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Mililani, HI
Students enrolled: 1,027
 

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951330 Lehiwa Dr
Mililani, HI 96789

(808) 626-2980
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Map of Mililani Ike Elementary School address.
Develops empathy: Agree
June 12, 2015
My child attended a GenEd classroom and from that experience, ended up having a typical child look after him during the after-school program and the GenEd functions. This could be the school, the child's parent's or both.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
June 12, 2015
If the teachers/staff don't have integrity, I'm not sure how they could pass it to kids.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2015
I should give them a one-star for education because that is what they are supposed to be doing, but I'm giving an "overall" assessment. My child has Autism and ADHD and is intellectually disabled, and he was in a self-contained special education classroom. The teacher-student ratio in his classroom was good; the community activities were good; the teachers were nice.... However... my child scored "well below" on everything.. he can't read, can't write, and they denied him summer school... why? Because it wasn't about "progress" but "retention" over the school breaks, so he didn't "qualify". They found every loophole they could find in order to deny my child extra services. (He's been here for 2 years now...) And now he's going to transition to Middle School next year. The "transition" meeting was worthless... Middle school said that they don't have the services to provide Quran a "safe" school environment, and needs the Elementary to start paperwork to get him the services. Ike Elementary teachers and staff were rolling their eyes and sighing and said, "oh, well it's too late, we only have three days left, so we can't do anything." (Mentally and emotionally my child functions at a 3-year old level, and he is small for his size.. he looks like he's 8 years old (and wears size 8 clothing)).. but he's going to be integrated in with the Middle Schoolers...). Safety and education (in my opinion) are the most important thing, but not to Ike Elementary. I don't think the teachers and staff are malicious, but maybe they have too much on their plate to give the kids what they need... Not sure. (?) The after-school program is worthless for Special Ed kids. The staff are young, understaffed and underpaid. Every now and then there'd be a few "nice" staff who would look out for him, but for the most part, not. They gave him snacks against his dietary restriction numerous times (although it's in the paperwork and I've told them several times not to). Another reason I gave them a 3-star rating instead of a 1-star is because my child loved it there. The teacher did have a reward system that motivated him to stay on track. There were a few GenEd kids who took care of him. A few staff here and there would see Quran and greet him. There are many there who have the "aloha" spirit. Education is nonexistent for SpEd kids at Ike Elementary .

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2015
I have a 4th grader and a kindergartner attending this school. First of all, my children love coming to school and to me, that is the most important thing. We have had wonderful teachers such as Mrs Lee, Ms Terao, Mrs Fujimori, Mrs Powell and Mrs Matsumoto. The librarian Mrs Seatriz does a great job providing book fairs, creative family contests, Read Across America activities. The front office staff are very helpful. I see what these teachers have to go through and I really respect the hard work that they do. I think Mililani Ike is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2013
These teachers are sooooooooooooo MEAN to these children and its allowed because the scores are high. I've been told even from the school district that thats how it is now a days, that the teachers get paid by the test scores. But I dont know why they are allowed to pretty much BULLY these poor Elementary kids. Horrible teachers and Horrible Principal!!!! Worst school EVER!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
Ike is already into Common Core and with more intense homework and schoolwork than my wife and I had. Excellent school all around for our son.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2013
As a new parent at Mililani 'Ike and the community, I have been very pleased with the overall quality of education and performance at the school. Students are challenged to be "independent thinkers." My children have excelled because the school focuses not solely on academics but on the "whole child." There are many after school programs offered(robotics, choir, orchestra, track & field, etc) at the "elementary level" and is not possible without teachers and staff "volunteering" their time to provide these opportunities to the students. I see the hard work of the teachers and try to volunteer when I am off from work. I appreciate the reasonable cost of their A+ program (sponsored by the YMCA) which is the before/after school care program. Is the school perfect, no, but like everywhere you go, there are good and bad apples. Our overall experience has been positive and we feel very grateful to be in a school that believes in "continuously getting better" and focusing on "student" achievement.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2013
As grandparents, we are deeply thankful that three of our grandchildren attend Mililani Ike School. The principal, Steve Nakasato, leads with heart. His attention to student, teacher, and staff contributions/needs make Ike a special environment where children blossom and thrive. School assemblies and May Day celebrations pulse with school pride. Children express joy about being a part of their school; their commitments to demonstrating character benchmarks and performance excellence are amazing. Continued celebration and affirmation of partnerships with parents, grandparents, significant role models, and community supports the idea that "it takes a village to raise a child". Mililani Ike is a stellar example of how a Hawaii public school excels in spite of budgetary limitations, bureaucratic red tape, decreased resource availability, staffing challenges, and sometimes stifling national and/or state "guidelines". Mahalo, Principal Nakasato, Ike teachers, and staff for creating an educational experience that sets a solid foundation for the future success of its students.

