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September 18, 2014
Was encouraged to post here by a mutual perspective. Upset with teaxher-parent relationship and the female vp, Character says a lot about a person. Parents talk a lot about these isses but need to get more active in school to ensure that admin wont slack off.. Not sure how the school finds hire? Is the school short of resources? Similar to the other poster, the BOE and DOE are struggling and suppose times are rough. Parents need to think about whats important and hopefully find satisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Last year was somewhat more productive than this year. Some of the changes in admin and newer hiring perhaps contributed to the decline of parent satisfaction. While we appreciate the honest hard work of many ( kids kindergarten teacher was good), there are some that are terrible additions contributing to the progress of our children well being. Some stories shared by parents concerning faculty are unfathomable (however perhaps due to lack of funds and the ongoing poor ed system in HI, the employee motivation at work is difficult to obtain and improve better hires). Better to homeschool.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
The only reason I give this school 2 stars is for my daughters teachers this year.They have been great. Other then that I would choose another school. My son a 5th grader has had nothing but projects this year.Seriously begining to think they just hand out projects so they dont have to do anything else. I have repeatedly asked for help for him and been given the run around. Coming onto a military base I was highly disappointed in what I saw would be my childrens school. I still dont understand why this is not a DOD school. We came from a DOD school in Japan and it was amazing. The fact the the Govt., or the military for that matter subject our children to such low educational standards is appalling. As of now when we get back to mainland even my daughter who is getting straight A's will be well behind the other children her age. So disappointed and saddened with the outcome of sending my children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
- Teacher Quality: first year can't really judge - Principal Leadership: don't know who he is. Never seen him. Maybe participate in a school pledge of Allegiance in the so called field they have. Maybe go around the classes and see that the teachers are teaching and how they are teaching. Maybe stop by lunch for each time periods to see how the kids are doing. What they are being fed. Maybe walk around the school and recess during the day to give a high five or play basketball with the kids. Maybe interact yourself with knowing who the kids parents are. Maybe get out of your office and socialize yourself with EVERYBODY. Maybe help out during drop off and pick up. Maybe SHOW that you care about our students. Test scores for math and reading are just over 50%. - Parent Involvement: I think it would be a LOT better if the school would actually care what parents thought and took action. There's no activities for the kids to participate in. Like a school fair with games and cheap prizes. A bake sale is a great idea. Way to get the school and families TOGETHER. There's none of that here. If you do take a chance here GOID LUCK!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
I have never seen a school that has such poor organization.. 6 year olds are allowed to walk home alone without parent permission... which i personally thing is wrong, good luck if you want to get in touch with someone by email to discuss the issue of not being able to find your child during pick up because they had walked home because the bell rings and everyone just goes. as far as drop off and pick up, the adults stand outside and wave for you to move further down.. that is all they do i have seen many parents having to get out of the car to open the childs door (which i would assumed was probably child locked) with an adult standing right there.. this is the reason the line doesnt move in the morning.. the teachers are okay though communication with the parents is not the best.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
My daughter has been at Mokapu for 3 years. We have had amazing teachers, and overall good experience with the administration. Never really had an issue school level. But parents don't get involved and it is difficult to hear everyone always complaining but never doing anything to change it. 800+ kids maybe 20 people regularly volunteer. The balance is off - making it harder for admin. to handle everything when parents don't seem to care. My daughter has done after school enrichment programs, track, math club, mad science and more - lots of opportunities. School wide Literacy night in the fall (free event) was a blast and The PTA Family craft night in December is an amazing event - event had Santa. Bingo night, craft nights, and so much more. Not to mention NFL Play 60 was yesterday and the kids had a blast. Hopeful that Science and Math night both upcoming will be great fun too! I wish there were more but I understand why without support it is hard for the school and PTA. I love our teachers and staff they know every child and go above and beyond whenever they can.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
If you have a special needs child RUN as far and as fast as you can from this school. We have been in Hawaii 9 months and have racked up 14 violations of IDEA. My son is 6 and attended part of his kindergarten year and is currently enrolled in 1st grade. They failed to provide services to him that were listed on his out of state ID, was found in a parking lot by a parent volunteering, started current school year a week late because they didn't have his supports in place, was told by his teacher she didn't have time to listen to safety concerns, freely admitted he is given no direct instruction, I could go on and on. The whole SPED program, from Administration down is the WORST I have ever come across. Please, seriously consider other options.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
As a former teacher and military spouse, I was so blessed to have had my children attend this school. There are all kinds of rumors out there about Hawaii schools ( that you hear from the military). Mokapu is very much like a family and know the needs of military children. My son attended first thru fourth at Mokapu. My daughter attended kindergarten. We move to Virginia last year. We moved to one of the highly recommended public school districts. My son and daughter took tests to see where they would be placed. Both are in excelled classes and have maintained on honor roll. Mokapu prepared them for future success. As a military family, we feel blessed to have been a part of Mokapu. The teachers are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Wonderful school. My child was here for junior kindergarten, 5th, and 6th grade and my daughter for junior kindergarten. Both recommended to skip kindergarten and go straight to 1st grade because of the attention they got during Jr. K. All the teachers our children had were attentive, organized and truly cared about what the education our children (and other students) received during their time there. Like all schools, the parents have play just as important a role as the staff and the student and all of our concerns were addressed in a proper and timely manner. The principal and vice principal run a tight watch and hold the students and teachers accountable and has definitely improved since the last time were were here a decade ago.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
I have had 3 kids at Mokapu for the past 3 years ranging from Jr. K to 6th grade. For the most part the school has been god. My special needs child gets attention and his teacher this year has been amazing! All my kids have had a good experience at Mokapu and I have enjoyed the Teachers. Like most schools it has its downfalls, my kids complain about the food, its terrible! But other than that I am glad my kids went here!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
This is our third year at this school. While it started off rocky the first year, there has been a new administration put into place and now we LOVE it! The teachers are wonderful, the administration is caring, and the campus is beautiful! The new administration has really turned things around at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
I have been with Mokapu for about a month and so far I have really enjoyed being a part of the team. I would really love to learn more about procedures, and policies and the day to day functions. Overall, tho, I think the school is very beautiful compared to some of the other local schools.

