The Present ELC Campus
The new Mary, Star of the Sea ELC campus was built over the same grounds of the original rectory and convent and was completed in December 2003. We opened our doors at our new location in January 2004.
The campus was designed to be an aesthetically-pleasing environment with an open-air feel. All areas are spacious and integrate out-doors to in-doors with natural foliage and plants in every area. Each class room is designed for climate control and as an optimal learning environment. Desks or tables and chairs are located in the central part of the room, while educational materials, toys and tasks surround.
All classes provide areas for language and reading skills, fine and large motor skills, music, art, language, and self care help. Tasks, educational materials and toys are changed monthly and quarterly. Two out-door playgrounds accommodate both the toddler division and the preschool/kindergarten areas.
Each playground features special shade cover and artificial field turf to protect against sun or rain. The playgrounds are spacious and offer age-appropriate swings, jungle gyms and toys. The larger, re-designed preschool/kindergarten playground also features space for running, soccer and other sports play which both the toddler and preschool keiki utilize in after-school day care.
Throughout the year, with the aide of the children, we decorate our campus appropriately for local and national holidays. (Due to Covid 19 Protocols, the number of students have been reduced and social distancing procedures are practiced for the safety of Students and Staff.)
Families whose children are enrolled at the ELC can also have peace of mind as it has been designed with security in mind, featuring a passcode-only entry, a front entrance intercom camera, 48 security cameras located throughout the school, and secure entries and exits for parents and staff. There are two security monitors, one located in the front office and the other in an administrative office. The school also implements the Connect-Ed emergency notification process for parents for weather and island-wide emergencies as well as individual urgent messages. Additional information on security and emergency procedures is also on the Parent Handbook [PDF].