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IDEAS ACADEMY

IDEAS Academy Values and Norms

IDEAS Academy Values and Norms

Welcome to the IDEAS Academy! Students in Grades 10-12 at Kapa’a High are enrolled in one of two academies. Students take all core subject classes with other students in their Academy. Students also select a strand to specialize in within their Academy and take at least one class per year related to that strand.  Our IDEAS Academy is a smaller learning community with a unique focus on preparing students to be both college and career ready by emphasizing broad themes in the areas of Industrial & Engineering Technology, Arts & Communication and Entrepreneurship.

 

In our academy, teachers work as a team to develop and emphasize common values, expectations, consistency and joint curricular experiences that are meaningful, challenging and relevant. Students in the IDEAS Academy will experience a flexible project-based program that results in educational excellence and a positive school experience. Our primary goal is that you develop into a savvy, creative, problem-solver with a solid academic foundation and a clear, achievable post high school plan.

IDEAS ACADEMY VALUES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Simplicity
  • Kaizen – Continuous Improvement
  • Self-Reliance
  • Well-Being

IDEAS ACADEMY NORMS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

  • Meaningful Meetings/Learning Experiences Guided By The Best Interest Of Our Students
  • Begin & End On Time And Be Fully Present
  • Maintain A Positive Tone
  • Honor Each Other’s Strengths & Challenges
  • Share Responsibility

IDEAS ACADEMY GOALS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

  • Create self-directed learners
  • Create and complete common projects across the curriculum with common procedures
  • Help students develop new relationships and work together effectively
  • Ongoing communication and reflection amongst team & students
  • Common ground rules for teachers & students

 

IDEAS ACADEMY MISSION

The IDEAS academy is dedicated to developing college and career ready students who possess a rich academic foundation, independence and ingenuity.  Students will utilize creativity and design principles in order to create innovative and sustainable products and services to solve relevant and dynamic real world problems.

HOPES ACADEMY

HOPES VALUES & NORMS

HOPES VALUES & NORMS

Our HOPES Academy is a smaller learning community with a unique focus on preparing students to be both college and career ready by emphasizing broad themes in the areas of HEALTH & WELL-BEING, SUSTAINABILITY, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, SYSTEMS & RELATIONSHIPS,  and VISUAL COMMUNICATION.   In our academy, teachers work as a team to develop & emphasize common values, expectations, consistency and joint curricular experiences that are meaningful, challenging and relevant. Students in the HOPES Academy will experience a flexible project-based program that results in educational excellence and a positive school experience. Our primary goal is that you develop into a healthy, sustainability minded person with a clear and achievable post high school plan.

 

HOPES ACADEMY VALUES

 

OHANA – Much like a family, our teachers and students will value concern for others, acceptance, open communication, positive relationships and trust.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE – We will strive to have fun while we are learning, to embrace challenge and to develop our resourcefulness along the way.

INTEGRITY – We will promote & embody honesty, hard work, accountability and competence.

WELL-BEING – We will emphasize and encourage health, gratitude, security, inner peace and forgiveness.

KNOWLEDGE – We will work towards becoming skilled, creative and innovative problem-solvers.

 

HOPES ACADEMY NORMS

1.  Students 1st – All of our choices & actions should be made to further the success of our students.

2.  GRE – Golden Rule with Equity (everyone gets an equal chance, say, input, opportunity)

3.  Solution- Minded

4.  The Four P’s  – Be prompt, positive, prepared, and productive

 

HOPES ACADEMY MISSION

 

The HOPES academy focuses on developing a conscious, healthy and sustainable culture through human connections. The students who are a part of the HOPES Academy will discover their place in our community and the global society by participating in authentic learning experiences that include community and college partnerships. Additionally, students will gain interpersonal skills essential to working with and helping people.

GRADE 9 HUI

Hui Onipa'a and Ikaika

Hui Onipa’a and Ikaika

The Kapa’a High School Ninth Grade Smaller Learning Communities or “Hui” are an extension of Kapa’a High School and designed to provide incoming freshman with a smooth transition into this most pivotal year in high school.  Research shows that separating ninth-grade students allows them to become better acquainted with the rigors of a high school curriculum in an environment that also allows them to mature and grow both academically and socially. Of equal importance, freshman teams are structured to give each student more individual attention, which translates into increased academic performance, fewer absences, and fewer behavior disturbances.

 

We are a team of teachers, students, administrators, and counselors committed to the achievement of our students. We consider ourselves a school-within-a-school organized into two interdisciplinary teams of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies and support teachers sharing a common goal of academic excellence for all students, in all areas, at all times.  Located on the lower campus, teachers work together in collaborative teams to plan specific strategies for each student’s success. Incoming freshmen are connected to a select team of caring Hui staff who use research proven best instructional strategies to teach the curriculum as well as address their students’ needs in a more personalized manner.

