The Prep offers a challenging and rigorous curriculum that promotes the joy and love for the pursuit of knowledge. Students experience an interdisciplinary curriculum where all academic and specialty subjects support meaningful learning. Support and enrichment are provided based on the needs of each child.
The Prep builds solid spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical foundations in an environment of love, respect, and support. Classroom environments are safe, respectful, and nurturing, and students benefit from strong mentor relationships with their teachers and other adults. All children are celebrated and appreciated for their unique talents and gifts.
The Prep’s unique program recognizes that boys and girls need distinct learning environments, sequencing of curriculum, and pedagogical approaches to thrive. Current research on neuroscience and developmentally appropriate practices have renewed our commitment to single-gender education. By differentiating our curriculum, teaching, and social- emotional support to address the different needs of boys and girls, our students are free to dream, learn, and grow.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Engineering Design Process (EDP)
- E Malama I Ke Kino: Health and Wellness
- Library, Information, and Technology (L.I.T.)
- Music and Movement
- Religious Studies
- Visual Arts
The Language Arts curriculum encompasses all areas of communication. Reading, writing, handwriting, speaking, listening, and Internet communication skills provide the means to explore new interests, interact with others, and make sense of our wonderful world. Download Our Language Arts Curriculum Guide
Through the Singapore Math curriculum, the Prep boys build a strong foundation in number concepts.The program progresses through three basic levels: concrete, pictorial and abstract.Fundamental concepts and skills are mastered before moving on to higher level problem solving.Through multi sensory activities, students develop strong number sense, mental math skills, and a true understanding of place value. Strategies such as model drawing are utilized.Through this method, students visualize word problems as well as organize information to logically find the solutions. Persistence, flexibility, and reflection about learning is emphasized.Online tools and apps enhance student learning and encourage engagement.Students apply math skills and strategies across the curriculum, realizing the relevance of mathematics to their everyday lives.
The math curriculum follows a logical progression that includes:
- Whole numbers
- Composing and decomposing
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
- Fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Measurement: length, weight, mass, capacity, perimeter, area, volume
- Ratios and averages
- Data analysis and probability
Humans possess a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. The St. Andrew’s science curriculum takes advantage of the innate desire to learn by encouraging exploration. Inquiry based lessons in physical science, earth science, life science, space science and the engineering design Process are explored at all grade levels.The Engineering Design Process takes students through projects that foster inquiry and imagination. Planning, problem solving, designing, and creating are involved, as well as reflecting and revising. Collaboration and cooperation skills are strengthened as students appreciate the trial and error process required to solve real life issues. Persistence and perseverance are developed as the boys build solutions to real life challenges in their home, school, and larger community.
- Ask questions
- Recognize and describe patterns
- Develop and use models
- Plan and carry out investigations
- Analyze, interpret, and represent data in various ways
- Design solutions to problems
- Support arguments based on evidence
- Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information using appropriate technologies
- Develop an appreciation and sense of responsibility for our environment and contribute to its conservation
- Use appropriate technology to aid in the investigation of the natural world
The social studies curriculum teaches the students how to be a good citizen, how to make appropriate decisions that affect the common good, how to be a fair and effective leader.Students are encouraged to appreciate diversity and the inclusion of all, to be involved in civic issues and to understand democratic values. Queen Emma’s vision is reflected in the students’ commitment to be of service in the classroom, in community, and to the world at large.Field trips, guest speakers, community participation and simulated situations make the curriculum real and relevant for the boys. By the end of the lower school program, our students are able to reflect intelligently about their relationships with others. They are oriented towards civic engagement and service to their communities, nation, and the world.
Our students will:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of who they are
- Understand and appreciate similarities and differences among cultural groups
- Understand and learn from past events
- Appreciate and articulate different viewpoints
- Utilize geographic concepts and skills through the use of maps, globes, and other tools
- Work collaboratively to solve problems and resolve conflicts
- Realize how behaviors, actions and/or events affect others
- Distinguish between needs and wants
- Understand the interplay of supply and demand
- Contribute to the community through service
The Engineering Design Process (EDP) challenges students to use critical thinking skills to solve complex and realistic problems.Students learn to value the process of asking questions, designing solutions, testing them out, and going back to the drawing board to improve the product even further.EDP is implemented into various subject areas including our gardening program.
Health and wellness encompass both physical and social-emotional dimensions and provide the foundations for happy, smart, thriving children. E Mālama I Ke Kino (Take Care of Your Body) fosters the development of a healthy mind, body, and spirit of our keiki through a holistic approac. Download Our Curriculum
The Lower School Library has a collection of more than 18,000 books, including fiction, non fiction, and periodicals for students and their teachers. All classes have a formal library lesson once each week when students can listen to stories, browse and check out books, and receive instruction on information-seeking skills. The librarian encourages students to visit the library throughout any school day, whether for resources in conjunction with classes or to find a book to read for pleasure. The library curriculum is developmentally appropriate for each grade level and written to complement the lessons of social studies, language arts, and science. Further use of the Library includes the focus of our students developing a love for books and building a solid foundation in research skills.
Our students are introduced to technology in kindergarten. The kindergarten, first and second grades share a mobile iPad cart, where each student is able to work individually on an iPad. These classes also share a mobile computer lab that allows for a 1:1 ratio of laptops as well. Students in these classes are able to work creatively with both the iPads and computers to create art projects as well as basic research papers.
Once Prep students enter third and fourth grades they will share a mobile computer lab; where they learn to make PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, and work on their typing skills. These classes are also able to use class sets of iPads for reading as well as apps for science, math, and social studies.
As students enter fourth and fifth grade, the curriculum is structured so students will learn various programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Google Apps for Education. Students also learn how to correctly use basic technology and troubleshoot equipment failure. Internet safety and computer ethics will be discussed with the students throughout the year. Our students’ knowledge of using different computer programs and applications fosters skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Our fifth grade students are part of the 1:1 program that exists for grades 5 - 12. Each student is required to purchase an Apple computer.
The music curriculum reflects the diverse repertoire of classical, spiritual, and folk music from many traditions as well as the Hawaiian heritage of The Prep. The Hawaiian language is expressed in song and hula, culminating in the annual May Day program. The classroom environment offers an enriched learning environment and opportunities for positive social interaction with peers. Throughout the year, the boys showcase what they have learned by performing in Lower School assemblies. Under the guidance of their teachers, students are able to deepen their understanding of process and performance and develop their imagination, creativity, self-expression, and communication skills.
In the Episcopal tradition, St. Andrew’s values the religious beliefs of all persons.
- Are expected to participate fully in all school activities - class, special subjects,
- programs - that take place during the school day regardless of religious affiliation.
- Must attend Chapel services.
- Will study the stories and lessons of the Old and New Testament as a specialty subject.
In the studio setting, boys learn art through making, discussing, and exhibiting their work. The study of art encourages creative thinking, problem solving, mastery of technical skills, and respect for their own work and the work of others. Each year the boys use various media and styles to create original artwork.