The quality of some of the academic programs are acceptable. Some of the teachers need to put forth more of an effort to teach towards better standards and be accountable for the students that are struggling. The Music program is wonderful, with the exception of not learning an instrument starting in 5th grade. There is not really an art program only a traveling artist and what the teacher does in cleass. Parent involvement is in the middle, there is also involvement form the local Marine Corps base as alot of military children attend this school. It is a mediocre school that needs more programs available to the students. At least Kainalu is a better choice of school than the one on MCBH.
Kainalu is nicely multicultural, unlike many of Hawaii's schools where Caucasians are under-represented. There is a strong feeling of identity with the school. It is in one of the most scenic settings in all of Oahu, and the grounds are one of the largest for an elementary school. Events are frequent and there is an active PTA. By mainland standards, academics are barely above average, but for Hawaii this is a very good school. My kids are perhaps happier here than at one of the private schools in the area, though. Lanikai (a nearby charter school) has more extra-curricular programs available and is perhaps a bit more academically rigorous (with an excellent new principal in 2004). Overall, my kids love this school and in fact other parents have moved their kids to this school from other schools. There is a good after-school program (A plus) on school grounds.
I am a sixth grader at Kainalu and I just wanted to say that its a excellent school and I recomend coming to Kaianlu to any one.
My daughter is attending Kainalu for the first time this year as a third grader and my wife and I could not be happier so far with the level of education she is receiving.
a great place for any child parents need to support staff, get involved.
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