We will be pulling our children out of Kamalii this year. The new Principal is neither available nor approachable. The manner in which she discontinued the accelerated program was hurtful to the parents who enrolled their children in Kamalii specifically for the program. Unfortunately they lost many wonderful teachers last year and the ones who are left seem very frustrated and unhappy. This used to be a nice school, what is happening is too bad.
Reading previous posters' reviews, there are different experiences based on individual teachers and children. We have had kids at this school for the past three years. Our kids have had amazing teachers and it has been a good experience for our family. Our kids have learned to love to read. The school's test scores have been improving every year. As with any school - try to be involved. I've volunteered in my kids' classrooms regularly, and have been encouraged to see how much our teachers care. This school has a good PTA, too.
The drop off and pick up system is terrible oh what am I saying there is no system and Mr buzz your food is awful no one like green stuff ozing out of their chicken and three day old left overs its not just the lack of teacher responsibility to get our kids to the cafeteria on time but they really don't want to eat it parents did you know in 2011 our second graders were left outside the classroom with no supervisors for twenty minutes because a long term substitute was not set when the school knew the temp sub was leaving at fell break over crowded classrooms while other classroom are filled with recess equipment make any sense we are rated one of the top schools in HI but yet transferring your student may run the risk of a hold back Mr D you certainly have your hands full this year.... Let's make a differance.
Once again this schools poor negative teachers have wasted another year of my childs education. My advice to teachers, if u no longer enjoy children, quit your job!! Parents take my advice and run!!! My child will be attending kihei charter next year.
Awesome School. Uses technology, amazing teachers, they really care about the kids, nice campus, the new principle is great!
This school is so terrible! I don't have the time to list all the things wrong with this school. The school grounds are very nice but besides that you will be disgusted by the behavior of the staff. If you have a problem you will feel helpless because to nothing ever changes. Make the drive to go to a private school or get a transfer to another school. It will be worth it.
The Principal and Grade Level Chairs have focused on curriculum continuity in all grades this year and have succeeded. Kamali'i Elementary is also focused on technology. The school has quality networked computers and uses the most recent Apple software to teach our children the tools they need to succeed. The teachers have done an outstanding job teaching students in the 2009-2010 school year with the limited time and resources available to them.
I love Kamali'i school for their quality of education & their Hawaiian culture studies and the values they teach the children.
kamalii was great when it was new, and they retaied their greatteachers. Now, it is not the same New principal who seems to turn a blind eye when it comes to teacher/parent/student communication= AND discipline for trouble makers at school.Both of our children rate tops on STAR testing, are well-advanced for their years, and do well academically.But some of the teachers, AND office workers, are so off the chart they really should not even be working with the public, let alone with children.
You need to be very involved with this school and monitor your child very carefull. You need to know the standards and curriculm. There are many parts of the curriculm being left out in order to teach students to the test.
I had the pleasure of being a parent volunteer at this school for two years and will never forget the experience. Reading/writing is strong here, math could be better and everything else in between is great! Extracurricular activities that occur after school is just fantastic! The teachers and staff are all relatively young and the principle is very involved with the classes and teachers. That is a good sign. I have seen kids and even parents hang around way after schools over to chit chat with teachers...I think parents feel very comfortable with the teachers and with the school. I think that is a very important issue knowing that for the most part of your child's day is in school and at the hands of the teacher. My own child was the happiest when she attended this school and did very well in academics.
I have to children in this school.....we love it. This school allows so much parent involvement, voluntering is welcomed and encouraged as well as having lunch with your children and hanging out at recess. The education there getting is wonderful, but yes there is alot of homework.
This school is a great school. A school to be proud about having your child attend. The Principal takes such pride in the school. I can't say more positive things about this school and sound like I'm overdoing it. But it's a wonderful public school. Lot of homework, but who cares. It's given for a reason. Other Maui Principals and DOE should use this school as a tool guide.
This is a great school. Lots of support from parents, teachers and the community.
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