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Kihei Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 930 students

 

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Posted November 20, 2011

My 3 year old son has been enrolled in Kihei Elementary's preschool disabled program since October 2011. He has Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We have been very happy so far with everything from the initial IEP meeting, classroom and speech therapy. The new Principal Halle Maxwell, really listened to our concerns & helped us develop the right education plan for our son. His speech therapist, Jenna Umeno, though not experienced with apraxia, has gone above & beyond in seeking additional training & working with me to help him meet his goals. His teacher, Roxanne Manuel, is very caring and keeps me informed about his daily progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

This is the first year at this school. My son is entering the 4th grade. My daughter is entering the kindergarten. My son also has some special needs and is in a special ed classroom for part of the day. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the Principal Ms. Maxwell. She is a very hands on principal. She is at the playground every morning interacting with the children. She knew my children's names within the first couple week. I was even surprised that she knew that my daughter would be changing classrooms. She has made herself very available to speak to her about any concerns I may have had. The teachers seem to be outstanding with the children as well. They teach them with respect and seem happy to be doing their job. The special ed department seems to be first rate as well. Good job Kihei Elementary !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

I have nothing but great things to say about this school!!!
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Posted September 15, 2009

I love Kihei Elementary School and i know for sure you would too! Alvin Shima is the Princial at Kihei School and he only wants the best for all the students that attend the school! I know becasue he was my couselor at Baldwin! He is really dedicated! He opens the doors of all the students thats being drop off at school hes always walking around campus he's a great speaker when theres assemblies the children that go to kihei shcool loves and adores him like i said he wants the best for all students that attend kihei school! i would rank kihei school #1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

I am the parent of a kindergarden student who just completed the Junior K program. What an awesome experience! My son is totally ready for kinder and had such a compelling introduction to school! The Principal and V.P. were always accessible. His teacher was kind, caring, and hard working! Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

Kihei School is great. The Principal, Vice Principal , Teachers and Staff pay close attention to the needs of the children by individual basis. They all work well together and it is obvious that they work as a team to teach the children there. I am a mother of 3 children that attend Kihei School so I am very aware of what an excellent program/curriculum Kihei School offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

When my child was preschool age, I was told by many other mothers to not send my child to Kihei Elementary. Good thing I didn't listen to them. Kihei Elementary is a wonderful school with many award-winning staff and programs. I volunteer there regularly and have had a chance to see the teachers and staff at hard work to make our community a better place. I am proud to now have two children enrolled there. This school deserves a lot of respect, and a huge apology from the members of the community bent on bashing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Kihei school is an awesome school. I really enjoy the principal cause he was my counselor in high school. He's awesome. The teachers are really great. I always ask questions about my children they are very confidential and truthfull! i love that about the teachers! overall on the scale of 1 to a 100 I give kiheK school a 100%. You go kihei school! keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

Great place to intro my child to living in Hawaii. Everyone gives aloha and cares about my kids. I feel their reading program is the best and addresses my concerns about my child who has some difficulties. Concern: Parking and school entrance and exit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

Kihei School has a funtastic A+ program. Kids enjoy hula, singing, sports & parents' support. Great snacks, teachers, June Fujii-director is awesome. Materials & computer classes are exemplary. Next to swimming pool-great P.E., swimming lessons. Traffic-dropping off kids need to improve. Entrance should not be exit too. Think safety. Beautiful May Day program or Hoolaulea on last day. Reading program, Hawaiiana & ESLL are tops. Counselors & SPED program-great. I love this school. Principal, Alvin Shima, VP & staff live Aloha. Cafeteria & custodians too. All.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2004

Kihei does have a bad rep. It is not the school it was 30 years ago! They have awesome teachers and staff. Including the 2004 teacher of the year. I've experienced family science night, (sponsored by NASA), fabulous school activities like the Hoolaulea and Halloween night. They have very supportive parents and PTA and have made huge improvements in there academic scores. I've spent many volunteer hours observing the excellent teachers and hope to work there once I get my teaching degree. Kihei school is excellent. You don't need to send your kids to Kamalii to get a good education. Kihei school is just as good....if not better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Kihei has a bad reputation. However, this is not 1980! This is a great school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
69%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 24% 34%
White 18% 14%
Hispanic 15% 6%
Two or more races 15% 8%
Black 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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250 East Lipoa St
Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 875-6818

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