Kaelepulu Elementary School

Summary:

Kaelepulu Elementary School is a high-performing public elementary school in Kailua, Hawaii, serving 193 students in grades PK-6 with a diverse student population. The school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger and ranking as high as 1st out of 195 Hawaii elementary schools in recent years.

Kaelepulu Elementary School stands out for its exceptional academic performance, with 82% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 76% proficient or better in Mathematics, far exceeding the state averages. The school also boasts a diverse student body, with 35.23% White, 13.47% Hispanic, 10.88% Asian, 8.81% Pacific Islander, and 31.61% two or more races. Compared to nearby schools like Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School, which has 81.95% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, Kaelepulu has a relatively low percentage of 13.99%, suggesting a more affluent student population.

The school's low student-teacher ratio of 13.7 is another key factor contributing to its success, allowing for more individualized attention for students. The proximity of Kaelepulu Elementary to other high-performing schools, such as Maunawili Elementary and Aikahi Elementary, presents an opportunity for collaboration and the sharing of best practices, which could help raise the academic performance of all the schools in the Hawaii Department of Education district.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 530 Keolu Dr
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 266-7811

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
4th of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,818 Help


Students who attend Kaelepulu Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Kailua Intermediate School
High:    Kailua High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.7 Help
Number of students:  193

Racial breakdown:

White:
35.2%
Two or more races:
31.6%
Hispanic:
13.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kaelepulu Elementary School ranks better than 97.9% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 4th among 181 ranked elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.03. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kaelepulu Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (35.2%), two or more races (31.6%), Hispanic (13.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kaelepulu Elementary School is 13.7, which is the 68th best among 181 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kaelepulu Elementary School is $15,818. 121 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kaelepulu Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Hawaii Department of Education:

SchoolDigger ranks Hawaii Department of Education 1st of 1 Hawaii school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Kaelepulu Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 82.39 20th 194 89.7%
2007 73.25 36th 192 81.3%
2009 60.26 68th 191 64.4%
2010 80.94 25th 183 86.3%
2011 72.59 42nd 191 78.0%
2012 67.89 55th 195 71.8%
2013 70.04 52nd 196 73.5%
2015 92.36 10th 194 94.8%
2016 97.89 1st 195 99.5%
2017 97.51 3rd 207 98.6%
2018 95.85 3rd 193 98.4%
2019 92.48 6th 196 96.9%
2021 89.03 18th 196 90.8%
2022 94.22 7th 193 96.4%
2023 94.03 4th 195 97.9%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Hawaii Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a parent
Monday, March 18, 2019

Open Quote Great Teachers and amazing Principal who really care so much about the children. Love the values that the school stands for and instills in all the children. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Kaelepulu Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 84 1 114 0 0 n/a n/a 0 199
1990 95 0 108 0 0 n/a n/a 0 203
1991 111 0 91 0 0 n/a n/a 0 202
1992 98 0 88 9 1 n/a n/a 0 196
1993 95 4 106 7 1 n/a n/a 0 213
1994 95 0 99 6 1 n/a n/a 0 201
1995 86 0 101 4 1 n/a n/a -1 191
1996 86 0 101 4 1 n/a n/a -1 191
1997 71 0 87 4 3 n/a n/a 7 172
1998 73 0 88 2 3 n/a n/a 0 166
1999 69 2 91 5 3 n/a n/a 0 170
2000 69 2 92 5 2 n/a n/a 0 170
2001 66 1 96 6 2 n/a n/a 0 171
2002 60 2 101 10 1 n/a n/a 0 174
2003 60 2 101 10 1 n/a n/a 0 174
2004 57 5 107 12 0 n/a n/a 0 181
2005 66 4 109 10 0 n/a n/a 0 189
2006 62 4 106 7 0 n/a n/a 0 179
2007 59 3 107 10 0 n/a n/a 0 179
2008 57 2 118 14 0 n/a n/a 0 191
2009 45 3 117 17 0 n/a n/a 0 182
2010 56 4 120 14 1 n/a n/a 0 195
2011 40 4 55 11 1 62 11 0 184
2012 41 4 51 15 2 60 9 0 182
2013 41 2 43 17 2 59 19 0 183
2014 57 1 38 17 2 50 28 0 193
2015 62 1 41 16 2 39 35 0 196
2016 56 0 43 25 1 28 36 0 189
2017 46 0 33 30 1 26 53 0 189
2018 51 0 29 32 1 24 63 0 200
2019 66 0 26 30 0 25 62 0 209
2020 71 0 24 25 0 29 63 0 212
2021 62 0 24 25 0 26 71 0 208
2022 64 0 20 22 0 18 64 0 188
2023 68 0 21 26 0 17 61 0 193

