The seventh and eighth grades of the Kamehameha Secondary School officially became the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School in July of 2001. Since Fall 2012, the middle school provides instruction in a wall-less learning environment. This environment optimizes Hawaiian cultural knowing and understanding, 21st century learning skills, and middle school promising practice.
Students transition successfully from elementary to middle school when they feel a sense of belonging in their new environment. We nurture that feeling by placing students into learning teams. Each team of about 100 students has the same math, science, social studies and English teachers. This allows for cross-curriculum planning, and coordination of field trips and testing schedules. Teaming also builds stronger relationships among students and between students and teachers.