DreamHouse Center in Kapolei to house new high school of ‘great expectations’
HONOLULU (KHON2) — Since 2012, a group of educators, parents and community members have designed Ewa Beach’s first charter school to reduce overcrowding and provide families with another option.
After nearly seven years of development, “Dream housewas launched in August 2019 in Kalaeloa. There are now plans to develop a three-storey mixed-use commercial building in Kapolei which will be anchored by the school.
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DreamHouse Center will be located on Avalon’s 3-acre Kapolei Pacific Center, home of Cole Academy Preschool and the regional headquarters of the United States Social Security Administration, according to an announcement Thursday.
“DreamHouse is our fourth school development. Our motivation has always been to fill in the gaps, to provide what the community needs. This new ‘high expectation’ high school is exactly the right project we need to support at this time,” said Christine Camp, CEO of Avalon.
DreamHouse is being built one level at a time over a period of seven years. In 2019, the school took in sixth graders and then moved them to seventh grade in 2020 welcoming the new cohort of sixth graders. In 2025, DreamHouse is expected to reach capacity with 700 students in grades 6-12.
See renderings of the design concept below:
“Our commitment to empowering local leaders for our islands would not be possible without Avalon’s shared vision and partnership to create and bring DreamHouse Center to life,” said Alex Teece, Founder and Chief Education Officer of DreamHouse’ Eva Beach.
The retail spaces on the ground floor of the DreamHouse Center will offer restaurants, shops and other services. The high school will be located on the upper two floors. It is expected to be completed by summer 2024.
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