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The MCS Summer Programs offer full-summer, all-day options to families looking for a fun and enriching summer adventure for their children.  Our summer programs also offer the flexibility of selecting specific dates (within guidelines set forth in the MCS summer policies).

Summer programs are available for Preschool and Elementary students and for continuing Two Year-Old students, or Two Year-Olds enrolling for the upcoming school year.  Dates for the 2014 summer program are May 19-August 14, 2014 for the two year-old and 3-6 year-old preschool/kindergarten programs and June 9-August 14, 2014 for the elementary programs.  School will be closed on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day), Wednesday, June 11 (Kamehameha Day), and Friday, July 4 (Independence Day).

Download:   2014 SUMMER APPLICATION (limited spaces remaining)

2014 Elementary Program  (For students entering 1st through 5th grades)
June 9-August 14, 2014

Discover new worlds and learn more about our own island home this summer, at Montessori Community School! Our popular Summer Discoveries program offers elementary students the opportunity to expand their horizons, stretch their imaginations, and challenge their physical skills. Fun and fascinating field trips supplement and extend classroom activities.  With a curriculum divided into two-week sessions, students can experience the complete program or choose select, complementary sessions.

Elementary Summer Programs for:
Younger Elementary Students (entering 1st through 2nd grades)
Older Elementary Students (entering 3rd through 5th grades)

This Summer's Focus:  "Our Island Home"
Throughout their quest of discovery, in-depth studies will guide our young explorers to a greater understanding of these unique islands we call home.

Here are just a few of the topics that will be explored
in fascinating detail:

Our climate: weather, storms, the water cycle  *  Earth Studies

Volcano Studies  *  Native Hawaiian land animals  *  Native Hawaiian plants

Field studies at the Ho'omaluhia and Foster Botanical Gardens, Honolulu Zoo, Bishop Museum, and other weekly destinations and hikes round out this summer's adventures!

The Elementary Summer Curriculum will also include:
Writing Projects  *  Art Activities  *  Crafts
Cooking Projects  *  Drama
Swimming pool excursions (August sessions)
Weekly Excursions  *  "The Daily Running Program"

2014 Preschool & Kindergarten Program  (Ages 3-5 years)
May 19-August 14, 2014

(The summer preschool/kindergarten program is now closed to new students)
There’s so much for preschool-aged children to see, do, and learn in the Hawaiian Islands Explorers program this summer!  Our young explorers will learn about the natural world of the Hawaiian Islands, including the 'āina (land) and la'au (plants) of Hawai'i!  Fun and educational classroom activities will be supplemented by regular excursions and even a special guest speaker or two.

Here's just a small sample of what your Hawaiian Islands Explorer can look forward to this summer:

  • enjoying fascinating field trips, such as the Lyon Arboretum, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, a lo'i (taro patch), and more
  • digging into the world of volcanoes and the origins of the Hawaiian islands
  • discovering how living things arrived in Hawai'i 
  • learning about the ahupua'a, the unique Hawaiian system of land management
  • designing and creating fun and imaginative projects, such as leaf-print t-shirts -- a great souvenir of their summer at MCS!
  • flying handmade kites at a breezy park . . .
    . . . and so much more!

2014 Two Year-Old Program  (Ages 2-3 years)
May 19-August 14, 2014

Love, Warmth, Security, & Fun are key aspects of the Montessori Community School Two Year-Old program for children ages 2 to 3 years. Children in diapers are accepted.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The Two Year-Old summer program is only for continuing MCS students or new students who will be entering the MCS fall program.


ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS - Summer Discoveries

(June 9 – August 14, 2014)



Full Summer
June 9 - August 14



Selected Sessions

June 9 - June 20



June 23 - July 3



July 7 - July 18



July 21 - August 1



August 4 - August 14




(May 19 – August 14, 2014) 

(The summer preschool/kindergarten program is now closed to new students)



Full Summer

Pro-rated Weekly Rate*














Only for current Two Year-Olds, or new students continuing with MCS in the fall.

