Mission & History
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The Lanikai School Mission, through combined efforts of staff, parents, students, and community, is:
To focus on the whole child by offering an integrated and challenging curriculum that reaches across the disciplines, which includes Physical Wellness, Technology, and an emphases on The Arts
To empower students to meet academic challenges with enthusiasm and a willingness to solve real-world problems.
To create an atmosphere of cooperation, with respect for individual differences, the community, and cultural values.
To develop children who are confident and creative builders of their future.
To meet these goals, Lanikai School offers its students the following:
AN ENVIRONMENT that is secure and welcoming and that engages children’s interest and celebrates their accomplishments.
A CORE CURRICULUM that exceeds state and national standards, is differentiated according to student abilities and interests, is aligned between grade levels and subject areas, and is inclusive of arts, technology, and physical development.
CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION that is student-centered and responsive to each child’s needs, and that fosters inquiry, exploration, independent thinking, collaborative effort, and productive reflection on one’s own work.
A COMMUNITY in which all participants—children, teachers, staff, parents, and board—are both teachers and learners and are mutually supportive.
TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND STAFF who are creative, knowledgeable, focused on the welfare of each child, and appropriately certified.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES that meet the needs of all students.
Lanikai’s Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
By the time Lanikai School students graduate from the sixth grade, they will be:
Academic achievers who
- strive to meet and even exceed their school’s curriculum standards (as measured by academic progress and status reports).
- enjoy and take responsibility for their own learning.
- continue to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Capable community citizens who
- respect people from diverse cultures and their contributions.
- show consideration toward those who are different from themselves.
- exhibit confidence, cooperation, compassion, and a sense of duty.
- participate as resourceful community members.
- practice environmental stewardship with a growing understanding of local and global issues.
Critical thinkers who
- recognize and generate complex ideas and engage in problem solving.
- formulate questions, seek answers, and evaluate results and sources.
- discern truth in information and experiences they encounter.
Quality producers who
- recognize and respect quality in the performance and products of self and others.
- take pride in creativity and hard work.
- find satisfaction in doing the best they can do.
Effective communicators who
- listen in order to understand.
- know their audience and use effective and appropriate presentation strategies.
- speak and write with clarity and integrity.
Ethical users of technology resources and tools who
- use a variety of technologies to create a range of practical, artistic, and intellectual products.
- continue to refine their internet research skills.
- use caution and common sense in the use of technology.
- respect the intellectual property of others
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From DOE School…
Lanikai Elementary School opened its doors in 1964 as a Department of Education (DOE) school to serve this small seaside neighborhood. By the ‘80s, many Lanikai families were sending their children to private schools, and for a time there was discussion at the Board of Education of closing the school because of declining enrollment. The tide turned, however, when a handful of activist families expressed their willingness to try a public school—as long as they could be part of the governance structure and demand excellence in teaching, in curriculum choices, and in educational philosophy. Their vehicle for change was the DOE’s recent School-Community-Based Management (SCBM) format, but the Lanikai families found it was still too much a part of the one-size-fits-all DOE system.
…To Conversion Charter School
In 1994, the Lanikai SCBM Council, looking for “transformational leadership,” brought on a visionary principal who understood the potential of charters. Two years later the school applied for and was granted “Student-Centered School Status,” the name the Hawaii Legislature was using for charter schools. In 2000, the school was recognized by the Legislature as one of the state’s first two conversion charters. During this time of change, the Board of Education loosened regulations on geographic exceptions, allowing more students from other communities to apply to Lanikai. Our enrollment began to grow and today exceeds 330 students.
Lanikai—and all other charter schools—are public schools directly and individually accountable for compliance with many state and federal laws and programs, and they are governed by their own independent boards.
Curriculum and Assessment Today
Lanikai, like all public schools across the country, is accountable for meeting the state and federal regulations in regard to teacher qualifications and adequate yearly progress. Although charter schools may design curricula that support their particular thematic or philosophical approach, all students must take the annual Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) that tests student mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Our curriculum is based on the Hawaii standards and our students have performed exceptionally well on the state assessment.
Our students are privileged to attend five specials throughout the week: art, computer, library, music/Hawaiiana and physical education. Our Art Gallery link on the website displays award winning examples of student art, and the Student Projects link leads to examples of student work that supports the classroom curriculum.
For the past several years, Lanikai has received recognition as a Hawaii Distinguished School and has consistently met the national and state requirements. We have been selected since 2008 as a part of the pool from which Hawaii’s nominees for the national NCLB/Blue Ribbon School award were chosen. These kudos are a testament to the quality of our staff and our high expectations for our students.
Celebrating our Accreditation
It is with pride that Lanikai School celebrates our accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission of the States (WASC-ACS). It was not an easy task! This quest started with a request for affiliation with WASC as early as January, 2006, and between then and now the whole staff and a loyal core of parent volunteers have spent countless hours exploring our practice to determine where it measured up, where it fell short, and how we could improve in organization, curriculum, instruction, student services, and use of our resources. The result is a fresh dedication to outstanding professional development for staff, alignment of curriculum across grade levels, and increased expertise in meeting individual student needs through differentiation in instruction. Our initiatives will bring steady growth in student learning and set both students and staff firmly on our vision “Path to Excellence in Learning and Life.”