Ha‘aheo has one class of each grade for Kindergarten through 6th grade. It is within this setting that we work towards realizing our mission, which we adopted in the 2014-2015 school year. Our mission is to “provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where high quality, relevant and engaging instruction will prepare all students for opportunities of the future.”
This year, we adopted a slogan that will be more student friendly in exemplifying who are are as a school. Our slogan is "Ha‘aheo Kākou" meaning, We Are Proud, which is fits perfectly with the history of our school.
Ha‘aheo firmly believes that developing students’ work habits and attitudes (GLO’s) through a rigorous, integrated, and engaging curriculum will help students achieve academically and socially. Formative classroom instruction, reflective goal setting, and understanding of the standards will result in increased numbers of students achieving proficiency of the standards. Data teams look at our student achievement data regularly and make decisions that drive how we deliver instruction to our students. Combined with the daily instructional adjustments that come with formative instruction, it is our hope that we will be responsive and timely in meeting the needs of our students.
The feeling of ohana is prevalent as our entire school gathers on the mound overlooking Hilo Bay at the beginning of every week. Here we refocus on our strategy of the week, provide special recognitions and get our bodies moving to help all students start the week ready to learn. We also support each other as our older students participate in buddying with our youngest students. We also host several family events in addition to Open house such as our Fall Festival, Standards Showcase and STEM night.
As we move through the 21st Century, Ha‘aheo strives to provide technological experiences for our students. With SMARTBoards in every classroom and a computer lab that serves all students on a weekly basis, we make every effort to ensure that our students are prepared for the world. In 2014-2015, we made significant progress by implementing the use of 1:1 devices in grades 3-6, and we expanded 1:1 technology access to K-6 at the beginning of 2015-2016. We also provide outdoor experiences through our Garden, Science and Robotics afterschool programs so that students leaving Ha’aheo will be well-rounded citizens.