Welcome to Puʻukumu School! E Komo Mai!
Puʻukumu is a new private, independent middle and high school, serving families on the North Shore of Kauaʻi, from Haʻena to Kapaa. The School is named after the Hawaiian place name of the stream that flows from Nāmāhana Mountain in Kīlauea and is located directly behind the schoolʻs future permanent site. Translated, puʻukumu means “the foundational hill”: the place, source, and foundation upon which all things are built.
Founded in 2013 by Anna Olvera and Bill Porter, Puʻukumu is committed to transforming children’s lives by offering a progressive, high-performing educational program that nurtures each child’s unique character, gifts, and attributes and solidly prepares them for college and career success. Our instructional model takes the best of a college-prep curriculum and combines it with experiential instruction for a high-quality, well-rounded education. .
Our curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core Standards. Our academic approach also includes character education and project-based learning in the classroom and in nature, using Kauai’s exquisite natural world as the ultimate outdoor classroom.
The intention of the Pu`ukumu School is to provide a platform for a “whole being” education that promotes an inner shift in students from the “Who am I” to the “Who I am” on their personal growth journeys. By embracing the core principles of character, community and academic success, students will explore their own growth in a safe and supportive environment of unity where internal guidance and self-motivation are encouraged and successfully modeled. We believe the Pu`ukumu experience will give students the confidence to navigate the key challenges of the 21rst century and beyond.
Our oli (chant) was composed by Devin Kamealoha Forrest:
Our curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core State Standards and American College Testing (ACT) College-Readiness Standards. We also offer a longer instructional day and a longer instructional year than most schools in the state. In the classroom, we leverage learning by blending digital content, peer-to-peer learning, and teacher-led instruction. All three learning styles are rotated in the classroom during every core subject, giving students three distinct ways to master the same course material. This approach is multi-dimensional, highly engaging and a powerful way to reinforce academic concepts and affect higher-order thinking skills:
Core values such as self-responsibility, compassion, integrity, honesty, wisdom, empathy, and forgiveness unite us as a human family and transcend differences in culture, religion, socio-economic status, and political viewpoints. Ethical and moral development are therefore essential elements of a Puʻukumu education. We provide formal character education daily and integrate it throughout the day, in and out of the classroom.
Electives at Puʻukumu currently include the arts, music, and language courses, including ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. In addition to electives, Puʻukumu offers a specially designed ongoing curriculum in which students have the opportunity to use video and music to document their life stories, from 7th grade through graduation. Note: during our inaugural year, students will also receive math support to help boost proficiency levels.
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To apply, please review the Application for Admissions Instructions for requirements and guidelines.
Admissions priority is given to siblings of current students, children who attend elementary schools on the North Shore, and children whose parents live or work on the North Shore. However, admission is not automatic for applicants in these categories, and all new student applicants must go through the application process for admission.
Self-direction is the hallmark attribute of a Puʻukumu student and our academic model is geared to students who desire, and have the capacity, to take ownership of their learning. We therefore encourage you to tour our campus, visit us to observe our classrooms first-hand, and speak with our staff and students. For campus tours and student applications, please call Sarah Wright at (808) 320-3746 to set up an appointment.
Tuition is $4,200 a year. In addition to one annual installment, we also offer families a monthly payment plan ($350 per month in 12-month installments) and a semester plan ($2,100 payable in July and January of each year).
Puʻukumu School admits students of any gender, race, color, lifestyle, sexual preference, religion, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Puʻukumu School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, lifestyle, sexual preference, religion, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.
4551 Kapuna Road
Kīlauea, Hawaii 96754
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