Noelani Elementary School

2655 Woodlawn Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 988-1858
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 & ungraded 472 students 18 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

85%
66%
91%
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

82%
65%
91%
73%
72%
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

79%
61%
92%
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

About this school

Noelani Elementary School is a public elementary school in Honolulu. 472 students attend Noelani Elementary School and identify as Multiracial, Asian, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 12% of the 472 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Noelani Elementary School is 18:1. St Francis School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 8%
Asian 60% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 57% 34%
Hispanic 4% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 14%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 14% 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 12% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    While the GT program is quite poor this school has been a wonderful experience. My daughter has had brilliant teachers for all her years here except fifth grade. The fifth grade teachers are pretty amateur but all the other teachers go above and beyond. This school is just as great as- maybe even better than private elementary schools. Would highly recommend!

  • (1 year ago)

    Some of the teachers are excellent others are ok. The school is conservative focus is on performance rather than on critical thinking. No art classes - unless you're willing to pay. The school is considered an "excellent" school but compared to schools in Australia and New Zealand (and lot of places in Asia and Europe) I would not rate Noelani better than fair to average but compared to other Hawaiian schools Noelani is not too bad at all.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm researching preschools for my daughter who will be 3 next September. We're not sure whether we will go private or public.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attended this school from kindergarten through fifth grade and I was continually amazed at the amount of learning that happened in the classroom. All of his teachers excelled at incorporating solid foundational knowledge with fun hands-on projects along with tons of field trips and extracurricular classes. The school is cohesive caring and extremely well-run though teachers do expect an age-appropriate level of self-control and focus from the students. They also distribute grades based on the quality of work produced and the effort put into the work. Both of these factors breed dissatisfaction from a small but vocal group of parents. The vast majority of parents however are deeply grateful for the excellent education this school provides.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is a very good school if you want your children to be nurtured and educated and enjoy learning! My daughter joined the school mid year in Gr 1 and her teacher was terrific!! She made sure my daughter has a smooth transition and yet required her to excel. The 2nd grade teacher whom she met was joyful and very friendly. The Gifted program also broadens the learning prospective for the students. The admistrative staffs are extremely friendly and supportive. I was impressed by how fast the email response I got from the admin staffs! This is indeed a school I would like to continue having my kids in--within the valley of the Manoa the misty valley. Thank you Noelani!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter transferred to Noelani mid-year. I found her teacher as well as the teachers for the special classes to be very caring for this special situation. She was welcomed right away and the students included her too. We moved from NYC and she had a much richer experience at Noelani than at catholic preschool and public k and first grade in Manhattan! While there are always things that could be improved I found that the administration PTA and principal encouraged parent involvement and were open to discussion and feedback and genuinly putting childrens' interests first. This was not an easy school year having the furlough Fridays implemented after school start but I found the teachers and administration did their best given the situation. They managed to keep the special classes (art music PE computers Hawaiian)! We are very happy to continue at Noelani and look forward to next

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Noelani and then fed into one of the private schools on the island. I loved it! The school did a great job of preparing me for higher education!! I was provided many outlets for my energy and imagination. The work level was not difficult and I had a lot of time for extracurricular activities.

  • (7 years ago)

    It's good if you want your kids to have to suffer to the severe world of disciplie..... But I feel that this school is much to strict encourages students not to ask questions and not to have imagination.

  • (8 years ago)

    We concur with the last reviewer about the lack of variety in the classroom. We also agree that while there may be some caring teachers at Noelani the overall atmosphere is one of severity and conformity. We had a very disappointing year with our bright inquisitive creative talented intelligent child who will now either be home-schooled or attend a private school which we can afford.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two children enrolled in Noelani my fourth grade son (with some Special Ed issues) and my third grade daughter. We just recently moved from the Washington DC suburbs where the school have a great repuation. I say categorically that my wife and I have been more pleased with Noelani than we were in Northern Virginia. The teachers and adminstrators and principal have all treated us as members of the family and welcomed our input. The academics here have been quite good as have the PE Hawaiiana and technology programs. My wife my children and I all love our school.

  • (9 years ago)

    As you can see from the SAT scores for Noelani this is a high-achieving school. But how do they get children to perform for these tests? They treat them like laboratory rats. The children are drilled in basic curriculum math and writing to an obsessive degree. At 6th grade children do an average of seven hours homework a night leading up to SAT tests. So when you see high SAT scores realise that behind them is high-pressure cramming little of variety in the classroom zero visual art pitiful music classes and a lack of the joy of learning. There are some caring teachers at Noelani but the general atmosphere is one of severity dullness and conformity. Questioning and thinking for oneself is not encouraged. There is also troubling racial segregation - noticed by all 'other' groups at the school - which seems to be fed by every level of school.

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