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Honolulu, HI
Students enrolled: 633
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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1 C Ave
Honolulu, HI 96818

(808) 421-4245
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December 20, 2013
Well, unfortunately what you read about Hawaii public schools are true, and PHK is no different. This has to be one of the worst schools my kids have EVER attended. To start off, there is no security in place on campus. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can freely walk onto the abundance of unsecured entries on campus, no questions asked. What irks me the most about this school is that its apparent that they are just marking off their to-do list of academic goals to reach for the year, regardless of how much or how little your student is understanding. My daughter had one of the "nicest" 5th grade teachers. Sure she's nice, but she easily let her slip right on through the cracks of the school system. My daughter is assigned 5-9 pages of just math homework a night. Her teacher has the students correct their work in class on their own, never to see the homework herself again until test day. Then when it came time for tests, that was the only time the teacher discovered how much she didn't understand. Too little, too late and once again, they just moved on to the next chapter never to touch upon the methods she just failed. No child left behind? PLEASE!!! This school is a joke!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
I have so far been very impressed with this school. First, I am always greeted with a smile when going into the front office. Everyone in there is extremely nice and helpful. When I was a kid, each class had 1 teacher to 20-25 students. There were no volunteers or helpers. At PHK, there are many helpers everywhere! The extra hands do so much for these kids. I also love that they let the kids help out as crossing guards (they pay them!) and they let them help out in the cafeteria. I saw one comment where they complained that volunteers didn't have food licenses...I don't know about that, but they wear plastic over their hair and they wear gloves. I love that the kids have a hand in helping the school run. Everyone working together. I went to eat lunch with my son one day and I love the food they serve! I think it is so much better (and healthier) than the cafeteria lunches I had as a kid. There are always going to be "better" schools, not everyone will be happy with this school. It is a very safe school, imo. They take measures to ensure the safety of the kids (why I love all of the volunteers).

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
There are positive and negative aspects of this school (as with most schools). Overall I think the positive outweighs negative. The teachers here have been wonderful! Very caring and focused on the children. The school does not have art class and the 'specials' (PE, music, library and computer) are all done on one day, rotating every eight days.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
Lots of military kids go here so the support is great for parents who are active duty. Teachers are great, attentive and concerned for the kids. I've also witnessed many over the top parents who criticize without putting forth effort themselves. I never feel that school alone is enough, I also follow up at home and ensure my child knows what he is doing. Teachers have a huge issue with rude and disrespectful children. While parents often take the side of their children without knowing the negative behaviors of their child, the true problems begins at home and if parents can't control their children how can teachers or staff? My children are very obedient and know they are at school to learn. I don't blame the teachers for focusing on only those who want to learn, they don't have time to deal with delinquents whose parents don't give enough hoot to get their kid on track.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
I have two children attending PHK. Both teachers we have are very caring. My youngest son really loves his teacher and seems to be really liking school more than he did with preschool. My oldest makes really good grades and wants to learn. I think parents need to take responsibility for their children's education also. We work together on homework daily and make sure to read at home. This school has been very good to both of my kids this year.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
We are a military family. My child attended PHK for 2 yrs (K and 1st grade from 2010-2012). I was never impressed with this school. I checked out nearby private schools because of my dissatisfaction with PHK, but the tuition was more than we could afford. We moved to Virginia Beach, VA overy summer 2012. I had no idea what LOW quality teaching my child was getting at PHK, until my child started public school in VA. My child was student of the quarter at PHK, & got ALL above ave. grades at PHK. I THOUGHT my child was receiving a satisfactory education. I was terribly wrong! Within the 1st 2 wks of school in VA, my child's teacher notified me that my child is reading BELOW grade level & will need extra help. I am grateful for the extra help, but I am SO ANGRY that my child is behind in school and needs to "catch up" because of poor quality teaching at PHK, and I beleive in most public schools in HI. My child tells me regularly how much more she likes school here, & how her teacher is nicer because she doesn't "yell" like her PHK teacher did. The curriculum appears to be the same in both places; but the VA teacher "teaches", & doesn't just drill mindlessly.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
This school is awful. My child only attended a single semester at this school and when they re-zoned I was thrilled. I was given an out for my child without having to apply for a GE. The teacher my child had was devoid of any nurturing instinct and repeatedly yelled during instruction. My child completely regressed after entering this school. Since the new year, and new school has come, we are finally excited about school again.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Reading the latest comments about this school does not do this school justice. Personally I think those rude comments are written by a few who just want to make waves. If you have any issues or problems with any school you need to bring it to their attention so improvements can happen. If you only grumble, you cannot help the situation for your child. Isn't the bottom line your child? It is for me. I get involved and attend Coffee Hours when I can, communicate often and clearly with my teachers and ask even the "silliest" questions for clarification. Every school will have their stumbling blocks and adjustments when there is new administration. Having the vice principal step up to be the principal provides some continuity to the school and my understanding is that the temporary vice principal step forward to help because no one else did. This school shows commitment to the children and I support them 100%. Like I mentioned earlier, get involved with your child's education so you too can understand the school system in Hawaii. It isn't as bad as our friends tell us before we get to Hawaii. They actually do care!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
If I could give a negative rating, I would! Everything about this school is awful!!!! Be prepared to work with not only incompetent, unqualified (meaning teachers "teaching" without so much as an Associates degree!) and flat out rude people (VICE PRINCIPAL & SECRETARIES!). This new principal does not know what he is doing, nor does he know how to resolve any legitimate complaint made by a parent. Mainland military families be prepared for an outrageous amount of fundraisers and an insanely long school supply list! Yeah, the uniforms are a plus, but do yourself a favor and avoid this train wreck of a school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Love this school!!! My son has been going here for 3 years and was so happy to find out my daughter will be here for kindergarten next semester. The teachers are caring and great. Office staff is outstanding. Principal is doing a great job and always has time to talk to parents. Communication between school and parents is top notch!!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
My oldest graduated in 2008 and now we are looking at Kindergarten. I just read the rating and it went down to a #6 from when we left in 2008 I think it was a #8 or 9. I see that the 6th graders performance took a nose dive as well with the new leadership. I do recall that the current principal was the assistant back then, and a really pleasant person. The current assistant principal was some sort of clerk in the front office back in 2008 and as I recall caused a lot of stress where ever she appeared, so reading one parents comment on the stressed teachers, i can relate. I think we are going to use a GE and try Moanalua Elementary another school in the military complex area. Good luck to this school, I hope they catch themselves before it gets worse. To be fair, a school is always just as good as the community makes it.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
I LOVE THESE SCHOOL FOR THE CARING TEACHERS! THEY INVOLVE THE PARENTS. WE HAD AN ISSUE WITH ANOTHER STUDENT & PARENTS, THEY WORKED HARD TO RESOLVE IT.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
this school is horrible the bathrooms are unsanitary with no soap and paper towels the principal is extremely rude and disrespectful he doesn't like returning phone call i can wait to leave this area

