My child who attended ARA is doing very well in college and just received an internship to an Ivy league school for the summer. If it weren't for this school he would have never had such great opportunities. His 4.0 from High School, still stands today in college. Thank you ARA!!
My family and I just love this school. Sadly this year there were some disgruntled parents that just didn't realize what a gem of a school ARA is. They tried to ruin it for those of us who absolutely love the education our children are receiving. Why are some people in this world so hateful and nasty?? When you have 99.9% of families that absolutely love the school, that sends a strong message. You parents causing problems should take your children to public school, and leave our ARA family alone. we are one Ohana!! -A parent that loves the school
I have been teaching for over 20 years and I can say that ARA has been the absolute best school I've taught in. If you are looking for a place where everyone knows your child, and genuinely cares for them, this is the school. It is a small, independent school that teaches students good values, and how to be kind, and gentle beings. Of course the academics is rather rigorous, but the teachers are very loving, and compassionate at the same time. When we have visitors to the school, they always marvel at the way our students carry themselves with such confidence. I am proud to be an ARA Griffin!
My family and I have been with the school since it opened. If only everyone could see the many changes that have happened over the years, you would absolutely be amazed. It is sad that some people that have only been around for a few short months, are ignorant to all of the great things that this school has brought to our community. The school has given so much to so many children and their families. These families have been blessed by the school, for they would have never had the opportunities to send their children to a private school without the generosity of ARA. My family and many others are so very grateful that ARA exists. Our child, and others as well have received multiple acceptances to top notch universities throughout the country. That in itself speaks volumes.
I am a parent at ARA and I came from IPA. I can tell you that the founders of ARA are very kind and generous people. There would not be any independent K-12 private schools in Kapolei if they did not financially support education here in Hawaii! To set the record straight you can NOT own a 501-c3 nonprofit private school. To the so called former teacher you should get your facts straight if you want to be take seriously. ARA has been the best choice for my children. Keep up the good work ARA 99% of the parents and children love the school! The other 1% can pound sand as we say here in Hawaii.
As another former teacher of ARA I can assure you that the last few post you have read are from current staff of ARA and they are completely false, they are trying to redeem themselves from an article in a local online news paper that had come out regarding teacher bullying. This school does not support its children, they turn their backs on the kids being bullied by the teachers, yet support the teachers who bully the kids. I would never send my child to this school, it needs to be shut down. The owners husband himself is a bully, threatening anyone who speaks against the school he will sue them. SAT scores are very low, yet ARA's grading system is very high so most of their upper class were receiving 3.5-4.0, even over 4.0. Take it from me, don't listen to these last few post, they were all written today, must say something, also, have you ever heard of Island Pacific Academy? Did you know that the owners of ARA were once the owners or IPA yet they were asked to leave that school? Makes you wonder why? If you chose to send your child to ARA, good luck, don't say you weren't warned.
As a former teacher at ARA I have to say that until I left the school and went to work at another school, I never appreciated how special ARA really is. The administration is so open to hear new and creative ideas from teachers , including the latest trends in education. At my current school, we are just drones, told what we need to to teach, and nothing more. There is no going the extra mile for the students as individuals. It is just teach the material and move on even if students don't get the concepts. The grass is not greener on the other side. ARA is an excellent school. The small class sizes are optimum for teaching. Wonderful school, I wish I never left. I would like to send my own kids to ARA.
During our tour of ARA, random acts of kindness where witnessed throughout the school. My husband and I couldn't stop talking about how refreshing it was to see a High School student helping a little boy open his thermos, because he saw him struggling with it. Most teens wouldn't take the time to stop and help. We also witnessed an older student reading a storybook to little ones. In my school growing up, the older kids were too cool to be seen associating with little kids. It was clear that the older students at ARA are very well mannered, thoughtful, kind, and well spoken. I had the chance to briefly speak with one student who is getting ready to graduate. He told me that he's been accepted to every single college he had applied to, and on top of it all he has been offered over $100,000 in scholarships. Wow, my husband and I were so impressed. Later we came to find out that most of the students (Seniors) have had scholarship offers. We can only hope that our child will be accepted to attend American Renaissance Academy. I'm a little worried because I know they already have some wait lists for certain grades.
Great School! wherever you go you'll have the disgruntled ones that didn't get what they wanted; maybe they didn't get enough financial aid for the year, don't like their teacher, etc. Whatever the case, My family and I absolutely love this school. The founders of the school have been very gracious to give children the opportunity to attend a great private school. More importantly they are so giving to the people of Hawaiian ancestry. They don't need to do this, but they do it from the kindness of their hearts. They don't get money from the state or government. I thank the founders of this great school for helping so many, many children of Hawaii, and giving them opportunities to go on to college and become something great! My child has never done better in school. Mahalo American Renaissance Academy!
