I graduated Leilehua in 2013 and my years spent there were fantastic. I learned a lot, the teachers and staff were friendly, there were hardly any fights, and everyone seemed to get a long very well. The only negative thing I would say about this school is that even with all of the awards their art classes win they don't put a lot of funding into them. They like to focus on their sports teams.
My years in Leilehua were good ones. Teachers are great, bullying is almost none existent (I have not witnessed any), strong sense of community, many extracurricular activities (outside of school as well), and great athletic department. My complaints: their is not a diverse range of classes, science department is lacking (learned little during 10th and 11th grade), and school class locations is unorganized eg: english class in science wing (this has been continuing to improve over the years however). Highlights: Again, great teachers who really care about us students, strong math, history, language arts, and everything else departments; the student in student athlete is emphasized (many opportunities to catch up on work such as SMARTS nights, tutoring, etc so no excuses fellow students!), opportunities in discovering many different cultures; and last but not least, EXCELLENT avid teachers who push you to do your best and to make the effort to get into college, earn scholarships, and making a better out of students in general -KH
Great staff and students. Large population of military students which makes for a decent transition if you are a military family. Student population is diverse (probably due to military population). The academic curriculum for Honors, AP, and/or GT isn't very broad compared to the offerings at nearby Mililani High School but the class sizes are smaller at Leilehua. The athletic department is excellent and stresses academics along with providing study halls, tutoring and frequent grade checks to ensure athletes maintain acceptable grades while participating in sports. The counselors work well to ensure your student is enrolled in the proper classes. Parents are kept abreast of events via email or telephonic messages from the school and grades can be checked through the Edline system. We heard horror stories about Hawaii public schools before arriving here and continue to hear negative things. Our experience has been great thus far and our son scores very high (90+ %) on the Hawaii assessment tests. We had him enrolled in a private school but placed him in public school because the private school was not worth the $10,000 and offered the exact curriculum as the public school.
Leilehua has been great. My son graduated in 2008 and my daughter is a Junior now. We are a military family and LHS has numerous programs for the kids. Every school is what the parents and students make of it. My son has excelled due to the wonderful staff at LHS and my daughter is on her way to making her own positive mark. Go Mules!