SEEQS, a new public charter middle school in Kaimuki, offers an interdisciplinary project-based, community-based, tuition-free secondary school experience for Oahu families.
The SEEQS program integrates powerful core learning in math, science, social studies, English and the arts with project-based experiences that allow students to make use of what they have learned in real-life situations.
SEEQS parents say:
"The education my child receives at SEEQS mirrors the real world. I feel she is getting a much broader sense of her surroundings which includes learning, as well as social engagement. The real world doesn't function like today's classrooms, and the educators at SEEQS understand this and strive to give our kids a leg up by offering course-based learning for the real world. I feel extremely fortunate to have my child be a student at this one-of-a-kind school!."
"My child likes going to school. I think the school gives him independence and more freedom than other schools. He is very proud to be a SEEQer."
"I love the school community and the communication among faculty, students, and families. The school provides opportunities for families to become involved. It's very empowering."
"At SEEQS they have to process essential questions & really work towards solutions that make a difference. They are learning to be proactive & life long learners."
The SEEQS facility is located at 845 22nd Ave. in the Kaimuki/Kahala area. An open floor plan and outdoor learning spaces encourages communication and collaboration among students, faculty, and mentors during classes and project periods.
SEEQS curriculum is rooted in Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the same standards used throughout the state and nation. Both content and projects are assessed through standards of practice using rubrics developed with Envision Schools and aligned to CCSS and NGSS. Skills and content-knowledge are interwoven throughout both subject area learning and real-world projects. Philosophy for Children Hawaii (p4c) is used throughout the school to promote intellectual safety, sense of community, critical thinking and inquiry.
SEEQS values are reflected in the way we spend our time each day. Students begin the day with physical activity to wake the body and mind. 75-minute content blocks allow students to dig deep into math, social studies, science, English. Arts classes follow a lunch break. The day wraps up with a two-hour EQS block in which students apply concepts from core academic classes to explore Essential Questions of Sustainability.