- submitted by a teacher
January 22, 2012
My daughters have attended Mokapu for the past three years, ranging from grades K-3. While I was very disappointed in the administration and office staff at the onset of their education in 2009, this year has seen a DRASTIC change. At the beginning of this school year Mrs. Kane (former VP) has taken over the principal position, and the office staff, teachers, students and community has flourished under her guidance. Overall the school has done a 180 and that is evident in the overall feel of the school. While the teachers have always been amazing, I feel they have more confidence and support from their leadership. It should be noted: many of the grievances of earlier reviewers such as early Wednesdays, furloughs and cultural nuances are indicative of the educational system in Hawaii overall and do not occur only at Mokapu. Other great features of the school include their enrichment programs, AGT for academically gifted and talented students and the strong abilities of the teachers to teach to each child! The teachers my daughters had in the past did not teach to a baseline, but instead encouraged every child to reach their own potential.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
This has been my worst school experience. This is definitely a different culture and the word "proactive" does not exist. No matter where you are coming from it takes 24 hours to place a child in a class, that's even if you show up at 7:30 am. I'm used to teachers and staff that value education. Why you keep a child out of the class room. It is not a distraction to start a child in the middle of the day. That child could use that time to get aclimated and the mainland gets that. The staff at Mokapu is much too relaxed and has a nonchalant atitude when it comes to helping families.There is more than one occasion where I was given bad information about enrollment, luckily I was able to correct the administrator on the spot. If you don't know, don't make up information. That is just frustrating!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
This school is currently going through transition as many schools in HI are experiencing. However, the support community to include the administration, the transition office, the Parent Community Networking Committee (PCNC), and the outstanding PTA has provided commendable services to ensure the success of Mokpo Elementary Students. The current rating does not accurately reflect the positive learning environment occurring at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
We just moved here and while the Hawaii school system overall is a year behind the mainland, the Mokapu teachers are trying very hard to push the kids to be the best they can be. My daughter is in 5th grade and special needs and so far, all of her accomadations have been honored and the teachers are great with her. They are taking the time to help her with her school work and socially to make friends. It takes the parents and teachers working together. It seems the upper level of the Hawaiian school system are the ones who are messed up and don't know what the schools really need. One change that needs to be made is getting out of school at 12:30 every Wednesday! And, the number of days the kids are out of school is just crazy! The kids and teachers need more time in the classrooms!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
I have found that Mokapu has many good teachers (along with some bad), and some fun after school programs that the kids enjoy. There is a great new assistant principal. He is so friendly and welcoming to parents and kids, be sure to meet him! The major downfall to this school is with the head principal. I have found her to be at times very blunt and rude. Many teachers and base employees that I have gotten to know also complain of this and many other issues regarding the principal's decisions. I am amazed she still has a job there, someone should step in and change the leadership. Ending on a positive note...bottom line, if they were to get a new principal I would change my review to 4.5 stars because there are so many other positive points to this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
this is my childs first year at Mokapu. She will NOT go back next year. I will home school her. The teachers and the front office need to learn people skills. I talked to my friends on the mainland that is in the same grade as my daughter and we are so much behind the mainland. Hawaii schools are really bad. I think the Military should step in and take over. I cant be involved at all because i have two other little kids but I try to talk to the teacher before or after school and she is so rude!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
My child has been attending Mokapu for 2 years now and am VERY greatful to be apart of Mokapu School. As I was browsing through the reviews I came across some that were very untrue and negative!!!!! The office staff has been wonderful to my family. Everytime I walk in there they always greet me with a smile and a hello. I have been volunteering ever since my child started. I've witnessed a LOT of rude parents that complain about EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to get what they want. I've also seen parents be very pissy to the office staff/admin. They are the first who greet us and last and I give them a lot of credit dealing with unruley parents. Send your child to Mokapu, a GREAT school!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
After 3 1/2 years with my children at Mokapu, I can recommend it, particularly if you have a gifted child. Mrs. Tsuzaki is wonderful with the AGT kids (grades 3-6.) The after school enrichment activities range from Arts & Craft, to Drama, Choir, Lego Robotics, and Astronomy Clubs. Most of the teachers are great, although every school has it's share of burn-out. If the front office staff would develop better people skills and some manners, it would leave me with nothing negative to say! (Except that parents need to get more involved, but the school cannot counteract the deployment depression that some parents are suffering from, nor can it make people with island fever happy to be here.)

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Based off of reviews from this site I decided to get a GE form and try to get my daughter in a very good school out in town. Unfortuantely the class she needed to be in was full. After much thought we decided we would go ahead and give Mokapu a try. We went to go enroll her and met the rudest staff by FAR! They were very unprofessional, wouldn't even bother to get up from their desks to help me - there was one helpful person in the office, but even she wasn't enough to make up for the rudeness of everyone else. I decided there was no way my child could go to a school like this. The teachers may be great - I don't know - and never will because I cannot imagine dealing with that staff on a year round basis.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I have enjoyed our time at Mokapu. My daughter has spent 2.5 years here, and has had excellent teachers. My complaints come from the front office staff. Although there are a couple helpful polite ladies, everall they tend to be short and rude.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
My son started there in Jan. He didn't learn anything new. There were a couple of times I went to pick him up and they didn't know where he was. They have short days and half days on wed. The play area is pretty pathetic. It's just not a very good school.