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February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
We have had our kids at PHK for about 2 months. My son is autistic, and I have to say they have been really good about finding what environments work best for him, and truly seem like they 'like' him, and enjoy him being in class, even if he is a challenge. I am not thrilled at the recent choice to cut school days for the budget via furlough days. However, PHK seems like they are trying to adjust so the kids are not negatively affected by the states choices.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We've been at PHK for 4 years now as GE's. This is THE elementary school in the area to send your kids to. They are a National Blue Ribbon school, Hawaii Distinguished School and accreditted by WASC, something MOST of the other elementaries in the state can't stay. The principal is very invovled and caring, the PCNC is fantastic and the staff and teachers all care.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Extrememly dissapointed in this school. They are so worried about meeting the state standards that they have lost sight of the children. Unprofessional teachers, out of control volunteer system, and low budget gets them poor rating from this parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2009
My daughter goes to the special needs PK. She has been in it now for a year. The improvement with her has been wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this school. They are supportive and very helpful. I am glad that my son will be starting kindergarten this year.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2009
My nephew is a special needs student at Harbor Kai. He loves his teachers and especially his aide they comunicate every day about his behavior and progress. Overall the administration is very supportive and available. I have seen a vast improvement in my nephew's reading ability and behavior.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2009
My family absolutely LOVES this school! My son attends PHK on a GE from another school district. The teachers, staff, and especially the principle are amazing! The teachers are focused on the students and their success. when my son needed extra attention the school stepped in and together we made a plan. Our Principle is always available to anyone who needs her and is often found walking around campus in the mornings as well as afternoons chatting with parents and students. Our PTO is also wonderful! They have raised over 10,000.00 dollars this year and are always availale to help out. I think that this will be our favorite school forever!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2008
This used to be a great school. However, the current principal has run it into the ground. I would like to know how people (PTO especially) who don't have college degrees can be hired to sub. How can a PCNC and parent volunteers without food service certification cut up fruits in the school kitchen and then serve them to kids? Where's the accountability? Where are the credentials? It seems like this school is all about the money and don't care about the kids. The teachers and support services (especially Speech) are wonderful. It's just that the administration is more interested in spending $16,000 on office furniture than much needed curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Very pleased with the school. Teachers care and the principal is very involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
My child graduated in 2008, and I will be forever grateful to the 6th grade teachers. The rest of the school has serious challenges ahead, because the poor leadership trickles down to create a poor atmosphere. All parents are good for is fundraising, there is no transparency however as to what the money is spent on, it just disappears into a black hole... parents have to supply many school supplies on top of all of the fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
I think this school is one of the best in the state!! To have a first son be able to do the kind of math a sixth grader does... Is amazing to me!!! And for all those who think differently , I dare you to send your children to another school...... Seriously! Compared to the others in hawaii Including some other private schools, The teachers here are well trained including the EAs .

