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Honolulu, HI

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1265 Ala Kula Place
Honolulu, HI 96819

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(808) 831-7866
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September 10, 2014
This review is way overdue. Two of my kids attended this school for four years. There're some good teachers whom we loved. When my son was in 4th grade, his teacher literally put him under microscope. Everything he did was wrong or not good enough (nothing positive environment). Apparently none of his work deserves an A in her class. The following year we moved to northern Virginia where the level of education has always been way the highest in the nation. My son scored all A's and he had done very well ever since. One day he was accused of having his cold snot flying into a girl's plate. The same girl who loved following him around and daunting him. So the vie principal put him in a "punishment seat" at lunch time. Two weeks went by without us knowing it (unlike the days of having twitter or Facebook). When we finally got the word, we called the school. The vice principal apologized for totally forgetting about the boy sitting on the special seat.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
This is a good school with good teachers who care about the students. The building is a bit old and the lay out can be inconvenient and the staff is very friendly. I have two children at this school and this is by far one of the best schools they have attended. We are a military family so we were a bit worried about the level of education before moving here but our children were actually a bit behind compared to the mainland. Thankfully they have good teachers whom you can communicate well with to make sure your child catches up with the rest of the class. The parking is a problem there but really, most of the schools my children have attended have that same issue. The level of education is very good and the school is very family and military friendly.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
We're military, so we've seen a lot of different schools. This is BY FAR the worst Ive ever witnessed. The office staff is rude and unhelpful. The teachers don't "teach" they simply give tons of worksheets every day. Pages and pages and pages of worksheets for homework. The children don't color or cut or glue things. Just worksheets. The children are forced to serve lunch in the cafeteria to other students. Children are kept back from lunch until they finish their work, or told to eat lunch at their desks while they work. The school sent home a letter saying DONT call and ask to give a kid a message because it wont happen. So there is no way to let your child know her sister went home sick or not to stay for tutoring because Dad is working late. Safety is absolutely not a priority. Children roam the campus freely all day. If you are thinking of sending your child here, go to the school. Walk in a random classroom, walk around, go eat lunch. No one will stop you. No one will ask you why you're there or what you're doing. See how easy it would be to abduct a child or harm a child.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I am proud of this school! The teachers, staff and principal strive for continuous improvement. Reading scores in the last year have jumped 25% to 91% of all student proficient and 80% proficient (18% gain) in math. They work hard on providing rigorous and relevant instruction for all students. Teachers also analyze data frequently to improve their instruction. Extra curricular activites and additional learning opportunities are provided beyond the school day. The campus has a welcoming environment, maintained grounds, and well kept classrooms. The students are fortunate to have newly renovated classrooms, updated furniture and the latest technology with smartboards in every classroom, and hundreds of computers on campus. You would be pleased of the outcome if your child went to this school. Red Hill Elementary is a school to be proud of!

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
Bullies abound at this school and the staff does nothing unless a parent gets involved. I have pulled my 5th grader out of this school after numerous phone calls and conversations with the principal and superintendant. Teachers swear at the kids. The office staff is rude and not helpful. If your child is in SPED, this school will hold them back, not help them move foward. Security is non existant. Anyone can walk onto campus where students are roaming around without staff supervision. I would strongly recommend you get a Geographical Exception for your child to attend another school if this is your home school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
HORRIBLE SCHOOL!! Refused to let a 5y/o eat because of a negative ascot balance! But, never informed the parents of the negative balance! I garauntee they would call the parent on the spot if the child was sick. But, they can't call the get a payment from the parent to ensure the child eats. BEWARE!

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2012
I don't normally write reviews ... but I'm a military mother and have 2 children that attend Red Hill elementary. Like most military parents, I read the reviews posted online, talk to friends, and speak with military officials BEFORE sending my children to a new school. RED HILL has definitely IMPRESSED me and my family! The campus is clean, students wear uniforms, teachers are warm, the nurse does follow up calls, there's a military liaison ON CAMPUS, & they offer great programs my kids never had before! Last year they hosted a family READING program (free dinner, prizes, and books!), SCIENCE night w/ an indoor planetarium, science experiments, & an astronomy club with huge telescopes, MATH night that gives you access to a free online tutoring program, ART night w/ student performances and artwork, ukulele & hula lessons in school, summer school, FREE after school art classes (just helped w/snacks), Fall Fair, Christmas activities, book fairs, popcorn & lemonade, and much more! Don't believe everything you read, this school is a jewel! I moved but still bring my kids here on a GE, we love it that much! FYI: classes got big & we got NEW teachers in the 3rd qtr, hows that for good?

