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Waihee Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded

 

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Posted September 12, 2013

This is a public school that offers a quint, private atmosphere in a very clean, quiet, nature setting! A general friendly/family atmosphere is what I have experienced so far! Teachers and staff take the time to be courteous to me and this makes me feel that my child is being treat with care and love! Above all, I look for signs from my child; thus far she has displayed enthusiasm and excitement about going to school! She has never made any complains about anything about this school and I like this; after all she is the number one critique! I know that no one system is fault-proof but based on these initial impressions we are happy with this school Morning traffic at drop off time bottle necks for about five to ten minutes due to the school's location by to the main road. The school can definitely use some funding to perhaps add some space to their land to alleviate this problem. Overall, a FIVE STAR SCHOOL! (my observation)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Bad experience with the leader of this school. The programs do not challenge the students with cheat sheets given to students. The school is academically sanctioned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

Poor School. Please re-consider for the benefit of your children. My son is doing much better in Kihei now. At Waihee they use cheat sheets in their students folder for math. Why not use a calculator. My son has learned so much more since making the transfer. I am thankful to be away from this educationally-sanctioned school. Their grades are horrific. Native Hawaiian kids deserve better. Get a new leader for this school. It sounds like I'm not the only one tooting this horn.


Posted January 30, 2012

I would strongly recommend another school for you child. The principal is extremely arrogant. She is non-responsive and does not serve in the best interest of the children. My best advice is to try another school. Please note - the school has not met low academic standards for 3 years running and is currently academically sanctioned by the Hawaii School Board. Hawaiian children deserve more that sub-standard education. Let's get this principal out and start anew with a better plan to education our Hawaiian Keiki.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2012

This school has more Hawaiian culture and respect than ANY other school on Maui. The teachers work day and night for their students. The students are taught RESPECT from the very beginning. Mahalo to the hard working teachers and staff!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

Awful school. The new principal discriminates and laughs at parents. Her teachers have a strong disrespect for her and doesn't like her condescending way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

amazing teachers bright and nice students and wonderful staff i tell everyone how outstanding this school is


Posted October 9, 2010

Aloha Spirit............................................................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

My two daughters attended Waihe'e school from Fall 2004 - Fall 2007 and we miss it. Although we like the elementary school we are at now, we'd much rather be at Waihe'e. The teachers and staff work wonderful with the children and they have a great reading program! The communication between parents and teachers is great and very open! The 'teaching and learning with love' thing really is alive and well here. They offer many extracurricular programs and their curriculum is challenging and organized. Their after school program is great too! My younger daughter learned how to read very well in her after school A+ class and til this day, she loves reading. They also offer tutoring while at A+. Only love and aloha in this school! Can you bring your curriculum to our school in Lahaina?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

The VP at this school is wonderful. It is a large campus. There is a very kind nurse on site all day long. If your child has special needs ie/medical or physical one can expect this school to facilitate a pattern of open communication. the teachers have a special protocol for having communciation log. This is a good school with a good leadership education team.. The VP is wonderful and is always willing to meet with you regarding any issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

I would just like to add that the teachers there help and work with the children very well and they never give up on them. They dont just blame the parents and encourage the parents to work with the children. Nowdays parents have a hard time to work with children because they work two jobs to make ends meet, but these teachers assure you and keep in touch with you if you cant make the time. My daughters teacher is wonderful and I cannot thank her enough for all she has done for my daughter. My son is a very smart student and I have to say Waihee school really helps to keep the children in line and assure them of safety and good education. I love Waihee School and would nominate them school of the century.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

We now live in Whispering Pines, North Carolina but will always remember the wonderful years our granddaughter had a Waihee School. She was able to blend into the Hawaiian life style with ease and enjoyed the many new friends and ohana she was able to learn from during our Maui experience. Ashley had some of the best teachers in her school experience and will always be grateful to those who shared knowledge and true aloha. Mahalo Waihee
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

I have a granddaughter attending Waihee school and it's amazing how much she has grown in the past 2 years. I believe Waihee has provided the perfect balance of learning with love ... the true aloha spirit. Now celebrating their 125 years of helping students achieve, Waihee continues to strive for teaching the whole keiki and inspire them to reach for the stars. Mahalo Waihee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

waihee school is very safe! well organized! the teacher's & staff are sooo dedicated! it's like one big family! the programs in the school are very well updated! & the parent involvement is amazing! my 2 children attends waihee school & we will be very sad when we'll have to leave to go to intermediate school.
—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 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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
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 53% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 34%
Two or more races 6% 8%
Hispanic 5% 6%
White 5% 14%
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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2125 Kahekili Hwy
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 984-5644

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