HONOLULU — In the midst of a school year like no other, Hawai‘i families and educators are safely spotlighting education options during School Choice Week 2021, which is this week.
Hawai‘i families, schools and organizations are hosting 79 virtual or at-home celebrations during the week. Among these will be a series of virtual “Hawai‘i Education Exploration” activities, including a live board-game session over Zoom and an online teacher-appreciation day.
Taking place annually since 2011, School Choice Week is America’s largest celebration of educational choice.
While typically the week is packed with large, in-person events, school-choice advocates have adapted to this year’s health and safety protocols, opting for drive-thru scavenger hunts, virtual information sessions and showcases, online contests, drive-in movie screenings and more. Across the country, more than two dozen iconic U.S. landmarks and notable buildings are being lit up in special colors to mark the week.
“When families choose from different quality educational offerings in Hawai‘i, they select the learning environment that best matches their values and heritage,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.
“This week is an opportunity to show gratitude for great schools in Hawai‘i and work toward more personalized learning options for all families.”
In Hawai‘i, there are a variety of educational options available, including traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, online schools and homeschooling.
Hawai‘i families are raising awareness about these choices at their virtual celebrations, which make up some of the more than 33,000 planned nationwide to spotlight education options in grades kindergarten to 12.
To download a guide to Hawai‘i school choice, use the Schools Near Me tool to search for schools, or see celebration photos and proclamation updates at schoolchoiceweek.com/hawai‘i.