The State Public Charter School Commission has approved Goodwill Hawaii’s application to open a charter school in West Oahu for students in grades 9–12.

Goodwill Hawaii announced Monday that the Kapolei Charter School by Goodwill Hawaii is set to open next July. Enrollment will begin in 2017.

“We are extremely pleased with the charter school commission’s decision and excited for the opportunity to provide a first-class educational alternative for West Oahu families,” Laura Smith, Goodwill Hawaii president and CEO, said in a statement. “The idea for the Kapolei Charter School began because of the limited options available to students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.”

The school’s curriculum is being modeled after Goodwill Education Initiatives’ Excel Centers, which focus on college and career readiness and a coaching platform designed to address barriers that impede a student’s continued educational success.

Students will be assigned an academic life coach who will help them establish and follow a personalized education plan. In addition to taking the traditional academic courses required to receive a high school diploma, students will have the opportunity to earn ready-to-use industrial certifications and/or college education credits to prepare them to enter the workforce.

The school will be located at the 30,000-square-foot Ohana Career and Learning Center at 2140 Lauwilwili St., adjacent to the Goodwill Kapolei store and donation center.

This article originated from BizJournals; written by  ; and published August 15, 2016

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