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Kona Pacific - Public Charter School

Charter | K-8 & ungraded

Beautiful 40 acre campus with forests, farmland and ocean view

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 3, 2014

This school offers what all children need - respect for others, self, and the earth combined with academics and beauty. Since the teachers remain with their students for years, they have a good understanding of how to motivate them and bring out their best attributes. It's a wonderful experience to be a student here!


Posted June 2, 2014

Kona Pacific offers children a Waldorf-inspired education. This education is based on arts and culture. The school is situated on more than 20 acres of land, lending itself to bamboo forest exploration, forest walks and hikes, individual and group gardening on the property, a stage for theater projects, a large field for archery and after school volleyball. Computer technology is not stressed in this school, finding a love of learning and wonder is. Kids are able to go at their own pace and can find joy in school this way. The curriculum has children building, designing, singing, dancing and creating while they showcase their efforts at a variety of school wide festivals. It is a magic place for children to learn about Hawaiian culture and respect for the land, they chant every morning and understand about working the land for food and pleasure. The students have many opportunities to learn to work together on large projects and learn real world skills. We have been part of this school for over three years and my kids love going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

I've been in this school for 4 years and graduated from 8th grade this year! In my opinion I absolutely love this school, it's the best school I've gone to in Hawaii (and I've been to many schools here.) The curriculum is great, ive learned to knit, garden, chant, canoe, hula dance, play the ukulele and most importantly respect the Aina. The food got better, the teachers and staff have a great temper and always bring a smile to everyone with respect, along with the students. Yes, there has been some ups and downs but at the end every turns out great! I love this school :)


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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.

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2013.

15 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 14%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 20% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 34%
Two or more races 5% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Black 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A49%
Female 50%N/A48%
Male 50%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Hawaiian
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Hawai'i Public Charter Schools Network Best Practices Award (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Hawaiian Language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hawaiian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Usha Kotner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Standards-based
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Hawaiian Language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hawaiian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • Carpool
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cooperative Games & Movement
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cooperative Games & Movement
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Konawaena High School
Kealakehe Hight School
West Hawaii Explorations Academy
College preparation / awareness offered
None
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79-7595 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, HI 96750
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Phone: (808) 322-4900

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