(May 19 – August 14, 2014)



Full Summer

Pro-rated Weekly Rate*














*The Pro-rated Weekly Rate is used to calculate partial summer enrollment tuition for the Two Year Old and Preschool/Kindergarten programs only. A minimum one-week enrollment is required for current MCS students, and a minimum of four consecutive week's enrollment is required for new students. Partial summer enrollment using the Pro-rated Weekly Rate is available on a space-available basis only.

School will be closed on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day), Wednesday, June 11 (Kamehameha Day), and Friday, July 4 (Independence Day).

Special Information for International Students
Montessori Community School often enrolls international students in our summer programs. Our programs provide students an opportunity to experience local and American culture, language, and curriculum. However, parents should be aware that we do not provide specific English language instruction, and classes are conducted entirely in English.  Please see the program description below for specific entry requirements.

(for children 6 to 11 years of age entering grades 1 through 5):
Our elementary summer program offers a blend of classroom instruction, with a particular focus on hands-on math and science activities as well as writing, art and cooking projects, and outdoor activities such as hikes, a daily run, and frequent off-campus excursions.  Students who enroll in our summer elementary program must be currently enrolled in an international school, where classroom instruction is conducted in English.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (for children 3-6 years of age):
The program for preschool 3-6 year-olds focuses on nature studies, with a wide array of hands-on activities in the classroom as well as weekly off-campus excursions.  Students who enroll in our summer preschool program do not need to be able to speak fluent English, but for safety's sake and for the child to have a positive experience in our program, he or she must at least understand, follow directions, and express basic wants and needs in English.

Here are some further points to keep in mind:

* Formal English language instruction is not part of our summer curriculum.

* In the elementary program, most activities involve reading and writing in English. Other curriculum areas, such as math, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities would be less dependent upon the English language. Students will receive maximum benefits from our elementary program if they have some basic English reading and writing skills.

* For their safety, all international students should also have an adequate understanding of basic English so they can follow rules and guidelines, both at school and also while attending off-campus excursions.

* Parents should also be able to communicate to the faculty and staff in English, without the assistance of a translator.  In cases of emergency, or even to explain daily classroom routines and schedules, it is critical that our staff be able to clearly communicate important information to the child's parents in a timely manner.

Summer Program Requirements for International Students

In addition to the admission criteria for all applicants, international students are considered for admission to Montessori Community School based upon the dynamics of the classroom and the student’s fluency with the English language.  Limited spaces are available for international students.  We do not offer an ESL (English as a Second Language) program, nor do we provide specific English language instruction. All international students must also be legally residing in the United States. We do not issue I-9 certificates; in general, students fall under their parents’ visa status.

Requirements for International Students

Proof of a negative tuberculin (t.b.) test is required for all new students (Mantoux skin test or chest x-ray; a tine test is not acceptable).  The test must have been completed within one year prior to Hawaii school entry, i.e. within one year of your child's starting date at MCS, and must be performed by a licensed U.S. health practitioner (i.e. M.D., D.O., A.P.R.N., or P.A.)

1. Please be aware that there is a time delay necessary to achieve the final results of the tuberculin skin test. You should allow at least two days from the day the test is administered for the results to be read. We cannot admit a child until the test has been read by a local, U.S. (Hawaii) health official, and the t.b. test results must be negative.

2. If the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray must be taken and the result must be negative. 

3. If your child has received an international tuberculosis vaccine (the BCG), the results of a skin test taken in Hawaii will probably be positive. A follow-up chest x-ray will then be required for clearance. If you choose to have the t.b. test administered at a free State Health Clinic, such as Lanakila Health Center, your child must have the skin test first. If the skin test is positive, your child will need a chest x-ray for clearance. If you take the test at a State-run clinic, this procedure is required by law so you should allow for the additional delay.

4. If you wish to decrease the waiting time, you may visit a private physician. Take your child’s health records to the physician so he or she can verify that your child received the t.b. vaccine. The physician can bypass the skin test and administer the chest x-ray immediately. You will receive the results faster, but you will be charged for the physician’s services.

Please have all required records translated into English.

The Emergency Information and Release Form must list local (Hawaii) telephone numbers and addresses.

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