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Curriculum Overview

Mary, Star of the Sea offers an authentic academic program, dedicated to Christian values that prepares students for the future, while teaching to the whole child. 

The school provides instruction to students in Kindergarten to Eighth Grade, and is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school’s curriculum is structured to foster growth in students through the student learning expectations (SLE’s), while actively teaching students to become a STAR (Self-Aware, Confident Individuals, Teachable Lifelong Learners, Active Christians and Responsible Citizens) The school’s Catholic identity is especially evident in the SLE’s and is integrated throughout service projects, extracurricular leadership development opportunities, as well as, within our advisory and core subject curriculum.

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Along with a rigorous curriculum that follows Catholic School Standards and National Standards, the school is committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the diverse, interconnected world by giving students the opportunity to learn by experience. Mary, Star of the Sea believes in interdisciplinary learning, enabling students to make connections across all disciplines to explore a theme or an issue, solve a problem or complete a final project. The school nurtures a global mindset by allowing students to learn about other cultures and perspectives. Hawaii is a unique place, making it essential for students to learn about the ‘Aina, Hawaiian values, traditions and beliefs. Learning is student-centered and personalized for each student based on their own unique skills, interests and abilities. Students are empowered to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and collaborate with their peers. Students are encouraged to have a growth mindset, while being challenged and given the opportunities to take risks and learn from mistakes.

The school is divided into three basic divisions. The Primary division, (Kindergarten- 3rd grade) is self-contained, with students attending specialization classes on a weekly basis. In the Intermediate division, (4th-5th grade) student’s travel between core subject teachers. Intermediate students also attend specialization classes on a weekly basis. Finally, the Middle School division, (6th-8th grade) students enjoy the expertise of six core subject teachers. During the week, students attend an elective of choice, along with Spanish, Art, Band, and Physical Education classes. English as a second language (ESL) is available at all grade levels.

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