Mililani Waena Elementary School

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Academic Focus


Language Arts

McGraw Hill Wonders Digital Curriculum is used as a base resource for instruction for grades K-5. McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Program is a curriculum adopted by the Department of Education. This program provides instruction for reading foundational skills, accessing complex text, finding and using text evidence, and engaging in collaborative conversations. All students can access the resource digitally or in print form. However, grade levels supplement instruction with trade books, Reading A-Z, and other reading resources to meet the needs of all learners. Guided reading, shared reading, and close reading approaches are emphasized in all grade levels. Our school-wide writing curriculum utilizes Write from the Beginning and Beyond format with an emphasis on Thinking Maps for Learning.



Origo Stepping Stones is our primary math program. However, grade levels use iReady and iXL to augment math instruction to differentiate learning. The Problem Solver is utilized to develop math reasoning and constructive response lessons focusing on math problem solving skills. In addition to Common Core State Standards, students will develop their understanding of the eight Mathematical Practices.


  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning



Our school has a dedicated science lab to promote hands-on experiments that apply the Scientific Inquiry process and the Engineering Design Process. Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits are available for grade level use. Our school focuses on "sticky" learning through Understanding by Design, Science Technology Engineering and Math, and Problem Based Learning units to make learning relevant and prepare students for the 21st century as critical thinkers, collaborative communicators, problem solvers, and innovators.


Social Studies

Each grade level utilizes primary sources and activities that help address Hawaii Content Performance Standards III benchmarks appropriate to their grade level.