Acellus Program Update as of 10/12/20

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits.  We would like to share an update regarding the use of the Acellus program for our 100% Distance Learning option.  On October 12, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Education announced the discontinuation of the Acellus program due to concerns around content, standards alignment, and rigor.    The Acellus program was offered to support families who were reluctant  to physically send their child to school.  We hear and recognize the concerns and hesitations that have been shared by families regarding a full face to face return to school during this pandemic.  As we continue to look at distance learning options that support our families unique situations, we welcome our families back to a Face to Face option that is currently being delivered entirely through a distance learning platform.  
We will continue to fine tune our instructional offerings and make adjustments to help us maximize our students learning opportunities.  Please know that we are committed to supporting our students and families with their transition to our Face to Face option via LIVE distance learning sessions where students can engage with their teachers and peers in their google classrooms. 
As we work together to support each other through this COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we miss hearing our students voices in our halls/classrooms/fields, seeing their contagious smiles and ultimately their presence on our campus. We are hopeful that we will be able to safely return all of our students to campus .  
Please feel free to contact us at 305-2900 if you have any questions or concerns.  Mahalo Nui for your continued support and investment in our keiki's future, our school and our Wai'anae community. 

Acellus- "Opt-In" to 100% Virtual Learning


  • OR the Acellus App
  • If you lose your STUDENT ID and PASSWORD, please call us at 305-2900 for support.

How is work assigned?

  • Acellus courses are organized by “STEPS” and every week a student will be required to complete a number of STEPS in order to complete the required course in the school year.
  • STEPS:  These may be a short video, a practice exercise or a quiz.  DONʻT be intimidated by the number of steps because some of them are very short videos.
  • REPEAT if needed.  If the student needs to watch a video more than once, it’s cool.  

How will the student move on?

    • After a number of steps, there is usually a quiz.  The student must pass the quiz with 70% correct answers.  If the student does not pass the quiz, they will be assigned other resources and may take the quiz again.  
    • The teacher will be alerted that the student has not passed and one of the school support staff may contact the student to offer help.
    • The student will not be able to move on if the quiz is not passed with a score of 70% or higher.

How do I get help?

  • Fill out this form online and send it.  If you submit it before 12 Noon, you will get a response before the end of the school day.  If you send it after 12 Noon, you will get a response the next school day.
  • Your HELP request will be responded to by:
    • A Waiʻanae Elementary school coach
    • A WES Educational Assistant
    • The studentʻs classroom teacher
  • You may contact a WES Educational Assistant during the after-school tutoring hours 2:15-3:15pm. Google Meets will be set up for each grade level to contact them.
  • Train your child to use the RESOURCE and HELP tab in Acellus.


  • Do “school” at a set time daily.  Generally mornings are better for younger students, later mornings better for adolescents.  Asynchronous learning means that students can technically do “school” any time, but no set time may mean no time.  
  • Have older students take notes when watching videos.  It will help with lessons and quizzes.
  • Find the way your child likes to work; all subjects daily, one subject a day, BUT make sure they work for a set amount of time daily.  This is how attendance will be taken.
  • If your child gets frustrated with one subject, have them try another.  DO NOT STOP!