Aloha pumehana kākou!
Welcome to Ke Kula Waena o Kamehameha ma Maui! It is my honor to share about the middle school years and the opportunities that await you. This wahi pana (place) will be your academic home away from home for three years of your middle school life. As you apply for admission or transition to the middle school, I want to remind you about some of the benefits of a Kamehameha Schools Maui education:
The best interests of our haumāna are at the heart of all decisions which I make. Our Kula Waena team is here to provide you with high quality, nurturing and dynamic learning experiences which will inspire haumāna to reach their goals and enable them to thrive, compete and become good and industrious people who serve their ‘ohana, communities and the world. Come join us and become a Warrior!
Ke aloha nui,
Po’o Kumu (Principal)
The ʻōʻō symbolizes the tilling of the soil to build a rich environment, a solid foundation during the Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School exploratory years. The sun rises above Haleakalā as our kula sits on this hillside slope within our wahi pana (place) of ‘A’apueo. The kukui leaf embodies enlightenment for knowledge and growth. The piko (center) spiral backdrop balances whole child development of social, emotional, physical, intellectual and cognitive skills to enable lifelong success.
KSM middle school includes grades 6-8 with an average enrollment of 324 students and 108 students per grade level. Admission is competitive. The acceptance rate at the middle school is 1:4. The student body is diverse, with a wide range of interests and talents. Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy gives preference to children of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Special consideration is extended to Hawaiian orphans and indigents.
The KSM Middle School offers a comprehensive world class college preparatory curriculum which includes assessments aligned with college and career readiness benchmarks. KSM Kumu and staff will support and guide haumāna through the process to best achieve college and career readiness objectives.
Students transition to block scheduling during their middle school years which means most of their classes are in 80-minute blocks. This allows more time for student collaboration, projects and hands-on activities to facilitate learning by doing, ma ka hana ka ‘ike. Electives are offered in 45-minute blocks. The core and elective courses offered at middle school are shared below:
Grade six rotates through one elective each quarter to gain a broad exposure to offerings. Grade seven and grade eight haumāna register for the elective of their choice for the entire year. Intramural sports are offered once a month during the PE class, to help introduce haumāna to a wide range of athletic opportunities.
Headmasters List 4.0 GPA
(108 students per class)
Principal List 3.5-3.99 GPA
(108 students per class)
Advanced-level courses are offered for Math and English during the middle school years. Haumāna are selected based on test scores and teacher recommendation. Invitations to participate in these advanced programs are sent home and families are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings. 18 percent of eighth-graders qualify for Honors and AP classes in ninth grade.
Each middle school student is issued a MacBook Air laptop equipped with OSX El Capitan, Microsoft Office Suite, Apple iLife and iWork Suites and wireless internet access anywhere on campus. Students are expected to be proficient in a myriad of productivity and creative software applications. In class, students utilize these applications to complete papers, presentations and conduct research. All students have a school-based e-mail account and are expected to be responsible digital citizens. All middle school teachers are provided with MacBook Pro laptop. They have all of the same software applications as the students. Teachers have additional software for classroom management and enhancing communication with families.
Student government offers leadership development for those interested. Every grade level elects a president, vice president, secretary and representative.
All students are encouraged to participate in a sport or belong to one of the clubs or academic teams at the Middle School. Approximately 54 percent of our students participate on at least one sport or athletic team and 23 percent participate in at least one club, organization or academic team.
Sports and Athletic Teams
Club and academic teams