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Damien Memorial School

Private | 6-12 | 597 students

Faith-based, college preparatory, affordability to need-based financial aid

 
 

Living in Honolulu

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $395,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted October 12, 2010

Actually, this year, 2012, Damien went coed! As a female student in high school, I love this school so much. Teachers are wonderful and always willing to help, classes are good sizes, and most of the students I am surrounded with daily are kind and mature! Love this school!


Posted October 31, 2008

My son has been at this school since 7th grade and he is a freshman as of this review.. EXCELLENT school.. all the teachers are very educated and excellent in teaching skills, the school has also recently improved their computer and science classrooms (with all updated state of the art equipment) as well as new renovations to the gym..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

This school is a great environment for young men to be able to focus on their studies. The middle school principal, Mr Tomita is very visible in school functions and is very approachable. My oldest son has been to four different schools and this is his fifth and we are quite satisfied with what he had achieved. They have allowed him to grow and tries to challenge him in areas that he has excelled. He was able to take algebra as a 7th grader and is now taking geometry as an 8th grader. We are very pleased with this school and will be sending our other son as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

Attending Damien Memorial School was a decidedly positive academic, spiritual, and social experience. The four years I spent at Damien allowed me to pursue my interests, maximize my potential, and forge lasting bonds of friendship with my classmates. I learned innumerable important lessons from the faculty of Damien, which I continue to apply to both my academic and personal lives. In addition to offering an excellent speech and debate program, an award-winning newspaper, and continually improving athletic teams, Damien is, in my opinion, the best environment for a boy to become a man. The diverse student body, committed teachers such as Mr. Higa, and strong Catholic atmosphere all combine to provide a unique synergy of camaraderie and learning. Regardless of what adversity or challenge I may face in my future, I will always remember my high school years at Damien Memorial School as an important formative influence and unequivocally beneficial experience
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2008

My son just completed the 7th grade at Damien Memorial Middle School. We are very happy with his progress in school. When we decided to send him to Damien he was not too happy about it. He adjusted really well to the school and he is looking forward to the new school year in August.
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Posted March 26, 2006

i'm a student, who is part of the new Damien Middle school. I transfered out of Wahiawa Middle school. Wahiawa middle, was a horrible school, with bad surroundings, horrible admin, and it was also full of uncontrolable classes (classes were usually sized at 25 kids+). At Damien Memorial, I have already seen many differences. We recieve hands on learning because of the small class sizes, and Mr. Tomita the middle school principal is also very positive. The teachers are also able to control the classes much better.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 20%
Black 7% 2%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 73%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Tagalog
Spanish
Korean
Japanese
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chinese (Cantonese)
Hawaiian
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Rock band
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Online Class Offerings
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Bernard Ho, President & CEO
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • All boys
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (808) 847-1401

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Online classes
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Online Class Offerings
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Honolulu
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Paddle, Fishing, Bowling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Finance
  • Forensics club
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Music Ministry
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Athletic Events
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$9000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Need based and military

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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1401 Houghtailing Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
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Phone: (808) 841-0195

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