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Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao Public Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 572 students

 

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Posted June 10, 2013

I hear awesome reviews so how do you get your child into Kawaihona? It seems they make it defficult for the outside with offering openings to staff and families first. If it is a public school why that procedure?


Posted June 28, 2011

As a parent of two students that attend Ka Waihona, I feel I am blessed that my children are taught by highly capable teachers (as many have master's in education) and are taught not only the state standards, but Hawaiian culture and values as well. That is a necessity in this day and age. Although the parent below me has only negative things to say, I believe if you are a negative person, only negativity can come to you. Despite what that person says, I truly believe that if you ask, the vast majority of parents whose children attend Ka Waihona will say that they are satisfied with the level of academics, the incorporation of Hawaiian Culture in the curriculum, the beautiful hula ho'ike, the kumu, and the school itself. Remember, we parents have CHOSEN to send our children to this school and if at any time we are unsatisfied with it, we can CHOOSE to take them out. So just the fact that parents don't frquently remove their children from the school for that purpose is already a testament to how well the school services us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

This school needs new administration. My first impression of this school was positive until I experienced various negative experiences time and again. There are a couple of teachers who are bullies and they are ALLOWED to be bullies to the students and to other colleagues. I discovered that the Principal himself engages in gossip about his staff, the students, and the parents and even heard him mention personal/embarrassing things in front of his staff. They teach Hawaiian Core Values, but they don't live by them. Their overall intentions are good, but the few rotten apples that work there spoils the entire bunch. So kaumaha!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao is an amazing place to teach. From the administration (under the amazing leadership of Mr. Alvin Parker) to the teachers to the EA's and maintenance, I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to participate in such an amazing 'ohana. This school is above and beyond any public school in Hawaii. It is a privilege to be a teacher at this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 3, 2007

Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao is a school of excellence! The administration team works hard to provide for the children academically and for them to achieve individual success. Mr. Alvin Parker is an approachable leader/principal and I believe that is why all the children know and love him. I am proud that my child attends this school as he will not only grow academically but also learn about our Hawaiian culture. Ka Waihona has made it a point to ho'omau (perpetuate) our Hawaiian culture by teaching the children the language, songs, history, and values. Plus, I was told that the children's curriculum is comparable to Kamehameha Schools. To me, that's great news!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

Aloha, as a parent on the Leeward side I highly recommend Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao charter school to learn and achieve the measurements of Life to your child. The faculty and Mr. Parker makes it a priority to be involved. By heart, mind, body & sole, my child has developed a tremendous growth academically, physically & emotionally in the past 2 years. The teachers of all grades are familiar with all the students through the arts of their historic teachings, protocols, physical Arts, Education and Ohana Night. Ohana Night events offers parents the opportunity to do hands on tasks with their child and siblings. I have learned important measures of learning strategies, in growing healthy and strong. Today, I know my family's tradition will continue to grow efficiently & prosperously. Mahalo Nui Loa, Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao. ~Laulima~
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2006

The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is a strong part of the success and growth of the school. Everyone knows you by name. Mr. Parker is a great example of a leader .All the staff have a heart for your children and are there to guide and push them to be the best and putting in more to where your child may need more attention with. Thank you for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need suceed and to be proud of all their achievements. I am thankful for all the staff and their leader having such a great part in my children's lives. A memory which will be forever cherished in our family! Mahalo Ka Waihona o Ka Na'auao PCS. Melody Abellanida
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

Ka Waihona's growth in students reflects the importance of the community's values in its culture. Teachers are fabulous, and the Principal knows all the student's names - he has a huge heart full of aloha! I highly recommend any parent to enroll their child(ren) in this charter school. The regular public schools don't seem to measure up academically. Parent involvement makes all the difference, and it doesn't matter where you live on the island, you can enroll your child here. It's worth the traffic!
—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.

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2011.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
37%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 63% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 62% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 58% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 56% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
15%

2009

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 59% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 96% 34%
Asian 2% 35%
White 1% 14%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 2%
Hispanic 0% 4%
Two or more races 0% 8%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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