Deaf Hard of Hearing (D/HH)
At Waimalu Elementary, we support Deaf/Hard of Hearing students residing in the Central and Leeward Districts through a Total Communication program. Spoken English and Sign Language are used to allow students full access to information depending on their individual language needs. The department consists of trained teachers, speech/language pathologists, educational assistants, paraprofessionals, and other support service providers, including sign language interpreters.
English Language Learner (ELL)
We have a diverse student population here at Waimalu and for some, English is not their first language. Our school provides instruction for students who have limited English proficiency. Students who may be English-limited are tested for proficiency when they first enter school. The results help our school decide what kind of English language support is best for each child. Our ELL program also supports the parents of our ELL students so that they will be able to connect with our school. Together, we help our children grow socially, as well as academically.
Gifted and Talented (GT)
Students in grades 2-6 who are identified as Gifted and Talented through screening assessments will receive differentiated enrichment activities in English Language Arts through their general education class. Students are nominated and evaluated using several formal assessments. Nominations are accepted in the 2nd semester, with evaluations done at the beginning of the following school year.
Resource Class Articulation (RCA)
RCA stands for Resource Class/Articulation. Students attend resource classes according to their grade level scheduled days. On these days, students will attend the following classes: