At a Glance

E Komo Mai – Welcome

On behalf of the Island School community, greetings and thank you for visiting our website. Island School consists of approximately 420 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 that have an opportunity to take advanced level honor courses with the option to take the Advanced Placement Test at the end of the year.
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  • 2. Small Class Sizes

    Our average class size in the high school is 14 students, middle school is 18 students and elementary school is 22 students. Our teachers are available for tutoring before, during, and after school.
  • 3. Greater Sense of Community

    Our students are required to perform 20 hours of community service per year. These projects are numerous in the greater Kaua'i Island area and include working with Island School special events such as Farm Fair, Harvest Fest, or Island School’s Birthday.
  • 4. Character Development

    Discipline, respect, and integrity are fully integrated into an Island School education.
From the moment I discovered Island School, I knew I wanted to be a part of “Educating the mind, inspiring the heart. Preparing Kauai’s youth to lead lives of significance.” Becoming a Voyager resonates deeply with my educational philosophy, in which we are all on a journey of engagement, inquiry, action, and reflection. Such meaningful learning happens in a community that includes real-world connections, meaningful relationships, sustainable structures, and opportunities for joy. This is in action at Island School, where we work as a cohesive team as we chart our course and navigate our growth into unique individuals who make up a strong Island School ‘ohana (family). 

Our school’s focus on nurturing awareness, civic responsibility and connection, creativity, and curiosity are allowing us to grow stronger through the challenges of a pandemic and time of unrest and movement. We have ample opportunities to find our greatest strengths and reaffirm our sense of community and commitment to action -  together. 

At Island School, we aim to provide a vibrant and rigorous academic and co-curricular program serving local families. Our focus in the following areas offers preparation for a positive impact on our changing world:

  • Personal Excellence - ‘Imi Ola
  • Deeper Learning - ‘Ike Loa
  • Dignity and Respect - Ho’ohanohano
  • Meaningful Connections - ‘Ohana
  • Perseverance - Ho’omau
  • Purposeful Life - Ho’ohana

I invite you to explore our school and see what it means to be a Voyager! 

Aloha, 

Kate
Island School
Head of School
    • Conway Family