FAQ

HSA FAQ

How will I know what is happening during my child's day?

You are always welcome to call during the day and are invited to visit as well. Also, parents/guardians will receive a specialized Daily Activity Report at the end of the day. Each teacher will detail the events of your child’s day including: naptime length, what portion of the lunch was eaten, diaper or potty training information, etc. Your child’s teacher will also describe all of the fun activities that your child participated in and there will always be a little note regarding a special moment of your child’s day. Every moment counts and we want to be sure that we share every one of these moments!!!

May I visit my child during the day?

Absolutely! Please kindly notify either school administration or your child’s teacher and we will make the arrangements necessary.

How will I know that my child is safe while I am at work?

Hawaii Stream Academy is committed to the safety and security of the children and staff. In addition to formal security, administration and staff provide the most effective security – that of a personal nature. Visitors are required to present identification and register in Visitor Logs. Alternate caregivers, authorized by children’s parents, must present identification and password information.

May I visit my child during the day?

Absolutely! Please kindly notify either school administration or your child’s teacher and we will make the arrangements necessary.

Will my child be challenged academically at Hawaii Stream Academy?

Yes. At Hawaii Stream Academy, we think the best academic preparation is to encourage your child’s enthusiasm for learning. Teachers who have a keen interest in your child’s success create lesson plans based on Creative Curriculum and monthly themes. By providing individual attention in a small group setting, HSA teachers nurture each child’s confidence. Learning to ask questions, discovering cause and effect, negotiating fair play, exploring, and making new friends are all academic building blocks at HSA.

Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?

Yes.  Our way of teaching, by having the students learn how to learn, prepares them for success in Kindergarten and beyond.  They will build the foundation for literacy, math, science, creative, motor and social skills they will need to do well in later schooling.  The difference is that the skills are taught in the context of what is interesting to the children.

How do Hawaii Stream Academy teachers prepare for the classroom setting?

Our faculty is made up of warm, passionate and nurturing teachers with a combination of formal education and experience.

Hawaii Stream Academy teachers are:
· Selected for their ability to engage children warmly in the learning process through the use of effective, engaging, and unique lesson plans.
· Required to fulfill education and/or experience requirements.
· Provided opportunities for on-going professional development.
· Required to participate in HSA community-involved events.
· Required to excel in patience, kindness, and compassion.
· Current in CPR and First Aid Certification

Do children go outside every day?

Although we do not have an outdoor play area on site, we do take the children on regular weekly walks to the nearby playground for exploration and play, weather permitting. Our fresh island air is something we should certainly enjoy!   

What security measures are taken when releasing children?

With a parent or guardian’s permission only, a child may be released to an alternate caregiver who presents two forms of identification (one must be a picture ID).

What is your child-teacher ratio?

The Hawaii state regulation allows a teacher-child ratio for children 6 weeks-12 months at 1:4, children 12mo – 24 mo. at 1:5, children 18 mo. – 36 mo. at 1:6 and children 36 mo. – 60 mo. at 1:16. At Hawaii Stream Academy, our standards involve much more than meeting minimum licensing requirements and we commonly do better than this minimum ratio.  Small group lessons and even one-on-one attention is available to our students throughout the day.

What are your hours of Operation?

Hawaii Stream Academy is open Monday through Friday. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Before school care (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.) and after school care (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.) is available; additional charges may apply.

Does my child need to be here all day? When can I pick up my child?

No.  You are welcome to pick your child up early; please discuss any change in plans with your child’s teachers.

Do you offer part-time schedules?

We offer a full-time schedule, with a standard tuition rate for all students in a class.

Do you run on a 12-month or 10-month calendar? Do I need to pay tuition for the entire year?

Children 6 weeks – 36 months are able to attend on a month-to-month basis.
Hawaii Stream Academy runs a 10-month program for ages 3 and up and parents are responsible for tuition from the first day of school through July 31 of the school year.  Parents who withdraw a child for an extended period of time (e.g. vacation) are still required to pay for those months.  All deposits, fees and tuition are non-refundable.

What are the age requirements for children entering preschool?

Boys must turn 3 or 4 before June 30, 2013.
Girls must turn 3 or 4 before September 30, 2013.

How does your tuition compare with other local preschools?