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
Absolutely one of the most unorganized schools I have ever had to be a part of. I am seriously considering taking my children out and homeschooling them. Teachers cursing & children behaving however they choose with no consequences! It is down right appalling!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
I have a daughter who attends red Hill and one who graduated this past school year. When they first started, the school had a "4". I was very concerned when they first started because they came from an excellent school in CA. My oldest daughter was fortunate enough to get a great teacher her last year and excelled as usual. I was skeptical about my youngest daughters teacher initially but she came from an immersion school and it was only her second year teaching 4th grade outside of the immersion schools. I guess she learned from her first year and my daughter did great. Initially, I didnt want my children to attend this school but now I am concerned my youngest may not be able to complete her time there. I was really hoping that she gets the same sixth grade teacher my oldest daughter had when her last year comes up. He really prepped the kids for life outside of elementary. He had them do things that were being done already in the local MS and HS so they would know what to expect. Dont let the numbers fool you. This has been a great school so far.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I was worried when hearing rumors of how bad Hawaii schools were when we moved to Hawaii from Maryland. I have been extremely happy with Red Hill and the Principal Mona Smoot. My preschooler is reading already! My 6 year old started reading books in kindergarten. Friends that recently moved from here to GA had a daughter in class with my 6 year old and she had to be moved to a 2nd grade reading group. When classroom sizes got large, Ms Smoot added new teachers, not class assistants. I have been nothing but impressed with this school and highly recommend it. The rumors proved false by hard-working, caring teachers and administrators. Great work Red Hill!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
This is an excellent school my sons went there since they were kindergarten, now one is a freshman and one is a junior. Now I know parents from the mainland are not used to Hawaii system of learning, which actually is way better than the mainland! The standard way of teaching in Hawaii is the new more sufficient and more challenging way of teaching young people of America, and mainland schools are still stuck on century old traditional systems!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
This school has seen its challenges throughout the years, but now they are starting to thrive. They truly care about the students, and many staff members go out of their way to provide additional opportunities for the students. The principal focuses her attention on the students and provides additional services in the way of tutoring programs and also is in the process of offering more after school activities. They are improving their curriculum in every grade and test scores are now going up. This truly is now a great school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 29, 2007
I am a parent of a Kindergartener. I believe the school will thrive. But, not without a lot of support from the outside world. Teachers, one in general I found to be good. And I am sad to see my son being transferred to another teacher. But, his new teacher I am hearing is a good one. Time will tell. There was an incident that happened with my son. I have left messages after messages for the principle and have heard nothing back. Like I said time will tell. How well the school will thrive, all depends on the students learning curve and administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
My son attended RH for K-2. My biggest issue with the school during that time was student safety. There was a high staff turnover, teachers as well as principals. There are language issues that hinder good communication between home and school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
My 2 children have attended RH Aug 2003 to Jun 2007. There has been a lot of personnel turnover including 2 principals. We have had good teachers, but the curriculum has had some problems. There are no extra-curricular activities to speak of. There is a Broadcast team for the school morning news and a student transition (PSAP) class. At this time there is a specialized music teacher for the ukulele class. Parent involvement is a must at any school and much welcomed at RH. I am a Substitute teacher so I have also seen the inner workings. For Hawaii, RH is one of the better schools unless you can afford private schooling.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Red Hill Elementary, has a lot of diversities. If I would have done my research a little better before placing my children in a school, I would not have chosen Red Hill. Now if you get a good teacher you have nothing to worry about. However, most of the teachers are very vague in explaining how to do assignments. The worst is when they have a project that is due (be prepared to ask a hundred questions before you understand what is expected of them). Now the school does teach music but it is not a specialized music teacher. They change classes starting in Kindergarten. Art is also taught and they do have a specialist PE teacher. Be Prepared For Several Fundraisers! They gladly except parent volunteers. I am not at all impressed with the performance of Red Hill. I would look elsewhere for your childs education.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Worst education my daughter had. I pulled her out after 12 weeks. The previous feedback said the school was great for extra recesses, field trips and pulling your kids out of class early. That is all they are good for. If you are looking for an EDUCATION for your child, look elsewhere. If you are moving to Hawaii, check out home schooling or private schools. Try Christian Academy - they actually TEACH there.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
Overall a terrible school. If you want your child to get any kind of education, or want your child to be challenged, stay far, far away from Red Hill. Compared to schools on the mainland, this school scores a big fat F!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
My son attended grades 5 & 6, my daughter grades K & 1 at Red Hill, we all loved it! Lots of field trips, double recess for younger grades and at least 1 recess a day for older grades, wonderful staff, tons of parent involvement, laid back office staff who didn't give you the third degree if you wanted to pull your child out for an afternoon. When a teacher concern did pop up, I found the administration quick to act. We are back on the mainland now and really miss Red Hill.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 15, 2006
My son went here for his 4th grade, and it was the worst learning year he has ever had. Terrible teacher, school did not care, etc. He is a gifted reader and learner and he actually went downhill after going here for one year. He was not challenged at all- they never wrote in cursive, reading and math was a joke. This is why a huge number of families home school their kids when they move here. (Yes, we are military, and we were warned about the poor schools here.) My son now goes to a private school, and it is worth every dime. He is challenged and thriving. Red Hill Elementary should be ashamed. Oh, I almost forgot, we were also warned that the office staff was incredibly rude, which was absolutely true.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
I have had two children attend this school in the last four years. There has been a high teacher and administrator turn-over recently. Some teachers are very good at what they do, while a few make it a constant struggle to be positive. A functional gifted program is non-existent here. The school serves a large number of military children and it is adept at handling needs associated with military life. Parent involvement is crucial in order to have a rewarding experience for all parties involved. Funding is always an issue, especially in this statewide (all islands) school district.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
Our son did Kindergarten and Grade 1 in this school. Was really impressed with the student to teacher ratio, when it goes over 23 usually another teacher brought in to help lower the ratio. In kindergarten, PE is only once a week, but in Grade 1 it is twice a week which we feel is very important. Have music and computer programs as well which we have found are good as well. Homework sent home each day, not much but enough to keep the work going. Concentrate a lot on reading another important issue. In Grade 1, two reading at home programs are being done. Talking to other parents, there is lots of parent involvement. Over 70% of students are from military families.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2004
I went to this school from I think 1996-1999. It is a wonderful school. It gave me a great start (I am a very successful student now) and privided wonderful leadership. School was so much fun and they made things easy to learn. This has to be one of the best elementary schools in the country (and I've been to a few). It was a very pleasant experience that any child will enjoy.

- submitted by a former student

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Red Hill Elementary School
1265 Ala Kula Place, Honolulu, HI  96819
(808) 831-7866
Last modified Red Hill Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Red Hill Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top