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Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded

 

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Posted August 25, 2013

As a former teacher and grandparent of five I find Kalama Intermediate to be a fine school with exceptional teachers. Every teacher my grandsons have had has given 100% of their time and efforts towards helping them be successful students. I am grateful to have such a school in our community.


Posted July 7, 2013

My kids here were confronted with constant bullying and were Exposed to various drugs while attending this school. Many teachers here are racist - favoring those who are like them. We found that Teachers are more concerned about an inappropriate ring tone or missing book than the "D" or "F" a child has at the time. Fights break out regularly, between students and between students and teachers. When a police officer has to be stationed there daily, you know it can't be good. I pulled my older daughter out and was happy to commute an extra 30 miles a day for her not to be at this school. My younger daughter stuck it out and was much happier to be in the nearby high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School has been a great transitioning school from elementary to high school thus far for my 6th grader. All of the teachers help build each individual students character and morale. The teachers are experienced, patient and help guide every student fort heir own success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

All my sons teachers are very knowledgable and helpful to all who want to learn and some who may need a nudge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

The school gives weekly assessment of the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

My boys have had a great, learning experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

The principle and vice principle along with much of the staff are sincere in their efforts to see students succeed in our public school, going beyond the call of duty. I am a grateful parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

My son has made a lot of friends there and his grades are improving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

My child loves schoo! If it weren't for the awesome staff and teachers at Kalama, his experience of Middle School would not be as memorable. Kalama Intermediate (as we call it) has exceeded my expectations. They deserve recognition and this money! The teachers have always been there for me as a parent, I really appreciate that. My son has ADD and they have been very attentive to my childs' needs. We have been blessed with 6 GREAT teachers. Money can't by happiness, but it sure would help meet the needs of all students with or with out a disablity. Thank you for the opportunity to improve our school. Mahalo Nui Loa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

Love this school and faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

The educators genuinely care about the students and are innovative in their teaching methods in light of their limited resources. There is a mutual respect among the students, teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

We have the best intermediate school on Maui! Our staff cares so much for all the students and each other. I have worked at all but tow schools on Maui and this is the most loving caring school I have worked for
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

There are great things happening at Kalama. Children are participating in great learning activities and applying higher-level thinking skills in class and beyond.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2010

its a good school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

It is not very challenging, and there are quite a few fights. But if you can get into the advanced classes and don't get into trouble, it can be a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

Last year we switched from Seabury to Kalama for grade 7. Although the kids can be tougher the curiculum was much more challenging and electives had more variety. I'm happy to transfer and really like the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2008

I am so happy that I chose to go to Kalama! The school is fantastic, despite it's reputation. Honestly, we get all these bad reviews just because some kids got into a fight. Why blame the 900+ students when you can blame the bullies there? The teachers, faculty, and staff are awesome. The work gets challenging over the years. However, I feel the school needs more discipline, as the planning room just doesn't seem to cut it for these imature students. The Honors classes are great, especially because I can be with people of my own kind! THANK YOU S.E. Kalama!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

Last year my daughter and I tourd several schools. We spoke with administartors, looked at campuses and websites and talked at length about the different options. In the end the library facilities, the Renaissance Program, After school activities, Advisory activities and things we heard from her friends who went there convinced my daughter that Kalam was where she wanted to go. We havent been dissapointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

The current school administration 2007/08 school year is making every effort to provide a safe quality learning environment. Just like any other school you have great teachers and some who are ridiculous and seemingly passing time waiting for retirement. Again, you have this at any school or work establishment for that matter. Good students and challenging students. Good support for special needs students. Counselors are fabulous and respond very quickly to concerns. Parents need to be involved in their child's education and school no matter where they are. My 7th grader we transfered in from a private school is loving it. By the way, he is in honor's classes and the work is challenging. Teachers are very on top of their students when they know the parents are interested in hearing about it. I love how many of the teachers even have their own websitesd with passcodes for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2007

Kalama School is great! The teachers actually understand what your going through and they try to help you. The work is pretty average, if it was any harder then that would make it way too hard.
—Submitted by a student


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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 59% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
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 59% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
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
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 41% 34%
White 26% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 34%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Black 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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120 Makani Rd
Makawao, HI 96768
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