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no rating May 11, 2010
I would not want any one coming to the MCBH to send thier child to this school. My child does love it but the education level is well below standard levels. They do have some great teachers but they also have terrible teachers as well. Within the admin there are corrupt people, they are really only looking out for themselves and not the family. GO TO AIKAHI!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
My youngest daughter has been at Mokapu since the end of first grade. Having come from a C.A. (Oceanside) school it was recomended that we hold her back because her reading skill was WAY below grade level. I'm happy to say that without retaining her she is now reading at a six grade level and she is only in the fifth grade. Thank You Mokapu teachers for going above and beyond!

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February 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
The beginning of my son's education is off to a terrific start. The transition into kindergarten has been wonderful. Mokapu begins kindergarten with a kinder camp in the summer, a chance to meet with the teacher (during which time the teacher assesses the student), and a few days with just half of the class before bringing everyone together. This gave my son a chance to ease into his classroom and get used to the expectations of Kindergarten. As an educator myself, I have been very pleased with the care and concern the teachers, administrators, and staff members have given my son. I couldn't have hoped for a better teacher and a better beginning to a life-long of learning. Thank you Mokapu Elementary School for everything you do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2009
Wonderful school. Excellent Sped. Program. Superb teachers, administration and support staff. Loved my three years there.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
my child loves this school good education and my daughter has lots of fun and friends there that u can work togther

