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Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 19 students


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Posted July 11, 2012

Reflecting in the late 80's and 90's, Ive had the best teachers and support from this high school. There was the negative stigma of attending a public school that is located in the low income portion of the city. But the quality of teachers and support staff on the campus enabled the Farrington students to have the best education that they can receive. Back then adolescence and the brink of adulthood collided at the age of 18 for most. As a high schooler, Ive learned parts of my self as a growing teenager that growing up was hard and it had its challenges. The outlets that help aid me in deterring from a idle student were band, T-shirt Theater, and the Hiking Club. The school offered these wonderful groups as well as array of other positive clubs. Its a matter of the teacher. The teachers were the ones that I appreciate the most. Looking back, I never realized how good I had it. And now as as 20+ years later, it didn't matter what high school we sat in. The experience of being a Hawaii student will never be taken away because there is no place like being born and raised in Hawaii. The extension of Aloha reaches to all realms of being in this great school of pride... GOVS!!!!

Posted September 18, 2009

Farrington is a great school!! its simply depends on your child and how much they actually want to be in school. You learn what's required of you but you also learn other things. Things that you can't learn in a classroom. You learn how to socialize with different people from diverse backgrounds. Our school is all about diversity. You learn about having school spirit and taking pride in where you come from. You also learn how to push yourself to meet your own personal limit or goal in life. Sure, our school may have it's ups and downs and minor set backs when it comes to law and justice but you learn a lot. I would recommend my school to anyone who is looking for something different!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 29, 2009

The best teachers that really care about their students. And the best students that care about themselves and progressing in life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2008

the best school in hawaii!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2008

This school is a very outstanding school! Its teachers are very willing to help out students. Its not about how the school looks like, its about how their learning and how its increasing. Keep it up Govs!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2008

Parents, I don't suggest this school if you are willing to transfer your child. It's motto is ' The leaders at this school are average at best, especially when it comes to the schools funds. The teachers are not as great either, forcing the school to go under restructuring. The officials seem to cut a little slack towards the 'bad students at the schoo . On the bright ide, the students have a lot of pride and they provide exta-curricular activities to make the school a little less 'boring'
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 27, 2008

Farrington High School is an excellent school. Excellent educators that care about their students.

Posted November 9, 2007

It has wonderful programs for my children and the schools and teachers does inform me on how my child is doing in school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 19, 2006

A very good and rich loving community, with great foundations and good care of students. I would greatly recommend this school to any loving parents.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 12, 2006

There is no other school that I know of that loves each other like a family as like Farrington high school. The students there are restless but eager and appreciative. Teachers are very committed to school-wide activities. The community support is also very high. Crime has also been at an all-time low. Great leadership and great kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2006

'Enter to learn: go forth to serve' is Farrington's motto. I believe that this school prepared students for college or the work place. During 2000, they gave out a total of 100 scholarships to students who applied for them. One of my friends received seven scholarships that year. Farrington has a bad reputation of being an unsafe and dangerous school, but I disagree. Any school can be dangerous and unsafe for students, but they offer the best programs and clubs. For example, they have the Health Academy, LEO Club, and Child Service Program.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 25, 2005

I think Farrington is a great school! The education is fairly good, the band program is great, and the environment is good also.. Overall, this school is pretty good, although the scores are rather low.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 29, 2004

I think Farrington is a great school! It is constantly upgrading it's system on how it educate students.
—Submitted by a former student

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Biology I

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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 64% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 24% 34%
Two or more races 10% 8%
Black 1% 2%
White 1% 14%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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