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2013
Racism toward non-asians in this school and community is not only tolerated, but condoned. My child's teacher has had weeks-worth of absences during the school year. The substitute teachers cannot adequately teach the class, yet the students are held to the standards of the primary teacher. Communication between the teacher and parents is non-existent. Notes to the teacher attached to report cards have been ignored. Instruction is poor, clearly defined expectations for assignments is poor, and Japanese as a foreign language is mandatory. Parent involvement is limited to "locals". If you are not of the proper ethnic background, expect your kids to have problems at this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2012
Test scores definitely are not the only thing that makes great students, which is why at 'Ike we believe in the motto, "We teach far more then we test, and we will not test what we have not taught." 'Ike offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to learn far beyond testing. Our teachers plan great parent nights, our librarian creates amazing book fair nights, and our students go on some of the best field trips that teach far beyond what we test. We also offer a wide variety of after school activities through our music and physical fitness departments, robotics, junior police officer program, and student council, to name a few. As for students sitting on hot cement, I'm sure most of us can pick on the excessive exaggeration. our students our directed outside after lunch for a maximum of 5 minutes before their lunch recess begins. It does get excessively loud in the cafeteria when students' noise levels get out of control, so as an incentive to lower their voices (not complete silence), students may earn 5 extra minutes of recess. But the incentive is not earned easily. And the pavement isn't hot...

- submitted by a teacher

February 29, 2012
This school stinks! Some of the teachers and counselors are clueless. How did they ever get their jobs? Test scores are not the only thing that make great students. Kids sit on the hot cement after school and not able to play because they were a little loud at lunch. You can voice your concerns but don't expect any good to happen from it. Administration is too busy, or your problem was not important enough for any results. Remember, these are human lives you are dealing with. Treat them with respect. So parents if you have concerns, voice them. That's the only way to get results. There, it's who you know and that the only way to get any action.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2010
Our family grows more impressed with Mililani Ike as each year passes. Parental involvment is at an all time high; the education received here is outstanding; and the school is well equiped with the means to give children the highest standard in education. The teachers care and are more than qualified. An emphasis is put on communication as well and that's important to us. My only complaint would be parking.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2010
My children have been at Mililani 'ike for several years. We love the school staff. 'Aunty' Val in the cafeand her staff make eveyone feel welcome and start the day off on a positive note. The Office ladies treat all of the children with the upmost respect and make sure all of them are looked after. For such a large school, I give the office staff kudos!!!! I've worked in a large school and there were 6 of us working in the office and we still played catch up all the time. I totally disagree with the previous reviews. Look at the whole picture, I would say there are over 800 students, 100 staff member and all of the parents that these workers take care of!!!! GOOD GRIEF! Have you noticed, those ladies even know students by name! The children are getting a wonderful education! Wonderful job!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2010
Private schools can be more selective about hiring experienced teachers. Considering that Ike has a mix of possibly less skilled teachers, it is doing very well. You must decide if your child is challenged by the academics. I've had to teach fourth grade math skills to my daughter. In 9th grade she took the SSAT, we found out that she was a year ahead in math, average in reading but below average in vocabulary. She was accepted at the private school b/c she applies herself and accepts challenges. However, not all my children are the same.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2010
We are not here long enough to express an opinion on the teachers and curriculum but I have to agree 100% with the previous review about the office staff.Every time I have to deal with them they make me feel not welcome.Cold as ice. Brrr!!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2009
Disappointed with the curriculum. My child has been there for Grade 2,3,4 and 5. One would think the transition to the next grade would be smooth being that there's no change of school. No...in Grade 4 he was expected to know multiplication and write cursive. Both were introduced at the later part of Grade 3 but never taught fully. My child started Grade 4 behind the expectations of the teacher. One would think the staff communicates with each other. My other complaint is the office staff at Mililani Ike...not cordial or helpful to parents who stop by. I've spoken with quite a few Moms and hear the same thing. Staff virtually avoids looking up from their desks or will talk to you without getting up. Very abrupt in communication. Whenever I leave the office the staff's mannerisms put me in such a foul mood. Disappointed!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
We have 3 kids attending Ike in K, 1st, and 4th grades. My oldest 2 had previously been in Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) while I was overseas. DODDS has an excellent reputation worldwide, with the test scores to back it up. I was (oddly enough) pleased when we got here last year and my son's 3rd grade teacher called us in during the first month of school to tell us how worried she was about how far behind he was! He was an honor student in DODDS!! With her help and constant feedback we got him caught up in no time. This is a great school. I am at a complete loss as to the earlier entry by a military family member. We love this community, and this school. The PTA, the faculty & staff.......all top notch!!

