Connecting for Success

The Connecting for Success (CFS) Initiative is funded through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation  and targets over 1,500 struggling middle school students who are off track in attendance, behavior, and course marks. Schools are focused on developing interventions that engage these students and provide the support to grow their connection to their school, improve their attendance, raise their academic performance and successfully transition them to ninth grade and beyond. The CFS Initiative is currently in its fourth year of the program.

Hawai‘i P-20 and the Education Delivery Institute (EDI) manage the Community of Learners component, which involves facilitating meetings and providing technical support to the middle school grantees. The grantees meet face-to-face quarterly and participate in webinars throughout the year to share outcomes, lessons learned, work plans, and challenges with one another. In addition, a CFS NING website,, was developed for grantees to go online and continue discussions with their colleagues. This online environment allows for continued connection between the community where they can share ideas, post their achievements, and find resource materials.

Participating schools include:

  • Central Middle School
  • Ewa Makai Middle School
  • Kealakehe Intermediate School
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate School
  • Stevenson Middle School
  • Waimea Middle Public Charter School
  • Waiakea Intermediate
  • Waimea Canyon Middle School


For additional information on the CFS Initiative, please contact Elizabeth Garrison, Connecting for Success Program Manager at

Middle School Miracles, Hawaii Business Magazine, May 2016

Central Middle School Highlight, Hawaii News Now, January 2016
Mayor Billy Kenoi Connecting for Success in Waimea, Big Island Video News