The preparation for high school, college, and career begins in the middle-level grades at Maryknoll. Our faculty and staff help each student hone his or her talents. Rigorous academics in core subject areas challenge students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Our students also develop an increased sense of independence and personal responsibility and prepare for matriculation to our high school programs.
Teachers encourage and support growth.
Students participate in a wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities that encourage physical, intellectual, psychological, social, and moral growth, allowing them to discover new interests, skills, and competencies. Students study the history of our state, country, and world in both ancient and modern times. They grow in their relationship with God through prayer, retreats, and studies of the liturgical year, the Old and New Testament, and by continuing participation in service opportunities, modeling the path started by our founders, the Maryknoll Sisters. Teachers assign high-level reading and writing projects and encourage students to present their work using various types of media. Students who have a passion for mathematics may take high school level 8th-grade Algebra, where they receive Maryknoll High School credit for successful course completion.
Progressive electives in Band, Music Ministry, Visual Arts, and Creative Media enable students to express themselves through Creative Arts. Students also participate in quarter and semester-long electives such as Hawaiian Culture, Filipino Culture, and Theater Arts. Middle-level students participate in weekly advisory sessions, which foster positive peer relationships and support social-emotional learning.
Students are encouraged to join a few of the many extra-curricular on-campus clubs. Some examples are Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Yearbook, and Student Council. Exciting middle-level co-curricular class trips include Hawaii Island, Laie, and Washington, D.C., which bring social studies lessons to life.
Physical education and personal wellness go together with a holistic and well-rounded educational experience. Students can also participate in extra-curricular athletics through the Christian School Athletic League (CSAL) for grade 6 and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) for grades 7-8.