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Waianae High School

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Posted June 20, 2014

My daughter attended this school for her first two years of high school. While I admit Waianae has unique challenges, I am proud of the school and what my daughter took out of her time there. I volunteer at this school and have to say the teachers I had the great pleasure of meeting are truly there for the students. They are enthusiastic and have such high hopes for each students potential. I would like to see the community give back to the school. I feel with some new equipment and a facelift(particularly the gym, library and pool) the students would strive to show the rest of the State that they are capable and smart and worthwhile. In my opinion the public underestimates the possibilities for Waianae High. My child always tested high in the State Test and as a year ten student did fantastic on the college entrance examination.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 17, 2014

Graduating with honors from this apparently easy school is more difficult then ever now...Idk how anyone could ever get an easy A in this schoo nowadays...and the school`s students seem to have lost school spirit while they were being too cool for anything. Other then the lack of school spirit, and graduating with honors requirements are rediculous, I still love this school and am thankfull for the people unseen who dedicate hours of hard work into trying to make these grounds a better place for our community. Weather it in the classroom or out.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 8, 2013

I went to this school cominh from the mainland and its basically an easy A. Skip school no calls made home its a good school for baf kids. If you wanna actually learn something i wouldnt recommend this school it should be a school for all special ed even though 99% of these locals arent so bright the AP claases in waianae are regular classrs in the mainland so your child being in AP classes is not advancing its your child have more common sense than others book wise. But waianae is overall a school for the slow folks with no commonsense lack a lot of qualities ppl should have including how to speak and write .which shows in the test scores waianae really needs to improve.

Posted September 4, 2013

Most of the students, parents and teachers at Waianae High School are the absolute best. I have not met the principal; neither has my child, who is in her third year at WHS. None of her friends that I have met knows who the principal is either. The discipline in most classrooms is practically non-existent, and therein lies the problem with Waianae High School. While many students are trying to listen and learn in class, others are talking and being disruptive, which inhibits a learning environment. It seems there may be a perception by the teachers, that if they send these disruptive students to the office for discipline, the teachers will be accused of not being able to control their class. Well, they cannot control students who know they are safe from being referred for discipline. For Waianae to become a five star school, the administration must encourage teachers to strive for a learning environment which allows student to concentrate on their studies (a quiet classroom), and then back the teachers up with firm action.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2010

Waianae High School has improved how they do school and we are seeing many positive things taking place. If you read the students comments on this website you will know that this is a great school and we are going to be the best school in Hawaii.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2010

Teachers are more interested in student getting an education instead of student not paying attention. Teachers makes education more interesting for student to learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2009

i go to this school and its a very good school to attend no one knows what we feel when people say that we arn't good enough and that just makes us want to strive for excellance even more
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 30, 2009

I wish to state that it is not the school that is failing the kids, it is the education they are receiving. The No Child Left Behind is in no way helping these kids. I have a child in the school and have watched him pass classes that in no way he should have. You bring it up to the teachers and they themselves give you dumb answers. What ever happened to teachers being there for the kids and actually teaching them, not just passing them because the government says they have to. By the time my son graduates, he will in no way have all he needs to even read or write. It is pretty sad. As much time as we put in to trying to help him we do not have the back up from the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2009

Hey I agree with the latest entry. There are many successful graduates of Waianae High School. Success is based on how hard you are willing to work at it and how motivated you are. I have family members who graduated from private school, not doing much now and others who graduated from WHS and are professionals. Individuals make the difference for themselves not necessarily the school because there are too many other resources out there to help with advancing in reading and math. We know our daughter is a Jr. in taking AP Calculus & AP British Lit., 3rd yr Japanese all at WHS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2009

This is a great school and I don't care about what anybody else thinks. You need to go to this school to truly feel what we do. I honestly get a great education, have great opportunities for extra curricular activities and I think its worth having others frown upon us because they see the negativity in things and aren't optimistic enough.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 5, 2009

This school is known to have a bad reputation and I think its the time where us students show them that they are wrong! Honestly, its a good school. Waianae High is kicking it up a notch, meaning that we are making very positive changes- for example, our new bell schedule and our new hukilau policy. Our teachers are trying to make Waianae High a better place for our education, and I noticed that. Waianae is not so bad as people make it sound.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 25, 2008

I believe that there exists a fundamental flaw in the education system that passes along students and awards mediocre performance. My niece is a Senior with a 4.0 at Waianae and for the last two years I have seen first hand how just showing up to class, doing your homework and being able to outperform the other students just gets you an A. However she is in no way ready for college and her writing, is that of a 6th grader, which is probably where the public school kids on the Westside begin to see an education system that is failing them. Parents should be outraged that the dumbing down of your children is allowing them to make poor decision and give up. Children deserve every advantage we can give them and the fact that this state allows for its future to be marginalized is sad and pathetic.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 22, 2008

Waianae High School is a very great school, for my child. It may be a little raough but it had its great qualities. Hope you other parents can see for your self just how much i feel for this high school. And I also think that instead of putting down this school we should ecourage it and the kids that attend this school. We need to help them see the good in life and all the things that they can achieve. Because its not the school that make you somebody its your self that makes that decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2008

We have such a good school. I am so proud of it. There are so many opportunities to do extra curricular activites and all the students are respectful to one another. Although we do have our share of arguments and fights overall waianae is the bomb! lol.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 7, 2008

Waianae High School is not a bad school. There are kids in the school who are willing to learn while others could care less. As much bad credit that this school gets its not as bad as you think. I say this because i attend the school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 4, 2006

They're are alot of good students at our school that actually wants to learn. We have the best teachers adn couselors that actually wants to teach us,likes their job and cares about our future. So Wai'anae High School is a good school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 4, 2006

Wai'anae High school is a great school. Students are willing to learn and they do have great teachers who care deeply for them. They take the time and effort of making sure that the children continue their education and pursue their goals. I also have a child who attends Wai'anae high school and is very highly academically involved in their extracurricular activities. The staff/teachers show a lot of encouragement for the students to achieve their goals. The community also, shows great pride of this small neighborhood. They have programs which include the Searider Production,Marine Science, Business Industrial Engineering Technology, Health and Human Service which the whole community is proud of. There's a lot that this school has accomplished over the years since I've been in school in the 1980's.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 13, 2006

This is a school not meant to be standing. students show no enthusiasm towards anything but fighting with students from there school and other districts. parents dont care how there child acts. start disciplining your kids. they make the future.. violence is all they know!
—Submitted by a parent

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Biology I

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 66% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 34%
Two or more races 8% 8%
White 6% 14%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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85251 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
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