REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF REP. GENE WARD – Rep. Gene Ward (R – Hawai‘i Kai-Kalama Valley) announced that Hahaione Elementary School in Hawaii Kai was authorized to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School making the Kaiser complex (Kaiser High School, Niu Valley Middle School, Hahaione Elementary School) the first public school complex in the State to offer the IB World School Programme grades K-12.
The IB Programme is a coveted status for schools around the world. The curriculum emphasizes and highlights the importance of international awareness and responsible citizenship for students. Its world class curriculum prepares students for college that includes the speaking of a foreign language before high school graduation.
“Congratulations to Principal Cindy Giorgis, her faculty, staff and students at Hahaione Elementary for their hard work and dedication in earning their school this designation last week and making Kaiser a full IB complex. I also owe a heartfelt handshake to Mr. John Sosa, Principal of Kaiser High School, for being a prime mover to put the Kaiser complex of schools as the first IB Programme complex in the entire State of Hawaii.” Ward said.
In 2012, Kaiser High School graduated its first cohort of IB Diploma Programme candidates, with 22 earning the prestigious IB diploma.
“Kaiser is now the first complex in the State that will prepare our keiki from kindergarten to high school graduation in intensive academic programs that will guarantee that our graduates are competitive nationally and internationally,” Ward concluded.