School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS)

1728 Nuʻuanu Ave. - Honolulu HI - 96817
Type of autonomy arrangement: Leadership Goodwill
Basic Profile

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Determine learning program
Set school-level policy
Determine professional development
Determine authorizer assessments
Determine state assessments


Select colleagues
Evaluate colleagues
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine tenure policy
Select leaders


Determine school budget
Set staff pattern
Determine compensation
Determine teacher workday
Set schedule
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto

Authority rests on the goodwill of the principal.

About the Learning Program

SEEQS offers an interdisciplinary project-based, community-based secondary school experience for Oahu families.

SEEQS equips its students with the skills and habits of mind for success in the 21st century, including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Learners engage in a project-based, collaborative curriculum centered around multi-disciplinary examination of questions essential to our collective future. SEEQS graduates will be stewards of planet Earth and healthy, effective citizens of the world.

SEEQS’s educational philosophy is based on decades of research on how people learn. Our philosophy of learning is aligned with the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles and with the Big Picture Learning School Distinguishers.

Specifically, SEEQS’s foundational educational philosophy can be described with five core principles:

1. Real-world situations and real-world contexts enable real-world learning.

2. Learning occurs when learners take ownership of their learning.

3. Everyone is a teacher; everyone is a learner, all of the time.

4. A learning environment is composed of its community members, cultural values, and physical surroundings.

5. Improvement of the organization requires consciously collaborative participation by community members.