Hale Kula Elementary School is located on the Schofield Barracks Army Installation. Built in 1959, the school is one of ten schools (seven elementary, two middle, and one high school) in the Leilehua Complex, and we service students from special education pre-school to the fifth grade. 98% of our students are military dependents, making transition and deployment issues unique challenges for our staff. With the completion of new, environmentally-friendly houses in our geographic area and the re-drawing of geographical boundaries, our enrollment has increased to over 975 students this school year.
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards. Teachers use a variety of resources to teach language arts such as Harcourt Trophies, text sets, intervention readers, KidBiz3000, and learning centers. Teachers teach math with an emphasis on critical thinking problem-solving and application activities using a variety of resources. Science, social studies, fine arts, and health are taught through inter-disciplinary t units based on big ideas and essential questions. Research skills and the use of technology are integral components of our inter-disciplinary units.
The School Community Council (SCC) is comprised of ten members from our school community. The primary responsibility of the SCC is to develop an annual Academic and Financial Plan for Hale Kula, based on data, best practices, and identified needs of our students.
Many opportunities are available for parents and the community to become involved in school activities. The Parent Community Networking Center coordinator recruits volunteers for classroom and school activities, parent education workshops are planned regularly, and the school Parent Teacher Organization supports the school through its many family-based activities and grants to grade levels and staff members. This year, the PTO will be holding monthly fundraisers through a partnership with Domino’s on Schofield.
The military community is a key supporter of the school through a partnership with the HHBN 25th ID as well as Tripler Army Medical Center programs. Additionally, we have obtained funding for a Transition Center for new students and families, textbooks, technology, citizenship programs, and playground equipment through Joint Venture Education Forum grants.
We are proud to call Hale Kula our school, and we strive for excellence to uphold our motto, “Hale Kula Elementary School -- Where Eagles Soar!”