Kapolei High School (KHS), the newest high school built in the state of Hawaii, is located in the Villages of Kapolei. The school services families residing in O’ahu’s “Second City” of Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, and Ko Olina. KHS opened on July 26, 2000 to 375 freshmen. One grade level was added each subsequent year with the first graduating class in June 2004.
The vision for Kapolei High School is based on the recommendations of Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution, a report published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Drawing from the most essential elements of the reports, Kapolei High School is a student-centered learning environment that focuses on sustaining a strong partnership between the school and the community.
The project-based curriculum of KHS relies on partnerships between the school and community. At each grade level, students connect academic content to the world outside the classroom through the completion of projects. As a result, students acquire fundamental academic knowledge (science, math, language arts, social studies, and technology), practice essential skills (research, analysis, critical and creative thinking, and communication), and develop essential values (mutual respect of ideas, understanding the strength of diversity, and taking responsibility for one’s own learning).
As students progress through the grade levels, projects increase in complexity. Students are expected to achieve results from personalized support from adults – business partners, teachers, and parents - who serve as mentors, advocates, experts, assessors, and collaborators.
Students graduate and leave Kapolei High School with a strong academic foundation, coupled with general knowledge of a career area. More importantly, they take the next step in their lives knowing that they are able to tackle complex problems and achieve valuable results.