I wanted to let people know that my family and I have nothing but great things to say about this school. Everyday when my father drops off my child, he is always greeted by the administration and teachers with a genuine smile. The teachers are very caring, except for a couple that fortunately are longer there. The school obviously looks for caring teachers that not only love teaching children, but love children period! The Principal Mr. Opu Seminavage is such a nice man. Thank you ARA for being here for the children on the westside of Oahu.
Keep up the great work Principal Rosal and Vice Principal Seminavage! You are doing such a super job. Don't listen to anyone that says different! You have the support of all the students and 99.9 percent of the families! My kids have never done better or loved school more than at ARA. My sincere thanks to the administration, and teachers.
All I can say is our son is college bond! He is going to graduate this year and has received an academic scholarship from his first choice of colleges he applied to. The America Renaissance Academy has saved our family $48,000!!!! All our family can say is thank you for giving our son the opportunity to succeed. Mahalo
As parents of a child that attends ARA we are so pleased with the staff and administration. Our child has improved above her grade level on both mathematics and english in the four and a half years we have been the the school. The long school days are what we are use to in the school we came from overseas. We are so happy to find such a school in our back yard. Well worth the money!
This school needs to be shut down. Many teachers not certified for the classes they teach. Teacher turn over is 90% yearly because of unknowledgable administration. School is run by a husband and wife. Husband has no college degree and wife claims to be former plastic surgeon from CA but there is no evidence that she has ever went to medical school or ever held a medical license in the US. Students are bullied by teachers. Stanford 10 scores for each student go down every year.
Teaches the same as a public school just with uniforms. Overpriced. Cliquish teachers and students because majority of the students are the children of the teachers. Pretty much paying for their free education if you're an outsider. Always volunteering to help with their assistance. No cafe for the students. No PE or optional playground. Some teachers are great but the local teachers and staff are lazy as heck! Lack of communication except for when they want something. A great place to send your kid that probably wouldn't last in a regular private school. Other schools are worth the money, this one just happens to be in Kapolei.
Ok, so Im staff i want that to be clear. I have worked at other independent school so I have some insight. ARA is 6 yrs old now and has worked off the growing pains associated with a new school. If you want to compaire us with schools that have been around 100 -200 years you going to see some differences. Take a look at what those schools had to offer in their 6th year! I think we are doing a very good job and continue to grow every year. Have we made mistakes along the way? Probably, but like we teach to our kids learn from the mistakes and dont make the same mistake twice. Most of what i read on this site is positive and the few negitives i read are not an issue now, maybe they were before I got here, but i assure you they have all been addressed. Make up your own mind, come see us, Ask the important questions, see for yourself. I think its unfair that the negitive coments are on this site for ever!! Even after they may no longer be valid.
I wish I could give this school a "5" star. They have the potential but lack in many areas. Many teachers there lack the skills educators should possess, including elementary or early childhood education degree's that focus on foundations of education and educational psychology. The administration is ran by 2-3 employee's the rest is parent volunteer's. Teacher turnover is extremely high, Student turnover the same. Your child will have homework no matter what they advertise. All school year long you will be required to pay more fee's so don't account for just the base 12K tuition. It really adds up. It seems your child's education is not the #1 priority there. The school does not have a base curriculum individual teachers do. I have noticed with the males in the school not many of them stay more than two years. There is no Principal they have a CEO who is a parent to 4 children there 3 students and 1 teacher. Until the school can operate more professionally I would have to recommend you do not enroll your child there. It seems convenient with the long hours but your child s education,well-being, and your money should be highly taken into consideration.
I not sure what school this person is going to but it sure is not the ARA my kids attend. My children are in the best shape ever from a well structured PE program ( they love the swimming pool). They love thier teachers which truly make us all feel like we are ohana. I have see the staff posting for lunch duty on the wall in the cafeteria daily so I not sure if this so called parent even truly has kids at the academy. As for the curriculum I did my research before my kids attended and it has all the required subjects and mapping you can expect from a top notch college prep school and more! As for leadership we at ARA have a CEO as the head of our school and if you are truly a parent with kids here you would know that is the case. Maybe you should attend ARA for real like my children because my kids do there homework in learning lab at school and don't forget to get it done! Sorry Charlie ARA is the best $$$$$ I have ever spent !!!!!
Save your $$$ - The last two reviews are most likely wrtten by the ARA staff. Here are some truisms: The PE program is just silly - my kid runs around in circles; The school doesnt have a principal; The teacher turnover rate is extremely high - they dont want to stay; There is no teacher supervising my child during lunch - just parent volunteers (what if a student chokes); curriculum - not sure there is one; Teachers are all very nice, in hindsight, I should have done my homework.
One of the reasons why I chose to send my children to ARA was their small class size and their teaching philosophy. After years of homeschooling my children, my family decided we wanted to put them in a school setting and have been nothing but happy with that decision. We are so thankful to the Administration, teachers and all of the staff at ARA.
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