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Keaau High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 915 students


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Posted June 27, 2013

This school is a waste of time. Most teachers teach a subject as they are learning it. Like a band teacher or a permanent general substitute teaching advanced math. I was forced to learn Hawaiian (from a Hawaiian teacher) for a class on American history! The staff isn't helpful and the guidance counselors do not care due to tenure. No one helped me plan for college. None of the classes offered look good on applications. The few AP classes that are offered are once every four years. Teachers encourage students to use "pidgin" slur. What a joke! All they want to do is "talk story." I couldn't get teachers to actually care or write recommendation letters. This school is all about low standards. The only reason I turned out intelligent is because I transferred from California. Worst mistake ever. You will be screwed if you graduate from here, especially if you re going to the mainland. I was harassed constantly and threatened about the new uniforms no one asked for. I had to transfer out because the environment was detrimental to my well-being. I wish nothing more than to see KHS closed down permanently. I would go on to the more serious issues, but that is not allowed on this site.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 23, 2009

Excellent school, excellent staff, excellent sports, and excellent academics. All it needs are more excellent students
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 14, 2008

Keaau has always been my school. The teachers her well most of them are great teachers. I learned alot from them and im still learning. I do my best and if its not perfect then thats ok with me. I will always be a keaau cougar and i dont care what people say about us. Because people who hates us doesnt know what kind of people we are. There are lots of great students, teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 8, 2008

KHS has come a while from being the dilapidated-educational system it was. Many, many of my peers do NOT have any motivation but luckily a few of my teachers do. Instead of choosing to go with the flow the other kids had set up, they choose to enforce learning. Not all of the teachers by far are the best at teaching, but there are a few that stand out and I'm lucky that I am in their classes. KHS does not have the best teachers by a long shot, and there are few that are good and do not favorite, but the students that go there don't make it any easier to fully teach a productive lesson either.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 25, 2007

Keeau High School is in the midst of a supportive community, but lacks the cooperation needed between the faculty and parents. Some experiences as a parent have left much to be desired, and has caused concern on my part. My recently graduated daughter is severely lacking in the skills needed in college, and will need to start from the bottom. I hope for much improvement in the future. We need more support at Keaau High School!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2006

My child is currently a freshmen at Keaau High and I must say that so far her experience has been positive. This was the first year for the freshman academy program. I can attest that I feel as a parent it has supported her education and has allowed her to be successful. The academy teachers were easy to talk to and was willing to help in anyway. Recently, they planned a program which involved arts/crafts, entertainment, food and cultural experiences. The preparation involved parents, students and staff. I feel it was successful. If given a chance this school can become a great one. Parents just need to come out and get involved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 16, 2004

Keaau had and still has the potential to be a great school. It's had a very rocky start due to poor administrative leadership, nepotism, favoritism, and lack of administrtive support toward the faculty. Things have been very bad at Keaau but I still believe the faculty is excellent and will demonstrate their excellence when provided with appropriate administrative, and especially, parent and student support. The responsibility for success belongs to everyone - not just faculty. Keaau can become great if everyone does their part!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2004

While it's true that there are some very good oportunities at this school, as well as outstanding teachers, I'd like to remind us of the 4% of students meeting the math standards. This can be blamed on poor student quality, teacher quality, or both. There isnt one student in my math class who I would say is unable to meet the standards.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 24, 2004

I recently decided to drop out of this school and get my GED because of the extremely poor quality of this school. I could not handle putting so much effort into not learning. It is one thing to not put any effort into school and drop out, but it is quite another to really put your heart into it and not learn anything. That school was so good only a few years ago, but already uncontrolled vandalism has made the bathrooms unusable and the learning enviroment unclean. If you are seeking a high school education that will set you up for college, stear clear of this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 18, 2004

As an alumnus of Keaau High school, I would have to say that it did not prepare me in the least for my college carrer. The school lacks authority and dicipline. I am majoring in mathematics, and from my first year in college, I can guarentee that I could better educate these kids than the teachers did for me. The math department in general was horrible. It is sad to see such a nice school go to waste under the poor administration and faculty. The school had so much potential, and a few teachers did give it their best.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 5, 2004

As a student at Kea'au High, I can attest to the quality of the teachers and administration at this school. I feel safe here, and know I am getting a good education from the many fine teachers who care enough to make sure I'll be ready to face the real world when I graduate. Though our school is only in its 5th year, we have many types of extracurricular activities set up for the students. We have many active clubs including a community service club that regularly cleans the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and reads and does crafts at Kea'au Elementary. Our sports teams are quickly being seen as top competitors among other schools. Our brand new facilities are equipped with everything a student needs to succeed in their ceramics, photography, graphic arts, cooking, and autobody classes. I am very pleased with the quality of my education at this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 26, 2003

This school lacks authority. My experience there with the teachers were horrible. Just a few stood out from the crowd and actually taught the class something. I know every school has its problems but it was a frustrating to look back and to think that we were the beginning of this school that had so much potential but in the end being such a disappointment. If I had a choice and knew what the outcome of this journey would have been I would have fought to attend a different school out of my district. If asked if Keaau High was a good school to attend I would say think twice and perhaps look into a different school for your child where he or she would have so many more advantages.
—Submitted by a former student

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Biology I

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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 47% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 34%
White 18% 14%
Hispanic 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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16725 Keaaupahoa Rd
Keaau, HI 96749
Phone: (808) 982-4220


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