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2009
Mokapu Elementary is a great school. The administration, teachers, and staff really care about the children. Mokapu's Staff takes pride in their school. Parents need to volunteer in their child(ren) education, school activities, and classroom. The teachers are always happy when their students parents get involved. PTA sends emails to parents every week requesting for Parent Volunteers. If you have the time..even if it's 1 hour a day..it makes a difference. The staff at Mokapu treats their parents with respect and treats everyone equally. I have never seen any discrimination regarding your military status/rank. You could come to the school well dressed or in your pajamas and you wouldn't be judged. If you have an issue about your child's education or welfare..communicate with Ms. Ostrem and Ms. Shaner..They are here for the children and parents of the school. Please take pride in your child and their school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
This school is one of the worst that I have ever send my child to. Both teachers and pta don't really care about anything. Also if you are a higher raking wife then you made the connection and your child would be the favorite in class. I think everyone should be treated the same and not looking into ranks. If you can please don't send your chil to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
My child has attended Mokapu for about two years now. Her Kindergarten and First Grade teachers were awesome - caring, supportive, and up-to-date with their teaching strategies and lesson plans. The administration is also supportive and accessible to parents and students alike. The main problem this school is grappling with is a lack of parent involvement. Both the PTA and PCNC request volunteers throughout the school year, yet the response is minimal. This school would be so much more successful if parents would just give some of their time for the sake of their children.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
My daughter attended Mokapu until we moved to Florida, and now that I have another school to compare it too, I can honestly say Mokapu is a terrible school. First of all, there is absollutely no security there. Parents and students just wander around and nobody questions them. The principal would not provide a temporary escort for my kindergartner who had to take the bus, fully expecting a 4 year old!!! to find her way to and from the bus on her own. We finally got that resolved by going to the superintendent. And although my daughter was way ahead of her class she was given no extra 'enriching' activities to do and was instead expected to sit around bored and/or reprimanded for not paying attention (well, she already knew it!). If you have any other choice, do NOT send your kids here. It's terrible.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
My daughter has attended Mokapu for almost two years now. Her Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Reinhardt, was amazing. Within weeks of school, she was reading! Mrs. Ostrem, the principal, is wonderful. I never have a difficult time getting in contact with her, or Mrs. Shaner, the VP. Last year, I didn't like the lack of activities for my child to participate in so I joined the PTA. As a part of the PTA, I am saddened by the lack of involvement from the parents. I read a review that stated the PTA was 'clique-ish'? I guess it might seem that way to people when it's the same 10 or 15 parents that volunteer for everything. Get involved! It's sooooo important.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Mokapu is an excellent school. I've been here since 2003 and my child who is now in the 5th grade is so pleased. He is blessed to have a teacher(Mrs. Morimoto)who is consistently teaching and helping him. As far as the leadership, & spirit they have are high. My son is in Student Council. He thinks very high of this school. He is in JPO(Juinor Polic Officer) I'm just glad to say, my son goes to Mokapu Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I am a 6th grade student at Mokapu. The school is very nice looking: the gardens are well tended, there is no graffitti like some schools on the island. The teaching is good although just like every other kid out there I have the pros and cons of some teachers. The AGT program is great and I learn a lot. I am going on to Kailua Intermediate School next year in the GT program and will miss Mokapu. The counselors deal with problems well and everything is always solved.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2009
I have 3 kids at this school: 1st, 4th and 5th grade. A few years ago the school was struggling, but wow! It's turned around and has been a fantastic, supportive place for my kids. The principal has done wonders to stabilize the school! We have benefitted also from the gifted and talented (AGT) program. The extracurricular offerings are wide-ranging: choir, arts & crafts, Mad Science, math and geography, book club, track team. There are plans to include more next year, like drama and ukulele. With all the negative comments I heard about the Hawaii education system before I got here, I have been pleased with Mokapu's offerings and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially military families. The school parters with 3rd Marines and the school staff strive to help families with military challenges. It's as good a place as any off base, maybe better!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
I have 2 children attending this school, one is a 4th grader and one a 6th grader. Both children are in the wonderful AGT program. The Robotics team from AGT students won in their area and competed at the state competition this yr. In the last 2 yrs the Principal, Mrs Ostrem and her staff have completely turned the school around. She has removed the 'dead wood', the transition program and staff are great, the after school enrichment program is excellent and being added to all the time. The thing that makes this school stand out is their understanding and dedication to all the military parents and uniqueness of teaching children of military members. If you have heard negative comments, believe me, they are perpetuated by parents who do not have children that go to this school and have no clue about how wonderful the school is.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
My name is Carole Rice and my husband is the Base CO. We PCS'd here last summer and like all parents were concerned about the education for our 2 girls who are both in AGT. We are so impressed by the professionalism and dedication of all the teachers, support staff, transition staff, Principal and Vice Principal. They truly care about our military children and strive to be the best school to support military families. You can be assured that you have no need to send your children off base to get the best education possible in Hawaii. Please ignore all the negatives you might have heard and see for yourself what a great school this is. What makes a school even better is parent involvement so I encourage all parents to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
Before moving to Hawaii, I researched Mokapu Elementary and was prepared for the worst. Instead, what I've seen is consistent dedication. The current Vice Principal (Ms. Shaner) and Principal (Ms. Ostrem) are a dynamic team who have made our children's education their priority. When I have concerns, I am listened to and when the children are having trouble, they are the first to call. I am also very impressed with the counseling staff, who have gone out of their way to provide services to my oldest even before he was tested out with an IEP. I know there have been bad experiences, but if we take a good hard look at this school and the people organizing it, we will see challenges being met and children growing. Our military children are in great hands.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2009
I have had two sons attend Mokapu Elementary. My oldest attended K-6 and my youngest will only get PreK and K. The AGT program is wonderful. My son was continually challenged in the program and the parent/teacher communication was excellent. My youngest son has received special education services with OT, speech and was in a special ed preschool room. I have nothing but good things to say about the people involved in the special ed programs. They have been wonderful from the start getting him evaluated and integrated into the school. I have no complaints with special ed or kindergarten. I have seen Mokapu go from okay to poor to emerging. They have introduced more programs for the kids which will only help the school to grow. I think Mokapu has a ways to go, but alot of it has to do with the department of education and lack of funds.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
I have a 2 sons who went to school here for pre school thru second grade...Ms Stacey and Ms Lala are beyond wonderful! They have done wonders with my younger son. Mrs Johnson in second grade is also one of the most compassionate women I know...great teachers with too small of a budget!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2008
I have nothing but admiration and respect for both the Administration and Teachers at Mokapu. Having just left there this Summer and having 3 out of 4 of my children there, I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I think most parent's listen to all the negative comments by people who have never experienced Mokapu or those parents who somehow think that school ( and it doesn't matter what school) is totally responsible for the child when if the parent doesn't get involved they are only hurting their child. I have a 'Special Ed' child who since leaving Mokapu is doing worse at her new school. Mrs Ostrem as well as ALL the staff went above and beyond what was required and they Loved my daughter and thus helped her tremendously!! I would say keep up the Great Work Mokapu!!! From a very Thankful Parent!!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
I have 2 boys at Mokapu and I also work at Mokapu Elementary School. My oldest son came to Mokapu half way through his kindergarten year and is now in 3rd grade. My youngest son has just started kindergarten this year. I just started working for the school this year. I find Mokapu Elementary a great school for my boys. My boys love it and I enjoy working for Mokapu. The teachers are friendly and very helpful. Sure Mokapu has a few issues but so doesnt every other school in America. What matters is the education the students get and the parent involvement our parents give. I have seen how Mokapu works on a parent level and a staff level. I am very satisfied on both levels.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
I too had heard bad things about this school, and came with fresh eyes. I was very active in volunteering at the school 2-3 times per week. My kids loved the school, and the teachers were great. Every school has good teachers and bad, just the way it is. But you have to be proactive in your child's educations. I do not have a child with peanut allergies, and I really dislike the 'peanut free' campus. Mrs. Ostrem. I would love to know how all these parents have talked to her. I called her office daily, and also volunteered at the school, requested meetings, and left messages - and never once had a returned phone call. Any discipline is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
This school, along with many others have their share of problems. But in my opinion, the school is only as good as the parents. If parents are not going to get involved then dont complain. Schools are there to teach and inspire children, not to baby sit them and teach them morales and manners that parents should be responsible for doing. I have had nothing but good experiences here at Mokapu. The teachers are hard working, the office staff is helpful, amd the Admin is very accomodating. Ms. Ostrem was helpful in assisting me when I had an issue regarding my child. She is a great Principal and I can see she is dedicated to making this school a better place.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
My daughter has just graduated from mokapu and my son is now enetering third grade. We have been here for 5 years and i must say that the school has had some major issues to take care of left over from the biggs regime. Ms. Ostrem has had a huge job and is doing better than i expected. My daughter's teacher in the 6th grade were awesome! ms. Chu, ms. Pittman and mr. Mez have all had a positive impact on my child's life. They have always taken thier time to address concerns and never judged anyone. They are always willing to help the children with anything. I have seen this first hand. My son's teacher, ms. Johnson, is the best. She has made my son love school again. Parents, dont expect miracles, this school has a high turn over rate......Kids are in and out all the time

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June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2008
My son has attended Mokapu for 2 years now, we had a great teacher the first year-Ms. Reinhardt is WONDERFUL!!! This year we did not get so lucky. The admin is a joke, beyond unprofessional and they could care less what goes on at the school. There has been some major safety issues and no parents are notified. My son has a multiple problems with a child in his class and yet nothing is being done. Parent involvement is VERY low at this school and it shows. This is a DOE school on a military base and the children suffer for it. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Kainalu and Aikahi are much more inviting and educational.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2008
Hello, I have found that the teachers make the school. My three children have had very good teachers at Mokapu. However, The enviornment is not all that great. They have left classrooms unfinshed when doing repairs. Among the children there is bullying and fighting on the playground. (5-6 grade)They are working at these issues. If it wasn't for the teachers my children had, I would have pulled them out because of the lack of discipline of children from principle. One child got away with throwing a chair in the classroom last year which knocked a teacher down and still remained at the school in the same class.

