About Kauai Pacific School

The mission of Kauai Pacific School is:

To ignite a passion for life long learning and service by developing caring, curious and confident children.

Our Core Values inspire our children to be:

Successful 21st Century Learners

  • Inquiring, engaged and collaborative
  • Innovative, adaptable and self-reliant
  • Adept in social, cultural, creative, physical, ecological, economic and technological literacies

Exemplary Stewards of Sustainability

·        Contributing to ‘green’ communities

·        Developing deep connections between man and nature

·        Honoring oneself and one’s environment

Humble Citizens of our Global Community

·        Appreciating diversity, equality and justice

·        Serving locally and globally with kindness and generosity of spirit

·        Practicing Hawaiian cultural values and traditions

21st CENTURY TEACHING & LEARNING How should education be structured to meet the needs of students in this 21stcentury world? How do we now define “School,” “Teacher,” “Learner,” and “Curriculum”?  Effective schools now boast project-based curricula aimed at engaging students in addressing real-world problems, issues important to humanity, and questions that matter. This is a dramatic departure from the factory-model education of the past. It is abandonment of textbook-driven, teacher-centered, paper and pencil schooling. It means a new way of understanding the concept of “knowledge,” and a new definition of an “educated person.”*

Critical Attributes of 21st Century Schools

  • Integrated and Interdisciplinary
  • Global Classrooms/Globalization
  • Relevant, Rigorous and Real-World
  • Adapting to and Creating Personal and Social Change
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Project Based and Research-Driven
  • Student-Centered
  • Technologies and Multimedia
  • 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Collaboration and Leadership
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Self-Direction and Initiative
  • Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation
  • Awareness of Global Challenges and Trends

21st Century School Literacies

  • The Arts and Creativity
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Cyberliteracy
  • Physical Fitness and Health Literacies
  • Globalization and Multicultural Literacies
  • Social and Emotional Literacies
  • Media Literacy
  • Financial and Commercial Law Literacy

SUSTAINABILITY
In an ecological context, sustainability can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future. From a school perspective, it means that we look at our school as an interconnected system and we consider how this system can self-maintain its functions, diversity and productivity for the long haul. We ask ourselves at every level if what we are doing is healthy and sustainable. In the classroom, this means that we explicity teach our children about sustainability whenever we have the chance.  We ensure that students understand the interconnection between man and nature across ecosystems. Kaua‘i Pacific has several programs in place to support our sustainable school efforts:

  • Waste Free Lunches
  • School Garden Club
  • Raw Cooking Class
  • Composting
  • On-Campus Recycling
  • Monday Market
  • HI-5 Collection Center
  • Off Island Field Trips
  • Marine Science Program
  • Partnerships with Local Eco Non-Profits

COMMUNITY
In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common. All of these factors affect the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. The concept of community has caused infinite debate, and sociologists have yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950′s. Traditionally a “community” has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values and social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. The word can also refer to the national community or global community.   The idea of a school as a learning community is not a new one. The central activity of a school should be learning and thus the idea of a community devoted to learning makes perfect sense. At our school, we recognize that our community is made up of students, teachers, parents, administrators, board members and members of the community at large. Much energy is devoted to ensuring that all members are valued.   We teach our students that they are a part of different communities even in the school. They are part of their classroom community but also part of the greater school community out on the playground. We also believe that a school must serve its community. This means that we recognize that we are situated in the community of Kilauea on the island of Kaua‘i in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and that we must actively find ways to interact with, learn from and serve our community. We explore different areas in our community through our units of discovery, and field trips while connecting with other organizations that share common goals. We are currently developing action components for each of our units as appropriate. Our goals in this area are to:

1. Ensure that all individuals and groups are equally valued

2. Ensure open and transparent accesss and dialogue

3. Teach about communities

4. Reach out to serve their greater communities

*Adapted from 21st Century Schools