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Waiakea High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 5 students


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Posted March 23, 2013

I graduated very well-prepared for college at a selective liberal arts college on the mainland. The teachers were very supportive and dedicated. Downside - lots of slackers and druggies, and some major cliques. But once you find your groove/niche, it's easy to focus on that and stay away from that nonsense.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 22, 2011

2 years for my younger granddaughter in this school and we pulled her out due to the horrible teachers at this school. While there are few teachers that do good, if your child gets stuck with a bad teacher for a certain course, it is quite difficult to get them with a good teacher. The counselors, or at least one that I have dealt with, seems to have little interest in the students. Most schools on the island are not so great, so we settled on online school which is a much better choice than any public school here. The teachers don't teach in a way that the students can understand and don't try to help you understand.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2009

Although lacking in resources, Waiakea High School school is not lacking in quality as manifested by the dedication and passion of its teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2008

I had three kids graduate from Waiakea High, all of whom were extremely different, and I do feel the majority of the teachers made a effort equally with all of them. I would not have sent them anywhere else and if I had not lived in the district, would have found a way to get them there. They were taught to make their way in a world where no one is accountable for their actions but themselves. Consequences were real and immediate. My son and his friends in the AP classes were challenged and provided opportunities for additional enrichment. My kids were provided a well-rounded education that private schools gcannot provide.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2008

I am proud to write this review for Waiakea High School. My child was well prepared for college. She thought some of her classes at Waiakea were actually more rigorous. We appreciate the well rounded education she received at Waiakea. As a student in the Health and Fitness Academy, she was exposed to a number of careers in the health profession. It really helped her to decide the University and major she eventually chose.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2008

Waiakea High has an all-star cast of teachers and an excellent administration. Many parents from out of district send their children to Waiakea to receive a quality education. They also have a dominant athletic program. From my experience, students that attend/have graduated from Waiakea are classier and are better prepared for the work force when compared to the average teenager around town.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 14, 2007

waiakea high school is a great place to learn. the curriculum is excellent and the athletic program is untouchable.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2007

School suffers from diversion of resources to meet NCLB and Hawaii's Act 51. Losers are the arts and sciences and high performing students. Winners, the average and below students who get more attention in an attempt to raise standards. I would not my child to this school if his/her interest lies in the arts, music to be exact.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2007

I am proud to send my child to Waiakea High School. They have a very dedicated staff and strong leadership in Mr. Koga. Waiakea has provided a well rounded education for my child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2005

A typical big Hawaii public school, with little or no interest in promoting academic achievement.
—Submitted by a parent

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Biology I

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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 38% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 38% 34%
White 11% 14%
Two or more races 7% 8%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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155 West Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720
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