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Waimalu Elementary School

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Posted September 3, 2014

Waimalu is a very good school with caring teachers and staff. My daughter had a very solid start to her kindergarten year. I heard that different teachers give varying amounts of homework and her teacher did not give more than one sheet per night. I thought that was very adequate given that it is kindergarten. She was well prepared for first grade and learned many sight words for reading. Her math skills are on par too. We moved to Mililani and she's had no trouble making the transition. The teacher was always encouraging and the office staff was most helpful with questions, making payments. The principal, Mr. Hui, is very enthusiastic and the kids all respect him - this was noticed at assemblies. They have a brand new library this year too. I loved that they had uniforms too. Great school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Waimalu Elementary. This is a good elementary school. I would recommend it. My husband is in the military and this school has really been there for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

This is an excellent public school and I would highly recommend it. The administrators, teachers and staff are wonderful and very caring. I think they all do an outstanding job. There is great involvement from the parents and community as evident in the tremendous turnout at events the PTO sponsors. I especially liked the 4th grade business curriculum. My child will be moving on to middle school soon, but we have had a great experience with Waimalu Elementary. Not one complaint about any teacher she has had from K through 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

If there was any public school I had to choose on, It would be Waimalu Elementary. My child loved the teaches a well as her classmates. We now live in Nevada and The schools here have very poor leadership!! Before coming here my child could count to 50 as well as write her name; First, Middle and last, and new majority of her alphabets by sight. Here the educators care only of a paycheck that most students are left to fend for themselves against their peers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2007

this school taught me to be ready for the real world and now that i attend a private school, i am ready for the stress and homework that i receive. This is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

Our daughter attended 2nd and 3rd grade. Although through our military travels, she's never gone to an outstanding school, and Hawaii doesn't have a good rep, Waimalu was a pleasant surprise. Her two teachers, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Ige, were caring, experienced and resourceful when dealing with our ADHD daughter. It does desperately need better facilities and after school programs. But she loved her time there, and I think she was reasonably challenged. Mrs. Fu the school counselor also a big bonus and wonderful resource. Somebody raise some money and get those kids a playground please!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

This is our first time dealing with Hawaii schools. I would not reccomend this school for any parent faced with the option of sending their child here. The education is sub-par compared to our last school in Missouri and they appear to be lacking in necessary funding to provide paper towels in the bathrooms. The PTO is basically non-existant as well. Needless to say my child will not be attending Waimalu next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

My daughter just completed her first quarter of first grade at Waimalu, and we are delighted with the school. My husband is in the military and we just transferred here. We were concerned due to the reputation of Hawaii public schools, but this school is far better and more advanced than the 'excellent' school at our last duty station. I have spoken with friends with first graders in other states, and the reading program at Waimalu is ahead of the pack. The math program seems to be on target. I am very impressed by the PTO. It was like pulling teeth to get parents involved at the last school. Waimalu has a friendly, active PTO, and we look forward to more involvement. I would definitely recommend Waimalu School. And if you think your child is behind, talk to the teacher and other parents, and spend some one-on-one time with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

My daughter started her kindergarten with this school, she is now in 4th grade going 5th. I am really pleased how my daughter were able to cope with other local students. She continues to have 'E's' and now 'A's'. She always do her homework with the constant guidance of us being her parents. I believe parents do have a role in their child's formative years. If you would just leave it to the school, you are not doing your part. Oahu and all Hawaiian islands are small compare to mainland states. The support that we get is nothing compare to what mainland schools get. Do your part, help your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

This school is a poor example of what Hawaii education has to offer. My child was placed at this school and regressed in so many areas in such a short time that we are pulling him out before the second grading period. Inexperienced teacher with unethical methods have done more damage than good. The Hearing Impaired Total Communication classrooms give Hawaii's Hearing Impaired children choices in education. This school is one of two schools on the island with this option. It is unable to meet my childs educational needs.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 47% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 34% 34%
Two or more races 7% 8%
Hispanic 6% 6%
White 5% 14%
Black 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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98825 Moanalua Rd
Aiea, HI 96701
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