Hawaii Stream Academy is a year round program. We charge an annual registration fee. Our registration fee is much lower than most preschools. Our tuition is reasonably priced in comparison to other quality private preschools around the nation, while providing a number of additional enrichment classes that other schools charge extra for, or simply do not offer.

What is unique or special about your school?

Hawaii Stream Academy focuses not only on social and emotional skills, child development, and academics, but on children’s passionate interests. When a child is capable and encouraged to question, explore ideas and make connections, extraordinary things happen. Our children love to learn! With the help of trained staff and involved parents, children who attend HSA achieve results that are often quite exemplary. We generally find these children to be self-motivated learners, well prepared with a sturdy foundation in academics and problem-solving skills.

What is your approach to discipline?

We believe in “positive discipline,” which focuses on good behavior rather than bad, and follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices set by the National Association for the Education of Children (NAEYC).  While some behaviors are typical for a specific “age and stage,” we recognize that children learn appropriate social behaviors at different rates.  With that in mind, we observe and make individual behavior plans when necessary.  As children get older, we encourage them to resolve conflicts on their own, building social skills and self-confidence in difficult, emotional situations.

What ages of children do you serve?

Hawaii Stream Academy begins at age 6 months goes through 3 years old.

Do you provide food?

Hawaii Stream Academy and our USDA approved partners provide well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks. Meals are served with milk to assure that all children meet their nutritional needs. Snack times are mid-morning and early afternoon after naptime.

Would I be allowed to visit the facility during school hours?

Yes, you will be able to observe our classrooms in session. Please call the school to schedule a tour at (808) 426-6637.

What are your enrollment procedures and policies?

After having browsed our website, you may call to answer any questions that you may still have. We have an “open door” policy for school tours or you can call and make an appointment for you and your child with the program director.

How do I go about enrolling my child?

At the end of your school tour, we can discuss your best course of action. You may choose to place a deposit (registration fee) and take home the enrollment packet to complete. Your child may enroll any time during the year, as long as there is space available, or will be placed on a waiting list. A child is not officially enrolled in Hawaii Stream Academy until the registration fee is received. We also have the option to decline enrollment for a child if our staff or physician determines that our environment is unlikely to meet that child’s needs.

What should I do if my child is still too young or not yet ready to start in your program?

You may secure your child’s space by placing a deposit (registration fee) and completing the enrollment packet. This allows Hawaii Stream Academy to save your child’s space for your planned start date. We look forward to having you as a part of our growing family.

Does my child need to be toilet-trained? (for children 2 and older)

No.  We understand that most two-year olds are not yet toilet trained.  When your child is ready, we work closely with the parent and child to toilet train the child in a consistent, calming, encouraging manner. We celebrate success and keep a positive upbeat attitude when the child has an “accident.” The parent and school should follow a consistent and similar schedule, or the child’s training will be erratic.  Your child’s teachers will keep you posted on progress.

How would you keep me informed of my child's progress?

Hawaii Stream Academy provides several avenues of communication for keeping abreast of your child’s progress. Some of these avenues include informal daily communication between staff members and parents. A specialized Daily Activity Report will be given at the end of each school day. Parents may arrange for a Formal parent-teacher conference at any time. Observation of your child’s class is another option. Parents are always welcome to call with additional questions or concerns.

Will my child move to an older class during the year?

In general, we do not move children from one class to the next except at the end of the school year in August.  They stay with children their own age and have a greater opportunity to bond with their teachers and form friendships with the other children of the class.

How often do you clean the classrooms?

To decrease the spread of illnesses and germs, general housekeeping chores are part of the teachers’ daily routine and toys are sanitized often.  A professional cleaning crew also takes care of cleaning, vacuuming and mopping on a nightly basis.  They also clean rugs/carpets and wax the floors as needed.

What’s the age span of the children in the classrooms?

In our youngest classes, the age span is about three – six months.  The span increases with each class, and the largest span is in the Pre-K, where the children may be up to 11 months apart in age.

Teacher-Student Ratios

What is your child-teacher ratio?

The Hawaii state regulation allows a teacher-child ratio for children 6 weeks-12 months at 1:4, children 12mo – 24 mo. at 1:5, children 18 mo. – 36 mo. at 1:6 and children 36 mo. – 60 mo. at 1:16. At Hawaii Stream Academy, our standards involve much more than meeting minimum licensing requirements and we commonly do better than this minimum ratio.  Small group lessons and even one-on-one attention is available to our students throughout the day.