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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Hawaii Department of Education is an above average, public school district located in Honolulu, HI. It has 181,278 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 54% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
54%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1110
6,474 responses
Average ACT
23
4,407 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
181,278
Free or Reduced Lunch
47.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,871
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,305/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$73,447
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,494
National
$949
Median Home Value
$713,300
National
$184,700

Hawaii Department of Education Reviews

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My experience with the Hawai'i Department of Education (HIDOE) was, indeed, "very good". I feel very privileged to have been educated in such a culturally rich and diverse community by many qualified educators who are devoted to teaching and preparing the keiki of Hawai'i for the real world. I learned an immense amount of life skills during my time in the HIDOE, especially about the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment. That said, there were also some things the HIDOE presented to me that I would like to see improved. Though there were many qualified educators in our schools, there were just as many that were unqualified. The HIDOE is notorious for being in extremely high demand of teachers across the state, and a result of this is the employment of any person who is willing to fulfill the duties of being a teacher, minus the proper credentials. This sporadic employment left me and many other students learning subjects along with our "teacher" in charge.
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As a military kid I experience a lot of unique atmospheres when it comes to school districts. The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE), like any other school district has the intent of creating an environment where kids want to learn, and are successful as a result of their attendance in their facilities. Unfortunately some schools in the HIDOE have complecating factors that create an environment that is unsafe at times and harder to learn in. For an example, my school James Campbell High School (JCHS) has a tendency to have large scale fights that result in lockdowns. While the HIDOE is far from perfect consistently through their struggle and celebrations, they are a beautiful representation of what coming together as a unit should look like. They never fail to acknowledge when there is a problem and are always working toward improvement. They aren't the best, but they sure to fight together to get there
Overall, I have had a very positive experience while being a high schooler under the HDOE. Most of the teachers that I have had made me enjoy coming to school and helped me enjoy learning as well. For example, my AP Chemistry teacher makes her class fun to be in and really puts effort into helping explain the more challenging topics. In addition, the school that I am currently enrolled in, James Campbell High School, has many resources. For example, we have access to several 3D printers for students taking STEAM classes, we have Chromebooks and even MacBook pros. Campbell High always provides enough food for their students and even provide vending machines where students are able to purchase snacks afterschool. In addition, the HDOE has made it possible for Campbell to have access to a multitude of Advanced Placement classes. For example, students can take AP Bio, Language, Literature, and even Computer Science Principles.