this school it has become very clear that we made the correct choice for our daughter, and we are now great fans of public charter schools. The teachers are warm and caring. Great vision and curriculum. Friendly campus with a beautiful view. Wonderful assortment of extracurricular activities. Love the connection with the community and environmental awareness. It has provided a perfect transition from Montessori to a more traditional school setting. We love this school.
Very turned off by their corporate approach! The intent to follow their vision is there but the administration is not approachable and they seem to be concerned with their agenda, which, doesn't always accommodate what is in the best interest of the child (family). Very disappointed since we were attracted to their curriculum and visionary statement. I felt a strong disconnect between the administration and the intent of the teachers.
Great public charter school. I really like the teachers and the curriculum and small class sizes.
Waialae Elementary is a great school that focuses on celebrating childhood and teaching the whole child. It has continued to provide specialty subjects like Art, Music, and Hawaiiana. The school is very community oriented and is open to the public for events and celebrations, like the upcoming Halloween Celebration to provide families with safe fun.
Progressive, green, parent & kid friendly and where a lot of learning takes place in & out of school!
Waialae has a great diversified program, a child-centered approach (paced for them, emotionally more nurturing), and are always growing in terms of program (philosophically they explore new ideas, push the curriculum envelope, and seek out partnerships with state-of-the-art researchers/institutions).
The School has a great environment, and is all about teaching the whole child!!!!
Waialae school is not to teach study alone. This school is teaching children how with nature to touch it. And, this school is done help that searches out child's talent, too and exists.
Great teachers, nurturing and happy school environment where the kids enjoy going to school.
Waialae has a committment to children and not just to make them feel good while learning but to create a sense of empowerment in their own education.
Wai'alae Elementary PCS is the best thing that has happened to our family. It offers a healthy and safe learning environment. My children have learned about their community, about the environment, about community service and working well with others. They have been taught how to be a leader and how to be part of a team. I love the healthy lifestyle that the school promotes and the teachers are amazing! My son was part of the school play, student council, jpo....there is nothing bad to be said about the reputation of Wai'alae.....we love the school and wouldn't have it any other way!! Mahalo!
The administration, faculty and staff are all amazing! They truly care for the well-being of all the keiki and is very family friendly!
Waialae gives families the opportunity to be involved in their childs education.
Because of the great teacher involvement, you should see our Waialae Fair. Its like a hugh family christmas party where so many parents give to the school like its their family
The teachers at Waialae PCS are the best. They care so much about the kids and my child loves to go to school!!
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