Top Ranked Public Schools for STRIVE HI testing, 2014-2015 School Year

Source file: Hawaii DOE (spreadsheet)




1. Waikiki

2.  Momilani

3.  Noelani

Middle School

1. Niu Valley

2. Kaimuki

3. Voyager (Charter)

High School

1. Mililani

2. Thompson Academy (Charter)

3. Roosevelt



1. Kaelepulu

2.  Waikiki

3.  Noelani

Middle School

1. Niu Valley

2. Moanalua

3. Innovations (Charter)

High School

1. Roosevelt

2. Moanalua

3. Kalani





PDF file is attached at the end of this article. Kaiser Complex schools will begin on July 30, 2015 rather than the DOE start date of July 29, 2015.  The teachers have opted to take their teacher day on the 29th.  Kaiser draft-only schedules will be available in the Registrar's office from June 15, 2015.  Contact schools directly for clarification.

2015-2016 Registration information Kaiser Kalani Etc


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Once again, by accident, I happened upon a useful report from the Hawaii Department of Education.  This report (attachment in PDF available at the end of the article) is for the 2013-2014 school year and provides metrics and demographics for Niu Valley Middle school.  A full set of reports for all Hawaii public schools is available at:

The report is a tight and comprehensive overview of each of the schools and contains vital information about the facility.  For Niu Valley, the report indicates that enrollment is up. Fall enrollment for 2013-2014 was 891 versus 816 for the 2012-2013 school year.  Demographically, the school is a quarter (25.5 percent) White, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Hispanic and the remainder primarily some iteration of Asian or Pacific Islander.Student Ethnicity Niu Valley Middle School 2013 2014


Parental education, a statistic I track because of the correlation between educational standards and student performance, looks much like the Census figures reported earlier.  The source for these data are also from the Census, so one would expect a great degree of similarity showing the higher levels of education in the Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley and Aina Haina areas.

Comunity Educational Attainment Level for Niu Valley Middle

These are just quick observations and snippets of the report.  As a whole, this report has a lot to offer, and is a quick read for understanding the foundation of the school and its neighboring community.  Included in the report are teacher, parent and student assessments of school quality, discipline (suspensions), and test scores.  The report was released January 9, 2015.



The U.S. Department of Education has named six Hawaii semi-finalists for this year's 2015 Presidential Scholar award. They are:

  • HI ‐ Hana ‐ Jack V. Wolfgramm, Wolfgramm Home School
  • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Andrew M. Chun, Roosevelt High School
  • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Tianzhen Nie, Kaiser High School
  • HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Liz M. Tenrai, Punahou School
  • HI ‐ Kamuela ‐ Harmony M. Graziano, Hawaii Preparatory Academy
  • HI ‐ Kaneohe ‐ Sierra K. Hirayama, Kamehameha High School‐Kapalama

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Congratulations to these high school seniors on their year of achievement.

Hawaii Department of Education has released the dates of 2015 high school graduation statewide.



