The Ohana Institute is a fully accredited, independent, private, exploratory and innovative school serving students in grades 3–12 in the Florida Panhandle. The school operates on a flexible calendar that emphasizes project-based learning and combines both theoretical and real-world experiences for students through an engaging and broad array of subjects.
Our Mission is to respect the individual needs of all students, foster a caring and creative environment and use innovative technology to deliver an experiential, student-centered blended education model.
Our Vision is to provide a personalized learning path that truly transforms education by discovering individual talents in an environment where students want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passion.
Our school nurtures caring relationships, connections, and a sense of belonging to the local and global communities.
Our students learn by “Experiencing the Different.” Each year every student has the option of participating in our cultural trips.
Students are engaged through stimulating, rigorous, relevant and inspiring educational experiences that ignite a lifelong passion for learning.
Ohana Records is an exploratory music program that focuses on music education through the formation of student bands.
"The more I deal with teachers and staff the more I’m convinced what a fabulous school Ohana is and how very special every teacher and staff member is! Every contact with a teacher or staff is SO positive and leaves me KNOWING how much everyone cares about each of my children-academically, socially and emotionally. The way the staff handled the County issues on Friday was above and beyond my expectations. And the lice situation at the school … What can I say? It’s apparent that you all care about everyone. I feel so blessed for me and my children to be a part of the Ohana family. And my kids… they come home EVERY day saying how much they LOVE Ohana. A mama can’t be happier. Again, THANK YOU!”
"I just wanted to let you know that [my daughter] is truly LOVING school!! Thought I would never see her do her homework independently! She always wanted me to help her along in the past. I still help with her studying, but as for the homework, she wants to try and do on her own! She even talks about what was discussed in school and what she is learning about. This has never happened before! The school is doing wonders for her!! We have you and your staff to thank!!"
"Very fun, relaxing, and different. It is very odd for third graders to have laptop and transition classes."
Because of Ohana’s vision and mission, on which they have built a strong foundation, students will walk out into the world as global citizens, possessing the traits of character we most admire and hope for in regard to building the future of America and our educational system.