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Hualalai Academy to suspend high school next year


Hualalai Academy has announced it will suspend operations of its high school program for the 2014-15 school year. No changes will be made to the curriculum or programming serving the 11 students enrolled in grades 9-11 at the academy.

“Every student at Hualalai Academy is a valued member of our ohana and we are doing all we can to assist families and staff throughout the changeover,” said John Colson, head of school. “We have excellent relationships with other independent and charter schools in West Hawaii and we will invite their representatives to our campus to meet with our families to discuss future educational opportunities.”

After many months of candid discussion and analysis, the Hualalai Academy Board of Directors reached this difficult conclusion early in the school year in order to maximize a nine-month transition for families and staff.

“The business model of running a high school for 11 students is clearly non-sustainable, but equally important is the need for high school students to be in an academic environment where they have more peers and access to a broader range of resources,” Colson said.

Resources used to keep high school programming going will be redirected next year to meet growing demand for enrollment in the lower and middle schools.

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