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Waiakea Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—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

 
 
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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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

139 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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 42% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 34%
Two or more races 12% 8%
White 9% 14%
Hispanic 6% 6%
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 55%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Hilo, HI 96720
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