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April 08, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2008
My name is Sarah Boyle and this is my first year teaching 2nd grade here at Mokapu. It has been a wonderful experience and I plan to return next year. The students are well behaved and the parents friendly and helpful. From my experience in other schools in Hawaii, the discipline here is top notch. I have been in a school where I was expected to deal with every severe discipline problem on my own. Here at Mokapu I have had the support of counselors, Principle, VP, Safety Monitors and even the janitorial staff. I have a daughter in public school here in Hawaii. I have been very happy with the Hawaii elementary school system. As all parents know, there are good teachers and better teachers. I urge you to give Mokapu a chance and be vocal about areas for improvement. Stop in and say hello, I'm in room P-2.

- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
We just moved from North Carolina & my youngest daughter has life-threatening food & latex allergies. The Mokapu staff bent over backwards to make sure the school was safe for her. We had a Section 504 meeting, too, & the Principal & Vice Principal attended, along with my daughter's teachers, the school counselor, & nurse. I highly recommend this school to any parents with children who have food allergies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2008
Mokapu is a very poorly run school. The administration and staff do not communicate. The teachers arrive when the bell rings and often leave before the entire campus of children have vacated at the end of the day. I had children in the gifted and talented as well as special ed. They both were lacking. My AGT student was not challenged and learned art and poetry, while my special ed child was just marking time doing work sheets without assistance. They actually got rid of my childs IEP and I have had to spend this year on the mainland trying to get her services reinstated.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
I believe the children at Mokapu school receive a quality education from caring professionals

