Between 2010 and 2015, Kauai County experienced a 6.9 percent population increase. Approximately one-fifth of its current residents are under age 18, resulting in a high demand for schooling options. Kapaa’s middle and high schools are the only options for many North Shore residents and will soon be over capacity.
There are many problems associated with this lack of educational opportunities. Students going to the nearest public schools face long commute times. They spend up to an hour each way traveling to school (usually by public transportation), costing them time and money. With so much time spent on the bus, students have restricted access to extracurricular activities such as athletics, music, other arts, and clubs.
Since our founding in 2013, Pu’ukumu School has set out to become the ideal choice and solution for these families. This year’s graduating class is a testament to our school as a convenient and unique academic option.
This fall we will be breaking ground at our new location. The 21,500-square-foot building is expected to house 180 students and 15 faculty members. The new location will be at Anaina Hou Community Park near Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Garden.
Interested in further updates on the new building construction? We will be holding an informational session July 13th from 5-7pm at the new school site. In addition to updates regarding the forthcoming construction, we will also discuss the 2016-2017 academic year and any changes you can expect.
Additional details to follow on our website later this week.
Robyn Botkin, Co-Director