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94-810 Moloalo Street, 2nd Floor
Waipahu, HI 96797

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September 12, 2015
To be honest...my daughter had always gone to private school previous to this year. She is in 10th grade and even she isn't impressed with the teachers or the material taught. She says her math teacher does a great job of teaching. But her English teacher only assigns vocab tests and some poetry blog assessment each week. Which isn't challenging. The Spanish teacher doesn't take the time to slow down to make sure the kids even understand what she's teaching. She has found that most of the time what the teachers teach is in no way connected to the online curriculum. And even the teachers professional attitudes are very lax. She has witnessed them cussing in front of students and then laughing about it. This is all coming from my 15 year old. I was told that material would be challenging because it was "blended" program. I have not found that to bet he case. It's really too easy and my daughter has told me she was afraid she wouldn't be up to par next year if she went back to private school. The traffic is horrible and the neighborhood surrounding the building isn't the safest. And no the staff doesn't communicate very well via email. I won't be re-enrolling her for next year.

- submitted by a student

November 21, 2014
This year 2014/2015 the HTA program went down hill .the school year started off with no materials being shipped or they showed up after the school year had already started. It was totally disorganized. HTA has taken away all freedom from the student and parents to work at their own pace. You must now follow what a teacher wants you to do. This really stunts the gifted child's growth. This program sold itself on being student needs based, not teacher base. HTA has also made online classes mandatory. Before, they were optional. Now even if your child is not needing the help, they are forced ,by the teacher, to attend a class. You use to be allowed to decided if you want to attend the HTA learning center day, now that too is mandatory. this tends to lead to a problem for gifted children. The traffic on that way one street is awful. its only a matter of time before someone get really hurt. Instead of keeping high goals for children, they have dumb down the program to fit more children to get more money. For a school with technology in the name you would think they offered a computer class, but not, they offer nothing in the way of technology base classes.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
My kids have been enrolled from 2011-2015, from K- 4th. The curriculum is on par or better than mainland schools. There are electives available to students that were not at our local school. Art and music is available for all grades and foreign languages from 3rd grade up. HTA also offers many clubs via the school including hula, robotics, even a Lego club. I really like that my kids are getting what they need at a pace that we can control. If we need to stop and go over something again, it is okay. On the other hand, if we find something we can go through quickly we can move on. It can be challenging to get started with HTA, but it is worth the time and effort. The teachers know who you and who your family are. They are genuinely concerned for your child's success no matter what level they are. There is a personal relationship there that we did not have at our local school.

- submitted by a parent

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

February 18, 2014
These are all FAKE reviews posted by the curriculum company K12. The teachers don't communicate well and the administration is pompous and condescending. The worst one of all is the Executive Director who has an arrogance about her and her private school mentality. If you are not RICH and DON'T work your kids CANNOT ATTEND this school, you need to be home with them. It was better years ago with more electives and more support. It is STATE FUNDED HOMESCHOOL!!!! As far as the curriculum and the company that provides it check out what has been happening with them lately, class action lawsuit after lawsuit for taking public dollars.

- submitted by a community member

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

January 01, 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

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

March 05, 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

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

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

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

December 08, 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

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

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

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

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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Hawaii Technology Academy
94-810 Moloalo Street, 2nd Floor, Waipahu, HI  96797
(866) 968-7512
Last modified Hawaii Technology Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hawaii Technology Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top