Waimea Middle PCCS
As a public middle school, we accept all children free of charge and provide extensive supports for our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. By partnering with Ho’okako’o Corporation (our 501(c)3 Local School Board), DOE and Kamehameha Schools, we focus on academic progress. We honor DOE collective bargaining agreements but have negotiated annual teacher self-assessments with classroom observations tied to professional development. Classes are small and taught by 100% Highly Qualified regular education teachers. We conduct annual audits and abide by strict procurement, employment and conflict of interest policies.
We are committed to hands-on, place-based learning and cultural values as well as technology integrated into core curriculum. As part of the school’s commitment to nurturing the whole child, after-school programs include free tutoring, athletics, robotics and also K(Arts) classes sharing 'ukulele, African drumming, Tahitian and Hip Hop dancing, and back stage production. K(Arts) is only possible thanks to a school-community partnership with Kahilu Theatre and several community friends and foundations.
Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School – a 6-year not-for-profit partnership funded by the community – has transformed student learning by providing hands-on lessons that teach health and nutrition, teamwork, pa’ahana (hard, industrious work) and environmental and cultural stewardship. All WMS students participate in garden classes as part of mandatory Health/PE.