Professional Development

Kahili Adventist School is accredited by the National Council for Private Education, the North American Division Seventh-day Adventist Department of Education, and is a member of the Hawaiian Association of Independent Schools. All teachers are degreed and certified, and are required to continue their professional development on a yearly basis.

During the first two weeks of school, teachers review and evaluate their current students. This time is also used to prepare students for the rigors of their strong academic load for the school year. At the end of those two weeks, the faculty and staff attend a two day retreat, where together they reevaluate their current class strengths and weaknesses, and update their year long plan to fit the needs of their present students. In addition they spend time with other professional educators to encourage the development of teacher-to-teacher networking and collegial support.
Throughout the year, teachers meet one afternoon a week for the sole purpose of improving instruction, sharing teaching strategies, and collaborating on ways to best help students, especially those who are either struggling or needing additional challenges.

ITBS (IOWA Test of Basic Skills) are administered during the first quarter of the school year. Testing outcomes are used by teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness, and the curriculum is modified accordingly. In addition, curriculum-based assessments are used on a regular basis to help identify students who need to be offered either re-teaching or enrichment activities. These students are tracked for consideration of learning enrichment, tutoring, or after-school homework assistance.