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2008
My children are very happy at Mililani 'Ike. The teachers and staff are wonderful. They use many of the same books as other schools, but it is the staff that makes this school better than others. The teachers are so professional and soft spoken. It was quite the opposite at one of the military schools. I understand why people want to live in Mililani Mauka so bad. Mililani 'Ike feels like a private school but without the tuition. The atmospere on campus is very peaceful and positive. I don't feel that my children are being discriminated against because they are from the mainland. We are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2008
I think this school is excellent! The school mission is to inspire high character, independence, and hard working ethics. Since all three of those items are part of everyday life at Ike, a higher level of education is achieved much easier than other schools. Look at all the negative reviews... do you see a trend? Parents with students who have learning disabilities are the people who rank the lowest. In my humble opinion, Ike isn t for all kids. Ike has high standards and kids who are behind the curve when they arrive will have a hard time catching up. Parents who complain and write negative reviews usually blame the school instead of the people who really need to be blamed (themselves). Kids who start at Ike in K or pre-K have the upper hand in succeeding since they are used to high standards from the start.

- submitted by a parent
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June 02, 2008
As a parent of twin kindergarten students at 'Ike, I have to say that I'm extremely impressed with how much and what my girls have learned this past year. They could not read or write when they started last August, now 9 months later, they can read and write paragraphs. Amazing! Most parents are involved and both my girls teachers communicate well and are open to phone calls, notes and emails.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2008
This is an awesome school. As a military officer I totally disagree with the other military review submitted. This school is equal or better than our school at Ft. Leavenworth, KS which was attended by mainly officer kids. One great thing about the school is that the teachers stay on for 2 years with each class. This means continuity for military kids. This school is top notch and was rated as the 3rd best public elementary school in HI.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2008
We are from the mainland and had our son in Ike for two years while living in Hawaii, and we thought it was outstanding. The campus is beautiful and brand new, and no doubt it seems to have attracted the best teachers. The parents are very involved, which I think is no coincidence since a lot of people seem to choose living in Mililani Mauka because of this school. But the proof for us really came when we moved back and found that our son was way ahead of his peers here in both reading and math (especially reading). Mililani Ike really pushed the students hard to achieve, and it showed. Five stars.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2008
I have been extremely pleased with 'Ike academically, with the teachers, and with the learning environment overall. I feel that my children are well taken care of while they are at the school. Much concern is taken by all of the adults at the school to ensure that the students follow the basic character traits that are reinforced by the school. I believe that the academic expectations are refreshingly high, although every school we have experienced in the past has had different ways of doing things, for better or worse, so it's always difficult to compare. But 'Ike has been my favorite school of many so far. The principal truly has every child's best interest at heart. The teachers we have had have been extremely dedicated and have gone the extra mile, even with the larger classroom count. The kids have recess, music, P.E., Japanese and Hawaiian studies.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2008
My child has been attending Mililani Ike for the past 3 years, his 1st grade teacher was awesome and really made the initiative to communicate and work with me in helping my son when he was having trouble with reading and he has made major inprovements since than with her help. I believe this school sets their standards to high, putting too much pressure on the students which makes it hard for them to understand what the're being taught. Overall Mililani Ike is a great school with great staff but a little over rated.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2007
My child has attended Ike last year and overall, I was not happy with that school in general. First of all the class sizes were outrageous. There was not interaction between the teacher and parents. My child also had a total of three different teachers while attending 3rd grade. In the third year of the schools operation, there were not enough classrooms to accomodate all the student. That meant some students had to in portables while others occupied high tech class rooms. Overall that school is to over populated and the students are being deprived of deserved attention by the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2007
