The Montessori-Based Philosophy

The Montessori approach to education is grounded in the belief that children have a dynamic inner desire to explore and learn about their environment. Kawaiahaʻo Church School provides a hands-on S.T.E.A.M curriculum designed to develop a child's physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest.  A prepared and stimulating classroom environment allows children to learn at their own pace, according to their own capabilities in a non- competitive atmosphere.

Many of our programs also follow the multi-age classroom Montessori philosophy.  Children in multi-age classrooms learn to work independently and collaboratively in groups. Since they've been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices, manage their time well, and can communicate with children of all ages and levels.  Children are encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others. The children's strong communication skills ease the way in new settings and equip children to be resilient.

Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. Montessori-based programs provide self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop strong, self-images, and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.

As children age up into the Kindergarten and Elementary programs, the curriculum remains highly individualized, allows for acceleration or reinforcement when appropriate, and moves towards a more blended approach.  Curriculum is research-oriented, grounded in S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) foundations, and incorporates Christian and cultural values. The school provides a pragmatic balance between encouraging creative exploration and developing skills particularly in the areas of reading, writing, and math.

"Multi-age classrooms encourage the development of collaboration between students of various ages. This type of setting also fosters opportunities for older students to mentor younger students and younger students the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills." - WASC Accreditation Report