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Kula Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 357 students

 

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2013:
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Posted May 14, 2014

Kula Elementary greatly exceeds the expectations for a public school. The new principal is excellent- he is involved with the community of the school and is a great cohesive factor between parents, students, & teachers. His presence at the school has been noticeably beneficial to all. The teachers are also invested in their students. Every one of them goes far above & beyond to give the children a quality education, and work as an excellent team. The office staff is friendly & helpful & are familiar with each child. Cafeteria workers are dedicated & provide well rounded lunches that include fresh fruits &whole grains. Kula school has a PCNC who coordinates many fun activities outside of the school day such as Family movie night, Pumpkin carving at Halloween, and Christmas Craft Evening. Parent involvement is very high. The PTA is very active and coordinates funds to support extra-curricular teachers that are not solely paid for by the DOE. Currently they support the PE program through their fundraising. Ideally they support an art program as well. Improvement-wise I see only one major area in which the school would benefit-the addition of a full time school counselor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2014

The new Principal (Mr. B.) shows great leadership and is clearly visible around campus. The kids love him and he is very approachable. Our school has some wonderful parent nights due to our wonderful PCNC (parent coordinator Nikki). From Christmas Craft night to Family Fitness night and movie nights and supporting our high school's homecoming Kula Elementary School can really be a family place with friendly people! The teachers have been great as is all the support staff. The PTA is also very involved and open to suggestions. If there were more parent volunteers, then we could have even more activities for the kids including continued involvement in county sports programs (volleyball, basketball, flag football). I love that if a parent wants to form a new club and provides the manpower, the school administration will support you. After a few years of struggling, Kula School is back in great shape...even better than before!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

new principal- working out great!!! wonderful education and communty. execellent scores. best public elementary school on maui
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

Kula Elementary School is an amazing school! Although I do agree that they would do much better with a new principal, the teachers are extremely dedicated to the children! My daughter in fourth grade has participated in Japanese Club, the Geography Bee, and an afterschool Hawaiian program. The teachers go above and beyond to help the children succeed and in turn yeild high test scores and confident learners! With a new principal that would share the values of the teachers instead of trying to work against them, Kula Elementary would be UNSTOPPABLE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

Kula Elementary school is in dire need of replacing the current Principal. Teachers did an excellent job while trying to endure this dictatorship. Staff morale is low and everyone walks on pins and needles, avoiding the office when possible. Parents with concerns are avoided and discouraged from participating in PTA or volunteering on campus. After being an eight year parent at this school, I moved my children elsewhere (SY2004-2011).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2011

Kula Elementary was rated the best public elementary school on Maui, before the current principal worked there. Most of the teachers are great, as are the kids. The principal is very much a politician, not particularly friendly or even visible on campus. I have a hard time understanding why she chose this profession other than it leading up to becoming a more powerful political figure. It really seems like she does not want to be there, not sure how much she even likes kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

Kula School works very hard to maintain its traditions, great standing and arts integration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Kula Elementary has turned out some of the brightest students from Hawaii. When my daughter left Kula Elementary she was one of 44 students accepted to Seabury Hall College Prepratory School and more than half of those 44 came from Kula. Those kids have now graduated from Hight School and are at colleges such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc. Great School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

This school is about great teachers who motivate. The teachers make this school what it is!! The principal is new and needs guidance in working with elementary children (came from a high school background). The diversity is not as great as some would lead you to believe but is there. It is a great school in spite of the leadership. Teachers need more support and Great Schools does not accurately represent class size - they are much higher in the younger grades. The Kula school area is experiencing a higher enrollment rate than it is capable of handling. Still a great school but not at the incredible level it has been in the past. Former parent of 2 children at Kula School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

Kula School is a great learning environment for a very diverse population. The staff is friendly, the pta very active and the students generally happy and learning a lot.
—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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 61% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
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
White 39% 14%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 36% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 34%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Two or more races 7% 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 43%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Barbara Oura-Tavares
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  • (808) 876-7616

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5000 Kula Hwy
Kula, HI 96790
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Phone: (808) 876-7610

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