There is nothing wrong with learning about Hawaii. This is not something that is unique to Kanoelani, all the other public schools focus on Hawaiian history. As for schools stateside, we are part of the U.S. That parent needs to brush up on some history. My son is in 1st grade and is reading at 2nd grade reading level (and will soon read at a 3rd grade reading level). Kanoelani is a great school that has great communication. Newsletters are sent home monthly. Students have planners that they write their homework in and parents can use it as a way to communicate with the teachers. I've also been able to reach the teacher by phone after school hours. When I haven't, my messages were returned promptly. All of my interaction with the staff has been pleasant. They have been extremely helpful. The PTA program is strong and the other parents I interact with are very helpful. Perhaps the unhappy parents were rude and got rudeness in return? Here in Hawaii we do not tolerate rudeness. There is also the understanding that the parents need to do their part. As you can tell, the parents that are unhappy need to go back to school to learn grammar, it likely is passed on to their children.
this school gets no stars!! it is horrible no help what so ever. i constantly called to communicate with principals, teachers & counselors -got no where but lots of false claims!!! this school has been my familys worst nightmare!!
I don't think this school deserves any stars. They are so far behind on schooling my child is doing 3rd grade work & he's in the 5th grade! School tends to make alot of false claims especially pointing the finger to the parents when something in the school is wrong. LAck of communication with-in the school as a whole.
I dont think any of the parents below have had their children go to stateside schools because this school is sooooo far behind, school materials are dated & all they teach is about hawaii. with furlough fridays they have not done anything at all to help keep the students learning -those flyers they send home are not from the school. honestly theres so much I am not happy with at this school my list could go on & on -I know when we leave I will have to spend alot of $$ on getting some good tutoring for my child to catch up the the other peers in his new school.
They strive to do the best they can for our children with many obstacles, especially furlough fridays. Hawaii has the least amount of school days in the nation which is so wrong and shameful. Kanoelani strives to always put the children first and foremost.
Kanoelani is a great school. My children are thriving there academically as well as socially. The principal has implemented several new programs to enhance student learning (high test scores) and has increase the students use and understanding of technology. The math program is designed for understanding math rather than just memorization. A skill students will need facing the advanced use of technology in every employment field. The school is a safe environment for learning. I am proud to say my children attend Kanoelani Elementary School.
My children are attending Kanoelani Elementary and they love their teachers. We have been very fortunate to have had quality teachers who show how much dedication they have to teaching our children. My kindergartener is reading and my 3rd grader is doing extensive research projects. The math curriculum takes some getting used to, but covers a wide variety of concepts. I think the teachers are doing a good job at trying to develop lessons that focus on the Hawaii State Standards, but with so many of benchmarks at each grade level it can be overwhelming at times. I applaud, not just my children's teachers, but all of the teachers for the hard work and effort they put into their profession.
My daughter started at Kanoelani Elementary last year as a third-grader. After attending a private, Catholic school and doing above average work and receiving praises from her teachers, I was extremely disappointed in the school as a whole and the quality of education my daughter was now receiving. The quality of the academic program is below par. My daughter left St. Elizabeth School already learning multiplication and division. At Kanoelani in the third grade, she was re-learning addition and subtraction. My main concern is the ridiculous method of teaching math. Instead of focusing on strengthening the basics, the math program jumps from one math subject to another without setting up a proper foundation. My daughter is now in the fourth grade and hates math, which is a shame because she used to love it at St. Elizabeth. I would not recommend this school. If you can afford it, go private.
Teachers and support staff of this school are wonderful. The current principal leaves much to be desired. Lack of follow through and consistant discipline by principal has left many parents feeling that their children are unsafe.
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