Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

General Learner Outcomes

General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are the overarching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels. Observable behaviors, which are demonstrated in daily classroom activities, are evidence of GLOs. Student effort, work habits, and behavior are important.  They must also be evaluated separately from academic performance in the content areas.

The GLOs is an integral part of the Palisades Elementary School culture as the GLOs do not exist in isolation. The six GLOs are:

  • Self-directed Learner: The ability to be responsible for one's own learning
  • Community Contributor: The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together
  • Complex Thinker: The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
  • Quality Producer: The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products
  • Effective Communicator: The ability to communicate effectively
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology: The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically

Core Curriculum


Reading Wonders by McGraw Hill is a research-based Language Arts/Reading program, specifically designed for the Common Core State Standards. The program combines research-based instruction with new tools to meet today's challenges. It builds a strong reading foundation that helps students access complex text, finding. Students use text evidence and engage in collaborative conversations. Wonders also uses a range of diverse print and digital media. 


Ready Mathematics for grades K-5 addresses Common Core State Standards. Math discourse allows students to collaborate in problem-solving. It's an innovative program that fosters student thinking and reasoning skill that assesses deep understanding and skills.

Go Math! for grade 6 is a comprehensive math program designed for the Common Core State Standards in Math. Go Math! emphasizes critical areas and depth of understanding through interactive lessons and research-based instructional approaches. Best practices from around the world and differentiated instructional resources ensure success for all students.


Harcourt Science (© 2006) stimulates curiosity and student inquiry, and integrates powerful support for reading and science literacy. This program reaches all learners through various components and strategies for a range of instruction for different learning styles. It also reinforces learning through exciting visuals and digital components. 

Most of the science curriculum is guided by the selections in Reading Wonders. Teachers use a variety of texts and resources such as Mystery Science and BrainPOP. 

In grade 6, the Challenger Center is the focus for the fall semester. For the rest of the year, students use a variety of texts and resources to learn different topics. 


Kindergarten thru grade 3 uses The World Around Us  (MacMillan/McGraw Hill © 1995), an activity/text-based program. It offers solid instruction in history and geography, with a strong emphasis on citizenship, thinking skills, and economics. The curriculum connects the humanities and presents multicultural perspectives.

For grade 4, the curriculum focuses on Hawaiian Studies present and past via handouts and Hawaiians of Old (© 2002). 

Grade 5 uses America Will Be (Houghton Mifflin, © 1994). The text presents a chronological and in-depth study of significant events in U.S. history. 

Grade 6 uses A Message of Ancient Days. The text explores the ancient world from early and classical civilizations to the decline of the Roman Empire. Students also use National Geographic World History's Great Civilizations

Support Programs

Eligible students receive Special Education services in different environments: inclusion, pull out resource 

The English Learner Program helps to ensure that EL students whose are able to access the curriculum and programs. The EL Program's Mission is that students will meet state standards and develop English language proficiency. The student's language and culture are recognized as valuable resources for learning.

Tutoring is provided before, during, and after school to students who do not receive services from other programs. Teachers work with small groups of students on reading foundation skills. 

Resource Classes

Palisades Elementary's Resource schedule runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students attend classes in Hawaiiana, library, physical education, and ukulele. Grade levels attend these classes on a rotational basis.


Students use to learn about computer science. 


Students learn about Hawaiian culture through language, arts and crafts, and song.


Students read and learn about literature and science. They learn to use the electronic library catalog and how to do research papers. In the library, students support their classroom learning by using thinking maps. Book talks and read-alouds help students to choose books to read and they earn incentives for borrowing and reading books.


In PE, students develop skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship through games, sports, and individual activities. They work on building their physical fitness throughout the year. Students earn Physical Fitness medals by improving their long jump, arm hang/pull ups, running time, and sit-ups.


Students learn about rhythm, notes, and chords while they learn to strum the ukulele.

Other Classroom Programs


Basic health information such as hygiene, nutrition, and emotional well-being is covered in classes


Students learn music through ukulele and Hawaiiana and with their classroom teachers.  


In some grade levels, art is taught as a separate subject; in others, it is embedded into other subject areas. 


Teachers in all grade levels address health issues such as physical activity and nutrition.

Online Programs

i-READY All students use this software which pinpoints their needs in reading and math. Students learn and practice critical reading and math skills, and the lessons adjust to each student's ability level. 

KIDBIZ (ACHIEVE 3000) Students from Grades 2-6 read non-fiction text at their lexile levels. After reading the text, students answer questions that monitor comprehension, vocabulary mastery and higher-order thinking skills. They build critical cognitive skills by writing responses to open-ended questions.

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES Find out more about Board of Education Policy 101.13.

The Extras

*note: During the pandemic, only the JPO's continue to provide service to the school. They patrol campus. All other clubs have been put on hold. 


The Palisades Elementary School Chorus is a select group of students who enjoy singing and performing. The program is designed to enhance children's musical, creative, and expressive qualities. Chorus members learn the basic skills of singing, reading music, harmonizing, and moving to music. They develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures. They learn how music connects to people, places, and time. Chorus members develop increased self-confidence, self-discipline, and skills necessary for teamwork.

Cool Kids and Kinder Buddies

The three 6th grade classes are paired with the three kindergarten classes. Every morning, two 6th graders visit their kindergarten partner class and read to the younger students. They help with sight word lists, number recognition, and writing. They serve as role models for the younger students. 

Creative Minds

Fifth and sixth-grade students meet during lunch to do collaborative and individual projects for the school and themselves. They enter their creations to the Honolulu City and County Christmas Wreath Contest. They also socialize and build relationships. 

Homework Club

Homework Club, a group of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders meets after school to do homework before they go home. The focus of the Homework Club is to provide students a quiet environment for doing homework.


Fifth and sixth grade students try out for basketball and track. They compete against other elementary school teams from the Pearl City Complex. The events are held at Pearl City High School.

First Lego League and Palibots Robotics

In First Lego League Jr., students research, plan, build, program, and share a model based on different science topics. This year the topic is Mission Moon. Students design and explain ways humans could survive on the moon. Each December, teams from all over Hawaii share their projects at the First Lego League Jr. Expo. 

In the Palibots Robotics program, students build Lego robots and practice programming various missions.  They also research science topics and come up with innovative solutions to problems we face in the real world. They have fun and enjoy exploring the various aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)!

Junior Police Officers

JPO squads assist their peers and parents to cross the street safely, open car doors and patrol the campus. They work in rain or shine! Every April, the squad competes in the Honolulu City and County JPO Drill Competition. 

Science Olympiad

Fifth and sixth-grade teams compete in Science Olympiad. Events are based on science content and science processes. Students collaborate and solve problems as they build machines, increase their content knowledge, and explore a multitude of science topics.

Student Council

The Student Council leads Palisades students with integrity and stands as the role models of our school. They meet together weekly to plan activities such as the Halloween Parade, door decorating contests, and spirit week. They also coordinate charitable fund raisers like Pennies for Patients and the Hawaii Food Bank Drive. Students practice their leadership skills as they give the daily proclamation and conduct all of the school assemblies.

Ukulele After School

Ukulele After School is offered to 4th - 6th graders who enjoy playing and learning the ukulele. The mission of our after-school activity is for students to engage and collaborate in music through the ukulele. All students are welcomed to join our after-school activity to allow students to explore their musical interests. Students are taught how to strum and sing popular local and new songs. Students who are unable to purchase a ukulele borrow one from school and practice at home. We are looking forward to showcasing our talent at future school gatherings and community events.

2306 Auhuhu Street, Pearl City Hawaii 96782 (808) 307-4700
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