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Koolau Baptist Academy

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Posted January 18, 2014

Our family has four children in the elementary, middle school and high school at Koolau Baptist Academy. Each one has attended since Kindergarten. We are very pleased with the school environment knowing how dedicated the principal, teachers and staff are to the students. The principal knows each student in the school by name and is very involved with the welfare of each one. The dedication to the students is shown through the activities and classes designed to meet their spiritual, intellectual, social and physical needs. The students receive a spiritual foundation that helps them to live out their walk with the Lord. The campus is neat and safe. The facilities are always being improved to make the campus comfortable and fun for the students to interact with each other. The tuition is next to the lowest in the state. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2013

I have had 3 of my boys attend Koolau Baptist Academy and would highly recommend their teachings if you want your child to know and follow Jesus Christ, become a good citizen, develop great character and excel academically. They all started out in the public schools and were saved before the negative influences of society became engrained in them too deeply. Yes, there are many rules and policies to follow, however these high standards are exactly what our public education system is lacking and the reason our youth of today are lack the respect and productivity that made our once God-loving Nation great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2013

If I could give this school no stars I would. The other day, my brother was sent home and was told to walk off of campus. I should sue them for being liable for my brother. What if he was kidnapped, mugged or something else. This school does not care about your kids. It took management several months to finally take interest in my brother when we were asking for council and help. It wasnt until he was doing worse, till they decided to take interest and agree to help us. By this time, they tell me that he cannot attend the school anymore, yet he can still receive help. WHAT help. None of them have even done anything yet, principal nor pastor. Another reason, my sister tells me that they are telling students to unfriend and shun a kid who was just expelled for smoking an ecig in school. Is the school condoning this.

Posted September 26, 2013

As a Christian parent with a heart's desire to raise my daughter's up in Truth and Light, this school has already come alongside me and helped! My kindergartener is learning how to hide the Word of God in her heart and use it in her everyday life! Miss Reed is a godly example to her and teaches with enthusiasm and passion each day! The lines of communication are always open and she helps me understand how I can teach my daughter at home what she is learning at school in order to better prepare her for schooling in the years ahead. What a true blessing it is to find a school filled with equipped and knowledgable teachers of the Word of God who are passionate about the education of our children! We could not have asked for a better fit for our child and our family!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2013

Koolau Baptist Academy located in Kaneohe is a wonderful school. The Teachers & staff are loving, Kind, positive and energetic. My child looks forward to going to school everyday. Excellent academics, class ratio ranges about 1 teacher to 15 students. Many opportunities to be involved in after school. Band opportunity and foreign language.
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Posted September 22, 2013

This is a great school the curriculum is excellent. My kids use to go to public schools and after transferring over to Koolua they've learned so much more in the first quarter than an entire year at public school. Kids love the school and the teachers and can't wait to go the next day. Classes are small so the teachers can spend a lot of time with the students teaching and helping. Everyday my kids are learning about the bible and God. This school is a blessing to my family and I.
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Posted September 20, 2013

Our family is so blessed to have found this school! Everyone here truly cares about each student in a way that goes above and beyond. My children look forward to each school day and are eager to learn. I firmly believe there is great value in a positive learning environment and smaller class sizes. I highly recommend Koolau Baptist Academy!
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Posted August 12, 2013

As a grandparent who's dealt with 2 grandsons attending this school, I'm impressed with most of the teachers and how they truly care for their students but very disappointed that no changes were made over the years to shorten the long 3 month summer break. My grandsons were bored and actually couldn't wait to return to school when it was over. This shows that they accept the value and need for education. As grandparents. I'd love to see them more involved with school activities rather than extra curricular ones that sometimes have no value but to add to expenses and consume time. I'd like to see Koolau improve their school year by developing a year round school year to keep students motivated and actively involved in their education. Mahalo for allowing our comments and suggestions.

Posted February 23, 2013

The teachers really care for their students, but the school is limited as far as art, PE, and other extra-curricular activities. The administration is not supportive of attendance at other churches. At 7th grade, they insist that the kids attend at least one of their services each week and will not grant exemptions unless you are attending another Baptist church. The kids are threatened with "you will be asked not to re-enroll if you aren't coming to services" at least once a month. With that being said, it did not work for us because we are very active at a different church, and can't work in a time to attend Koolau services. When it came time to re-enroll, we were told it was probably not a good fit for us.
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Posted December 9, 2012

It is an ok school, not great from some students points of view. It's very small, and some teachers are very strict. The principal is VERY strict too. I recommend having your child go there from Kindergarden to 6th grade, then moving them to a different school.

Posted April 25, 2012

I've been attending Ko'olau since 7th grade. I wasn't so happy when my parents moved me from public to private school, but thanks to Ko'olau's teachers and students I finally understand why. I have grown so much here at Ko'olau, academically, physically, and spiritually. I really love how the staff and teachers are always encouraging me to do good and they help me to keep on track. The students here do the same. I know the friendships I have formed here are going to last a long time. The school isn't perfect. But really what school is? If you're looking for a school that will grow your child academically, physically, and spiritually then you need to seriously consider Ko'olau Baptist Academy.

Posted December 28, 2011

I have attended Koolau since I was in 4th grade. I am now a senior this year. This school has been one of the best things that has happened to me. I have learned so much about God, life, and myself through this school & church. The principal is really welcoming & he knows how to better equip his students for college & life. This school isnt perfect; no school is perfect. However, I wouldn't want to be equip anywhere else. One thing I love about this school is the teachers. They really have a passion to see their students grow academically, socially, & spiritually. They have impacted my life greatly. If I need help, with a class or just something going on in my life, I know that they'd be more than happy to sit down with me & help. This school is unique, and that's what makes it so great.

Posted October 9, 2006

It isn't the very best private school. I actually moved my child to Kailua Inter. and I like it better there for my child. The staff some are awesome but others aren't the best. The principal sometimes gives a little to much mercy towards the kids but that's their opinion.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 15, 2006

My daughter attended Ko'olau Baptist Academy for her kindergarten year. I was amazed that by the end of the year she was reading with proficiency, writing script and quoting the bible. The Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Vitart is awsome and I am very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

My daughter attended this school in kindergarten. She was 4 1/2 when she started and attended for the entire year. She came out of kindergarten knowing how to read and has been reading everything she can get hands on ever since. We let her have the next year off and have home schooled her since then. Her solid foundation in reading has made that easy. The goal of the public school system in Hawaii is to have every child reading by the 3rd grade. Koolau far exceeds these goals.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

This school's college preparation at the high school level was less than average compared to public schools.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 58% 8%
White 21% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 34%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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