We have been disappointed in the environment since our son started K+. Now,in 2nd grade, no homework routine, the teacher seems very disorganized with regards to the daily classroom activities and nightly homestudies.My child is also enrolled into the 'Guided Reading Program' in which he hasn't been seen in 3 weeks. All of which causes multiple phone calls to the school to discuss.There are more Teacher Workdays than Holidays. Principal and Staff are focused on 'The Numbers and accreditation' than the child.Extraordinary no. of children who go to school there but don't live in the district. The Faculty and other 'local' families are not friendly nor do they go out of their way to try to be. Being a Military Family we were also looking for the 'best' but have been very disappointed in this school and surrounding Mililani Ike Community w/regards to how Military Families and Military Children are treated.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2007
Overall I think 'Ike is a good school as far as Hawaii public schools go. However I am concerned with the mathmatics ciriculum.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2007
There is no question that Mililani 'Ike is one of the state's best schools. Mililani 'Ike is a great school because my children have received a rich and rigorous education from caring and compassionate teachers. All of the teachers, counselors, and even the office and cafeteria staff are nice and will go out of their way to help you. The principal is also a great leader who has won multiple awards and moved his school as a foremost state leader. I also am impressed by the number of teachers who earn awards at the school. Talking about awards, I am also very happy that the school received a full 6 year accreditation without a review! In addition, my child has thoroughly enjoyed the extra curricular activities such as track and cross country. Beyond athletics, the school provides video, flag, and an orchestra that you can't believe. Mililani 'Ike is truly a great school.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2007
I am disappointed that one parent's concern can lower the parent's rating of Mililani 'Ike. I believe that Mililani 'Ike is an excellent school because the school focuses on the Hawaii Standards versus old...traditional...outdated textbooks or reading basals.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2007
There is no question that Mililani 'Ike is an excellent school. The school just received a 6 year accreditation (without review) and so many of the teachers and principal have earned awards for their leadership.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2007
My child has been attending Mililani 'Ike for since it opened 4 years ago and I am so happy that such an excellence school can exist. Everything from the teachers to the principal are barnone and it is obvious that the school has become one of the states best performing schools. Beyond winning multiple awards for excellence, the school has always been approachable and positive.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2007
Ike compares to the best private schools in Hawaii. I am so pleased with the school and the emphasis on a quality education. What makes this school special is the pride in this school. The principal, teachers, staff, students and parents. Parent involvement is remarkable!! Mr. Nakasato the principal has put together the finest staff and encourages all to be a part of of the education process and this great school. This is a wonderful school that anyone would be proud to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006
Well, I must say that this school is one of the best I have seen. The staff is great. One downfall that I do Not like is how the kids have to be too independent. They are strict on being on time. I mean, like one min after that bell, your kindergartner has to get a late pass! Even if u walk them to class. Sorry I think that's ridiculous, hes 5 and they are usually late because of the working parent. If you are moving from the mainland, this school is a little advanced in reading. We moved here from NC, where my son had already finished kindergarten and was not yet reading in his old school, and was very out of place when we got here. Very discouraging for a child who is normally very eager to learn!

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2006
Brand new school so no test scores are out there but the Mililani schools are by far the top rated and Ike looks like it will follow that pattern. The staff and kids take a lot of pride being part of the school. I can't think of a single downside unless you are looking for a more ethnically diverse school.

- submitted by a parent

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Mililani Ike Elementary School
951330 Lehiwa Dr, Mililani, HI  96789
(808) 626-2980
Last modified Mililani Ike Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mililani Ike Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top