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3265 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

(808) 421-4280
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May 23, 2014
I am very disappointed in how this school runs things! From the Superintendent to the Principal and Vice Principal! They care more about covering their butts and supporting their teachers instead of the children in the school and in hearing parents complaints! It is ridiculous how they can let the teachers get away with verbally bully students and let children feel like they are nothing and aren't smart enough. I am saying all of this not only from 1 school year experience, but 2. When we first moved here my child had a bad teacher who let bully going on within the students and then try to have my child get in trouble for defending themselves. That is not only the teacher, but the vice principal trying punish my child. Then this year we had it changed around where the teacher herself was verbally bullying my child andI had an investigation opened up on her being that I had the facts come from other children and parents seeing her do it and it was said she was found innocent of it. It is so sad on how the school and teacher gets away with this kind of behavior!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
The school is really good. I have a K and 6th grader. Both my boys love the school and have made many friends. The only set back was our Kindergarden teacher was moved to another school after the first week of the school year and now after the first quarter there are so many Kindergarten students that they are starting another class so children are being moved around to accomodate. The teachers are very attentive to each of their children. So long as parents are involved in the school and what their child is learning it only helps to ensure their overall success.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
I have a 1st and 4th grader attending Aliamanu Elementary school and we are pleased with the education they are receiving. Dont get me wrong if I had $20,000 to send each of my children to private school I would do it. I miss having music and art for my children but they are doing wonderful in all of the other subjects. We have been blessed some amazing teachers that really give as much as they can to the children. YES funding is low but it is everywhere else. Thats when I donate my time and some supplies to help out my teachers. Number one is be involved. The more I involve myself at the school the more I learn about teachers and staff. There is a lot to make a school run great. Its not just Hawaii that has problems. We are a salty Navy family and move a lot. Dont be afraid of all the bad things people say about this school. Just because ONE teacher does not mesh well with a parent does not make the entire school bad. People judge schools out here so poorly and its truly not fair. Get involved. I did and our first year and a half here has been great and I will have another child attending here in the fall and Im not afraid of her education one bit.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
I went to this school from K-most of 4th grade. unfortunately i am in a military family. I then moved to Virginia. While I was 2 grade levels ahead in math, science, reading and music, I was behind in history. They teach Hawaiian history a lot more than US history. However that did not stop me from getting perfect scores on all of my end of years tests. While I was there I found my teachers to be very kind and yes the recesses were combined but the Teachers did a great jobs at keeping the kids away from other years and safe. I was very sad when I moved. I am very disappointed that I missed the higher education. If I was to move back as of now, I am in my Junior year of high school, I believe that I would be to far behind Hawaiian schools to graduate. I know I may be a child but take it from someone who has actually experienced the education rather than the parents who aren't actually sitting in the classes with their kids. It was an amazing school. If I could, when I am older and have kids I would send them there.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2012
Love this school!! My daughter was there from 1st-3rd and my son k-1st. We live in Ohio now and their teachers here are amazed how advance my kids are. Was told by my daughter's 4th grade teacher that the math she was taught toward the end of 3rd grade (at Aliamanu) was not taught until 5th grade here in Ohio. My son's 2nd grade teacher told me that he was one of the few kids in his class that can write in a complete sentence and well advance in his math. I might have just been really lucky or blessed with the teachers my kids had. Being in the military, we hear a lot about schools at our next base and was told before we got there that Hawaii school were not that great. Well, Aliamanu was one of the better schools. Even comparing with other parents around the island, they were shocked about the work my kids were doing. I do have to say that more parents need to get involved. I was fortunate not to work so I volunteered A LOT of my time at the school and in classrooms. I understand that not all parents can dedicate all their time there but every little time counts for something.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Correction: Hawaii state workers are furloughed twice a month, and yet, the teachers do not get the respect they deserve. Parents and teachers have to be good partners on a child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
I moved near this school 2 yrs ago. I have a 7 yr old that has attended 1st and 2nd grde here and also a 4 yr old son that has been in speech therapy here for 1 1/2 years. Let me start by saying Don't judge a book by its cover. After I saw it and read all of these reveiws I figured it to be a horrible and run down school I even tried to get my daughter geographical excepted in a nearby school before enrolling her here. in fact the staff and everyone here has always been very polite and helpful to me. I worked with many of the staff members to enroll my son in speech therapy , they all were very cooperative the whole way ecspecially his speech teacher Mrs. Ann. my son loves her. Both of my daughter's teachers have been great. I have never had any complaints about this school, something I can't say about a newer school in Ewa beach she attended before this one where the reveiws were all good and I had nothing but problems with it...one more thing I have realized after my experience with reading reveiws before my children started this school is that MOST people do not reveiw if the school is not excelling their expectations or something happen to make it a horrible school

