In the Elementary School students have self-contained classrooms. This means that students have the same teacher most of the time. However, students who are more advanced may take classes with older students, and those having difficulty with particular subjects may be assigned tutors or otherwise receive additional help. Also, there are subject area specialists who teach art, drama, computer technology, Hawaiian Studies, music, and physical education.
The school year is divided into two main sections, called “semesters.” Each semester lasts 16 weeks. Semesters allow a better fit between school holidays and the school year.