I have one child currently attending PCE and have to say my expectations were not very high in the beginning because I had heard some negative reviews of this school. However, after one year of my child attending PCE I only have good things to say about this school. The school is diverse with plenty of military kids and local kids who get along beautifully with each other. I have volunteered at the school several times and my impression of the staff is positive. There are really only 2 staff members who seem a bit harsh towards the kids. But what I mean by that is they have a more "old school" approach. I don't particularly agree with their style/tone but I certainly don't want to blow it out of proportion. My child doesn't even really have to interact with these people much, so truthfully, I don't give it much thought. My other little one is starting school at PCE next year and I'm happy to have them both there.
This is our first year at this school and as of right now, it's leaving me wanting to home school my child. The play ground supervision is lacking, and those who do are extremely rude, bossy and unfair to the children. 1 teacher threatens the class, with holds recess from them for reporting things a class bully does, then set thems up for failure by asking them what happened during lunch when no one openly tells. Teachers seem cold and uncaring towards most of the student ( although it's clear they do have favorites) The only bright side to this school is that it's one of the few that offers music class.
This is a great school! We sought at Geographical Exception to this school after hearing rave reviews about it. The principal is great, very friendly and knowledgeable, and is always seeking grants and other funds to make improvements to the school; right now they are building a brand new library. They are very military friendly, and very welcoming to new students. The teachers are very positive and truly care about the students. They have lots of neat classes, like music, computer, Hawaiian studies, library, etc. They also offer many extracurricular activities after school. Our favorite is the art classes which our daughter has enjoyed tremendously. Low student to teacher ratio (comparatively) with many E.A.'s to assist. Thanks PCES!
I have 3 children that attend now and a fourth that will attend in the fall. I have been surprisingly pleased with the quality of teachers and the amount of programs offered at Pearl City. The Chorus program is fantastic and the Gifted and Talented program pushes the students beyond what they thought they were capable of! The school is consistently trying to offer programs that appeal to everyone....the parents now just need to get involved.
This school is a great school to teach at, with a positive atmosphere and great support!
I am very impressed with the music program and chorus. The students have the opportunity to learn music concepts from a very experienced music teacher.
Pearl City Elementary school is a wonderful environment for all students. Teachers genuinely care for the academic and social welfare of the students. I am very pleased with my son's success.
Pearl City Elementary is a great school and it provides lots of opportunities to connect technology to learning. As a NASA school, students are also provided extra opportunities to work with people from NASA and participate in activities dealing with Science. The school also provides after-school tutoring, a math club, a robotics club, and chorus. As a new teacher to the school, I am happy with what the school provides for the students and the students are always eager to learn and participate. The staff is also friendly and helpful.
Pearl City Elementary School is conveniently located at the junction of Kamehameha Highway and Waimano Home Road, easy to find, with good access. This award-winning K-6 NASA Explorer School offers a curriculum with an emphasis on the sciences and technology. The school is working toward providing computer & technology access to all students at all grade levels, with computer lab and library expansions already underway. The staff is dedicated to providing for the needs of every child. The campus provides a safe environment for students, and the dynamic mix of diverse, friendly students provides a multi-cultural environment supporting both academic and social development. Extra-curricular activities include chorus, robotics, and a spring track team, with additional activities being developed. A+ and KidzKare programs are available on-site.
My 2 children have been attending Pearl City Elem. School and our family is very pleased. The academics are rigorous and standards based.
Pearl City Elementary has a variety of programs geared towards the students' many interests and academic needs. Dedicated teachers volunteer their personal time to supervise activities that encourage the students to explore their academic and career interests.
Pearl City Elementary School avails a curriculum and programs that are up to the national standards across all content areas. It provides a nurturing environment and opportunities to grow and progress.
Pearl City Elementary is a great school! I am very happy with the curriculum and the time spent helping my child. I am impressed with the NASA program and the extracurricular activities that are available to all students.
This school does a great job for below-average and average kids and pours their resources into these areas. Higher-end kids have less challenges. They refused to test my kids for GT and after I took them to another school, they qualified easily for the program. There wasn't much of program that I could see anyway. Parent participation is low. Parents are told they cannot volunteer in their own child's class due to disruption. Even so, there are some parents who practically live at the school volunteering in their kid's class. They do welcome new students and the principal is kind and a good leader in general. The NASA program is a plus and the computer teacher is great. There seem to be a lot of discipline problems in the upper grades. It didn't meet my kids' needs overall, and I never felt comfortable having my kids there.
Faculty and staff are very warm and caring to new students. Very well rounded school and would suggest this school to other new families in the Pearl City area. It is also the only NASA Explorers Elem, School in the state of Hawaii.
I am a single mother in the military. I have gone on 2 deployments. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and he is not on medication, because of a heart defect. The staff worked with my mother and I to keep him in school despite the mishaps that non-medicated ADHD has. They are excellent in working with him. He made honor roll in his second year there! He has great relationships with his current teachers and the teachers he used to work with. Without the dedication of the teachers and staff, my son would not have excelled the way he did. This school has bent over backwards for him and we are grateful. Muchos Mahalos!
Our first opinion of Pearl City Elementary School is that the safety of the grounds is one to be desired as far as we're concerned! We arrived on the Island after school session began and have not had an opportunity to know what extracurricular activies PCES has to offer. As parents, staying involved with the school will show us what academic programs are available and also the quality of the administrators. I pray that our children can learn in a safe environment. This is our goal!
Our four children attended Pearl City Elem from 1999-2003. Between the four children, we experienced K-5th grades. We had a wonderful experience there and all four kids excelled and continued to do well when we transferred to No. Virginia schools. We thought the administration was wonderful, the teachers fantastic (only one was lacking) and enjoyed a great chorus experience (including travel to neighboring islands). The kids began switching classes in 1st grade for core subjects, to allow for more skill-level instruction. We were sad to leave the school!
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