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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Ka'u High School & Pahala Elementary School is a public school located in Pahala, HI. It has 500 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 11% of students are at least proficient in math and 24% in reading.

Ka'u High School & Pahala Elementary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
24%
Percent Proficient - Math
11%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
990
17 responses
Average ACT
20
15 responses
AP Enrollment
11%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$82,906
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,703
National
$949
Median Home Value
$649,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
44%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
33%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Sport games
    41%
  • Assemblies.
    29%
  • Ensemble performances.
    12%
  • Graduations
    6%
  • Prom
    6%
  • Volleyball and basketball
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
500
Free or Reduced Lunch
81%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,871
Teachers in First/Second Year
28.6%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,305/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.4 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.4 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.4 responses

Ka'u High School & Pahala Elementary School Reviews

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My experience during my time at Kau High School overall was average. We did the most with what we had. Being a rural school in a small community we were not the highest ranking school or the most well equip school compared to others near us, but we had the most of it. I did enjoy the culture and history that the school possesses. Being one of the oldest schools on Hawaii island, most of us had parents, and even grandparents that attended and graduated from this High school and that held a great sentimental value to me. If I had the opportunity to change anything about Kau High School it would be to increase the funding that the school receives. I fully believe that with more funding Kay High School and Pahala Elementary would be among, if not the highest ranking school in the state of Hawaii. Many of the students and well determined and hard workers and with the proper academic tools, support, and staff they could improve the quality if their school to great levels.
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Ka'u High school sets in a rural small town in Hawai'i. I like that the school is very safe, the weather is great, everyone in the school knows everyone, and the school is comprised with majority Native Hawaiians and Asians. However, there is a lack of resources, and Ka'u High is one of the public schools on the island to have the most low-income students. I would like Ka'u High to organize more programs and clubs for students so they are more involved in school and receive the attention they need. It would also be nice for the school to have a better curriculum with more challenging courses like AP and Honors and more required classes that give pride to students and their culture such as Modern History of Hawaii and Hawaiian studies. One other thing I would suggest to my school, is to promote college and give more opportunities for students to experience the idea of college life from a first-hand perspective.
I think that this school is not the best, but not the worst at the same time. The reason why I gave it 4 stars is because of my outlook on it. Out of all the schools that I have been to, this would be the second best school as far as real world applications go and deadlines. This school will have you thinking of things you would not normally think of, and learning to resist bad habits. The campus is unique as well.