Who is this teacher that wrote the children are "well behaved"? Do they really teach at Kaala because if they did then they would know that this statement is false. if the children are so well behaved then why do a lot of the teachers have to BRIBE their students with rewards in order for them to be quiet and pay attention?! Or, YELL at the students to do what they want them to do?! During school assemblies, the vice principal has to constantly remind the students to be quiet and pay attention. And the students' behavior is even worse when they're having lunch in the cafeteria: they're screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs and not listening to what they're supposed to do. I visited classrooms in kindergarten and first grade where a lot of the kids were out of control: yelling at the top of their lungs and running around the classroom as if it was a playground. The teachers just ignored them probably because they're used to them. And the new principal is of no help. You ask him for support and he gives you basically nothing in return. Don't let this teacher fool you into thinking Kaala is such a wonderful school to send your children because it is NOT.
Ka'ala Elementary has experienced tremendous growth over the past 12 years. The curriculum is streamlined and emphasizes thinking and problem solving. The children are eager to learn and well behaved and the parents really want their children to be successful. Come with a heart and commitment to inspire and promote growth.
We love Kaala school. Our experience with the teachers and staff has been positive. Our child came from a very challenging background. Kaala's commitment to raising educational standards and holding students responsible for excellence have made the difference. Thanks for all the hard work.
Currently Ka'ala is one of the few schools in the Leilehua Complex that has made AYP status. Ka'ala has made tremendous gains in both reading and math. The University of Chicago and the publishers of the Everyday Math Program has acknowledged the school's outstanding accomplishments.
This is not a happy place for most teachers to be : overall poor leadership, and lack of classroom support - sends too many good teachers fleeing. A change in administration , and weeding of unmotivated instructors and staff -could begin to make this a school on the upswing