Engaging Students, Parents, and Our Community
Kona School recognizes that our most essential stakeholders are our students and their families. According to research published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to be successful in school. Specifically, they tend to earn higher grades, score better on tests, have increased attendance, demonstrate superior social skills with adults and peers, have higher graduation rates, and even pursue post-secondary degrees more often.
Community engagement is cultivated through Project-Based Learning. Student work now has value outside the classroom, so there are genuine opportunities for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to guest lecture, form mentorship relationships, and even provide internships. This engagement adds value to the learning process by promoting connections between students and those outside the classroom.
To engage families fully, Kona School follows the framework of parent involvement developed by Joyce Epstein, PhD, of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University. This structure assists in developing school and family partnerships by focusing on parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, shared decision-making, and community collaboration.
 A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement, by Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp (Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002).
 Epstein, J.L. (1992) School and Family Partnerships