There is not a "one size fits all" learning approach for every student. Therefore our programs are designed to augment current educational practices with the unique culture of our Pacific Islander students. Studies have shown that students perform better academically when they feel connected to their learning environment through cultural learning.
youth and young adults leadership
The future of our Pacific Island communities is in the hands of our younger generation. Preparing our youth and young adults for the challenges and the uncertainty of the future is fundamentally important for the preservation of our history and heritage. Developing and teaching confident and respectable young leaders our morals and values will establish a just society for all.
arts and culture
Our Arts and Culture programs interconnect our Pacific Island culture with the standard educational practices to assist our students to remain engaged in their education and to improve their academic successes.
"Family," is central to the fabric of Pacific Islander communities. However, our families are struggling to navigate a complex educational and social-economic system due to cultural dissimilarities. These challenges create barriers and disengagement of our families from essential agencies and schools. The disconnection of our families from their children's schools is evidenced by the alarming data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and other school districts throughout our state.
Cultural dissimilarities are under observed as one of the major barriers for most of our PI families, which continue to widen the educational and opportunity gaps for our students and their families.
Providing the necessary culturally responsive services for our students and their families is VOPIN commitment.