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West Hawaii Exploration Academy

Updated Jul 19, 2021
73-4460 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy., #105 - Kailua-Kona HI - 96740
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In

2000

Grades

6 through 8

Environment

Suburban

Type

Chartered
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure

About the Learning Program

Our Vision and Mission revolve around the cultivation of capable critical thinkers who can solve real problems. It is our investment in student empowerment that will lead to this accomplishment. This is evident in the decision-making process on projects and also concerning school-wide impacts. This is also seen in a student's ability to design and guide their own education. Student selected projects have continually been recognized as one of our greatest strengths. This allows for student individuality, which is well-celebrated. Since students are the ones who select, endless opportunities are available to determine purpose and focus of projects. In this way students are invested in their education and are allowed to recognize successes as their own. One important aspect which further emphasizes the critical role of students are the hands-on components of the curriculum. When students create things with their own hands, a deep level of pride and investment naturally follows. This is also one of the most overt physical manifestations of the curriculum which is immediately evident once one steps foot on campus.