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December 12, 2007
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November 29, 2007
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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
Mokapu Elementary is the worst school we hve encountered. Especially if your child has a disability. good luck Mrs. Ostrem, you have a big job ahead of you!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
This school has been making HUGE progress over the last couple years. When we first got here I was horrified with the school, but the new principal took over and things have continuously progressed. I am pretty happy with the school now. Parents be as involved as you can, it does help.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
My kids love their school. They have great teachers who truly care about the children and that is what is most important to me. We've been here for three years and it's been great.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 10, 2007
I have volunteered lots of time at Mokapu. Never once did the principle introduce herself or go out of the way to say hello. I think this school is the worst I ever have experienced. I have only had one big complaint about one teacher that my child had. School safety as far as kids hitting each other is really bad, name calling is bad. The bad kids do not get punished or sent home, and not enough of the adults care. Mokapu has a real discipline problem, and for the most part it is the parents fault. Kids are talking about movies I dont even go watch because of the movies content. Kids are very disruptive in the classroom. The kids concentrate on subjects they shouldnt even know about. I say if you set strict rules at the start, with zero tolerance, you will see a change.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
To start things off,some are saying that if parents would volunteer they would see that the school isn't bad. Well, I use to volunteer all the time. As far as the PTA goes, look at how that turned out this past year. Within the first month all but two on the board quit. How can parents get involved when the teachers and staff don't seem to even like each other. I loved my children's teachers. They were great and worked with the children. I was always helping them out. My problem is with the principal. She isn't organized and doesn't know how to communicate with the parents.The school was so bad last year, they didn't even have an annual for the kids. Then the fall festival was horrible. The PTA canceled it and then had it. I just hope they get things together. Maybe parents would offer more help then.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
Well, where to begin. I have just finished reading the other responses, and I am happy to say I just have not had that horrible an experience. I have found the teachers to be very kind, for the most part. I have been fortunate to have had teachers willing to learn how to deal w/ my special needs child, willing to try new things. Ms. Ostrum is MUCH better than the other principle. We must keep in mind the school is undergoing some changes, mostly for the better. Change takes time and sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. I am looking forward to the 07-08 school year. My advice to parents, stop complaining and volunteer. Join the PTA, and try a meeting. You will find they are not a clique, as mentioned before but welcome to opinions and ideas, and most importantly, volunteers. Aloha!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
I enrolled my children here and at first I wasn't impressed with the staff and their 'welcome'. I didn't have anything nice to say about the school until I finally decided to stop complaining and volunteered. I didn't wait for anyone to 'ask' me to do anything. I said 'what do you need help with'. I have heard parents blaming teachers and teachers blaming parents as to why our school is not good. We need to stop playing the blame game and pull together as a community. If you had a bad experience with the PTA,PCNC, teacher or whoever, we need to realize it isn't about them but our children. Parental involvement is a huge part of what makes a good school and right now not a lot of that is happening. Out of almost 900 students very few parents volunteer. We only hurt our children when we stop volunteering.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
I am the father of 2 children in this school. Academically this the worst school my children have been enrolled in. As far as parental involvement, its not very good but starting to get better. The PTA just got a new board in Feb 07 and has begun to try to help parents get more involved...although I'm worried most parents here don't seem to care about their children's school or are just too lazy to help out. Hopefully more will volunteer their time to help out in the near future and make Mokapu better for all involved...kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
I am a parent of a second grader that currently goes to mokapu. The teacher tells me one thing then the report card tells me another, no one ever returns calls. There is a complete lack of comunication at that school among every one! My son will not be attending next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
My children have only been going to this school for five months. They really enjoy this school. I don't think the school takes safety seriously. The kids run the school i think. I don't think it is right that this school don't allow the kindergartners to have a graduation just because of some of the kids moving away. That should not take it away from the kids who have also worked hard but are not leaving this really upsets me and my son is really disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
My children are currently going to school here and I feel that this is the worst school that they have ever been enrolled in. We moved here from Okinawa Japan and I was almost in tears over this school by the end of the first week. My children will finish out the year here and then I will do whatever I have to do to get them out of there. I will either enroll them in private school or home school. The academics are weak at best, there are no extracurricular activities, parent involvement is low, and the teachers have little to no control over the kids in the classrooms. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
My children have been going to Mokapu for three years and we will be PCS'ing this summer. I have three children here and they love their school. The social atmosphere is great. I don't about their safety. The teachers are great. The overall feel of Mokapu is inviting and full of energy. There are some down sides to the school. I am worried that when we go back to the mainland that my kids will be behind. I don't thinkt the school can academically stand up to mainland schools and that's a problem. There is not enough parent involment in the school, whcih bothers me considering all the stay-at-home parents on base. Mokapu can't be faulted for under achievement - after all it IS Hawaii, one of teh worst education systems in the country. I would suggesst adding some extracurricular activites for afterschool. BTW - the PTA is very clique'ish'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2007
I have read the majority of the comments about Mokapu and a lot of parents seem to think that the AGT program is great. I have found that the AGT program provides a service that should be provided to EVERY Mokapu student. The fact of the matter is ,is it Language Arts based and I would think that the school want all of the children to be on grade level in that area as well as others.What I don't understand is why parents are not told that they can have their children tested. You don't have to wait for someone to 'refer you', you can demand it!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
My kids attended this school from 1998-2001 and again from 2004 to present. I have to say that the school has improved a LOT over this time period. It was an average school the first time we were here, but I am very impressed with the improvements that have been made, especially in the AGT program. The downside is parent involvement, and I really can't blame the school itself for that. There is a clique-ish group who are in charge of PTA and PCNC, and they pretty much discourage parent involvement, IMO. I filled out forms volunteering for many activities the first year we were here, yet NEVER heard a thing from them. The second year I made it known that I was willing to help, but was never contacted by them. This year I didn't bother to offer assistance. I'm guessing that explains the low parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
My daughter still attends Mokapu and there have been great changes and great Ideas. Of course the last PTA Meeting there were only about 15 parents who attended. I'm not a member of the PTA but anyone can attend I just could not vote. Anyhow, we all know changes don't happen overnight with that said patience is a gift. The school is being painted which I believe makes a great improvement aesthetically. Hopefully with that it will lift the students and more importantly the staffs motivations of being in a great place. Attend the PTA Meetings! It's a different PTA every year so stay involved and voice your ideas and listen to others. The school itself is changing for the better, but curriculum-wise it is not just this school, but the Districts. The state of Hawaii was not voted 50th in education because of Mokapu.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 15, 2006
This school has a great AGT program and their off-campus sp-ed preschool is great too. That is as far as I go for giving any kind of recommendation for this school. I am an involved parent and volunteered weekly in BOTH of my kids' classrooms. My daughter is a well above average student for 2nd grade out here because the state's standards are so low. Unfortunately, AGT is only for 1hr a day in the lower grades. Then they go back to class being bored or dealing w/ disruptive students in class that the teacher can't handle. The Peanut free thing is wrong and lunch is to be had in complete silence. I decided to homeschool vs deal with the school politics being passed on to my daughter. My son is off-campus &doesn't have these problems.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
#1 AGT (gifted) program and AGT teachers, excellent teachers in all grade level classes as well all whom work endlessly to help promote positive academic and socio-emotional support to students. Numerous after school activities offered as well as many opportunities for parents to become involved in the positive support of the school and their students. New principal is outgoing, friendly, personable and helpful. I would encourage any military family moving to MCBH to seriously consider this school as a viable option for their students. Compared to some off base schools, this school may be a big larger but it is currently well controlled and supervised. This school works well for those considering a parent-school partnership in support of their students' education.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
Mrs. Ostrem is making some amazing positive changes at Mokapu. I am grateful the school is going totally peanut free since I have two children with severe deadly peanut allergies. I am hoping the school union will agree to allow the teachers to use Epi Pens for anaphylaxis but unfortunately, Mrs. Ostrem has no control over that. I am confident that by working closely with the administration that my children will be safe at Mokapu and will continue to thrive. The most important thing for us parents to realize is that we MUST take an active role in our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
I showed up to Mokapu already having heard how horrible the school was. My family and I decided that we would show up with fresh eyes and leave all of the hear-say behind us. The school has been fine. Both my husband and I grew up in NYC and schools were OVER CROWDED and worse, violent. Mokapu is not even close to how bad a school can really be. I believe that parents sometimes expect miracles from the teachers and administration. Don't give up your parenting responsibilities and your child will succeed at Mokapu or any other school your child attends. Our child arrived this year for first grade and now with the support of the Mokapu administration and Teachers she has been skipped a grade and placed in the AGT program. My advice, show up without prejudgments.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
MokapuElementary is becoming a very active school in extra curricular activities. ThePTA is starting a danc and cheer program for free afterschool, along with numerous other things. If you become an invovled parent, you will see that our new principal, Mrs. Ostrem is very good for the school. The AGT program is great for the academically gifted kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
This has been the worst school my kids have ever attended. The only good thing about this school is the teachers so far. We have only dealt with 5th and now 6th grade. I wouldn't recommend anyone to put there children into this school if you have a choice. The principal and vice principal don't communicate.Good luck if you cant afford to bus your kids off base or drive them to another school here in Hawaii.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
This is my daughter's second year at Mokapu. My child has just started 1st grade and she is already reading chapter books. During kindergarten I volunteered in the class every week but now that I am working full time, I can no longer do that. Some parents are very involved with their kids education and other's are not. So I think that again if we (the parents) get involved more with the education of our kids the test scores will go up. Mokapu is not a bad school. Yeah, they may have some problems with the principal or should I say principals but overall I would not take my child anywhere else during my short stay here in Hawaii. So to anyone that maybe moving here, all I can say is that I really like Mokapu and it is very convenient but to each his own. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
My child has been attending this school for 3 years, and a lot has changed since the beginning. Administration changed, which everyone thought was for the better, however lots of people are quickly realizing that they may have replaced one bad egg with another. The teachers are doing the best they can with the cards they have been dealt. They truly care about the kids, but lack of admin support seems to wear them down. Test scores have improved, so that's a plus. The students and teachers worked very hard last year. Parent participation is still low. I think that there is a complete lack of connectedness. It's sad, but without good leadership this school will never reach its full potential. The best advice while in the Hawaii school system is be an active participant in your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
Overall our scores were some of the lowest in this district. Our classes are overcrowed which makes it harder on the teachers and students. This school is trying, but it's not enough. This view of the school is based only on the academic side. My kids will succeed here, but only becuase I am a very active parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2006
I have heard nothing but complaints about Mokapu but honestly have been quite satisfied. The thing about your child's education is this - IT'S ONLY AS GOOD AS YOU MAKE IT! My son has had a great 1st grade teacher who worked hard with him all year long and spoke to me EVERY DAY after school about what the day was like. My son also attends the AGT program and the teachers are fabulous. The regular curriculum is lacking and we do suppliment it at home. The biggest problem at this school is the parents. If parents can't even get out of their cars to pick their children up from school, what kind of involvement do you think they have in their education?

