Hawaii Association of Independent Schools


Although each HAIS member school is driven by a unique educational mission, they all share a commitment to providing a safe environment in which young people can learn academic skills as well as the importance of hard work, leadership and good citizenship. At HAIS member schools, you will find high-quality educational programs, extraordinary teachers and family-oriented campuses. Almost all HAIS schools offer tuition assistance.
Independent is a key word, for an independent school is able to develop and carry out its own philosophy of education, choose those students it can serve best, and employ as teachers those it deems best fitted to instruct students. Selecting a school that is the right fit for a child can help set a path for life.

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Why an Independent School:
  • Teachers are more than just instructors: Teachers interact with their students not only as instructors in a classroom but as counselors, coaches, and leaders in all aspects of school life.
  • Curriculum: Curriculum is school and faculty determined. Teachers are afforded a great deal of autonomy to teach in individual styles and to choose materials they deem appropriate to the particular students they teach.
  • Administration: Their administrative structure enables them to respond rapidly to changing conditions and needs, to develop appropriate methods and materials, to take advantage of new discoveries in learning.
  • Parent Involvement: Parents can play an active part at independent schools, including in the governance - choosing trustees, and through trustees the school heads.
  • Privately Financed: They are financed almost entirely by private means through tuitions, contributions, and fundraising activities. They do not seek public funding because they know that public funding brings public regulation and with it the loss of the independence.
  • Accountability: Private schools are directly accountable to parents. The success of an independent school is largely dependent upon meeting the standards and needso of families
  • Self-Regulating: Independent schools are continually engaging in a cycle of improvement through their member accrediting agencies.
  • Personalized: Independent schools seek the most effective ways to educate the particular children they serve and in so doing provide for the needs of a diverse population.
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