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, says Principal George Evensen.
Tucked inside Aiea is this small Pre-K to Grade 8 school with a big 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 academic quality and individual student achievement.
Care and support for each other comes naturally in Our Savior’s ohana-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 national SAT-10’s top quartile. Student interests develop through strong programs in music, Japanese, Spanish, computer instruction, and the core subjects.
We search for ways to enrich the whole child with after school chess, Bible study, drama, hula (child & adult), Japanese, study, and confirmation clubs.
Promoting the Christian faith and life-long learning of the whole child in a changing world.
Expected Student Learning Results: An Our Savior Lutheran School graduate will:
*Exercise control and balance, Emotionally, Spiritually, Physically, Academically, Socially.
Most fees are listed at the website http://osls-hawaii.org/Tuition.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 and the admission committee has made the decision. We begin formally announcing acceptances April 1. For Admissions forms go to: http://osls-hawaii.org/Admissions/newapp.htm
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.
We emphasize strong skill and attitude development to prepare for future learning. Thus, we search for the best curriculums or textbooks for each discipline.
Also, to integrate our curriculums for cross-referencing, sequencing, and to ensure substantive content, we promote the
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 vocabulary development through annual contests for grades 7-8.
“Scripps Spelling Bee” http://www.spellingbee.com/
“Readers' Digest Word Power Challenge” http://www.rd.com/nwpc/?wtGroup=domain&wtID=wordpowerchallenge
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.
250 students interact with us daily. We share Christ. We talk about what really matters. Children are baptized. People dedicate themselves to God's Plan. We plan ahead. We grow together. We get mad. We get happy. We deal with failures, and we deal with successes. We watch each other grow. We have a relationship, and we share the relationship given us with God.
Answer: Yes, we do: 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 2:45-5:30 p.m.
K-8 Students dropped off 7:00-7:30 a.m. may sit on the outside bleachers where an adult is supervising.
At 7:30 a.m. the bell rings and they are dismissed to their classrooms where they prepare for the 7:50 a.m. class start. (We prefer that parents deliver the students before 7:30 a.m. to reduce traffic congestion and give the students adequate preparation time.)
Arrivals, Departures, & Day Care:
Detailed Schedule for Before-School and After-school Supervision:
6:30-7:00 a.m., only people who have signed up for Day Care are allowed on campus.
Otherwise, “Drop-Ins” are charged $8.00 per morning.
7:00-7:30 a.m. An adult supervises K-8 students outside.
This is “free-of-charge”. We encourage you to bring the children during this time.
7:00-7:45 a.m. Students go to classrooms.
They prepare for class, get their books ready, unload backpacks, turn in notes,
ask teachers about homework issues, and get ready.
Traffic-delayed parents are now arriving onto the campus.
7:45-7:50 a.m. All students have already arrived and are in their classrooms.
Late, negligent, and highly-stressed parents are now rushing themselves and
their children onto the campus.
7:50 a.m. Students are in their seats ready-to-go. The bell rings.
Teachers take attendance and send records to the office.
7:50-8:15 a.m. Late students report to office before going to class. They receive passes.
2:25 p.m. Kindergarten & 1st graders wait for pickup outside or go to day care.
2:30 p.m. 2nd & 3rd grades wait outside or enter day care.
2:40 p.m. 4th & 5th grades wait outside or enter day care.
2:50 p.m. 6th-8th grades wait outside or enter day care.
3:00 p.m. Students who are still on campus report to supervised day care, sports,
Heavenly Harmonies, clubs, detention, etc.
No one stays “unsupervised”. No one leaves and then returns (even with parental permission).
Drop-in Day Care children are billed $15.
For Early Dismissal days, Drop-In Day Care children are billed $30.
Yes; it is required. Grades 5-8 students choose between choir or band. We teach these music classes at least 3 times per week. Both Band and Choir students are graded on practice, effort, attitude, and performance. Choir and Band have required performances, which are usually scheduled for Sundays.
Check our school calendar for the major Christmas, Combined Lutheran Schools, and Spring Concerts at:
recent changes are shown on the weekly newsletter at: http://osls-hawaii.org/Newsletter/ParentSaint.pdf .
We have 250 students with 14 full-time teachers and 1 full-time principal. Thus, we have an 18-1 student-teacher ratio, but one teacher is our computer teacher and one teacher is our music/afternoon preschool teacher; thus, we should actually take the 252/12 ratio, which gives us a 21/1 student-teacher ratio.
Our families profess a wide variety of faiths. We do however insist on sharing God's love and plans through His Word, the Scriptures. The faith that we are training our students to understand and accept is that we are sinners, God loves us, and we respond to His saving forgiveness. (The "God" we refer to is Jesus.)
We encourage all our families to know what we are teaching the students.
You may research the Lutheran faith further at:
We are a church school, created and administrated by Our Savior Lutheran Church. Our academic programming and results show our students' high success rates, our testing results, the alumni's achievements, and parents' evaluations. Nonetheless, we are not an "elitist" school, choosing only the most academically capable children; rather, we focus on integrity--articulating and living our faith; placing, teaching, and evaluating students; working and playing to the best of our abilities. We realistically know our needs for forgiveness and for our Savior, and we respond to all that He has given us. Thus, we offer the best curriculum and programs that we can, and our students also do the best they can, while we greatly value the differences among our students, families, and community.
We are fully accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation organization and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation process involves an intensive self-study, a visit by inspectors, and a long-range Action Plan to improve. Schools who voluntarily choose to seek accreditation are committed to continuous improvement, and these outside agencies provide the expertise, accountability, and assistance to help us effectively and efficiently do so.