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Kapaa Middle School

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Posted May 18, 2014

I am a 7th grader at Kapaa Middle School. I am writing this review because of how my school is. For myself this school is below me,there is nothing to challenge me, I'm in honors,Gifted and talented,avid,ext. All those harder classes and I still finish all my work two days before the rest of the class. Im not bragging how smart I am It's just for those kids like me, they want more. And all the stuff that happens here,fights,a kid brought an E-cig, throwing glass bottles in the bathroom! Seriously we're these kids raised in barns!? And the teachers,some of them just don't care about us and our education. One day when I turned in a 5 paragraph essay the same day my teacher who's a good friend, assigned it to us, she told me that I should really look for a new school to go to because,this school will not prove to be a challenge (In a nice way). I'm not writing this to go off at the school, I just wanted to get this out there. A.


Posted January 26, 2014

KMS Teachers are hardworking and creative. The Hawaii Department of Education does not seem to support the teachers, rather attempts to intimidate them into doing impossible tasks. I retired from HDOE as soon as possible because I was not comfortable with the department's attempts to provide IDEA services. I hope a new monitoring process may be implemented.


Posted August 20, 2013

I like what Kapaa Middle school is offering, their computer/media classes are great! Teachers at Kapaa are also great! I volunteer at the school and can definitely see the improvements to the school. I have a 7th grader at Kapaa Middle and my 11 grader also went to Kapaa middle with no problems. They have a great honors program for students at Kapaa and I just found out the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle school has done away with their honors program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

I have heard that the principal may finally be removed from his position and fail up to the district office where he may do less damage to the teachers and children of Hawaii


Posted April 24, 2013

Just received this email and read the current review. Yeah, I would agree the incompetence goes all the way to the top. I have heard there is movement afoot to get rid of Mr. Awohi, the principal. I have even received emails from others who would like to keep him in his position. This person is very reputable and I trust her judgement. So it sounds like a couple of people are making things bad at the school. This is not uncommon in any workplace. It would seem that the administration at the school and Arakaki should do their job and work to remove these people from the school. May I suggest a transfer to the district office in Lihue. That place is where it all starts and should end.


Posted January 8, 2013

We are moving to Kauai in the fall, and have been researching Middle Schools over there. (Our son will be a 7th grader in the fall) I'm really worried about the Test scores being so low?! We are coming from Colorado, and current middle school scores are in the 90th percentile in both Reading and Math, compared to Kapa'a's scores of 53 and 39%! ! Should I consider private schools? Why do you think they test so poorly here??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Kapaa Middle School has been struggling with many challenges relating to individual concerns of a few parents and staff members. Considering the history of the school and all that it's gone through, the current Administration and Leadership Team has been doing an exceptional job at moving the school forward, improving student performance, and bettering the overall culture of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

I wonder why this school has a principal that has absolutely no interaction with his students! My daughter has often complained to me that he ignores her whenever she greets him w/ a friendly 'good morning'.. she says that he is hardly ever out of his office and has 'a very mean face'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

It has the best chorus program in the state of hawaii and it teaches the first A.V.I.D program in the state also
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

Kapaa Middle has such great potential to be an outstanding school. They have areas of excellence and then they have areas that are just horrible. They have a handful of teachers that are well rounded and willing to go the extra distance for the students whatever the child's background. There is not enough parent to school communication and the Principal and VPs need better leadership development skills or perhaps DOE needs to replace them with persons with the kind of skills to get the school out of restructuring and running as a quality school not a 'just getting by' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

We just moved to Kauai from California. When my child first went to Kapaa Middle School she was met by her Counselor. I was happy to see the Counselor was a man. Most of the Counselors I have seen are women. I was interested to hear more from my daughter. When my daughter came home she told me the Counselor showed her around the school, introduced her to all her teachers and really made her feel comfortable. Over the past months I have heard many things about Kapaa Middle School. My daughter seems to like the school but tells me her classes have too many kids that act up in class for her to really learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

I truly believe their teachers are one of a kind and should not be judged just by the test scores that are produced. But the kind of people they raise in their classroom that turn out ot be respectful, and successful adults. The atmophere within the school is excellent due to the several ethnicities present, there is mutual respect towards each other's customs. The teachers there not only teach their students arithmetic lessons but also life lessons and how to deal with life. Kapaa Middle School Rock On!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2006

my daughter is new at the school, she was concerned before she started but now is having a great experience! she loves all her teachers , they are all supportive and seem to appreciate and acknowledge her possitive attitude and are communicating with me, we both feel good about her attending this school,and are looking forward to the year at kapaa middle school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

I am a parent of 2 children that attend Kapa'a Middle school. At this time i am very unhappy with this school. My husband and I have dedicated our lives to our children's education in the Hawaiian Immersion program that is only offered in the Kapa'a school district. I have moved from Honolulu to Kaua'i to raise my children on a more peaceful island that has always been more cultural in the hawaiian ways. we haved lived all over this Island from Koloa to Hanama'ulu to Kapa'a and have sacrificed alot of things just so my children would be able to go to a school tolearn their on language and culture. Now i recieve a letter telling me that my children has to change their elective because they can't find a teacher to teach in the hawaiian immersion program. My children are very upset and i don't blame them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

My daughter comes here and she learns a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 59% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
53%
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 55% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
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 39% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 34%
White 23% 14%
Two or more races 6% 8%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4867 Olohena Rd
Kapaa, HI 96746
Phone: (808) 821-4460

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