A Day in the Life – Elementary

A Day in the Life – Elementary

How long is the school day?

The school day starts at 8:00 am each day, but you can get to school as early as 7:30 am and sit quietly outside your classroom. If you have to come earlier, between 6:00 - 7:30 am, we have leaders from the YMCA who can supervise you until 7:30 am. Contact the YMCA directly for details, including cost.

The school day ends at 3:00 pm on every day except Wednesday. On Wednesday, the day ends a little earlier – at 2:15 pm – so the teachers have time for their meetings. If you have to stay later until you get picked up, we have a fun Aftercare Program until 5:30 pm.

Are there other classes besides math and reading?

Yes! In Elementary, you'll have lots of specials classes, like Art, Computer Science, ‘Olelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), Mandarin, Physical Education (PE), Music, and Science, Engineering, Environment and Design (SEED).

Where will I eat lunch?

Most students bring their lunch from home, but there is the option to purchase lunch through one of our lunch options. Students eat lunch with their classmates in their classrooms.

What are Elementary Assemblies?

The Elementary School has assemblies twice a week, on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. Monday morning assemblies take place in the MPR and last about 20 minutes. Friday Aloha assemblies take place in the elementary foyer and last 10 minutes. Assemblies are wonderful opportunities for our Elementary community to come together and we invite parents and friends to join us.

Do we get to go on fun learning trips?

Yes! To help make our learning relevant, learning opportunities extend beyond our classroom and school walls through learning trips. Learning trips help give real life context to what students are studying. Below are some of the learning trips our students are taking.

Kindergarten students visit Ka Punawai Ola to sing holiday songs to the elderly during their "Whenever you can, Help!" unit.

Grade 1 students go to the Farm during their "Farm to Table" unit.

Grade 2 students visit various community businesses during their "Community" unit.

Grade 3 students walk to the Courthouse and participate in a mock trial during their "Democracy" unit.

Grade 4 students visit the Mission Houses Museum and ʻIolani Palace as they learn about Hawaiian history.

Grade 5 students tour Chinatown as an extension of their learning in Mandarin.

What are our school Learner Traits?

The IPA Learner Traits are a list of characteristics and values that are nurtured and developed in students throughout activities and experiences at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY. These characteristics and values will help students to be successful members of the IPA community and contributing citizens in our democratic society.

Learner: I ask questions to understand. I keep working even when things are hard.

Confident: I believe in myself. I will learn from my mistakes.

Respectful: I am kind to people, places and things.

Helpful: Whenever you can, help! I do what is needed.

Responsible: I follow our school’s 5 Agreements. I make good choices.

Open-minded: I appreciate differences. I am open to new experiences.

Courageous: I am a risk taker. I do what is right.

Thinker: I reflect. I make connections.

Caring: I nurture people, places and things. I am considerat of other people.

Creative: I use my imagination. I think of new ideas. I express myself.