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Malamalama Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 93 students

Our school is best know for our Waldorf education.

 

Living in Keaau

Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $191,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,159.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 14, 2014

My three children attended Malamalama Waldorf school. You will not find a more nurturing environment, and the children are exposed to such a rich curriculum. If you are thinking of sending your child to this school, just make arrangements to visit and see what wonderful things the children do during the course of their day. I did and I was sold!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

We love our school. My child is enrolled in preschool at the moment, but we definitely plan to become full time for her education from here on out. She has become such a well rounded, engaged, excited about learning child in the last year. This school is a well researched and continuously positive outcome education system. Children who attend this school get to see their creativity fostered and lead in their learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

We have been enrolled in the Malamalama Waldorf School for 6 years, going on our 7th! We have had an excellent educational and community experience. What we love most about the school: 1. the respect and care living in all the students and teachers for each other. 2. the attachment that grows between the student and teacher is positive, thriving and essential for growth and openness and excitement for learning 3. the small class size and the rigor of the academic curriculum. 4. the developmentally appropriate lessons (and value of the story as a teacher) 5. the priority of patience and time taken for younger students to grow and learn through deep playtime We have been very lucky to receive such a valuable education at an incredibly reasonable rate. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

This is a great little school. My daughter is getting a great education in a place where she is safe and feels respected. She loves to go to school and she loves to learn. Malamalama students consistently do well in high school and beyond. Malamalama still offers many of the opportunities that have been stripped from the public schools, including art, music, public speaking, physical education, foreign languages, and recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

I love this school! Best choice in east Hawaii. My children attended kinderhale to 8th grade and wonderful experience. Both my children love to learn and read constantly. Thank you MWS! Jennifer Bell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2014

If you love the teaching concepts of Waldorf schools, you'll love this school. Better teacher-to-student ratio than any in the area, loving environment. My favorite thing about the school is how active the students are. They do not sit all day in their chairs as they would in other schools. The preschool is wonderful too. The teachers are very loving, nutritious food is included. The children climb trees, play extensively in the sandbox, and are encouraged to be creative. Highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2014

Malamalama Waldorf School has proven to be the perfect fit for my daughter this year. Every day she went it seemed she loved it more and more. The main treasures are the personable teachers who KNOW my daughter and all the kids on a soul level, the sacred space they create which ALLOWS the children to bloom in their very unique ways, the fact that is it normal to eat vegetarian and the sensitivity to honor the foods at mealtimes, the nature centered education which sustains the natural flow of how i know my child learns, grows and experiences life, and the feeling of community and cherishing of every child and their magic expressions of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2014

This school has proven time and time again to be the right fit! Awesome teachers, hard woe king staff and happy children, great recipe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

This school has been here since 1978, educating and nurturing thousands of children; birthing them onto their next chapter of life. I am so impressed with their track record, their perseverance and their commitment to children, the community and the beautiful grounds on which their campus lies. Their mission continues strong: to provide the best education for the keiki, bring families and community together and offer reasonable fees for the service they provide.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 5, 2014

Waldorf was initially a leap of faith until I learned more about my misconceptions. Now, I cannot imagine sending my children to another school. The curriculum is rich, the faculty meet the needs of the children so deeply, and the parents are the most active school parents I have ever known. We feel so fortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

I love our kid's school as it is a safe haven where the teachers and community alike really care for the children. It's a great community and the kids really love to learn in this environment where parents are invited to get very involved and also learn and participate in this process. The children are taught to be creative with many art and music classes and as well how to be creative thinkers with alternative approaches to learning traditional subjects such as math and English. I highly recommend this school if you are looking or a nurturing environment, where the children can be children while also learning and thriving in this healthy atmosphere in this ever-growing media influenced world we live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

My daughter chose this school for herself. However, we came to the campus a couple years prior and absolutely loved it. We really wanted to find a way for our daughter to go to the school and when she told us it was her favorite of all the schools we visited we knew we had to do it. Since then we have become ever increasingly grateful for the environment created at the school. Her teacher, the teaching methods, the grounds, the quality of the education; everything. It makes my daughter and our entire family feel so happy and peaceful that she attends this school. I am particularly grateful for how much my daughter loves her teacher and the fact that she is able to give her a big hug whenever she wants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2014

