July 10, 2015
I totally recommend Moanalua Middle School. I know several families who lie to get their children into this district (make up address, use someone else’s address, etc.). It has a strong reputation in academics and music.
Math: The elementary school is on the Singapore math system (totally horrible), but MMS is regular math and my daughter’s math grades improved. But her math teacher still required his way to solve the problem or it was wrong even if there are other ways for the student to solve.
Classes: Students are put in groups and will stay in the same groups and same teachers in 7th grade and 8th grade, unless requested to be moved.
Dress Code/Uniform: MMS has a strict dress code with the tops having to be approved school shirts and the bottoms on a few choices. But shoes, socks, hair color, makeup, jewelry is up to the student’s personality. My very fashionable daughter was not happy with a uniform at first, but now its time to move schools, she wants to keep her uniform as it is so much easier she says and no stress on what to wear.
Activities: MMS is well known for their orchestra and band program. They also are very good in sports too. The middle schools in Hawaii have competitive basketball, volleyball, track, and cheerleading. They also have clubs like drama, choir, art, ukulele, too.
Bullying: There will always be bullying wherever you go. They have mean girls. The disrespectful things that come out of these uneducated girls are horrible. Sadly, I think the administration could have done more to control these mouthy twits; especially those who were attending MMS on a geographic exception. Bringing weapons to school is no joke here. Just this summer school of 2015, a kitchen knife was brought and the student who expelled and two students who knew about it but did not report it were suspended for the summer. Make sure you check our children’s backpacks.
I continue to recommend this school and system (elementary and high school). My daughter was very happy; she was academically challenged; and flourished at MMS.
- submitted by a parent