Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences will be the subject of a one-hour special on PBS Hawaii, the state’s public television station, Channel 10 on Oceanic Cablevision, on Thursday, July 12 from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences was formed in 2001. It serves students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. HAAS is one of several charter schools on Hawaii Island, which has the most charter schools of any island in the state. Charter Schools are part of the Department of Education and are public schools open to any student–but the Charters are free to set their own curriculum (within guidelines) and offer educational opportunities and outreach often not afforded the “traditional” Department of Education Schools.
Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences focuses on four key curriculum areas: English/Lanugage Arts, Math, Science, and History/Social Studies. The goal is often to provide more hands-on learning opportunities than in other schools. The teachers, all certified and accredited, offer individually-tailored program to the students. And by the time students get to 11th and 12th grade, they’re actually able to earn both high school and college credits.
Tonight’s program is a repeat.
Principal Steve Hirakami has been with the school since its inception.