‘EWA BEACH K - 5
WAIPAHU GRADES 7 & 8
DIVE DEEPER INTO PROJECTS OUT IN THE FIELD
Learning the pbHTA way
pb stands for place-based. That’s because our pbHTA students’ academic material is covered while working on projects at our community partner sites around the island. They have published books, made movies, designed and painted murals, organized beach clean-ups, enacted public awareness and change, and much more.
It is clear to our pbHTA students why they are learning something because they see it being directly applied. When we built an outdoor stage at Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village, students naturally used their math skills as they designed, measured, and hammered.
This kind of learning can really resonate with students, particularly those who find more meaning in hands-on experiences. It has been shown to improve content mastery, communication and collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.
pbHTA is at ‘Ewa Beach & Waipahu
pbHTA is offered at our ‘Ewa Beach elementary and Waipahu middle school. The program operates independently from our campus-based blended program with its own enrollment and schedule. Students spend some days in the classroom or doing independent work at home, but the power of pbHTA is when they are learning out in the field.
We asked our middle school students what they love about pbHTA
Filmed, directed, and edited by Serenity Dimatulac, HTA Class of 2023