I love this school and the faculty. My daughters adore their teachers and I feel very safe with the love and care they receive from everyone involved with this school. I am so grateful we have had the opportunity to be a part of such a sweet, loving community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I love this school.... I have 2 children there and we couldn't be more happy! The teachers are kind and loving and take the children's needs as individuals into their hearts everyday. My oldest is excelling academically and cause of title 1 tutoring she was tested at post high school reading and comprehension. They have both been there since kinderhale and have made friends to last a lifetime. We are proud to be Malamalama Waldorf School parents!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2013

Beware...... Teachers have a public school approach towards students . Definitely not a fun, vibrate, loving envoirment ! School is very unprofessional, unorganized. The only grade your child would be safe in is kinderhale .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

What a wonderful, affordable Waldorf school. The staff is small and always eager to hear new ideas. The teachers are patient, firm and fun. Students actually LOVE their school and that says a lot. Tuition is extremely inexpensive for a Waldorf school. Most Waldorf schools are $3,000 and up a month, Malamalama is tiny fraction of that amount and yet still offers financial assistance. The classroom sizes are from 20 to 12 children in each and are beautifully organized. There is no bright plastic junky bins and toys at this school. If aesthetics are important to you this school will please you. The Rudolph Steiner education philosophies are not for everyone so naturally many people will criticize. It is a very artistic, creative, spiritual school that produces children who are innovative and driven as adults. Weekly activities besides the basics include Hawaiian studies, Spanish lessons, waterpainting, knitting, ukulele/violin lessons, singing & lots of movement. The school serves only fresh 100% organic vegetarian lunches & will cater to any diet (vegan, gluten free, meat eaters, etc). I couldn't be more pleased with this school and look forward to sending my third child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

My brothers and sisters, we were all at this school and we liked it to begin with. The teachers are very different some are really good and some are really not good. My teacher let bullying happen in the classroom every day to one child she didn't like and who she was mean to. I found our teacher crying in the classroom and she got mad at me and I felt very bad because I went back to get my schoolbag I forgot. There were two teachers that the parents complained about a lot but nothing changed. Some adults are upset because the school is not like a Waldorf school. I would have been happy for it to just be a good school. The elective teachers are really nice and there are lots of good things about the school. I did not feel safe with my teacher because I never knew what she was going to be like to me or the other kids. She made even the smart kids have extra tutoring because the school gets money for it I think. That made everyone feel like they were dumb. Some parents said no to extra tutoring for their kids and their kids did really well because they didn't feel dumb. The people in the office are very nice. I am rating the stars for my one teacher.


Posted December 22, 2010

We wish this was a better review. There are many good-hearted and well-intentioned people at the school but the lack of professionalism and rudeness we encountered became too much to have our children around. They now attend HAAS, which seems to have a much better idea of what the heart and rigor of Waldorf education means. We took our children out after trying it for a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

My daughter has completed two years at this school and my son is in preschool. Having moved here from the mainland, I can say with great confidence that there is no school that offers better education on this side of the island. The teachers are high caliber and are Waldorf trained. The school teaches math, reading, and science in a very creative, child-centered way, which makes learning so much more enjoyable. The teachers are so good at communicating with the parents about student progress so I know what areas my child needs extra help on. The small class sizes are a plus as teachers get to know their students so much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

My daughter is in 3rd grade here. She transferred here out of public school, because the curriculum there was so watered down. What a difference! All the teachers I've met love their job here, and are dedicated. Smaller class sizes are great, and the teachers follow their students up till the eighth grade. What's not to love? I don't know why some reviews are so negative!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 14%
Two or more races 21% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 34%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Black 3% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
German
American sign language
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Kelley Lacks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
93
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Public
Home-based schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Private High School
Public High School
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Hc 3 Box 13068
Keaau, HI 96749
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Phone: (808) 982-7701

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