We currently have two children enrolled at this school. We have been at this school since 2012, (it is currently 2016) so I think we are able to give a little better perspective on what is currently happening with SLES versus other reviews here.
SBAC scores are not everything. SBAC is also fairly new. In fact, when you read the scores in conjunction with student enrollment data, the SBAC scores make sense and also demonstrate that the school administration and staff are doing BETTER than their scores may reflect.
A high percentage of the student population are either ELL (English Language Learners) or eligible for the free and reduced lunch. This tells you that the raw material the school has to work with is very different from other nearby schools such as Makalapa, Aliamanu, or Moanalua.
This school has worked harder to get kids to read and write well in English when they probably don't even hear English being spoken at home. This school also has to deal with the issue of poverty, if students are hungry, or dealing with other related issues, they aren't going to be concentrating on academics.
The school has invested in several different curricula that incorporate technology extensively (Wonders, RAZ Kids, Achieve 3000, etc.) and these programs work GREAT. However, as a parent/family, you also have to commit a fair amount of time to ensuring that your child has a quiet place and time to work on these computer-based assignments at home (for those for whom this is not an option due to limited/no computer access, arrangements can be made with individual teachers).
You should also be supervising your child (not helicoptering) during these sessions, as it will help you understand what your child is learning and how you can better support that learning.
The school is very safe and the administration's policies support safety.
I attended this school from K-5th grade, throughout my years in the school I had a very bad experience during this time. I got bulled throughout my years and I have reported it to couple teachers, but they never did care and shrugged it off their shoulders and told me to get away from them. I remember one time I was getting pushed around in the morning and the old lady that was standing and looking out on the ramp outside of the cafeteria was just standing there watching me getting pushed around thinking we were playing around. After that I fell and hit my head on the concrete. Parents I wouldn't recommend this school to your kids but if you have to then watch your kids closely because teachers wouldn't look out for your kids.
This school is a safe place for learning and my children love going here. I would be more impressed if the academics were more challenging. There are some excellent teachers at this school and some that are not. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed with the teacher my daughter has this year.
My child had currently been attending Salt Lake elementary school. When she comes home from school I see the anticapation in her like she already wanting to go back to school. I am not very well educated, so when I brought her to Salt lake Elementary school, she's been teaching me more of the english grammars and language once she come home. They do have many after school programs that help them learn more. Like my daugter for example. She is wanting to join more and more activitys this year. Now she is in JPO,track,challenger, and she wants to join the math team once the quarter comes in. I would definitely recommend other parent I know of that has a child about to attend kindergarden to Go to Salt Lake Elemtary.
I was impressed by the principal who is enthusiastic to improve the school. The school actively participate outside events and competitions with other schools and the principal always with the kids at the event and support them when I cant find any principals from other schools. He greets students in the morning and stays late at school to be available to parents. I am not happy with the staff at the office though... Most of them are unfriendly. Even though we dont see significant improvement at this point, we should be patient more. As long as my daughter is happy at school and with her friends, I am happy too. There are lots of activities and after-class groups for students to join. My kid is joining math team, bible study and Robotics (last year). I believe this school will be graded above 8 soon.
I have two children enrolled in this school. And I have been greatly encouraged by a core group of faculty led by the principal who are progressive, dedicated professional educators. They as well as the parents, have to work with and around the older union 'time punching' teachers which are rife within and throughout the Hawaii Public School system.
The office staff is the most unfriendly and unhelpful staff I've ever encountered! This sets a terrible example for our children and I cringe to think how they treat our children when they go to the office for help. The academics at Waikele challenged my son a lot more than at Salt Lake. His homework seems to have gone a step backward. I think their needs to be a review of the curriculum and teaching methods. He brings work home that has been corrected with a 'smiley face' and there are all kinds of mistakes on it that we have to go over with him. I don't think they actually check the school work.
The Principal greets the children in the morning before school and as they go home. He is highly visible and easy to talk to. My son's teacher this year had great ways to get the children involved in their work and helped many children after school if they wanted help with any subject. My son looked forward to going to school daily. Thanks Ms. Loo