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Waialae Elementary - Public Charter School

Charter | PK-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 13, 2013

I go there it is great (p.s. my dad is on the board) I like may day there


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 14, 2010

Great public charter school. I really like the teachers and the curriculum and small class sizes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 13, 2010

Progressive, green, parent & kid friendly and where a lot of learning takes place in & out of school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 13, 2010

The School has a great environment, and is all about teaching the whole child!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 29, 2010

Great teachers, nurturing and happy school environment where the kids enjoy going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 28, 2010

Waialae gives families the opportunity to be involved in their childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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 44% 34%
White 31% 14%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 20% 34%
Black 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A49%
Female 48%N/A48%
Male 52%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1045 19th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-4880

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