HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the coming school year, for the first time in its 170-year history, Saint Louis School will have kindergarten students.
The private, all-boys school will also add first- through fourth-grade classrooms.
"We've been hiring new teachers, hiring new administrators, we're getting really close at being ready to go," said Head of School Glenn Medeiros.
Medeiros has sought to bolster the school's enrollment since being appointed last July.
The expansion will add an estimated 80 to 100 students to the enrollment in the first year alone.
"We can have grade levels combined. We can have students in certain grade levels that are working two to three grade levels above their age," he said.
Next year's projected enrollment is 750 to 800 students, a sharp increase from 530 just three years ago.
And Medeiros isn't done adding students.
"After that I'd like to try to bring in some international students to Saint Louis School because I think they could bring a lot to this school in having the students open their minds to other cultures," he said.
While his aggressive, innovative thinking has been lauded by his peers, Medeiros is quick to point out the favorable circumstances he walked into.
"We've got the Marcus Mariota factor," he said. "He makes it a point whenever he does his commercials to be on campus, on the football field, he gives a lot to the school."
Mariota not only lends his image, but donates generously. He's currently funding four scholarships a year.
Additionally, a capital campaign is underway to raise funds for building renovations, financial aid for students and program funding.
"We're raising money constantly and I enjoy that because I believe in this school, this school is very special," Medeiros said.