Let’s Build A School Initiative

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It has always been our intention to create a tuition-free community-centered school where our children can thrive and learn the values we cherish while studying an exceptional curriculum based on their individual passions and talents.

The Kauai North Shore Community Foundation (KNSCF) has been working with community members over the last few years to assess the potential for a public charter tuition-free middle/high school on the North Shore.  In 2018, we received a commitment for a 99-year renewable land license for eight acres in Kalihiwai donated by Joan Porter to the school. Several grassroots events have raised seed funding to pay for permits, education, and design consultants.

Our core volunteer group has formed a Steering Committee consisting of parents, community members, business owners, and educators. The skills represented include nonprofit management, education program management, teaching, strategic planning, fundraising, architecture, landscape contracting, computer programming, real estate investment, community development, farming, law, grant writing, and marketing.  We have three working sub-committees: Fundraising, Facilities, and Educational Design. We also have an Educator Advisory Group made up of local educators and school administrators who will support the planning process.

To develop and carry out a robust community outreach effort, we hired consultants Kapua Chandler and Jennifer Luck to create and implement a plan to engage our community and gather information. Over the last several months, with Kapua and Jen at the helm, we organized Listening Sessions in Hā‘ena, Hanalei, and Kīlauea; conducted a survey; and met with community members and stakeholders to gather feedback about the vision and values that community members would like to see in a public tuition-free middle and high school. This fall, we will host a public forum and present the findings to the community (stay tuned for the date and time). After this event, we will publicly release a report.

If you missed a Listening Session, please take our survey and sign up for our email updates.

There are many components in building a school. Right now, our Steering Committee and its subcommittees are looking into each element from necessary environmental and traffic studies to required infrastructure to the history of the land usage in the Wai Koa area. Our facilities committee is actively engaged in talking with various professionals to determine the next steps in designing the school. Our fundraising subcommittee is researching grant and private funding and determining the next steps to move us forward into the capital campaign. As we begin to flesh out the needs and desires of the community, we will firm up plans in both facilities and curriculum development.  This, in turn, will inform the funds we will need to complete the build, hire the School Leader (Principal), and hire teachers and staff. No hand is idle in this effort.  

We created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to provide basic information about the charter school. 

Of course, things will change along the way, and as they do, we will record them here and send out email updates to those who subscribe to our mailing list.

Our community is important to us and we invite everyone to share their ideas, hopes, and dreams for an outstanding tuition-free public charter school that serves our North Shore residents. 

Quick Facts

Structure: Tuition-free public charter school
Grades Served: 7th through 12th
School Size: 350 students
Location: Kalihiwai, Kilauea
Campus Size: 8 acres
School Model: Place-based, student-centered focus with an emphasis on personalized learning.
Charter Application: Submission planned for the next application cycle.
Target Opening: Planned between Fall, 2021 and Fall, 2023.

How You Can Help

We invite you to become involved in our efforts! You can fill out our survey, subscribe to our email list and/or fill out our Volunteer Form.  Email us at letsbuildaschool2@gmail.com to find out more!  

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