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
As with any school, the teachers at Aliamanu Elementary are a mixture of experienced, caring teachers and inexperienced, frustrated teachers. I recommend monitoring your child carefully. If there is a change in your child's behavior or school performance, contact the teacher immediately. Listen to both student and teacher and do what needs to be done to enhance your child's education and well-being. Stay in contact with the teacher and try to make sure s/he is getting what is needed from your child. The principal here is outstanding. She will work until seven or eight at night trying to get everything in order, she makes time for parents and you know she is not getting paid more to do so. Any school has potential if parents pay attention to their child and the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
The school has it's priorities confused, the teachers lack creativity and have no control in the classrooms. I have two children there now and luckily one moves on to middle school where I hope that it's more thought out and friendly. I will home school my other child next year as I think my child would learn more from me and won't be crammed or rushed on learning in order to take the HSA. This is the worst school my children have ever attended on the island or the mainland. If I could rate it a zero star, I would.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
My daughter has been at Aliamanu for a year and has done really well with her teachers. She enjoys her classes and the curriculum has been challenging.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
My daughter has been going to Aliamanu since 2007. Although the teachers seem to be hit or miss, the Special Ed teachers are fantastic. My daughter has an IEP and gos to SPED every day. It has worked wonders for her. Her kindergarten and first grade teachers were fantastic. The school has been very accommodating, and the current principal Valerie Kamemoto cares for every student and handles most situations personally and is very prompt in responding to a concern. My daughter likes this school and I'm happy with her education for the most part. She is learning Hawaiian and Chinese language and culture and Japanese culture in addition to her regular studies. I really wish they had a music and art program, but my daughter doesn't really seem to miss it.The teachers have to try and work with what little they have, and so fare are doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We had a child go to a different much raved about elementary school closely affiliated with federally connected children, for our Kindergarten child this year we chose Aliamanu. It also has many military kids, but I find it refreshing that the children here still have autonomy. This school does not over supervise the children, and that gives them a way to learn and have a sense of independence and pride to do things alone. It is not a 'Nanny' school, the yards are not plush green, Teachers care at this school, and as old as the buildings are, they do good with what they have. During the furlough now, the Principal is doing everything possible to work with the parents, i am impressed with her initiative and can do for the children attitude. Great school

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no rating December 21, 2008
It is very unfortunate that my daughter does to this school, I thank God that my oldest has finally moved on to Jr. High/Middle School. I have solid proof on just how terrible this school is and the continuous mistakes this school keeps making. My daughter finally got assigned to a teacher that seems to be half way decent. For the last 2/3 years I can honestly say that the teachers are poor, poor in their teaching skills. Before coming here I use to be highly active in the schools, but here, I have no desire. I think as a parent, I would highly suggest to you to dig into what is going on at the school. If the Superintendent, Principal or counselors read this they will know exactly who I am. I have had many incidents with this school that were/are appalling.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
this school lacks basic needs such as yard duty and security. it is an open campus on which the teachers are the primary security force and that is if they are out or happen to notice suspicious things or people. as with most schools here there s no air conditioning. there are about 800 kids and only three play grounds which have to be shared with many classes from different grade levels. pe for most kids is every other week. there re however a few teachers that are well worth have and unfortunately many disenchanted teacher who have seemed to have lost their passion. Unfortunately many hold two jobs and not just in the off season to supplement their income. as far as parent involvement the stats are in accurate there were a few hundred volunteers throughout this year. If you are new incoming to kindergarten I would definitely recommend Mrs. Miyata. She is both stern and caring, and very detail oriented.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
G A R B A G E. If you want your kids to receive some kind of decent education do not send them here. The teachers send assignment papers home with misspelled words and horrible grammar. It really makes you wonder how and what they really teach in class or if they do anything at all.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
We love Aliamanu! We are a salty Navy family that has moved five times in the last ten years, and I can say that this school is better than the 'excellent' school at our last duty station. I have friends all over, and I have compared my daughter's curriculum with that of my friends' children--Aliamanu is right on target with mainland schools. I'm sure some new kids will be ahead and others will be behind. Unfortunately for military families, there will always be variation from state to state as far as educational objectives for each grade level because schools are administered at the state level, not federal. My daughter's teacher is fabulous, and the office staff are professional. The PTO members clearly work hard as well. I recommend this school, and suggest that parents remember that things may seem worse than they are during the first year at a new duty station.

