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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Hawaii Department of Education is a public school district located in Honolulu, HI. It has 181,589 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
About Hawaii Department of Education...
Address
1390 Miller St
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone
(808) 586-3310
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1100
4,543 responses
Average ACT
23
2,994 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
181,589
Free or Reduced Lunch
49.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,794
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,345,917,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,462/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    6%

Hawaii Department of Education Reviews

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System level of education within the schools that are controlled by the Hawaii Department of Education is overall a well-performing school system. Within the schools would have most certainly noticeable and numerous amount of diversity within the students attending the schools. Of course, each student's unique aspects and culture is accepted and welcomed by this department. From my personal experience, the teachers and staff members are supportive through struggles that students might be fighting against. When I would ask for advice on improving quality of work, the teachers that I've discussed with were always willing to assist in matters such as this. A specific case of assistance from one of my teachers can be considered kind; my Language Arts teacher would check up on my current emotion to make sure that I'm okay. The welcoming of diversity, lovely teachers are experienced within William McKinley High school which is administered by the Hawaii Department of Education.
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I like the efforts put into the events made to liven up the school and campus, and try to get students involved. The school traditions we have like the quarterly lip syncs, and especially may day are one of my favorite parts of our school system. I think when the culture of a location is respected and represented in schools it's students will be more willingly active. However, I believe that schools are mainly college prep focused and serve more in educating their students for college, and not primarily life. This is a big part of our education system that can and should be changed. The position of expecting and relying on the parents or guardians of a student to educate their child on adult life responsibilities is a failing point; and I believe schools should prepare students to be more of a "successful" law abiding able to be productive citizen, then a possibly college student that can solve formulas but not pay taxes.
This school system certainly has its flaws. There has been many scandals and violent threats that aren't necessarily dealt with in a legitimate manner. This ranges from primary, intermediate and secondary schools. The teachers as well, though there are magnificent ones, a good group do not provide positive environments for learning...one size does not fit all when it comes to education and that seems to be the mindset.

On another note, Hawaii is finally starting to answer calls of the public, and are completely altering the school lunches. Starting at Mililani High School is the "Farm to Table Initiative" bringing in fresh foods from local farms and steering away from frozen and processed meals.