The Sacred Hearts Academy Early Learning Program is licensed by the Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). This program provides education for young girls ages 3 through 6. The student-teacher ratio is 12:1 for three-year olds, 16:1 for the four-year olds, and 20:1 for the five-year old students.
To provide an excellent foundation upon which further learning in the elementary years can blossom, grow, and flourish. It is a process that nurtures social-emotional growth, and develops cognitive, creative, physical and language area skills. The program recognizes that every child is special and has a unique combination of characteristics, background, and experiences. We are responsive to individual children's needs, interests, and learning style.
The Academy's Early Learning Center excites and engages young girls for active learning. We provide a variety of hands-on and age-appropriate activities in the different learning centers in the classroom. The environment is arranged in learning centers, which provides an array of choices to meet the needs of eager three to five year olds. Each center addresses a particular learning area such as: blocks and manipulatives, writing, drama, art, math building, books, science and discovery. Through a variety of well-planned activities geared to the children's developmental levels, they can explore, work in a cooperative setting, think critically, and problem-solve. Ample time is scheduled for students to discover and construct their knowledge in centers. A center-based classroom individualizes learning and allows students to accelerate according to their interests and stage of development. It also enables the teacher to observe each student’s strengths and to prompt each one in new directions.
Teacher-designed group activities are the counterpart of learning centers. Teachers plan lessons to develop skills and enrich understanding in: math, phonics, handwriting, literacy, STEM and religion. Preschool classes focus on phonemic awareness and the ability to quantify numbers from 1-20. Senior Kindergarten classes stress reading skills at the emergent levels and on using operations with numbers 1-100. Science experiments, STEM challenges, puppetry, bookmaking, learning games, and art and craft projects are just some of the enrichment activities planned for students.
Art, music, and physical education are taught by specialists in these fields twice in a six-day cycle. Library, Japanese language (Preschool), and Spanish language (Kindergarten) are offered once a week. These teachers provide select skill experiences as well as give students the opportunity to interact with several teachers during the day.
We strongly encourage strong connections between home and the Academy to provide maximum learning and development of our students. As this often is their first school-setting experience, it is of utmost importance that the transition between home and school be a comfortable and pleasant experience for your daughter. Our teachers respond to this transition with understanding, patience and positive guidance.