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Kaelepulu Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted April 25, 2014

I simply love Kaelepulu School. After much debate my husband and I decided to go with Kaelelpulu over private school. We are thrilled with the academics and simply love all the teachers and staff. We are such a small school, everyone knows one another and the parents really come through for the fundraisers for music, art and PE. The teachers care so much for the kids and go above and beyond helping each one. I would definitely recommend Kaelepulu to any incoming students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

What a great little treasure of a school. We have been here for several years and my daughter is vey happy plus she is excelling academically. The latter is due in great part to the efforts the teachers put in for their students outside of class, whether it be to prepare work for students who are ahead of their peers or staying after school to work remedially with others. (Thanks to all their hours my daughter now reads at 2 grade levels higher than her age!) This is'nt to say that the school has no problems or room for improvement. The same 10 parents help out at all the events, some of the teachers are a little old fashioned in their methods, work with SPED students could be more intensive; but overall it is a very warm and welcoming environment that fosters the mind as well as the spirit of our keiki. The school offers Art, Music, and PE, which are sponsored by the PTSA, as well as a Media Club, Japanese, Reading Night, Science Night, Math Game Night, an awesome Garden Club and many more that have made this a very family-centered school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

I think this school has been wonderful for my son. The teachers have made sure he has had a wonderful education so far. Times are changing and a small school has it's benefits. I love the art, music and PE provided by the PTSA. These are things most schools are getting rid of. I look forward to many more years at this small and caring school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2011

This has been an issue for years! Weeding out what they believe as the weaker students. Did you know that they have not had a formal PSAP program in place for years. Try going to the BOE with issues concerning help- you will get this "you are welcome to move your kids to private school"- and I have that on tape. Ask and they will not be able to give you an outlined program document. At least they got rid of some bad apples. What a waste of a great facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

They provide only minimal Special Ed services. One person for the whole school. So if your child has speech, writing, or physical issues they just might do what they did to me and ask you to go to another school. Way to go Kaelepulu! Thats a great way to keep your scores up- just get rid of everyone on the bottom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

Great school, teachers, PTSA and family support! Love the small school and so does my daughter. Had my daughter in a private school and wasn't being challenged so I pulled her from the private school and placed her at Ka'elepulu last year. They have done an awesome job by going the extra mile to challenge her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

It saddens me that one parent's review can so negatively skew the perception of this great school. I personally know of many kids who have entered mid-level and adjusted perfectly fine. So to make a blanket statement such as that one is not fair. The school counselor is wonderful. She takes bullying very, very seriously and has "Stop bullying" programs. I do not mean to minimize this parent's experience with the bullying problem. It saddens me. And unfortunately it is everywhere - even at the best private schools. But to say this is a bad school is unfair. I have always found the teachers to be very open to discussing any questions/challenges parents wish to raise. I am an involved/vocal parent. I find that people are usually receptive to communicating and resolving conflicts if they are approached respectfully. And the parent should have reasonable expectations in the end.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Great school, because of the Teachers and faculty. PTSA board did a great job this past school year. Media, Japanese class, and the speech festival was great for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Wonderful teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

A great small school--one class to a grade. I had no idea this school was here! They have great test scores that rival other top schools on the island.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

Great small school. There is a wonderful atmosphere at Ka'elepulu which is like an extended family feeling for the children. The teachers go the extra mile for the students especially the teachers in grades 1, 4 and 6, but the other grades are still really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

My daughter entered the upper grades and spent one year at the school. We rate it as fantastic. It's small size allowed her to become a part of the school community very quickly. We have found the staff that we have encountered to be caring, professional and experienced in their field. The school has a vibrant PTSO that fund raises and pays for many additional resources ie music and PE teachers etc. As a small school, this one stands out for the family feel, caring staff and wise use of limited resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

Very caring and competent team of teachers and staff.
—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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
92%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
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
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 33% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 28% 34%
White 23% 14%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Two or more races 5% 8%
Black 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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530 Keolu Dr
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 266-7811

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