 

The Ninth Grade Leadership Challenge and Personal Transition Plan curriculum will be integral components of our Hui focusing on developing and honing the personal and academic skills of these students, while connecting them to the academic and career pathways that will define their high school experience. The Kapa’a High School Ninth Grade Hui are built on research based best practices and key outcomes developed by the Hui teams. By the end of 9th grade, our students will:

  • Be active and respectful members of our community.
  • Meet literacy standards across all subjects.
  • Have a purposeful sense of direction.
  • Actively contribute to & participate in the greater community by completing a community project.
  • Be comfortable using a wide variety of digital tools in an ethical manner.
  • Demonstrate self-directed learning through self-management, self-monitoring, self-modifying & self-reflection.
  • Problem-solve and think critically by analyzing data, determining cause and effect, displaying inference skills and comparing & contrasting.

SLC PILLARS

EQUITY

At Kapa’a High School, we believe that ALL students are entitled to high quality and challenging curriculum that will prepare them for higher education and/or careers. To that end, we provide supports ranging from Open Honors to Inclusion. Our teachers know how to differentiate based on student strengths and their multiple intelligences. We enrich based on strengths rather than remediate based on deficiencies.

 

RIGOR AND RELEVANCE

At Kapa’a High School, we believe that ALL students are entitled to experience rigorous and relevant instruction that happens both in and out of the classroom. ALL of our students are engaged in interesting work that captivates their hearts and minds. ALL of our teachers plan debates, simulations, poetry slams, interesting labs, meetings of the minds, gallery walks, service learning opportunities, complex group projects and oral presentations in order to stimulate thinking, collaborative work and other creative expressions of significant learning.

 

PERSONALIZATION

At Kapa’a High School, we know ALL of our students and they know us. Every student has more than one adult that they can turn to for academic or emotional support. We effectively guide our students into higher education and/or careers based on their talents, aptitudes and interests.

GOALS & OUTCOMES

 

AT KAPA’A HIGH SCHOOL, EVERY STUDENT WILL BE ENGAGED IN A CHALLENGING COURSE OF STUDY THAT DEVELOPS THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND DISPOSITION NECESSARY TO PURSUE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND CAREERS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR REMEDIATION.

Goal 1: Provide academic and student support interventions to transition students into high school.

Goal 2: Create and expand Smaller Learning Community strategies and structures in order to strengthen effective practices for student engagement.

Goal 3: Strengthen effective teaching and learning practices to improve student achievement and minimize achievement gaps in literacy, math, science and technology.

Goal 4: Prepare all students for college and career options after high school.

OUTCOMES BY GRADE LEVEL FOR ALL STUDENTS

OUTCOMES BY GRADE LEVEL FOR ALL STUDENTS

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

Smaller Learning Communities

The Smaller Learning Community Initiative at Kapa’a High School is in its third full year of implementation with 100% of our students enrolled in Smaller Learning Communities.

Students from the 9th grade are enrolled in one of two Hui – Onipa’a or Ikaika. The two Hui place great emphasis on ensuring a smooth transition from middle school to high school. Study skills, leadership development and literacy are the primary foci in Grade 9. Dedicated teams of teachers meet regularly to discuss student progress, plan interventions and develop joint curriculum plans. Tutoring, mentoring and student recognition programs have been systemized.

Following their successful Hui experience, the following grade levels are all enrolled in either the HOPES or IDEAS Academy. Our HOPES & IDEAS academies each have four pathways or strands for students to choose from:

HOPES – Academy Leaders (Kara Kitamura, Janis Gowan and Josh Owens)

Health Services
Organic Farming
Publications & Graphic Design
Entrepeneurship: Culinary

IDEAS – Academy Leaders (David Mireles, Brandon Fujita and Catherine Paleka)

Industrial Engineering Technology: Building Construction or Auto
Design: Digital Media & Graphic Arts
Entrepreneurship: Virtual Enterprise/Hospitality
Arts: Visual or Performing

The focus of the academy in the 10th grade centers around building core knowledge in the academic subjects of English, Math, Science and Social Studies with the bulk of the academy experience taking place in their pathway/strand core class.

The 11th grade academy collaborates around integrated curriculum, college and career planning, as well as developing community partnerships.

The 12th grade academy provides internships/mentorships with business and community partnerships with senior project as a capstone project, as well as an emphasis on early college programs, such as Running Start and Jump Start.

Like the Hui teachers, academy teachers meet several times a week to discuss student progress, and curriculum/instructional strategies. Particular emphasis is being placed on Literacy Development, Career Readiness and refining/aligning the Personal Transition Plan, CTE Portfolios, and continued integration of Leadership practices.