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1045 19th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

(808) 733-4880
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4 stars
Based on 17 ratings

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May 07, 2014
The kids at Waialae are friendly, happy, and work well together. The school's holistic approach to education shows in the various extracurricular activities, projects, and field trips they organize. Like any where else, some teachers are great, some are so-so. The school could do a bit more to challenge the advanced kids but other than that, great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
In response to the previous post: "A lot going on behind the scenes at this school, wouldn't send my child there. The CEO is nice, but oblivious. They have trouble hanging on to teachers and not without reason. " I'm not sure where this individual is getting their information if they don't even attend Wai'alae. In regards to teacher turn-over, I don't believe our churn rate unreasonably high. We generally loose teachers to maternity and moving back to the Mainland. We have also lost teachers because they moved abroad, which is a testiment to their adventurous spirit, which we want to foster in our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
A lot going on behind the scenes at this school, wouldn't send my child there. The CEO is nice, but oblivious. They have trouble hanging on to teachers and not without reason.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
My daughter 2nd great teacher is AWFUL...very lazy and disorganized, and although we had a parent/teacher/principal meeting...minimal improvements...teacher needs to retire...she is lacking nurture and it has been observed by other parents that the student take advantage of the teacher's lack of focus and laziness. Its a hit or miss with the teachers. 1st grade teacher was excellent! However, as stated previously..this year's 2nd grade teacher terrible! Most likely opting for private school in the Fall. Principal unsupportive, has never followed up since the meeting and she is always in meetings.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I go there it is great (p.s. my dad is on the board) I like may day there

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2011
After one year at this school it has become very clear that we made the correct choice for our daughter, and we are now great fans of public charter schools. The teachers are warm and caring. Great vision and curriculum. Friendly campus with a beautiful view. Wonderful assortment of extracurricular activities. Love the connection with the community and environmental awareness. It has provided a perfect transition from Montessori to a more traditional school setting. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
Very turned off by their corporate approach! The intent to follow their vision is there but the administration is not approachable and they seem to be concerned with their agenda, which, doesn't always accommodate what is in the best interest of the child (family). Very disappointed since we were attracted to their curriculum and visionary statement. I felt a strong disconnect between the administration and the intent of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
Great public charter school. I really like the teachers and the curriculum and small class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Waialae Elementary is a great school that focuses on celebrating childhood and teaching the whole child. It has continued to provide specialty subjects like Art, Music, and Hawaiiana. The school is very community oriented and is open to the public for events and celebrations, like the upcoming Halloween Celebration to provide families with safe fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Progressive, green, parent & kid friendly and where a lot of learning takes place in & out of school!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Waialae has a great diversified program, a child-centered approach (paced for them, emotionally more nurturing), and are always growing in terms of program (philosophically they explore new ideas, push the curriculum envelope, and seek out partnerships with state-of-the-art researchers/institutions).

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
The School has a great environment, and is all about teaching the whole child!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Waialae school is not to teach study alone. This school is teaching children how with nature to touch it. And, this school is done help that searches out child's talent, too and exists.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Great teachers, nurturing and happy school environment where the kids enjoy going to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Waialae has a committment to children and not just to make them feel good while learning but to create a sense of empowerment in their own education.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Wai'alae Elementary PCS is the best thing that has happened to our family. It offers a healthy and safe learning environment. My children have learned about their community, about the environment, about community service and working well with others. They have been taught how to be a leader and how to be part of a team. I love the healthy lifestyle that the school promotes and the teachers are amazing! My son was part of the school play, student council, jpo....there is nothing bad to be said about the reputation of Wai'alae.....we love the school and wouldn't have it any other way!! Mahalo!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The administration, faculty and staff are all amazing! They truly care for the well-being of all the keiki and is very family friendly!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Waialae gives families the opportunity to be involved in their childs education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Because of the great teacher involvement, you should see our Waialae Fair. Its like a hugh family christmas party where so many parents give to the school like its their family

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The teachers at Waialae PCS are the best. They care so much about the kids and my child loves to go to school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
With a lot of center-based learning, it's like each child gets their own personal learning experience. The teachers are really committed and go the extra mile. As a parent you can be as involved as you want to, and everything you do (big or small) is recognized and appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Wai'alae PCS is a special school that makes a difference in our children's lives. In a state where public schools are affected by furloughs, ours is one of the few that has continued to use their own funds to keep our school open. They maintain special subject teachers and thrive on parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Wai'alae PCS is a school that has far exceeded my expectations. It is a wonderful school and my children love their school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
Beautiful, clean, safe campus! Great leadership! Small classes (only 16 per class). Caring teachers. Inexpensive, fun after-school school program at the school. We love Wai'alae and are so glad we found it! They have tours and info nights if you want to learn more about it.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
Waialae elm is an excellent school. We have both of our children there and are very happy with the teachers and administration. The school appears to be using the latest teaching techniques and spends much energy helping to keep faculty up to date on cutting edge stategies to help our kids. Also, the sense of community is wonderful as it seems every familly is very involved in their child's education (as they should be). We couldn't be happier with Waialae Elm and think it is the best kept secret in education on Oahu. Aloha, A very thankful parent

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
I have a child in school at Wai'alae now & one coming next year. I really admire the CEO and her vision for the school. The implementation of Math Curriculum is a big improvement from past, talking with other parents. The interactive approach to learning is amazing - teachers using a variety of resources from which to introduce subjects & concepts is phenomenal. Having dedicated music,art & PE staff helps too. The students are really taught to be responsible for themselves at an early age and the respect for the students, Parents & teachers is overwhelming.Wai'alae is a superb learning environment for families willing to really be involved in their child's education. All at school are welcoming. My children are safe & nurtured. I do think further implementation of benchmark skills at all grade levels at a consistent high level will continue to propel Wai'alae as an innovator in HI education.

- submitted by a parent
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Waialae Elementary - Public Charter School
1045 19th Ave, Honolulu, HI  96816
(808) 733-4880
Last modified Waialae Elementary - Public Charter School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Waialae Elementary - Public Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top