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May 02, 2008
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November 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
My insight into Aliamanu Elementary is this: while we were stationed there I wondered if my children would be given a good education so they could transition back into the mainland schools with out needing to play catch up. After four years we moved from Hawaii to Michigan both my children took state test and both scored within the 90 percentile for all subjects. I feel that this school laid a very solid foundation for both their academic achievements. I am so glad they received a high quality of intellectually and culture from Aliamanu

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My child is currently attending Aliamanu. We just transferred here 2 months ago, and I am not impressed. The work she completes at home never comes back graded. It took a long time for her to get her math book, and one of her other books was already written in from a previous years student! Her class is overcrowded.The office staff are very unwelcoming, and that is one of the reasons I haven't come in to volunteer (which is something I did at every other school she attended). I have raised these issues with the vice principal over two weeks ago, and am yet to get a response! I wish I had the money to send her to a private school, I am considering homeschooling.

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September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
We were a military family that had all of our children go to this school at one point. There is too much emphasis on Hawaiin and Chinese culture and not enough U.S. history. I retired last year and moved to the mainland and I must say that the new school's that my kids are attending are great. There was a huge learning curve for them as they were way behind their peers at the new schools. The reason I felt is that the administration and teachers are not there to teach. I really have nothing good to say about this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2007
My son is entering 1st grade this year and I couldn't be happier with the school. Yes, buildings are outdated (not the administrations fault)and need repairs and updates which they are finally getting. Construction is ongoing but has been moving in a timely manner. You have to go with the good and the bad at any school and I think Aliamanu is no different. On the other side, free after school programs are offered once a quarter allowing students to get exposed to arts and languages. The PTA works hard to raise funds and support not only the students but the teachers as well. Several family events take place throughout the year- movie night, talent show, Christmas program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2007
I feel this school is very poorly run. Teachers are wonderful. My sons first grade teacher was the best! I wish Ms Ogawa would move up with my son. Very easy to talk to, very willing to help all students when needed and always had an open door. The Office staff very poor! Principal and Asst. were always in meetings. Very rarely were we able to call and talk with them. PTA very unorganized... Overall Staff (teachers & lunch room staff) were great. School needs alot of help.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I have 2 sons who have attended this school from grades 1st through 6th. Overall the teachers are friendly but it was very hard to become involved with school. It wasn't a welcoming place for military families. It is clear from the moment you step foot in the front office that you are unwelcome. The lack of supervision on campus is appalling! I do have to commend the new PTA for the added activities and fundraisers they have put together this year. Too bad it took so long to get it going! I believe this could be a great school if the Principal was replaced!

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April 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
This school is one of the worse schools that I have had children attend. A school uniform policy is only effective Monday thru Thursday. My foster daughter is drop off at school at 7:00- 7:15 every morning for breakfast. I received a call from her teacher asking for a conference for my child tardiness. The teacher was informing me after months of tardiness. She said that my child is always late coming to class after breakfast. There is no cafeteria monitors for breakfast when the child is dropped off. Homework is usually below their grade level and graded by other students. This school has no structure and lack communications with parents. There are no American teachings, American history or challenging math classes.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
I'm very happy with the teachers but the office people.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
The teachers are easy to talk to and willing to help work out any problems the students may be facing. I appreciate how the Principal and Vice Principal are easy to approach and willing to assist, it seem they really care for the children and their families. Lelani the PCNC is exceptional. She is always willing to help when needed. My son is in the special ed. preschool. His teachers Mrs. Zuzulock and Ms. Marry have really helped him to come a long way in a short period of time. He will do well in kindergarten thank to them. Last year my daughter was in kindergarten with Mrs. Mayata. I didn't care for her way of dong things at first but my impressions changed when I saw how fast my daughter was learning to read & write. The PTA is great too.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
My son had great teachers at Aliamanu, but the facilites and infrastructure are the worst I have seen anywhere. HE frequently sweltered in an unairconditioned classroom. It's so bad, they have to bring their own water to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
Fair teachers, awful facilities, but that is about par for the course in Hawaii. Plenty of money to maintain Waikiki, none to upgrade terrible schools. Look into private schools here.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
Hawaii Elementary Schools need work. They need parents in the school to blow the whistle when waste of time is occuring. I don't feel the teachers are their to teach; they are there to collect paychecks. To much emphasis on Hawaiian culture (some is good). No extra curr. activities. Small un-airconditioned classrooms. Teacher - student ration is well over 20:1. Go see for yourself. Volunteer. And, get you child some extra help; or they will suffer in the long run.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Substandard school. No A/C, leaves children in sweltering overcrowded small classrooms. Bathrooms are poorly maintained, children don't feel safe or have privacy. School rated one of the worst schools in the state for facilities and fire and safety for the third year straight. No music program. Physical education maybe once or twice per month, for about 35 minutes. I regret sending my children here, but have no other alternative.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Hawaii schools are struggling to improve. The fifth grade program is exceptional in this school and the rest of the grades are trying to keep up. The PTA is very active as well as the surrounding military community.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
We are a military family and my son went to this school last year for 4th grade. He was an A student before and he went down to a B-C student and I just feel that his teacher did not care at all about the students. Also there was very little supervison during recess. Because of this and other reasons I will be homeschool him until we leave the island.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
We are a military family & our son attended this school. He was there for almost 4 months. Once again there is not any music, art, American History, or in my experience Science. I was told my son needed help with reading & received a permission slip to sighn in September. In November my husband & I met with the principal because of growing concerns. Only 2 days before our meeting was my son put into the reading help class & was taken out the next day for Hawaiian class. I do not feel the principal is able or willing to lead & the teachers do not seem to care at all. We pulled our son out & are now homeschooling. I would not recommend this school for anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
My daughter attended this school for 2 years. I have to say that the main reason I am leaving the island of Hawaii early is due to hte poor quality of this school. I refuse to let my daughter stay in a school where at one point or another I have had her come home crying due to the comments made by her teachers. She went from a straight A student to an average B-C student. There are no Art or American History classes. The homework is graded by other students and not reveiwed by the teachers. Over all, this has to be the worse school as far as academics, overall involvement and teacher quality that I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
I was a student in Aliamanu Elementary two years ago. I thought the school was great. However, the school did not have so much parent/guardian involvement. I was the president of the student council, and I thank the parents that were involved. But, the school needs more parents to help out in fundraisers, in the class, any little thing that would help. Other than that, the school had great teachers and it has a great principal. I have kept up in my studies, and am even ahead in the department of defense school I am in. For the parents that say that Aliamanu needs more activities, why don`t you get involved and tell them your ideas? If you present it to the administration, I am sure they will recognize your ideas, and maybe use them to make the school an even better learning environment.

- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2005
My son attends this school. He usually loves school but every day is a struggle to get him up for this school. They have Chineese and Hawaiian class but nothing for art or music. I do think Hawaiian History is important so the culture can stay alive. It is equally important for the kids to learn art and music. I would not recommend this school to anyone transfering in.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
My son just started here in the Pre-School (SpecEd) and he loves it. The teachers are wonderful, caring teachers. I agree that there are too many fundraisers, however, Hawaii in general is in desparate need of additional funds to keep the wonderful programs offered available. And your child is not required to participate. They do, however, offer many great programs for the students and make it a point to know their students and they do have a strong PTA. They are constantly having activities and functions for their students due to this strong participation and concern for students. I am also a military memeber and have been around the world and seen many schools: Aliamanu is not a bad school when looked at as a whole. Keep up your good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
I went to Aliamanu from the first grade to the sixth grade. The education was very good, and we had great clubs. I have recently started to go to a department of defense school, and we have high education standards. Many of things that was covered in Aliamanu, was advanced for my grade, so education isn't a problem there. Aliamanu was great also because we were a small, very cooperative community. The only problem is that all guardians are not getting involved in the school's activities. Some parents worked hard,and I appreciated that when I was there, but many community members didn't help. I think that if more children's parents helped, the students would have a better learning environment, and the parents could be more involved in it too.

- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2004
My daugher has been attending Aliamanu Elementary for 2 years now, going on three. We are a military family who move around alot and I have found that this school has too many fundraisers, They make goals and that goal doesn't get done so where does the money go? I don't approve of the No Child Left Behind act for this school just for the main reason that some children need to stay behind and learn more before entering the next grade, that's just harder on the teacher and child the following year. My daughter has been lucky to have two great teachers who really care for there students and work. It shows a lot when the teachers care. What really disapoints me is that my daughers class had to wait until January to get there math books, I don't think they ever got up to speed. Who will that affect??

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May 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
My daughter went here for first grade. Wasn't impressed with the quality of education. Once again too much emphasis on asian/Hawaiian cultures not enough on us history. Too much emphasis on fundraisers. Felt like my child was their personal sales person!

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
My daughter went to 4th Grade at Aliamanu. I was very pleased with the school's drive to have the students get good grades, and their recognition with awards to the students that did well. My daughter came from a small catholic grade school in PA with no more than 140 total students in K-8 to Aliamanu with over 800 students. She adjusted well with the help of her teacher. As for the administration, my daughter was called by her first name when spoken to by the Assistant Principal. With so many students, I was impressed! We are also a military family and have moved on; however, the one thing I miss most about Hawaii is my daughter's school and her caring teacher.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
I was very disappointed with this scool. We are a military family and my daugter went to this school for 2 years. If I could afford it I would put her in private school.

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Aliamanu Elementary School
3265 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI  96818
(808) 421-4280
Last modified Aliamanu Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aliamanu Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top