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
My children have not been attending Mokapu very long, but I already see vast improvements taking place this year. I agree at the beginning of the school year the office staff was very unprofessional. Improvements seem to be taking place there as well; not grea, but improved. Both of my children have wonderful teachers this year and I have no complaints in that regard. I agree parental involvement is at a minimum. I will take the opportunity to remind everyone this is a school on a military base during wartime. A good amount of the parents are doing it singlehandedly at the moment, paying bills and feeding the family come high on the priority list. I would encourage anyone who has a child attending Mokapu just to give an hour or two a week, bi-weekly or monthly as this small amount of time can make a huge difference in the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I have one child who has gone from K - 4th grades at Mokapu; he will also go to the 5th grade here as well. He has had great K, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade teachers. His 3rd grade year was horrible, but with support from myself and my spouse he got through it fine. The school is doing what it can for the most part; it is a very laid back atmosphere. The level of parent involvement is lacking on two levels, at the school and at home. The bottom line is that we have to be involved with our kids, especially at home, so that we know what is going on with them. I also have a 4 1/2 year old who is mildly autistic and has been in Mokapu's special needs Pre-K class for 1 1/2 years. Those teachers are amazing! My child has progressed so much.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
i have to disagree with the other comments, the pta board held all of its sponsored activities, the parent involvement here is horrible. The parents fuss and complain about the school but do not want to get involved to change it, this school has some great teachers, however like all schools there are a few bad apples. Principals have been in and out, however the one that is there now is great! But before this one the parents, pcnc, and pta had no support and without principal support, you cant really do anything. And as far as the pta being women that want to 'hang out' -with no parent support it seems as if they have to 'hang out' to get anything done b/c of the lack of support. God Bless these volunteers and us parent volunteers that do help! Dont Complain >>>>Help!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
This School is unsafe, uncommunicative and unresponsive to parents. The PTA leadership is a joke, basically a group of women who want to hang out with one another and don't like anybody else, there have been a number of major accidents, the changing interim principals don't have the decency to address parents, the office staff is among the rudest group of people to both parents and children, the teaching is primarily geared toward NCLB testing, and isn't quite working to improve scores. Parent involvement would be great, but won't happen while the admin and PTA board actively discourage it...

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
This school was very disapointing. I have never seen such an unprofessional group of people. They dressed unprofessional and behaved unprofessional. The classes were unorganized, and the principal and vice principal just ignored it all and didn't care much to hear any complaints. In the end, this school upset me so much that I pulled all three of my children out and homeschooled them for the rest of the year!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
There is a complete lack of extracurricular activities. The 'concerts' at christmas are appalling. You can pay for the A+ program, but that's glorified babysitting. They spend too much time on 'hawaiian studies' and not enough on history, science, etc. Forget about music, etc. The actual levels of what they teach each grade seems to be below average compared to Mainland schools and other than pulling your child out of class three times a week for the 'academically gifted' class they lump all of the students into the same class regardless of learning abilities, i.e classrooms are not sorted into advanced, regular etc. The classrooms are crowded and unusually warm (they are not air-conditioned)...and is it just me or why is it that each year I must bring in tons of school supplies? I agree about the administration...they know that if they just ignore you long enough they know you have to move eventually.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
The primary problem with Mokapu is underfunding. The Hawaii DOE's attitude toward public schools on military bases doesn't help either. While most military families don't pay state income taxes, we do contribute an obscene amount to the state exise tax base, which is where the DOE funding comes from. Yet the DOE is offended when we demand a decent education for our children. And why was an anti-military teacher assigned to this school? My main complaint about Mokapu is they give lip service to their zero tolerance policy when dealing with bullies. The attitude is- If an adult didn't see it, it didn't happen. Parent participation has always been low but is practically nonexistant this year. There were PTA sponsored extra-curricular programs but this year's PTA board has eliminated 90% of them while upping fundraising and becoming extremely cliquish. We can't wait to leave this school system.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
Academics is below average with little to no extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is negligible, unless parents assisting teachers as aids. Overall experience is negative.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
My child currently attends kindergarten at Mokapu Elementary. I am extremetly horrified by the lack of supervision there, especially for the kindergarten students. As it stands now, I am looking to homeschool my child for the duration of my stay here on island because of the safety issues that are abundant at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
I am appalled at the quality of education at this school. I am even more shocked at the lack of administrative leadership qualities. It is very sad that families of military members are subjected to this type of environment. We deserve better!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
Overcrowded school. Expected better quality on the base. We were very disappointed with the administration of this school and pulled our kids out. We put them in town and were so happy!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
My daughter attends Mokapu and for the first 1/2 of the school year things did not go well at all. This was not all the schools fault. We found out she has ADHD and she was placed in the inclusion classroom for special needs kids. I must say the difference was REMARKABLE. Her old teacher could not handle my daughter well and her new teacher knew exactly how to handle her She is doing much better now. The staff were very helpful in placing my daughter in exactly the right classroom. I hope she does as well once we move back to the mainland.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
My child attended Mokapu. The first two years were great, as she had wonderful teachers, but when she entered second grade, everything seem to go downhill. I stayed, every year telling myself things would get better, but they never did. Last school year was the worst school year ever. In the evenings, I would literally have to re-teach concepts that should have been covered during class. While I am disappointed in the lack of professionalism and caring attitudes from the administration including the principle, I must say that a great deal of the problems comes from the lack of parent involvement which is also disappointing. Not only will it take state funding to bring the necessary resources to Mokapu, but it is also going to take Mokapu s parents and administration to work together to make this school a better school for the military community.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
I find that because parents aren't happy with the administration, they put the school in general as bad. When are parents going to take some responsibility for there children. As for private schools, I have spoken with parents who thought it would be better and it was worse. Go ahead and pay for the education. They can send you away at any time. There is always a waiting list. Being military should not be an excuse to not afford private school. When we as parents get involved, ity makes for a better school. The teachers are workming with what they have. Some do have lack of interest due to being denied all tools necessary by the state.

