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Pukalani Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 506 students

 

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Posted May 30, 2014

The principal is not warm, friendly, nor receptive to parental involvement and despite what another reviewer (the Principal) wrote, Pukalani does not have drama. PE and Art are taught by the classroom teachers. If you have a choice between Pukalani and Makawao, choose Makawao.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Just as an update to all the reviews below. There is a new principal at this school as of last school year. She has a background in Special Ed, so you can expect an administrator who knows about your child's special needs. The PTA is very strong and though the school does not have an overflowing budget, I view the community and administration as pulling together to provide additional programs, such as PE, Hawaiian Studies, Robotics, Art, Dance, Drama, and this year an emphasis on Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math. The School is also, as of last year, the only school on Maui that received a grant for the Leader in Me program, which encourages and provides opportunities in student leadership for all students. This school is in its second year, but the change in self-directed students taking on leadership roles is astounding. Lastly, as of last year, there is a new cafeteria manager who cares immensely about what he does and what food he provides. Pukalani also received a grant for the Fresh Fruit/Vegetable of the Week program, so each week students get to learn about & try a different fruit/veg to promote healthy eating!


Posted May 17, 2013

If you have a special needs child, good luck getting help... Most of the teachers here are very good... not much extra activities... such as PE, Band. No male teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

If your child is a good student they will do well here as they probably would at many schools. But, the programs are few (very limited PE and computers as compared to other schools in area, no band/instruments, only occasional other programs), little to no emphasis on creativity when learning, seems teaching/priority to the standardized tests. Also, the administration is EXTREMELY difficult to work with especially for those families of children with special needs or with children of challenges (this is well-known among the families with these children and the professionals in the area.) You WILL have a very difficult time getting what you need from this principal for a special needs child. Regarding teachers our child had a couple VERY good teachers and some poor ones. We've been on mainland for last few years and son has had a much better experience at current school. Aside from a few really good teachers which we will always remember, still much room for improvement at this school, mostly by admin. Families of special needs kids should seriously reconsider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

We have such a great group of kids. Our Principle does everything he can to help the students. He is very good! It is a great school to send children, the teachers are great and it is ranked #1 in academics in our area! But what school doesnt need more help. Recently we have had to cut budgets in our state. Now our children will miss friday's about 2 times a month, this also means no after school care. Not fair to our children, please help this great school so that maybe money can go to the children who need after school care or on Friday when there is no school there can be a program for parents who work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

Great environment to grow. Great that they have resource teachers to help those that need it. Students score well on standardized test, one of the few schools that meets the minimum guidelines. Teachers and faculty seem to really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2004

Overall team effort of staff working with students is very good. Would recommend it to anyone. Also have a Special Education Pre School which is very good. Only down fall to this school is poor quality and inconsistancy of school prepared food.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
77%
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 42% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 34%
White 19% 14%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Two or more races 6% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2945 Iolani St
Pukalani, HI 96768
Phone: (808) 573-8760

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