DreamHouse charter school moves to Kalaeloa

DreamHouse charter school moves to Kalaeloa

Hawaii public charter school DreamHouse Ewa Beach has moved to Kalaeloa, and will be unveiling its new site for the 2020-2021 academic school year on Aug. 4, officials with the school announced Thursday.

DreamHouse first opened in August with a class of sixth graders in a temporary location at the Laulani Village Shopping Center. With its expansion to the new 10,423 square-foot facility in Kalaeloa, the school will now accommodate 100 sixth and 100 seventh graders.

“Our new facility is a fascinating space with a great deal of potential," said DreamHouse Chief Education Officer Alex Teece, in a statement. "We expect to expand as the area grows; Kalaeloa in 10 years will look and feel completely different from how it is today.”

The charter school's seventh grade class for the upcoming school year is currently full, with a waitlist of almost 100 families, but is working to drum up interest from rising sixth graders and their families.

The new DreamHouse building was previously a mess hall for the bachelor officer quarters at the former Naval Air Station Barbers Point. DreamHouse's landlord Hunt Companies stripped the previously worn building down to its bones and built an "innovative, 21st century learning space from scratch," according to the school.

“To find a partner like Hunt has been a blessing," Teece said. "They have done so much to bring this space to life and change the trajectory of this building. They have invested in the property – and in us – working to transform the location into a revitalized, reimagined place of learning, development and community. We share the same vision of investing in the community, families and aspiring leaders of this region; it is special to realize that vision together.”

Posted on July 16, 2020