School Details

Waialua Elementary School

67020 Waialua Beach Rd, Waialua, HI 96791
(808) 637-8228
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 & ungraded 529 students 15 students/teacher (HI avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

96%
66%
97%
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

79%
63%
92%
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

54%
62%
80%
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

78%
58%
92%
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

About this school

Waialua Elementary School is a public elementary school in Waialua. 529 children attend Waialua Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 51% of the 529 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Waialua Elementary School is 15:1. St. Michael School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Arabic

Sports

  • Badminton
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 75% 73%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 36% %
Asian 33% %
White, non-Hispanic 21% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.6%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a great school! This school is located in the country of the North Shore of Oahu. With a large number of Title I students Waialua Elementary's students and staff have been named a "National Blue Ribbon School". The principal is willing to spend funds on AR AM KidBiz and new reading programs. The test scores show what a benefit these programs are. The staff is committed to making Waialua Elementary a leader in elementary education.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school for 2 years and has absolutely hated it. Before coming to Waialua Elementary she loved school so this has been a real heartache for me to see. The kids are great she has many wonderful little friends. The principle is AWESOME he is very visible out and about mingling with the whole student body even opening doors for kids to get out of their car in the mornings. The teachers are TERRIBLE. I have never ever heard so much yelling and screaming at kids in my life! My daughter has been terrified of the teachers. We are going to try one more year (3rd grade) and if it's a repeat of the last 2 years I will move my family and get her into a more nurturing respectful invironment. I have a son who will be going into elementary school next year and I refuse to let him attend WES and have a bad experience too.

  • (3 years ago)

    Waialua Elementary won the state Blue Ribbon School award for 2010 and has been nominated for a National Blue Ribbon Award. Waialua's reading scores are in the top 10% of the state even though it is a rural school with a significant portion of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Teachers are very nurturing but they hold students accountable. In a culture where everyone gets a trophy for just showing up a school that demands real quality performance is priceless.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and staff at Waialua Elementary work so well together like a family. Their devotion to educating and caring for their children shows. Since the school year for Hawaii's public schools has being cut short by 17 days due to the furlough it has been a very challenging time and Waialua Elementary continues to do their best to to provide a top-notch education to every student.

  • (4 years ago)

    Most teachers and the principal discourage parent involvement (like volunteering). Though some teachers are intelligent about children most teachers at WES care more concerned about disciplining children than teaching them. For example there are ineffective behavior programs in place for some lower grades where the majority of students are punished rather than rewarded. Thus the teachers appear arrogant and detached from students. Most students' bad behavior is minor and should be dealt with in the classroom yet teachers too easily send them to the principal or the behavior modification program. Students are recognized as individuals VERY little. Families in the area are more diverse each year and the school isn't adjusting. The best thing about the school is that the children get along with each other in general and form good friendships. The area places high value on family which is great!

  • (4 years ago)

    We're constantly striving to improve ourselves. WES is on one of the few schools that have met NCLB requirements every year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Waialua Elementary School because I work with the greatest group of people in the state. They are caring sharing unselfish people who will drop what they're doing to help anyone in need. It's a pleasure to come to work everyday even when I'm not feeling well.

  • (4 years ago)

    We know that they care about their students very much!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have taught at this school for more than 20 years. We are always working together as a team to be a leading school in the state let alone being recognized at a national level. We have the best staff and teachers I could ever hope to work with. Our students families and students are wonderful and supportive! I will be here until I retire!

  • (4 years ago)

    Best people to work with a great community to be a part of...

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and families at Waialua El. are so caring that they make it a fun place to be. So much learning takes place because we all work together.

  • (4 years ago)

    Waialua Elementary has a special of combination of academic excellence and family nurturing. We teach our kids and love them like family.

  • (4 years ago)

    We the teachers and staff at Waialua Elementary School truly care about our students and each other. We are a big family. With all the cuts that are being forced upon us this precious prize money would be a great help to us. Mahalo!

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm very pleased w/Waialua. My daughter is in 5th grade and my son is in the 2nd grade. They have been going there for 3 years and it's been great. I agree w/everything the previous poster has already said.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is in the 2nd grade and has been at Waialua since Kindergarten. I am very happy with this wonderful school. We moved to Mililani after his 1st grade year but continued having him attend Waialua because we felt it was a better school for him. Our home school in Mililani had not met the annual yearly progress indicators and Waialua has. My son participates in the Gifted and Talented program that was started this year and enjoys it so much. I feel that the teachers administrators office staff and just about everyone else on campus genuinely care about the students. I am pleased with the computer lab and mobile labs that Waialua El has. Great job and what a great place to be a kid. My only reccommendations would be to have more PE and funding for more extracurriculars. All around good education and learning atmosphere.

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