Kamehameha currently has 30 preschools statewide. These are community preschools with specific boundaries for eligibility. Click here for a list of preschools with their location and the areas served.
Who May Apply to Preschool for the 2017-2018 School Year
Children who were born between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.
Children who were born between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.
Residency requirements apply to the applicant and his/her parents/legal guardians, all of whom must be legal residents of the State of Hawai`i as of January 31, 2017. Island or community-specific residence is further required, depending on the preschool to which the child is applying.
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, as well as the community in which the applicant attends preschool (if appropriate), will determine his/her residence and eligibility.
All 3- and 4-year-old Children Who Apply Must Be:
- Fully toilet trained
- Able to dress/undress self
- Able to feed self with fork/spoon and drink from a cup
- Able to understand and follow simple one-step directions
- Able to separate from parents/primary caregiver with minimal disruption
- Independently mobile
- Able to demonstrate safe behaviors which do not pose a direct threat to self and others
School Year and Hours of Operation: Kamehameha preschools operate for 10 months a year (August-May). In general, preschool instruction is 6 hours a day. The extended day program is offered at most preschool sites for an additional fee, which begins when the preschool closes and ends between 5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The preschools are closed for holidays, breaks – Fall, Winter, and Spring, parent-teacher conferences, and on teacher work days.
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.