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Kihei Charter School is on the Path of Excellence

It is always about what is best for the child, not what we can get done by the end of May.

September 12, 2013
Gene Zarro - KCS board member , Maui Weekly

Education is a journey and not a destination.

Kihei Charter School believes in that, and takes it to heart applying it to every one of our students.

Education at Kihei Charter School has never been about having a certain amount of time to get our students educated and prepared, and then when that time comes--whether you made the grade or not--you were moved along. That is not what we do, and that is not why Kihei Charter School was founded.

The founders made it very clear from the beginning that education is about the student. It is about how best to reach students and get them excited about learning. It is about getting them excited about knowing the workings of the world around them and watching them realize that they can make a difference in their world.

We continually strive to improve our program at Kihei Charter School; always the question we ask of ourselves is, "Is this what is best for the child?" It's not what can we get done by the end of May.

In order to prepare your student for a worthwhile, rewarding life post high school, giving them the skills to access the 21st century economy, to pursue and achieve worthwhile goals, whatever they may be is never going to be about when you graduated, but with what skills did you graduate.

Rest assured, Kihei Charter School embraces the belief that education is a journey and not a destination, and applies that measure to ourselves. We are bound to be innovative; we are bound to make education relevant to our students, which means that we are bound to change and grow with each new class that comes in the door.

Of course we want to improve our graduation rate. That would be the case no matter what score we achieved. Of course we enjoy being the public high school in the State of Hawai'i with the highest scores in all proficiencies, but we are well aware of what happens next year. We intend to always do the best we can--not for the school to get a good grade, but for the students to make the grade.

Kihei Charter School graduates know they are prepared and can handle the tools of the 21st century. They are civic- and social-minded, are ready to move into the next phase of their life be it college or career, and ready to pursue the opportunities and happiness of their choice.

This past year, we started out with 46 seniors. Kihei Charter School is proud of the accomplishments of this year's graduating class of 44 graduates, our largest graduation class to date, and our two super seniors.

Kihei Charter School will be contesting the process and questioning the data that was used to arrive at the graduation rate as presented by the brand new Strive Hi rubric.



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