At a Glance

E Komo Mai – Welcome

Island School consists of approximately 490 students studying in grades PK-12. Island School offers a traditional well-rounded private school structure, while providing a college-preparatory educational experience.
There are many good private day schools in the United States, but few are as unique and inviting as ours. The school is located on the slopes of Kilohana in sunny and beautiful Lihue, Hawaii. Our intention is to embrace the strengths of the school and to prepare for a changing world while providing an unrivaled education serving local families. Our mission statement reads “Educating the mind, inspiring the heart. Preparing Kauai’s youth to lead lives of significance.” The strategic planning committee established a vision through the recommendations of our community which include:

  • Helping students become independent thinkers, who explore with curiosity, creativity, and confidence
  • Create an environment where students feel safe to struggle, where they can seek new challenges and be confident learners
  • Cultivate a culture of respect, compassion and integrity 

Research indicates the reason children and parents choose a particular private school is based on several factors:

List of 4 items.

  • 1. The College Preparatory Program

    Our programs are designed for the college bound student, and our success in placing students in top-quality universities is well documented. More information can be found under the Academics tab of our website.
  • 2. Small Class Sizes

    Our average class size in the high school is 15 students, middle school is 17 students and elementary school is 22 students. Our teachers are available for tutoring before, during, and after school.
  • 3. Greater Sense of Community

    Our High School students are required to perform at least 20 hours of community service each year. Students are encouraged to explore service opportunities beyond the Island School community.
  • 4. Character Development

    Discipline, respect, and integrity are fully integrated into an Island School education.

Letters from Our Head of School, Vince Durnan