When out with my son at a childrens museum in Honolulu, I ran into Le Jardin students who were on a field trip. Although the students were well behaved, I felt the staff (who were identified by badges) rude and some what snobby. They acted as if they owed the museum and no other children should be near or playing around their students. I have never encountered this with any other school! Ironically, my husband and I had considered this school for our son who will be in kindergarten next year, but I have to say after their demeanor and attitude this is not a school I would want to associate with-Too elitist for my family.
Our kids went all the way through LJA and I would say from pre-K to six grade was excellent. It was from 7th grade on that I gave the school the low grading. The headmaster was horrible but had the support of the board so nothing got done. The IB system was too complicated for this school to take on and subsequently there was poor execution. Ultimately, I don't believe the IB system helped any of our kids get into college. If I had it to do over I would send the kids through elementary and then somewhere else after that. Aloha
I have two children that have attended Le Jardin over the past 4 years and can't say enough good things about this school. The teachers are not only talented, but show a warmth and understanding of the developmental needs of each individual child. The school also pays close attention to the moral development of my children and I never worry about "the lesson behind the lesson" as everything being taught promotes being a kind, considerate, civic minded. I am happy about the new IB program and can see that it is bringing new academic rigor to the school, I am hopeful that it won't also bring the mean spirited, competitive environment that plagues other private schools on O`ahu.
I found this school to be a hugh mistake for our child and family. The Head of School is dishonest and is looking to keep up with the larger private schools in town and will stop at nothing to do so. It is more about his ego and less about the kids. If you are looking for a school with character then just drive past this school and head on over the Pali!
International Baccalaureate world school with excellent teachers who care about the students. A small, private school in Kailua, Hawaii that offers an excellent foundation for students.
We've been at Le Jardin for 9 years w/ 2 children currently enrolled & one more to join them in a couple of years. We'd only planned to send our children to LJA until gr.6, then move them to Punahou/Iolani, but have since reconsidered. LJA now has the International Baccacalaureate Program & more importantly, a team of fabulous teachers. Mr. Frodella is THE BEST kindergarten teacher you could dream of having for your child we can t wait to see what he does with 4th grade! Monsieur J has a certain je ne sais quoi about him that draws kids to him and makes them WANT to learn French. Mandarin with Laoshi Adams takes kids into a class where puppetry & acting integrate w/ learning & she s exceptional at teaching fun Mandarin words that sound like English words. We look forward to seeing the bright future LJA has in store for our family!
We were in Le Jardin for only half a year since we have to move back mainland for work. My son still talks about his teacher (Kindergarten - Mr. Justin Frodella) everyday. He teaches each child in the appropriate level he's in and there's a specialist that comes in if he's in a level that's above or below everyone else. You get plenty of attention and you feel like a part of a community, if not a family. Great staff, great parents, beautiful school. It's money well spent!
I am so impressed with Le Jardin. Nurturing and rigorous... it's the perfect combination. My son loves it, and even being in Middle School, he comes home with all sorts of excitement about what he's learning. Now with the International Baccalaureate Program, this school is a gem of cutting edge education. I can't say enough good things about it.
This school has probably the most beautiful campus in Hawaii, mostly appreciated by parents only. Academically, performs on the same level as public schools in Kailua. Therefore, unless you have $100k to spend for elementary school education, save it for good private High School tuition.
I have had a child in LJA for the past 2 years and another one about to attend. I can't say enough positive things about Le Jardin. We get thorough feedback about how our son is doing and it is clear the teachers, aides and administrators all know him well. I can't speak to the experience of the person that rated the school only 2-stars but what he / she describes is far from our experience. Unsupervised? I have never witnessed that and I have spent a lot of time at the school. Exceptional school. Superb community!
We have enjoyed the Junior School (PK & JK) for the past two years. (08,09) Madame Franciose Akina is one of the best school administrators I've ever known. She runs the Junior School with strict protective policies, extreme efficiency, and most importantly- love and nurturing. It is not an easy feat to find that balance. Greeted everyday at the gate by Madame Akina, my daughter has a wonderful sense of belonging to Le Jardin Junior School. Both teachers in PK and JK have been extraordinary. We couldn't be happier with our daughters education. Junior School students are well behaved and treat each other well. At an early age, it is so important to us that they enjoy school . It is expensive, that is not in question. Our family finds its way to cut in other areas so we can afford to send her to what we feel is the best school. Sue
We moved our daughter to Le Jardin from Aikahi and have been delighted with Le Jardin. The LJA teachers think of creative ways to keep the students challenged and motivated. The students are well-behaved and supportive of each other. The after school program is fantastic! When we moved to Hawaii we wanted to keep our daughter in public school so we bought our home near Aikahi because of the school's reputation. Aikahi is a top public school. The parent organization is excellent. Some teachers are fantastic. We were disappointed in the behavior of some of the students however, who would be disruptive in class. Overall, both Aikahi and LJA are good schools but LJA has been much better for us.
Save your money and put the kids in Public school like Aikahi. I moved from Aikahi because the school was not challenging enough. But after being in Le jardin I prefer Aikahi as it not worth the money I am spending. The kids are not supervised and let to fend for themselves. I have 2 kids in the school and they are not tested so we have no way of knowing where they stand. I guess its a standard LJA follows to cover their incompetence
Le Jardin is a very good school and is committed to becoming even better. One thing that's particularly praiseworthy is that the administration is savvy about research and has revised its homework policy for elementary students accordingly. Young children at this school are not overwhelmed with homework (which is very unusual these days) and still learn very well.
We are a military family and have three teen age sons who have attend many different schools in over five different states. Le Jardin Academy is by far the best school they have attended. They never want to leave. The thing they like most about this multi-cultural school is the absence of bullies, violence, gangs, and gossip groups. The academy's efforts on teaching students how to be good citizens is successful. This school is also strong in soccer, which happens to be the favorite sport in our family.
Le Jardin Academy has strong academics and good faculty situated on a beautiful campus.
My two grandchildren entered LJA in seventh grade. Although they would excel in any school,the individual attention, academic standards, and opportunities for non 'stars' to participate in sports and theatre all contribute to the best possible school experience. J.McGrath
I feel that it is important to let you know how good this school is. I am actually not a parent, but attended Le Jardin 2 years ago. This school is amazing. I am a military child and have experienced many schools, and this one is at the top of my list. The teachers are very supportive, summer school is available for fun and if you are having academic difficulties. I personally enjoyed the chemistry class. This is the ideal school for no matter what academic level your child is on. They will be challenged in every subject and leave the school much smarter. I fully recommend this school...it is AWESOME!
i've had a child in attendance here since 1985 and have always been impressed by the teacher quality. LJA is now adding a high school with a sophomore class this year. extra curricular activities are good, with a new soccer field; however, new gym is planned, no track yet but heated swimming pool.
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