Apply by January 31, 2020
Kamehameha Schools’ preschool program was started early in the 1980s with just 9 locations. Today, KS has 29 preschools statewide, with 85 classrooms serving both 3 and 4-year-olds. Kamehameha Schools has preschools on the islands of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and Kaua‘i and serves about 1,600 keiki annually.
The Pauahi Keiki Scholarship Option
The Pauahi Keiki Scholarship program provides need-based financial assistance to children attending participating preschools in Hawai‘i (other than a Kamehameha Schools preschool). For a list of participating non-Kamehameha preschools click here.
Kamehameha’s regular preschool program and the Pauahi Keiki Scholarship program were created so that parents and their keiki have multiple options for preschool, to ensure that as many Native Hawaiian children as possible are able to benefit from preschool.
Residency requirements apply to the applicant and his/her parents/legal guardians, all of whom must be legal residents of the island and physically residing on the island served by the preschool to which they are applying as of January 31, 2020.
If the applicant’s parents/legal guardians are not married and/or are living in separate homes, the physical residence of the applicant’s primary custodial parent/guardian and the island on which the applicant actually lives will determine his/her residence.
Children may apply to any preschool located on the island on which they reside.
NOTE TO O‘AHU PARENTS: Because it is anticipated that KS preschools located in Honolulu will be in high demand by parents who commute to work, KS will reserve 90% of spaces at Honolulu region preschools for keiki who live from Pearl City to Hawai`i Kai.
Age Eligibility for the 2020-2021 School Year: To complete the Preschool application your child’s birth certificate must be on file with the Kamehameha Schools Hoʻoulu Verification Services (HVS) to show your child meets the age eligibility below.
Children who were born between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.
Children who were born between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.
*Preschool applicants will need to submit their original birth certificate to the Kamehameha Schools Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS) to validate their age. Until the applicant’s birth certificate is submitted to HVS, their application for admission is considered incomplete.
For more information, you may contact the HVS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ksbe.edu/datacenter for contact information and locations near you
The ideal candidate for Kamehameha Schools’ Preschool Program
Keiki who enroll in Kamehameha Schools’ Preschool Program should be able to demonstrate the following behaviors with or without accommodation:
- Fully toilet trained
- Able to dress/undress self
- Able to feed self with fork/spoon and drink from a cup
- Independently mobile
- Able to understand and follow simple one-step directions
- Able to demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior towards other children and adults
- Able to communicate with classmates, teachers, administrators and others as needed
School Year and Hours of Operation
Kamehameha preschools operate for 10 months a year (August-May). Preschools are either full day or modified day programs:
Approximate start time: between 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Approximate end time: between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Approximate start time: between 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
End time: 3:30 p.m.
KS Preschool Listing for SY 2020-2021
Click here for: KS Preschool Listing for SY 2020-2021
KS preschools are closed for holidays, seasonal breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring) parent-teacher conferences, and on teacher work days.
To see preschool tuition for the 2020-2021 school year, click here. Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year will be published on our website once it becomes available.
Admission to all preschools is by random computer selection (lottery). Only applicants who meet the January 31st priority deadline are included in the initial lottery.
Late applications may be submitted, however, late applicants will not be considered for admission unless all “on-time” applicants in the initial lottery are offered admission and spaces are still available.
If all applicants included in the initial lottery are selected, late applicants will be considered to fill any additional vacancies according to the date their application was received by Admissions.
Click here for a list of the KS Preschool sites accepting LATE applications for SY 2020-2021. Late application deadline is May 31, 2020.