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PK-5 & Ungraded
Public district
Hilo, HI
Students enrolled: 847

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180 West Puainako St
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 981-7215
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Map of Waiakea Elementary School address.
August 18, 2014
My daughter just started 1st grade this year 2014-2015. She has been bringing homework that is for Kindergarten. School started on August 1st, yet her homework has been to draw pictures. ??? Come on! No wonder kids are behind. Shouldn't they be learning math or subjects that matter? This past weekend was a 3-day weekend and they didn't have homework. How are kids supposed to learn and move forward?

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
My son enrolled in 2009 as a 1st grader. He was newly adopted and spoke only a few words of english. He had a difficult transition. Through it all, the teachers and staff (and to a large extent, his classmates) of Waiakea Elementary School were extraordinarily patient and understanding. I rate his educational experience as 5-stars up until this year. This year, his 5th grade year, has been less than satisfactory. His teachers seem pre-occupied with other things. I'm not sure what is so different about his curriculum this year that makes it so hard on his teachers, but the difference is noticeable. I'm not alone in this perception, I overheard one of the other parents saying the same thing. Of course, two opinions or experiences do not necessarily reflect on the general performance of the school - but they are the only experience that I know. Overall, this year's disappointments bring my overall rating of the school to four stars. (BTW, my wife and I both attended this school when we were kids.)

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2010
This school has a Vice Principal who does not care about the students that attend. Students that are under section 504 are not being seen on a weekly basis as intended. This school is one of the worst schools on the island!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
From seeing my grandchildren having the hardest time in school and not wating to go... to placing them in Waiakea and seeing them be in the TOP 100 of all schools in Hawaii to go to a Geographic Bee. I have seen nothing but wonderful teaching/ and teachers that love what they are doing and really care about the children. I had always been told that it's better for a child to go to a 'smaller' school. I have news for you.. this is so not true. My grandchildren have soared since going to Waiakea. We are 2nd generation of children going to waiakea.. and am so happy to have them there. Way to go Waiakea!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2006
Our daughter is in Kindergarten, and she's having a great experience. There is a reading coach that makes recommendations and provides materials for individual students, and the kids already are getting reasonable amounts of homework. For me the most important thing is the school's emphasis on civility and appropriate behavior. They have a very strong anti-bullying program in place and appropriate behavior is consistently reinforced. There is also a good after-school A+ program run by the YMCA.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
My son loves this school. We like the Gifted and Talented program and the way this program is structured to ensure continuity in the child's learning, and to provide stimulating challenges to those students who are able to handle them.

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Waiakea Elementary School
180 West Puainako St, Hilo, HI  96720
(808) 981-7215
Last modified Waiakea Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Waiakea Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews. Top