We seek to inculcate a sense of belonging for our students, employees and families on our campus. Empathy, collaboration, creativity, innovation, social responsibility, global awareness and moral leadership are central to our institutional culture, and we inspire a lifelong sense of personal and public purpose in our graduates. Our educational spaces foster collaboration and build community.The Academy Learning Commons will offer a full continuum of modernized teaching and learning resources as well as social spaces to strengthen our community. We envision the building as:

  • A hub of creativity, innovation and collaboration
  • Technological and creative resources to turn inquiry into meaningful work and problem-solving for real audiences
  • Student-centered spaces, increasing indoor and covered outdoor gathering areas
  • Learning from experts and mentors from the world outside school

The Cooke Library Collection of books and resources will be housed in a bright, modernized open space with meeting space intermingled. New clerestory windows will maximize natural light and create more inviting spaces for groups as well as individual, quiet study.

The Cafe is envisioned as a gathering space designed to foster engagement, collaboration, intersection and connection among students and faculty. Space for our students and faculty to interact and share food as they socialize or study is currently lacking on our campus. These thoughtfully designed gathering areas will help to better connect our community.

Updated and expanded space for our School Archives and rare book Hawaiiana collection will be housed on the lower floor, providing educational opportunities and state-of-the-art digital and hard copy access to our rich history.

“I look forward to being able to study in a nice, relaxing and peaceful environment in the new ALC. I imagine that it will feel like a place where everyone is welcome to study and relax. I hope to be productive in the new Learning Commons so I can have the best senior year possible.”

Riley Mishina ’26