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.
We have wonderful opportunities for you to take advantage of at Island School. Whether you would like to be part of our State Championship Mock Trial Team, Island Championship Robotics or Science Olympiad Program, study Mandarin Chinese, create a video to be aired on PBS Hawaii, sing in our select state honored Alaka’i Chorus, participate on one of our KIF championship athletic teams, display your passion for art, or make friends from around the world, you can find it here at Island School. Our students forge everlasting friendships, prepare themselves for college academically, socially and understand the value of respect and service.

If you’re contemplating joining us, we welcome your interest as you learn about our wonderful school. Enjoy your visit! Please write or call if I can be of further assistance.


L. Shannon Graves
Head of School
Island School
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