Waimea Canyon Middle School consists of students in grades 6-8 who live in the communities of Kalaheo, Eleele, Hanapepe, Kaumakani, Makaweli, Pakala, Waimea, Kekaha and Mana. The school is two blocks west of Waimea High School and is bordered by a county park, a residential subdivision, hospital and agricultural land. The school’s history dates back to 1972 when Waimea Canyon Elementary School opened its doors to students in grades K-6 from Waimea, Pakala, and Makaweli. In 1977, the intermediate grades (7-8) were added and its name changed to Waimea Canyon Elementary & Intermediate School. In July 2007, the school converted to a middle school and became Waimea Canyon Middle School. The school is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).