- submitted by a staff
April 20, 2005
While I agree that life at Mokapu isn't great, some of the complaints are problems with state funding for the schools. We as parents don't pay Hawaii state tax. I agree there are some problems, but let's put the blame on the correct person or people. Hawaii schools need to be better funded.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2005
Coming from a 'mainland' school, I have found the curriculum at this school seriously deficient. Additionally, it seems that there is a lack of teacher/ principal discipline and control in the classroom that has become disruptive to the learning process. Looking back on the 2004-2005 school year, I can honestly say that my child has learned very little. Also, as a parent who is very involved with my childs school work, I find this schools lack of academic challenges extremely frustrating. I too agree that children should not be assigned school janitorial duties- they are there to learn! It is a shame that there are no formal P.E. or art programs. Computer classes are essentially nonexistent in the lower grades. Unfortunately, other than expensive private school, choices are limited and I worry where my child will fall academically upon returning to the mainland and a more challenging school environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
February 23, 2005
I can't believe the negative remarks about this school! Programs are offered to students and their parents, such as a Title I workshop with Kim Sutton (a well known lecturer from the mainland) where over 75 parents signed up (not to mention the childcare provided-for free) and only 5 people showed up. If you want something to improve, it involves parents who don't sit their kids in front of the TV to babysit them, rather than working with them on their homework, and making sure that they do their share as well! My kids more than enough activities that they are involved in after school. Teachers at Mokapu may not be as enthusiastic as they 'should' because they have parents who yell and threaten them and don't do their part with parenting!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
The teachers are horrible! not enough extracurricular activities and not enough educational teachings.(except local, i.e the teach more about Hawaiian's and their language than anything else.)

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
This school definately could use alot of help. As for the principal it is sad that you don't see more of his presence around the school. Also the custodial staff must do nothing considering that the children have to sweep and clean the sinks in the classrooms and they also have to help clean in the cafeteria! If the child were to make a mess they should clean it but otherwise they need to be outside exercising. Considering the PE program is practically non existent. They don't call you if your child is absent from school therfore if your child walks to school and doesn't arrive you wouldn't know until 2:10pm. They need to make the employees in the front office do some work and not just sit there all day. If we weren't military I would send my son to private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
Compared to other public schools in Hawaii this school is quite good. My son had been there for 4 years and we have had no problems. He seems to be on track with peers from other schools and states. What hurts this school is the lack of support from the Marine Corps and the negative attitudes toward it from parents. Most parents would prefer it to be a DoD school and not public. I have not come across teachers who have lost the desire to teach, in fact it has been the opposite. Most of my son's teachers have, in my opinion, been very professional and enthusiastic. A gym and air conditioning would certainly improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
this school is not great and yes some of the teachers are lacking in skills but a select few of teacher are trying to do their best i have 4 children attending this school one of them went the whole year not knowing how to read and no one did anything until i spoke up so yes i believe they would have let my child just go on without saying anything i also have a child with a disability she needed to be escorted around for the first few days of school but no one did this the teacher just let my child go and this resulted in my child being lost on campus this happened twice i believe they can do better if they make and effort (todays date 8-10-04)

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2004
When my daughter graduated Kindergarten, she couldn't read, do math, etc. I went to pick up my daughter early from class one day and the teacher was yelling at the top of her lungs at my daughter and told her she was an idiot. I went directly to the principal who stuck up for the teacher. Our daughter hated going to school. This was the only school my daughter could attend because with my husband in the military we could not afford private school. When she transferred to a school in another state, we had to do at least 2 hours of homework a night to catch her up. She was in special reading classes, etc. This school is ridiculously inadequate with the teachers, principal, and academics. If my husband is stationed there again, we will not go with him if her or our son have to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
This is one of the worse schools I have ever had my children at....Problem is being military we cannot afford private school. The principal tells the parents one thing and does another. The school allows some of the teachers to teach inappropriate things and the principal allows it to happen. The principal has an air conditioner in his office while the kids get nauseated from the heat. This is ridiculous! The books are old and falling apart, and they have people working there with the children that are not certified and they are administiring discipline. Its an outrage.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2004
I have two kids attending this school. The experience has not always been pleasant. The classes are over crowded and some of the teachers lack the desire to teach. Some teachers even admit to their loss of interest in teaching. My oldest has lost interest in learning. My youngest is bored because he learns nothing new. I have been teaching extra at home to keep them on their toes. I feel that the children are pushed to the next grade to make the school look good. Not all of the kids are where they should be.

- submitted by a parent
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Mokapu Elementary School
Kmcas Bldg, Kailua, HI  96734
(808) 254-7964
Last modified Mokapu Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mokapu Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 119 reviews. Top