Innovations Public Charter School (IPCS) is located on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kailua-Kona. Conceived and planned by six West Hawaii DOE teachers, IPCS opened August 1, 2001. Innovations serves 185 students in Grades 1-8 offering parents a choice of free, on-traditional public education in a small school environment. Innovations models a Leadership Team approach to governance, thematic and integrated instructional units, inquiry and problem based learning, multi-age classrooms, arts integration and technology-based instruction. It is through collaboration of students, teachers, parents and community that Innovations is so successful.
Academic Excellence: Innovations’ students consistently exceed district and state averages on the Hawaii standards-based test, the Hawaii State Assessment, and is the proud, three-time recipient of the Hawaii Distinguished School Award, Only 5% of Hawaii’s 280+ public schools receive this award each year for outstanding academic performance or continuous, significant progress. IPCS has also received the Distinguished Achievement Award every year since 2003.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability are taught via the Wonder Garden Program. The outdoor classroom experience allows for hands-on research and learning, harvesting, sharing, using and eating wholesome, nutritious, sustainably-grown plants. Students are learning to make healthy choices for themselves and our world. All students receive training in music, drama and art from content experts. Students are involved in grade level performances that are integrated with themed unit studies that allow sharing via music, dance and oration.