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Kealakehe Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 1005 students

 

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11 reviews of this school


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Posted January 12, 2014

The teachers care about each and every student. There are structures in place to support the needs of all learners. The school offers a variety of after school support programs and enrichment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 8, 2014

Teachers, staff and administrators at our school are positive, upbeat and care about our students. In spite of the demands of common core and new requirements our teachers still put students education fist! :) I'm proud to teach with these wonderful people and to have such excellent students and parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 7, 2014

I am honored to have my children attend this school. Staff is honest, compassionate, intelligent, and heroic. It is a large school that feels like a small, intimate when within its classroom walls. The principal - a mainstay for over a decade - leads with integrity and patience. One of my dear friends said it best when she described it: "a hidden diamond."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

This is such a great school. This is my 6th year teaching there and I cannot imagine teaching any where else. We have a supportive admin and hard working teachers who love to teach and love their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 7, 2014

Don't judge a book by its cover! Look inside to see what a true gem this school really is!!! We are big, we are powerful and we make a positive difference everyday with every child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 11, 2010

I taught at Kealakehe for three years when I moved to Kona, and I still substitute regularly now that I've retired. The reason I worked there, after retiring from 28 years teaching in California, was the dedication and quality of the teachers. Even under restructuring, their focus was the whole child. It is a very difficult, low-income neighborhood, but problems on campus are minimized by the counselors and other staff members who let each child know that he or she is cared for. Expectations are high, and those children who have talents in particular areas are given opportunities to excel. Special services staff work hard to keep up with the immigrant population and those who need differentiated instruction beyond the regular classroom. Opportunities abound for parental involvement, but few are able to take advantage of them due to financial stresses. Teachers stay current with support from Literacy Coaches and Math Coaches.


Posted August 2, 2009

Teachers at Kealakehe were ALWAYS great, caring & wonderful for my child. Always challenged him and promoted a great classroom atmosphere. Administrative staff, front office and Principal NEED WORK -- VERY disorganized, no 'Aloha', disrespectful and terrible to deal with. If only the staff could learn from the Teachers @ Kealakehe Elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Very disorganized office situation. Not very security conscious or even aware of where the kids are. My kids state test grades showed a dramatic decline after 2 years. Pulled my kids out, and now homeschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

My child's teacher is extremely organized and effective. They have been learning amazing things in Science, Literature and Math all year long. I spend time volunteering in the school and from what I see, this type of structure is the norm. My child's writing exceeds that of her peers at the private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

The office is very disorganized. You receive a different answer depending on who you ask, and when they do put something in writing, it is wrong. It took me three weeks to have my son enrolled because of their disorganization. My sons class has 23 kids in it. Much higher than the 16 you list. The daycare is also full which they said they had before we moved him to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

I really don't see much structure. Kids run wild. Every wednesdays they get out at 1:00. And they don't seem to collect box tops for help; they get the kids to sell stuff to often.
—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.

2011

 
 
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 2012.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2012.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 63% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 62% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2012.

186 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 55% 34%
Asian 17% 35%
White 14% 14%
Two or more races 7% 8%
Hispanic 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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745118 Kealakaa St
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 327-4308

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