School Details

Niu Valley Middle School

310 Halemaumau St, Honolulu, HI 96821
(808) 377-2440
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 & ungraded 779 students 18 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

72%
58%
87%
73%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 2012
  • Hawaii Public Schools average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
56%
79%
70%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 2012
  • Hawaii Public Schools average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
59%
84%
72%

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Hawaii used the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math. 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 2012
  • Hawaii Public Schools average
  • Hawaii state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Niu Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Honolulu. 779 students attend Niu Valley Middle School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 18% of the 779 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Niu Valley Middle School is 18:1. William P Jarrett Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 68% 73%
Asian 45% %
Hispanic 3% 5%
Multiracial 18% %
White, non-Hispanic 18% 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 16% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    We had our daughter in this school for one year. It was the worst school year she has ever had. There was a group of mean girls who made her life miserable. We tried to help her work through it but by the end of the year realized we just needed to get her into a safer environment and enrolled her in private school. The teachers were fine and we liked the IB curriculum but the school did not take bullying seriously.

  • (12 months ago)

    Some teachers are okay however most are teaching their opinions. The 6th graders are reading a book about gay lovers because we have to "accept" everyone. I am against this only because we need to "accept" everyone at this school except the religious students. Any type of christianity is not acceptable to talk about at this school. Takes away freedom from the good kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    So far communication at the school has been pretty good. The only thing is I wished we had heard about our child's progress from all the teachers before the progress reports came home. Some teachers had emailed earlier but I didn't realize there was another class to be concerned about. The counselor has been working with our child and took the time to talk with me briefly just as the school day started. Luckily we were on the same page and she was already working with our child. While every class subject or unit studied will be interesting our child has to understand the work needed to get done no matter what. Still waiting for all the back work to get caught up especially before the end of the quarter. Appreciate the teachers and counselor's interest in helping our child succeed. Also like the fact the school provides opportunities for parent learning and encourages communication with our child's teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in 6th grade and loves going to NVMS. She feels the teachers are approachable and the expectations are clearly stated. There's more homework than 5th grade; however she finds time to complete her homework and participate in other activities outside of school. The principal had the vision and support to make NVMS an International Baccalaureate school. Hurrary for public schools!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is attending this school this 2012-13 year. He has special education (SPED) classes but is too excelled for them. We moved him into general ed classes but the teachers are too busy to help him and would rather help their more independent "smarter" students. So he was forced back into SPED just to get the attention and time he needs to pass his class even if the content was far too easy. At one point he was teaching one of his SPED classes because he already knew the content so well! He just needed more time. There is no transitional classes and no protection for students wanting to get out of SPED to more challenging classes. The tenured teachers ganged up on him last year and forced him back into SPED again because they felt he was too distracted. He wanted preferential seating in those classes and was not allowed. This same thing has happened this year and I am ready to pull him out of this school. These tenured teachers tend to be bullies and are not reprimanded by administration for their despicable and truly sad behavior. If you care about your developmentally delayed child don't put them in this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    So far so good.... My son is finishing 6th grade and I am very happy with this school. Teachers on his team are outstanding!! I am very involved and attended orientation prior to arrival to 6th grade. They extensively review rules and dress code at orientation so we had no surprises. I would encourage all to GET involved!! Also make sure you READ the parent handbook. It is very helpful.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school my child learns alot from this school

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are caring and fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a small school with a big heart!

  • (5 years ago)

    we value the characteristics of - risk taking and caring in addition to the commonly expected values of respect critical thinking etc.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has a great International Baccalaureate program with enthusiastic teachers/administrators.

  • (5 years ago)

    A great school! In the process of being accredited as an International Baccalaureate School and an academics-emphasizing nurturing learning environment!

  • (5 years ago)

    Being a Hawaii public school it is above average but overall it's lacking in many departments namely being skilled teachers. In the 8th grade I can say that the good core teachers consist of Clyde Kobashigawa- Science and Erin Noordhoff-English.

  • (5 years ago)

    to much teasing and bullying you dont always feel safe...but good academics

  • (6 years ago)

    it was ok but they couldve increased the pe program but the teachers were great.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are dedicated to their craft! The curriculum is challenging yet still age appropriate. I only wish there were more parents who participated in school events.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that this school is awesome.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an outstanding school my two sons study there. I am very thankful to the teachers and staff members of that school

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

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