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Hawaii Technology Academy

Charter | K-12 | 1250 students

First blended educational model using K12 curriculum in Hawaii.

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted April 29, 2014

My children have just been approved for enrollment in to this school, WE ARE ALL REALLY EXCITED!!!! We have friends NOW that attend Hawaii Technology Academy, THIS is one HUGE reason why I want my children attending this academy. The progress and levels that they are at, it is just something that we want as well. I can see that our friends' children are WELL beyond where they should be academically, I can see where the regular brick and mortar has fell short for them, I feel the same is happening to my children. If they "get it" and some in the class do not, it has left my children stagnant waiting around for the others to "get it". I would like to give a review about HOW the school is, but my children have not yet had the opportunity to attend a scheduled day. From the overall experience and feelings I left with on the day we went for our 'Meet and Greet' I feel VERY confident that my children are going to do VERY well there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

HTA has a great curriculum, and for students who are self- directed, it is an ideal program, where you can work at your own pace within the course of the school year. You are lent a Macbook , textbooks and supplies for science, and have access to a full curriculum, with electives available. My daughter completed 5th grade with HTA on Kauai, and she learned so much in that year! She decided she wanted to attend a traditional school after that because she missed the interaction with peers; when she was tested at her new school, she was placed in the grades above hers in Math and English. The only caveats are that the office and administration were very disorganized, not easy to get in touch with, and there was little to no support here on our island. However, if you are a supportive parent and a motivated student, you can guide this yourself and have a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2014

My son is in his second year with HTA and we love it. It's like a online Montessori school, only better. The online assessments are top notch, requiring comprehension and mastery, and the course work is above par on many levels. The best part is the one on one attention my son gets from me as his learning coach. There are no other kids vying for the teachers attention, and no jokers distracting my son and disrupting class. It also gives me instant notification as to which parts of the class my son may need more direct scaffold the lesson plan to attain his zone of proximal development. In laymen's terms, it gives me an instant snapshot of where he is academically, everyday, and allows me to cater to his strengths and bolster his weaker areas with more direct instruction. The best part about this school is it enables us to take time off when we want to for extra curricular activities. I advise anyone who has the ability and the willingness to check into an online homeschool blended school like HTA because it is like getting your kid back after a long stint in the confines and mediocrity of the so-so public school system. Thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

My two high-schoolers love school and their teachers once again...how great is that?! After hearing how much they hated their other public school and several teachers "profiling" them, I had to try something new! This has been a very good decision for this very satisfied parent and educator. The beginning of the year was a bit crazy; but, the administrators ARE listening and making great changes! I can't say enough about the teachers, they REALLY show an interest in the students and offer many opportunities for tutoring. Strongly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

I have two students attempting to do the schoolwork. We have been plagued with problems, from technical to unruly classrooms on-line. The staff are very slow to respond, not all, but many. Its a good idea on paper, but you get very bogged down by different approaches by different teachers, overwhelming amounts of email, changes in times, and much more. not good for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

So far we love it!!! Overall our child has been excited to attend class, and very self motivated with the HTA program. There is a lot of work to do, and keeps him very busy. Its refreshing as a parent to see and hear your child has been heard and appreciated. As with any school there is always room for improvement, I don't think its perfect, but the respect my child is receiving and the excitement to learn he is emanating is by far worth it! Sincerely, Very happy parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

The Highschool Curriculum and Program 4.5 stars. As long as your child is an independent learner and likes technology, this is a great place for High School Students who want to be challenged or are just bored of regular school. The teaching staff at this level seems to have it together. Unfortunately, the middle school program needs work, 2 stars max. The curriculum is fine, but this teaching staff creates a cumbersome schedule that requires too much face-to-face or Illuminate teaching sessions rather than putting the K12 system to better use. Many of the middle school teachers are not as technically savy as one would expect a teacher to be at a school named a "technology" academy. More importantly, they were VERY UNPREPARED for the school year to begin. We are several weeks into the school year and we are still dealing with teacher scheduling conflicts and last minute changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I am not a parent at the school but a grandparent and it has been great for my grandchildren. The principal is coarse and harsh but he does truly care for the children and expects the best of them. What brought us to this school was after going to open houses with private schools and public schools we attended one at HTA. The principal presented us with information and what sold us was he told us this might not be the right school for each of us and WE needed to make the decision and do the research. We chose HTA and are happy there but it was amazing to see the stoic New Yorker cry at the kindergarten graduation last year. He truly does care for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

Terrible school. The administrative staff is extremely disrespectful and the administrator is only concerned about letting the parent know how great he is. The school board consists of one Hawaiian Airline executive who doesn't get involved with concerns involving this school. I would not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

We love this school it is our second year with HTA. I have a 4th and 5th grader. They do a lot better being at home most of the time doing their schoolwork online then going in to the learning center once a week. You really get the feeling that this school is there for the kids that they love kids and it is there main focus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

I have a daughter that goes to this school. She started this school from kindergarten and is now in the first grade. I love the curriculum and the attention she gets from her teachers. As a parent I know exactly where she is at and what she needs to work on without waiting for a progress report. The staff are very friendly and open. Parents are very involved in school activities. It's a lot of work for the parent but it's worth it knowing you are giving your child the attention they need to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

This school has one of best resources for K12 curriculum but unfortunately it lacks good leadership and does not hestiate to bash a child and their self-esteem. The comments made are probably done by the staff of HTA. I would not recommend this school I'm a Naval Officer wife. My kids were stressed and dramatized by this school. A good possibility this post won't be available for viewing because of truth and the negative impact to your child school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

We have children in the elementary, middle and highschool program at HTA. Basically, they do most of the work online and at home and they go to the center one or two days a week for a few hours. The principal, Mr. Peongek is amazing. The school is technically advanced the teachers are wonderful. Your child can move ahead (if they pass certain tests) or they can repeat things if they need more help. With elementary, you as the learning coach, will be doing most of the teaching. If they are in middle and high they will be on their own and the teachers are there to help. They can go in for tutoring on certain days too. The only reason we aren't staying at this school is because my kids miss being with other students and teachers on a more regular basis. Highly recommend this for a self motivated child.
—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.

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
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 59% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
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 55% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
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 59% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%
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

Biology I

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
97%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 17% 34%
Two or more races 7% 8%
Black 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A49%
Female 49%N/A48%
Male 51%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Homeschool
Brick and Mortar Public School
Other charter schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Hawaii
Chaminade University
Brigham Young University
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Advisory/counseling program
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Leigh Fitzgerald
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • K12 curriculum
  • Virtual school
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Various technology courses

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Advisory/counseling program
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Learning lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Oahu and Kauai Learning Centers
  • Alternative meeting places on Maui and Hawaii
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Eligible to play on home teams
Girls sports
  • Eligible to play on home team

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Environmental club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Geography
  • Hiking
  • Science club
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Students typically come from these schools
Homeschool
Brick and Mortar Public School
Other charter schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Hawaii
Chaminade University
Brigham Young University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Advisory/counseling program
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94-810 Moloalo Street, 2nd Floor
Waipahu, HI 96797
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Phone: (877) 900-5602

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