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Kaelepulu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 199 10.0 19.9 5
1990 203 9.5 21.3 3.9
1991 202 10.0 20.2 2.5
1992 196 10.0 19.6 8.2
1993 213 10.0 21.3 7
1994 201 10.5 19.1 5
1995 191 10.0 19.1 6.8
1996 191 10.0 19.1 6.8
1997 172 9.5 18.1 11.5
1998 166 9.0 18.4 8.4
1999 170 9.0 18.9 11.2
2000 170 9.0 18.9 8.8
2001 171 8.0 21.4 14
2002 174 9.5 18.3 11.5
2003 174 9.5 18.3 11.5
2004 181 8.5 21.3 7.7
2005 189 12.0 15.8 18
2006 179 11.0 16.3 15.1
2007 179 10.0 17.9 17.3
2008 191 12.0 15.9 16.8
2009 182 11.0 16.5 15.4
2010 195 12.5 15.6 16.4
2011 184 12.0 15.3 23.9
2012 182 10.0 18.2 17.6
2013 183 10.0 18.3 23.5
2014 193 11.0 17.5 15
2015 196 11.0 17.8 13.3
2016 189 12.0 15.7 14.3
2017 189 13.0 14.5 14.3
2018 200 13.0 15.3 14
2019 209 14.0 14.9 15.3
2020 212 13.0 16.3 18.9
2021 208 14.0 14.8 24
2022 188 14.0 13.4 13.3
2023 193 14.0 13.7 14

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Kaelepulu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 199 10.0 19.9 5
1990 203 9.5 21.3 3.9
1991 202 10.0 20.2 2.5
1992 196 10.0 19.6 8.2
1993 213 10.0 21.3 7
1994 201 10.5 19.1 5
1995 191 10.0 19.1 6.8
1996 191 10.0 19.1 6.8
1997 172 9.5 18.1 11.5
1998 166 9.0 18.4 8.4
1999 170 9.0 18.9 11.2
2000 170 9.0 18.9 8.8
2001 171 8.0 21.4 14
2002 174 9.5 18.3 11.5
2003 174 9.5 18.3 11.5
2004 181 8.5 21.3 7.7
2005 189 12.0 15.8 18
2006 179 11.0 16.3 15.1
2007 179 10.0 17.9 17.3
2008 191 12.0 15.9 16.8
2009 182 11.0 16.5 15.4
2010 195 12.5 15.6 16.4
2011 184 12.0 15.3 23.9
2012 182 10.0 18.2 17.6
2013 183 10.0 18.3 23.5
2014 193 11.0 17.5 15
2015 196 11.0 17.8 13.3
2016 189 12.0 15.7 14.3
2017 189 13.0 14.5 14.3
2018 200 13.0 15.3 14
2019 209 14.0 14.9 15.3
2020 212 13.0 16.3 18.9
2021 208 14.0 14.8 24
2022 188 14.0 13.4 13.3
2023 193 14.0 13.7 14

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Kaelepulu Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $782 (4.9%) $15,036 (95.1%) $15,818

Data source: Hawaii Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Kaelepulu Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 6th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 4th of 195 Elementary schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kaelepulu Elementary School)6580
 15%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kaelepulu Elementary School)8595
 10%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kaelepulu Elementary School)8179
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kaelepulu Elementary School)7776
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kaelepulu Elementary School)9091
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kaelepulu Elementary School)7974
 5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
6th Grade English Language Arts (Kaelepulu Elementary School)8477
 7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Kaelepulu Elementary School)7467
 7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Kaelepulu Elementary School)7982
 3%
All Grades Mathematics (Kaelepulu Elementary School)8076
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students209193
 7.7%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian2621
 19.2%
Hispanic3026
 13.3%
Pacific Islander2517
 32%
White6668
 3%
Two or More Races6261
 1.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.3%14%
 1.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaelepulu Elementary School

Yes! Kaelepulu Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 4th of 195 Hawaii elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 193 students attended Kaelepulu Elementary School.

Students who attend Kaelepulu Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Kailua Intermediate School
High : Kailua High School

Students at Kaelepulu Elementary School are 35% White, 32% Two or more races, 13% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 9% Pacific Islander.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Hawaii State Department of Education.

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