School Details

Waimalu Elementary School

98825 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 483-7210
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 & ungraded 517 students 15 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

57%
66%
65%
71%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hawaii Department Of Education average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
65%
56%
73%
45%
45%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hawaii Department Of Education average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
61%
75%
72%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hawaii Department Of Education average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
59%
83%
74%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hawaii Department Of Education average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Waimalu Elementary School is a public middle school in Aiea. 517 students attend Waimalu Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 53% of the 517 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Waimalu Elementary School is 15:1. Highlands Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 8%
Hispanic 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 14%
Asian 48% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 47% 34%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 34% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Waimalu is a very good school with caring teachers and staff. My daughter had a very solid start to her kindergarten year. I heard that different teachers give varying amounts of homework and her teacher did not give more than one sheet per night. I thought that was very adequate given that it is kindergarten. She was well prepared for first grade and learned many sight words for reading. Her math skills are on par too. We moved to Mililani and she's had no trouble making the transition. The teacher was always encouraging and the office staff was most helpful with questions making payments. The principal Mr. Hui is very enthusiastic and the kids all respect him - this was noticed at assemblies. They have a brand new library this year too. I loved that they had uniforms too. Great school overall.

  • (1 year ago)

    Waimalu Elementary. This is a good elementary school. I would recommend it. My husband is in the military and this school has really been there for our children.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an excellent public school and I would highly recommend it. The administrators teachers and staff are wonderful and very caring. I think they all do an outstanding job. There is great involvement from the parents and community as evident in the tremendous turnout at events the PTO sponsors. I especially liked the 4th grade business curriculum. My child will be moving on to middle school soon but we have had a great experience with Waimalu Elementary. Not one complaint about any teacher she has had from K through 6th grade.

  • (7 years ago)

    If there was any public school I had to choose on It would be Waimalu Elementary. My child loved the teaches a well as her classmates. We now live in Nevada and The schools here have very poor leadership!! Before coming here my child could count to 50 as well as write her name; First Middle and last and new majority of her alphabets by sight. Here the educators care only of a paycheck that most students are left to fend for themselves against their peers.

  • (7 years ago)

    this school taught me to be ready for the real world and now that i attend a private school i am ready for the stress and homework that i receive. This is an excellent school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughter attended 2nd and 3rd grade. Although through our military travels she's never gone to an outstanding school and Hawaii doesn't have a good rep Waimalu was a pleasant surprise. Her two teachers Mrs. Young and Mrs. Ige were caring experienced and resourceful when dealing with our ADHD daughter. It does desperately need better facilities and after school programs. But she loved her time there and I think she was reasonably challenged. Mrs. Fu the school counselor also a big bonus and wonderful resource. Somebody raise some money and get those kids a playground please!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is our first time dealing with Hawaii schools. I would not reccomend this school for any parent faced with the option of sending their child here. The education is sub-par compared to our last school in Missouri and they appear to be lacking in necessary funding to provide paper towels in the bathrooms. The PTO is basically non-existant as well. Needless to say my child will not be attending Waimalu next year.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter just completed her first quarter of first grade at Waimalu and we are delighted with the school. My husband is in the military and we just transferred here. We were concerned due to the reputation of Hawaii public schools but this school is far better and more advanced than the 'excellent' school at our last duty station. I have spoken with friends with first graders in other states and the reading program at Waimalu is ahead of the pack. The math program seems to be on target. I am very impressed by the PTO. It was like pulling teeth to get parents involved at the last school. Waimalu has a friendly active PTO and we look forward to more involvement. I would definitely recommend Waimalu School. And if you think your child is behind talk to the teacher and other parents and spend some one-on-one time with your child.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter started her kindergarten with this school she is now in 4th grade going 5th. I am really pleased how my daughter were able to cope with other local students. She continues to have 'E's' and now 'A's'. She always do her homework with the constant guidance of us being her parents. I believe parents do have a role in their child's formative years. If you would just leave it to the school you are not doing your part. Oahu and all Hawaiian islands are small compare to mainland states. The support that we get is nothing compare to what mainland schools get. Do your part help your child.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a poor example of what Hawaii education has to offer. My child was placed at this school and regressed in so many areas in such a short time that we are pulling him out before the second grading period. Inexperienced teacher with unethical methods have done more damage than good. The Hearing Impaired Total Communication classrooms give Hawaii's Hearing Impaired children choices in education. This school is one of two schools on the island with this option. It is unable to meet my childs educational needs.

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