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Kalani High School

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Posted August 29, 2014

Kalani High School is an average school. There are great teachers that really help out the students and some that are not. In addition, the teachers have really bad favoritism that make students not learn that well. Also, the principal doesn't treat his students well. He has favoritism over the students and is not a friendly type of guy. For sports, they have AGAIN favoritism for that too! They don't pay attention to tennis and don't even come to the games to watch and take pictures which is horrible. They didn't give us new rackets/materials to play. The coach had to use his own money to cover it. Which I think is unfair because they didn't renew his contract so he is not the coach for Kalani anymore. In addition, they didn't even pay for our uniforms too. OH AND THE BATHROOM IS DISGUSTING SO THEY SHOULD PUT LITTLE TRASHCANS IN EACH STALL. Also, they should give more discipline and punish kids harder. SO THIS COULD STOP ALL THE BULLYING. ------- SUBMITTED BY A FORMER STUDENT
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 16, 2011

Former student of Kalani and i have to somewhat agree with some things people rated. There are some great teachers, but if there is no care behind the teaching, then ultimately the student does suffers. It's not just up to the teachers to teach. Its, also up to the students to want to learn. Ultimately, it is the teachers job to teach weather or not the students want to learn, but you do have agree or disagree that when the teachers come to work to do their job, its easy for them to loose sight when all of their efforts to the majority of the students are all for not, but teachers should realize that just because there may be a majority of the students who seem to not care about learning, for some of those its just an act and for some others who want to learn, you maybe doing an injustice. In my experience, when a student had a question after class or needed help after school, some teachers didn't have the time for them. That is an example of not doing your job.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 18, 2010

High quality education and dedicated teachers. Safe atmosphere and competitive academics. Even their football team is getting better! Kalani has been a good experience for my son, who is a mainland transfer student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 9, 2010

Out of all the public schools, I believe the best the Hawaiian public schools could get would be way below average. However, since this is one of the better schools in Hawaii is why it would be commended. Teachers are great, and education O.K. but I believe Kalani needs to hire teachers with enthusiasm. The teachers don't know how to take care of their students, and there is no discipline whatsoever. Teaching rates are SUPER slow, and I believe these things that they call Hawaii's 'Public Schools' need improvement big time. I can't see myself as a doctor, or even a entrepreneur, or even a 7/11 owner. My future doesn't seem bright at all, and unless education increases, there is no hope not only for Kalani, but all public schools in this miserable island.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 14, 2009

The teachers dont teach... Plain and simple
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2009

Great Science department, and Awesome Marching Band
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2008

I am a current student of kalani and absolutely love it :) oustanding teachers and supporting staff, they are a student-centered school and really care about the child's success. The sports are exceptional (well atleast the ones i do).. (Crosscountry, soccer, track)... mmm... marching band is also fantastic
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 8, 2008

My son went to Kalani and received an excellent education. He has gone thru undergraduate and is starting graduate school. His pre-college schooling at Kalani prepared him well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2008

Many new teachers this year, some of them are excellent, a few are not as good. However, the good thing about young new teachers is that they are more accepting of changing direction and moving ahead compared to the 'stuck in the muc' type of teacher who resist change and thus resist improvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2007

Its not like DODDS Standards. They are balanced. this public school is large and hard to teach newcoers to adapt to this school. The education ranked 50 of 50 avg. in U.S. Public States.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 2, 2007

Fantastic school with great teachers who care!!!
—Submitted by a former student

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Biology I

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grade 10 in biology. The HSA is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Hawaii. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 65% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 11% 34%
Two or more races 11% 8%
White 10% 14%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4680 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96821
Phone: (808) 377-7744


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