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.
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 .
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....
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parent involvement is visibile. All stakeholders promote a nurturing, learning community. Students' progress are systematically monitored. This school is accredited by WASC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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