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Jan232013

Honolulu Waldorf School Receives Arts Excellence Award from Hawaii Arts Alliance

On Tuesday, January 22, the Hawaii Arts Alliance presented the Honolulu Waldorf School the 2012 Arts Excellence Award for Elementary Schools to recognize the school for teaching the arts as disciplines and integrating them into other subjects. The award is open to all public, charter and independent schools within the state. This marks the ninth time since 1994 that Honolulu Waldorf School has received this award. Honolulu Waldorf School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, independent school serving 300 students from Early Childhood to Grade 12 offering a developmentally appropriate, academically rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates art, music, movement and language. The lower school is located in Niu Valley and the high school occupies oceanfront property in nearby Aina Haina.

The Hawaii Arts Alliance selects schools to receive the award based on the following criteria:

  • Teach standards-based fine arts lessons in music, dance, visual arts and drama.

  • Integrate the arts into other academic subjects. True integration involves rigorous

    instruction. The lesson covers fine arts standards and other content area standards,

    and includes assessment and reflection in both areas.

  • Are supported by administration, teachers and parents who are committed to

    providing arts in education.

    This year’s award includes a $1,000 grant to be used by the Honolulu Waldorf School for arts in education projects or programs to benefit the school. The school is honored to receive this recognition from the Hawaii Arts Alliance and will support arts education in its curriculum.