Damien Memorial School Reviews
Rating 4 out of 5 84 reviews
The energy of the students and teachers is amazing and the school has a very good aura about it, but some terrible decisions by administration and lackluster curriculum have plagued my four years there.
Great student body, some great teachers and counselors, small family like feeling. Good athletics and safe campus.
Going into Damien Memorial as a junior I had a great experience with my classmates. Everyone was welcoming especially the teachers. I play volleyball so that really helped me get comfortable.
My father, uncles, and brother have all attended Damien. I am very fortunate that this wonderful school has converted into co-ed because, as a middle schooler, I have never seen myself going anywhere else. Although Damien and its administrators have been going through constant change, our little community has stayed strong and fought for the Damien that we know in our hearts. I love my school and all of its flaws, and it's an amazing community that I'm so proud to be a part of. Our school isn't the greatest in sports or academics, but the student to teacher ratio allows many of us, students, to get the additional help and challenges that we need to succeed.
As a current student, I love this school. I have been attending this school since the sixth grade. I have learned many things. School pride is one of them; we take pride of being a Monarch. I have made great friends, and the teachers are great. The school atmosphere is very lively. We act like one extended family. We have each others backs. The student body works together for a great school environment.
I transferred here in my senior year since my previous school closed down. I thoroughly enjoy coming here even though I have not been here long.
Damien Memorial School is like one big ohana. Teachers and students are very friendly and giving. The one thing that I don't like is the switches in administration and staff, it always switches around and some things promised, always get delayed.
When I applied for Damien Memorial School, I was going to be a part of a big change. During 2012, the school switched from an All Boys School to Co-ed. I was honored to be a part of the first graduating co-ed class of Damien Memorial School. It was a rocky road with new changes but I was glad for all the opportunities given. The teachers were very knowledgeable and taught everyone with equality. There are also different sports that everyone could join. I enjoyed attending the school and it was the closet private high school to me.
Damien Memorial School in Honolulu is an amazing place to be. I was fortunate enough to be accepted freshman year, and I was completely overwhelmed by the welcoming spirit I got from the faculty and the students. Even though it is a Catholic school, never once did I feel uncomfortable being a non-Catholic. Everyone there is very respectful of different beliefs, and it is a safe, controlled space to be able to share a difference in opinion without being put down. Being that Damien has changed from all boys to co-ed, there are definitely a lot of improvements to the school. Academically, Damien provides college preparatory courses for all grades to help students prepare for college. Also, our athletic teams are flourishing. Our football team won the ILH Division II championship three times in a row, and our basketball team won states this year. At Damien, we really live by our school's motto, "Viriliter Age", which means "Act Courageously" by doing volunteer work for our community.
I have been in Damien since 2015, I attended Damien for my high school career. Damien has taught me many things that I need in order to thrive in life. The thing that I love most about Damien is the faculty and staff. The reason why this is the best in opinion is because the staff and faculty try their best to get to know you, and help you with what you need. The only thing that I would like Damien to change is their facilities. At the moment, us students are parking in the football field, and not in the parking lot meant for students. Although the parking lot for students is under construction, students should be given the option to park in the main parking lot without payment since there has been an expansion in stalls. Also parking in the football field creates a liability for the school because some vehicles have trouble getting in the field, because of the ground clearance of some cars.
For the past 4 years I have been at Damien, I can only say good things about this school. I have learned many things over the years, and have been engaged in athletics and clubs. Though Damien is seen as a smaller populated school compared to other high schools, it can also be seen as a good thing, as students are able to make friends easily and keep them close. The faculty and staff are friendly and always make an effort to help you if needed. If there were to be one thing that I would change about Damien, it would be the dress code on the days that we attend Mass, as we are required to wear a certain white dress shirt with tie and khaki slacks, purchased from a certain store. In my opinion, I think that we should be able to purchase our uniforms anywhere, as long as it meets the criteria. Overall, I think that Damien is a great school to attend, offering an affordable tuition price with a great education.
Damien Memorial School taught me how to act manfully and courageously. Because Damien is a small school, everyone knows each other and has a strong bond that cannot break. The teachers are excellent and care about each and every student. They want to see them succeed.
I enjoyed the friends I made and the teachers I became close with that helped me with my academics. Baseball and Soccer were the sports I participated in and the staff was very ambitous and helpful. The facilites look and feel up to date.
My experience at Damien Memorial School is unforgettable and one that can never be replaced. It's a Catholic private school located in the heart of Kalihi. We have a variety of service clubs and projects throughout the entire year to give back to our school, home, and community around us. We host events that our Damien alumni's continue to support our school and sports teams. The essence of family, faith, cultural diversity, and love is brought together in a small Catholic school. Damien Memorial provides many opportunities inside and outside of school along with new renovations in creating our campus bigger. Damien Memorial School provides education on faith, service, and never ceases to reject any other religions.
I went to school there my Junior and Senior years. I liked the teachers' and administrators' passion for their work. The school also cared deeply about student success and character formation. However, I would like to see the school take the initiative to improve aesthetically. Its exterior looks old and worn. The walkways were covered in gum and filth. The parking lot also needs to be expanded, repaired and repainted. Though the counselors did their best to help graduating students, I felt like they did not offer as many resources or as thorough guidance to students planning to attend out of state colleges as to students planning to attend in state colleges.
The Damien Memorial School environment is very family-centered. There are a lot of families that are involved in the school.
Here at Damien Memorial School not only are you in a comfortable atmosphere to grow in your relationship with God but you also make life long friends while doing so. At Damien you will make so many memories and receive a excellent education.