Kihei Public Charter School
Kihei Charter School's (KCS) mission is to conceptualize, organize, and build innovative learning environments with custom designed educational programs that will prepare students for a satisfying and productive life in the 21st Century. KCS implements a unique, blended learning model that integrates 21st century distance learning tools, high value STEM experiences and rigorous, relevant face-to-face activities.
2010-11 enrollment of 529 students makes KCS the 4th largest charter school in Hawaii. Enrollment has increased every year since inception and school has grown 113% over the last four years. KCS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
KCS has developed the state's first STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) secondary program including Project Lead the Way, a nationally acclaimed HS engineering curriculum, and an environmental science program including a “floating classroom” in partnership with the Pacific Whale Foundation. In SY 11-12, KCS will use ARRA funds to expand its STEM capacity to include a Principles of Engineering Course for all 9th and 10th graders, the state’s first high school Biomedical Science classes for juniors and seniors, and a Makery Manufacturing Lab including a 3-D printer and Laser Cutter.