We believe students must gain a basic knowledge to reach higher goals, as well as learn to be responsible and to practice integrity in their learning, actions, and attitudes.
Tucked inside Aiea is our small Pre-K to Grade 8 school with a robust curriculum devoted to the life-long learning of the whole child in a changing world. Guided by the Lutheran Church’s educational emphasis, Our Savior strives for character and faith development, academic quality, and individual student achievement.
Care and support for each other comes naturally in Our Savior’s ohana (family-style) environment for students, teachers and staff. Its school-wide integrated Core Knowledge curriculum and the Spalding Phonics, Saxon Math, and Shurley Grammar in grades K-8 have helped students consistently place in the top quartile of the national Stanford-Achievement Test. Student interests develop through strong programs in music, Japanese and Spanish language, and computer instruction, with our core subjects.
We search for ways to enrich the whole child in our classes and with our after-school chess, Bible study, drama, music, hula (child & adult), Japanese, and study skills clubs.
See our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results and our Frequently Asked Questions below:
Promoting the Christian faith and life-long learning of the whole child in a changing world.
(Solve problems and Overcome challenges)
*Successfully surmount challenges
*Make decisions and accept responsibility
*Make plans, follow-through, and evaluate using self-discipline
*Think critically, based upon having the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes
*Accept appropriate authority
*Accept God’s proactive role and our appropriate responses
Most fees are listed at the website http://oursaviorlutheranschool.org/files/Tuition/TuitionSchedule2014-2015.pdf.
(For perspective: The real costs begin when your children attend college.)
(It’s even more expensive if they don’t get a good education.)
(It’s more costly in permanent terms if they don’t get grounded in God’s Word, Scripture.)
Enrollment is ongoing and closes when a class is full.
For the upcoming school year, we open the enrollment process the previous December.
You are informed of your acceptance when all the paper work and testing is completed
We want all our students to succeed. We do not have resource specialists nor special education accommodations available. At Our Savior, students thrive who have been trained to work in a traditional schooling environment. Therefore, we use the application process to promote the child’s best interests and promote their best learning placement.
For preschool, hot lunch and snacks are provided as part of the tuition. All preschoolers eat lunch, even the students just enrolled for the 7:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. classes. Preschool food is prepared here, and follows the USDA school lunch requirements. The USDA annually trains our staff and regularly inspects us.
Grades K-8 bring their own sack lunches or they may order the Catering Service lunches through the office:
Also, to integrate our curriculums for cross-referencing, sequencing, and to ensure substantive content, we promote the
Core Knowledge Curriculum across the school: http://www.coreknowledge.org/
Bible Study: “Voyages” Bible Study textbooks for K-8, published by Concordia Publishing House, Missouri. Students use the NIV Bible sold in the school office. For Grades 7 & 8, we also use the Lutheran Catechism.
Math: “Saxon Math” for K-8, which includes Algebra and Geometry, published by Saxon Publishers, Florida.
Research on Saxon Math: http://osls-hawaii.org/For Teachers/SaxonResearch040907.pdf
Social Studies: “Core Knowledge History and Geography” by Pearson Education, New Jersey. http://plgcatalog.pearson.com/program_multiple.cfm?site_id=12&discipline_id=807&subarea_id=997&program_id=828
7th Graders incorporate several classroom textbooks and online websites for their resources as they follow the Core Knowledge Curriculum Guidelines and the State’s Hawaiian Studies Guidelines. The textbooks are:
“The History of the Hawaiian Kingdom”, Bess Press, Honolulu, http://www.besspress.com
“Shoal of Time”, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/
“World Geography: Building a Global Perspective”, Prentice Hall,
“Our World’s Story”, Harcourt Brace, http://www.harcourt.com/
8th Graders use Prentice Hall “History of Our Nation”
Science: “Full Option Science System” by Delta Education, New Hampshire.
FOSS allows our classes to follow the Core Knowledge Curriculum and to bring in outside resources for experiments and explorations. Grades 5 and 7 complete Science Fair projects for the Hawaii State Science Fair program. http://www.delta-education.com/science/foss/index.shtml http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/index.htm
We also use the “Science Explorer” textbooks, Prentice Hall, http://www.phschool.com/successnet/science.html#sciexp
(We teach the Biblical explanation for initial and ongoing creation.)
Language Arts: We use a multi-faceted approach to developing communication skills. We develop word-attack skills using “Spalding Phonics”, Spalding International, Arizona. http://www.spalding.org/
“Open Court Reading”, K-6, McGraw-Hill—SRA, Ohio.
We also promote development through annual contests.
“Scripps Spelling Bee” http://www.spellingbee.com/
"National Geography Bee" http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/
We also promote vocabulary development through K-8 weekly spelling tests and etymology studies.
We read novels and promote independent reading of quality literature using Core Knowledge curriculum
and the “Accelerated Reader” computer programs from Renaissance Learning, Wisconsin.
Grades K-6 also use the Open Court Reading series, Mc-Graw-Hill—SRA, Ohio. http://www.sraonline.com
We develop thinking, communication, and writing skills through our ongoing writing efforts across the curriculum,
research paper, poems, computer classes, and in their student-journals.
To have the skills to promote their ideas, the students need good grammar skills.
Students gain poise, thinking skills, and speech fundamentals through classroom debates, class participation, chapel
presentations, and the whole-school “Speech Festival” held each springtime.
Students learn specific art skills and art history through the “Core Knowledge Sequence”
Music teachers teach rhythm, note-reading, music appreciation, instruments, and vocal training through the performance
scheduling, and the Core Knowledge program, http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/bkstr/bkstr_music_frames.htm
Physical Education is formally taught twice a week, K-8, along with the extracurricular sports program, grades 5-8.
Please ask our principal or teachers for other specifics:
Our teachers are credentialed Christian teachers who love to help children and families grow.
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