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2007
Pearl Harbor Kai is one of the best schools that I have seen. The teachers at this school are a group of caring and understanding teachers that show time and patience for their students. My grandchildren love Pearl Harbor Kai and have wonderful memories of the years they have attended and are attending at this school. Having three children and two step daughters, that are grown and doing really well in life, I think the growth of my grandchildren is on the same path. All my grandchildren have gone to Pearl Harbor Kai from kindegarten to sixth grade. The principal and Vice principal should be nonimated for the Principal of the year awards. Thank you for always being there....

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
Compared to my daughters last school this school is perfect. The kids in her class are well behaved, and seem to be ahead of the average curve. There are some things Im not a fan of. 1st- there is no bus for us, and we live over .5 miles. There is no air in the room and the set up of the building doesn't allow much air to circulate. Other wise perfect school!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
The schools focus is on passing the Hawaiian State Tests, that is it, no more no less. There is no art curriculum, although the children are graded on their report cards. Every two weeks there is CLOMP, computer, library, music and PE and this is something that the children look forward to, because it is fun. Parent involvement is very low, maybe because the majority is miliary and transitional, it is unfortunate however, because it could enhance the school spirit. Teachers are professional and fair, but the bar is not held high for achievement. If I knew this when I signed my child up, I would have probably asked for a GE to Nimitz, because it seems there is more spirit and fun at school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
I think that this school has been very supportive of parents and students. The principal and PCNC have been wonderful to work with and have accepted any and all volunteer help from parents that walk through their doors. Getting our new PTA/PTO going is going to be a great step forward for our wonderful school! Parents being on campus and being involved in the children's education is very important. Our teachers, principal, PCNC, PTA/PTO, and other staff members I'm sure would all agree.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
I believe that the school is a nice school but when folks such as the PCNC and school administrators work against the PTA, the kids are the ones who suffer. I think that the PCNC/school admin need to re-evaluate their mission statements.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
My experience with PHK hasn't been the best. There have been a lot of changes in the past years at the school. The administrative change hasn't been the best. I think the Principal is not there for the children, parents or school. I have seen the school drop programs that encouraged the children to do well, just to save money. The school does the bare minimal to get by academically. As far as PCNC, and PTA, parent volunteers, they seem a little clicky and not very inviting to an outsider.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2006
As a parent of three children attending PHK I have had many opportunities to volunteer on campus. In addition to the usual activities of chaperoning field trips and class activities. I have had the pleasure of assisting with back to school activities, book sales, family fun fairs, and May day activities. I have been priviledged to assist classroom teachers by making copies, reading to students and many other activities. I have also been able to bake bread with the Kindergarten and make Christmas ornaments with 2nd graders. My experience with the principal has been nothing but positive, she has the best interest of the students as her primary goal, supports the teachers and allows parents to assist as is appropriate. I know that in the past the PTA has had space on campus but due to upcoming renovations that space is not longer available.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
Parents are not wanted in this school. PTA and parent volunteers have been kicked off campus. Teachers are great as well as support. Principal and PCNC are horrible! Parents want to be involved but are not welcome.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
My son fully enjoyed this school. Admittedly, there were a few problems initally with the special ed program and ONE of its teachers. But that teachers deficiences were eventually found out and she was fired. After that my experience has been very positive. The parent and teacher communication is very open and interactive.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
Parent involvement is visibile. All stakeholders promote a nurturing, learning community. Students' progress are systematically monitored. This school is accredited by WASC.

- submitted by a staff
March 01, 2006
If you have children with special education needs, do not send your child/children to this school. We have encountered hostility, threats, and down-right rudeness from the school when trying to get a 504/IEP followed.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Good school. teachers involved with all students progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
No school is perfect but my son's sixth grade teacher is by far one of the best he's had. She and the other staff members care greatly about the whole child and their learning. When my son arrived after school had been in session for two weeks, she made sure he was accepted by his peers and was able to indegrate into the student population. Some may think this isn't as important as academics but an unhappy A student often becomes an unhappy D student. This thought seems to be shared by most of the faculty and overall leads to a better emotional experience for kids as well as academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
I was very concerned about our move to Hawaii because of the schools here. I heard both good and bad reviews of the school system. I was pleased with this school and the attention my children received here. Both of their teachers addressed concerns in a timely manner and worked with myself and my husband to help our children succeed. I definitely recommend this school to my friends who are looking to move here. The teachers are caring and well educated.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
My child came from being the top five in her school to falling below average by attending this school. The school is very behind in education as the states. So please look into other options.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
As a teacher and parent I think I know a little bit. I loved working at the school and my child loved attending. In fact, after working there a year I took my daughter out of private school and enrolled her there. She excelled beyond what was expected. She cried on days she was too sick to go because she wanted to be in class. She ended the year 3 grade levels above what her reading level should be and had excellent report cards. Every school has its share of problems but the staff worked hard for the kids and it showed. I was pleased with the quality and I am pretty picky.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
Very poor teacher student ratio. Too much focus on cultural studies, ie: learning to count in chinese, hawaiian customs, etc... Children fall through the cracks too easily at this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School
1 C Ave, Honolulu, HI  96818
(808) 421-4245
Last modified Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top