Aiea Sun., May 31 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Anuenue Sat., May 30 10:30 AM School Campus  
Baldwin Fri., May 29 6:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
Campbell Thurs., May 28 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Castle Sat., May 30 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
Connections Sat., May 30 6:00 PM Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium Charter
Education Laboratory Fri., May 22 5:30 PM Andrews Outdoor Theatre - UH at Manoa Charter
Farrington Sat., May 30 4:00 PM School Amphitheater  
Hakipuu Learning Center Sun., Jun 7 5:00 PM Paliku Theatre, WCC Charter
Halau Ku Mana Sat., May 30 9:00 AM Kamakakuokalani, UH Manoa Charter
Halau Lokahi TBD TBD TBD Charter
Hana Sat., May 30 3:30 PM School Field  
Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Fri., May 29 4:00 PM HAAS PavilionSchool Campus Charter
Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind Fri., May 29 5:30 PM School Campus  
Hawaii Technology Academy Wed., May 27 3:00 PM Filipino Community Center Charter
Hilo Fri., May 29 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
Honokaa Sat., May 30 10:00 AM The Armory/Gymnasium  
Kahuku Thurs., May 28 6:00 PM BYUH Cannon Center  
Kailua Sat., May 30 6:00 PM School Football Field on Campus  
Kaimuki Sat., May 30 5:00 PM Waikiki Shell  
Kaiser Fri., May 29 6:30 PM School Field  
Kalaheo Tue, Jun 2 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall  
Kalani Mon., Jun 1 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
Kamaile Academy Thurs., May 28 5:30 PM Kamaile Field/School Campus Charter
Kanu o ka 'Aina Fri., May 29 10:00 AM Mana Christian Hall Charter
Kapaa Fri., May 29 6:30 PM Kapaa New Town Ball Park  
Kapolei Fri., May 29 6:00 PM School Stadium  
Kau Fri., May 29 5:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Kauai Fri., May 29 5:30 PM Vidinha Stadium  
Kawaikini Sat., June 6 11:30 School Campus Charter
Ke Ana La'ahana Sun., May 24 2:00 Kawananakoa Gymnasium Charter
Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino Sat., May 30 12:00 PM School Campus Charter
Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau Sat., May 30 12:00 PM School Campus Charter
Keaau Fri., May 29 4:00 PM School Stadium  
Kealakehe Wed., Jun 3 7:00 PM Kealakehe High School Football Field  
Kihei Fri., May 22 5:00 PM Maui Nui Golf Club Charter
King Kekaulike Thurs., May 28 6:00 PM School Stadium  
Kohala Sat., May 30 3:00 PM Kamehameha Park - Hisaoka Gymnasium  
Konawaena Sat., May 30 9:00 AM Julian Yates Athletic Field  
Kua o ka La Fri., May 22 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Fri., May 15 10.00 AM School Campus Charter
Lahainaluna Sun., May 31 6:30 PM Dave Malo Field  
Lanai Sat., May 30 2:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Laupahoehoe Fri., May 29 6:00 PM School Gymnasium Charter
Leilehua Fri., May 29 6:30 PM School Stadium  
Maui Sat., May 30 5:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
McKinley Sun., May 31 5:00 PM School Campus  
Mililani Sun., May 24 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Moanalua Fri., May 29 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
Molokai Sat., May 30 5:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Myron B. Thompson Academy Fri., May 22 5:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Charter
Nanakuli Sat., May 30 5:00 PM School Stadium  
Niihau TBD TBD TBD  
Olomana Tues., Jun 2 10:30 AM School Campus (HYCF)  
Pahoa Sun., May 31 5:30 PM Civic Auditorium (Hilo)  
Pearl City Sat., May 30 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Radford Fri., May 29 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Roosevelt Sat., May 30 6:30 PM School Stadium  
Waiakea Sat., May 30 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
Waialua Sat., May 30 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
Waianae Fri., May 29 6:00 PM WHS Raymond Torii Field  
Waimea Fri., May 29 6:30 PM School Front Lawn  
Waipahu Fri., May 29 6:00 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
West Hawaii Explorations Academy Fri., May 22 5:30 PM School Campus Charter





Parents, imagine that your government gave you tax dollars to custom fit and finance your child’s K-12 education.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Arizona did just that in 2011 and Florida followed suit in 2014.   The way it works is this:  The government gives you 90 percent of what it would have spent and you design your child’s education around it.  Whatever you don’t spend you can save for future educational use.  The plan can be as flexible as your State Legislature designs.  For instance, in Arizona, items such as therapeutic horseback lessons may be eligible.

Conservatives and Libertarians are wild about Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) and, apparently, so too are cash-strapped States.  At least a half-dozen states from Virginia to Oklahoma will bring a bill to the floor soon; Georgia’s vote is imminent.

On its face, it’s a great idea: a real win-win.  

Read more: What are Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) and Does Hawaii Need Them?