List of Accredited Charter Schools

Many of Hawaii’s charter schools are accredited schools or are seeking accreditation.

What does being accredited mean?  According to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools (WASC), accreditation means the following:

  • Certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning

  • Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts

  • Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning

  • Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program

  • A way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment

  • Assists a school/district in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that include

           - School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
 

           - Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
 

           - Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.

 

Charter schools are encouraged to become accredited.  However, a charter school can offer a viable, even excellent, educational program without being accredited.  A common misconception is that students that graduate from non-accredited public schools do not have valid diplomas.  This is false, as all diplomas offered by state public schools, including charter schools, are valid.

To search for Hawaii charter schools that are accredited by WASC, enter the search criteria (name of school, category, county/region) at http://directory.acswasc.org/.

WASC also publishes an annual Directory of Schools (click here for the latest issue: WASC Directory of Hawaii Public Charter Schools - Accredited/Candidates)  The directory provides information about the schools currently accredited by WASC and those schools that have been granted the status of candidacy for a period of three years.

 

Charter School

Accreditation Status

Hakipu'u Learning Center

Accredited through June 30, 2021

Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School (HAAS)

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Hawaii Technology Academy

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2021

Kamaile Academy, PCS

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Kanu o ka 'Aina New Century Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2023

Kanuikapono Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2021

Kaʻōhao School

Accredited through June 30, 2023

Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Ke Ana La'ahana, PCS

ACS WASC Applicant

Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Ke Kula 'o Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki, LPCS

Accredited through June 30, 2025

Ke Kula 'o Samuel M. Kamakau, LPCS

Accredited through June 30,2025

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Kihei Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2022

Kua o ka La New Century Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2021

Kualapu'u School: A Public Conversion Charter

Accredited through June 30, 2023

Kula Aupuni Ni'ihau A Kahelelani Aloha (KANAKA) A New Century Public Charter School (PCS)

Accredited through June 30, 2020

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2023

Malama Honua Public Charter School

Candidate for Accreditation

Myron B. Thompson Academy

Accredited through June 30, 2023

SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability

Accredited through June 30, 2021

University Laboratory School

Accredited through June 30, 2022

Volcano School of Arts & Sciences

Accredited thorugh June 30, 2023

Wai'alae Elementary Public Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2025

Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School

Accredited through June 30, 2020

West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Accredited through June 30, 2023

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​State Public Charter School Commission

 

1111 Bishop Street, Suite 516

Honolulu, HI 96813
info@spcsc.hawaii.gov

Tel: 808-586-3775

Fax: 808-586-3776

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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