Kailua Elementary School

Summary:

Kailua Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-6 in Kailua, Hawaii, with a student population of 309. It is part of the Hawaii Department of Education district, which is ranked 1 out of 1 in the state and rated 5 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

While Kailua Elementary School is part of a highly-rated district, it faces some challenges. The school has lower proficiency rates compared to state averages across all grade levels and subjects, with its 2022-2023 English Language Arts proficiency rate at 34% versus the state average of 51%, and its Mathematics proficiency rate at 31% versus the state average of 44%. Additionally, Kailua Elementary's statewide ranking has declined over the years, from 57th out of 207 Hawaii elementary schools in 2016-2017 to 163rd out of 195 in 2022-2023, with a corresponding decrease in its SchoolDigger star rating from 4 to 1. This performance lags behind many nearby schools, such as Kaneohe Elementary, Mokapu Elementary, Kaelepulu Elementary, and Maunawili Elementary, which have significantly higher proficiency rates and statewide rankings.

However, Kailua Elementary School's diverse student population, with a significant proportion of Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and multiracial students, is a unique characteristic that may provide opportunities for cultural exchange and inclusive learning environments. The school also serves a relatively disadvantaged population, with 49.51% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch in 2022-2023, which may contribute to the lower academic performance. The steady decline in the school's statewide ranking and SchoolDigger star rating over the years warrants further investigation into the underlying factors, such as changes in curriculum, teaching quality, or resource allocation.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 315 Kuulei Rd
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 266-7878

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
163rd of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,679 Help


Students who attend Kailua Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Kailua Intermediate School
High:    Kalaheo High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  309

Racial breakdown:

Two or more races:
32.0%
Hispanic:
24.9%
Pacific Islander:
19.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kailua Elementary School ranks worse than 83.6% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 152nd 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 20.39. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kailua Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: two or more races (32%), Hispanic (24.9%), Pacific Islander (19.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 49.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kailua Elementary School is 14.7. 108 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Kailua Elementary School employs 21 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kailua Elementary School is $18,679, which is the 20th highest among 181 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kailua 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 Kailua Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 30.26 144th 194 25.8%
2007 40.28 128th 192 33.3%
2008 40.69 97th 146 33.6%
2009 48.87 105th 191 45.0%
2010 38.81 129th 183 29.5%
2011 38.80 132nd 191 30.9%
2012 64.65 62nd 195 68.2%
2013 59.53 78th 196 60.2%
2015 58.61 73rd 194 62.4%
2016 66.45 60th 195 69.2%
2017 72.58 57th 207 72.5%
2018 57.90 82nd 193 57.5%
2019 43.18 117th 196 40.3%
2021 29.49 134th 196 31.6%
2022 41.73 109th 193 43.5%
2023 20.39 163rd 195 16.4%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Kailua Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 207 42 303 10 4 n/a n/a 0 566
1989 220 27 316 13 6 n/a n/a 0 582
1990 224 36 309 14 3 n/a n/a 0 586
1991 219 17 295 45 6 n/a n/a 0 582
1992 259 40 267 37 6 n/a n/a 0 609
1993 242 40 266 36 6 n/a n/a 0 590
1994 224 29 255 35 3 n/a n/a 0 546
1995 189 15 285 38 3 n/a n/a 0 530
1996 189 15 285 38 3 n/a n/a 0 530
1997 175 6 347 35 5 n/a n/a 0 568
1998 160 5 383 32 7 n/a n/a 0 587
1999 153 3 370 31 5 n/a n/a 0 562
2000 143 3 356 33 5 n/a n/a 0 540
2001 147 3 345 24 4 n/a n/a 0 523
2002 160 19 332 39 3 n/a n/a 0 553
2003 160 19 332 39 3 n/a n/a 0 553
2004 146 19 323 40 7 n/a n/a 0 535
2005 153 23 309 27 6 n/a n/a 0 518
2006 113 17 302 20 4 n/a n/a 0 456
2007 99 11 274 21 2 n/a n/a 0 407
2008 80 11 258 25 1 n/a n/a 0 375
2009 90 6 257 25 1 n/a n/a 0 379
2010 80 3 253 26 3 n/a n/a 0 365
2011 79 4 79 17 2 174 11 0 366
2012 74 4 78 24 1 167 9 0 357
2013 82 2 87 32 1 146 14 0 364
2014 81 2 83 50 0 141 24 0 381
2015 69 1 76 67 0 120 30 0 363
2016 75 1 62 78 0 100 36 0 352
2017 64 3 58 88 0 100 53 0 366
2018 61 2 48 93 0 91 57 0 352
2019 62 0 37 86 0 90 72 0 347
2020 61 4 33 82 0 84 89 0 353
2021 54 2 25 89 0 79 91 0 340
2022 51 2 23 85 0 65 99 0 325
2023 52 1 21 77 0 59 99 0 309

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 Kailua Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 566 31.0 18.2 27.9
1989 582 31.0 18.7 25.3
1990 586 30.5 19.2 20.1
1991 582 33.0 17.6 18
1992 609 32.0 19.0 19.2
1993 590 30.5 19.3 13.9
1994 546 33.5 16.3 14.7
1995 530 29.0 18.3 20.2
1996 530 29.0 18.3 20.2
1997 568 29.5 19.3 44.2
1998 587 31.0 18.9 38
1999 562 31.0 18.1 45.2
2000 540 31.0 17.4 45.4
2001 523 31.0 16.9 53.9
2002 553 33.0 16.8 55.5
2003 553 33.0 16.8 55.5
2004 535 34.0 15.7 54.6
2005 518 34.5 15.0 52.3
2006 456 31.5 14.5 52.2
2007 407 29.0 14.0 49.6
2008 375 29.0 12.9 50.7
2009 379 27.5 13.8 50.7
2010 365 27.5 13.2 54
2011 366 27.5 13.3 55.7
2012 357 27.5 12.9 56.3
2013 364 26.5 13.7 57.7
2014 381 23.5 16.2 55.1
2015 363 24.0 15.1 58.4
2016 352 24.0 14.6 51.4
2017 366 23.5 15.5 57.9
2018 352 23.5 14.9 52.3
2019 347 22.0 15.7 47.8
2020 353 23.0 15.3 48.7
2021 340 23.0 14.7 52.4
2022 325 23.0 14.1 46.2
2023 309 21.0 14.7 49.5

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 Kailua Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 566 31.0 18.2 27.9
1989 582 31.0 18.7 25.3
1990 586 30.5 19.2 20.1
1991 582 33.0 17.6 18
1992 609 32.0 19.0 19.2
1993 590 30.5 19.3 13.9
1994 546 33.5 16.3 14.7
1995 530 29.0 18.3 20.2
1996 530 29.0 18.3 20.2
1997 568 29.5 19.3 44.2
1998 587 31.0 18.9 38
1999 562 31.0 18.1 45.2
2000 540 31.0 17.4 45.4
2001 523 31.0 16.9 53.9
2002 553 33.0 16.8 55.5
2003 553 33.0 16.8 55.5
2004 535 34.0 15.7 54.6
2005 518 34.5 15.0 52.3
2006 456 31.5 14.5 52.2
2007 407 29.0 14.0 49.6
2008 375 29.0 12.9 50.7
2009 379 27.5 13.8 50.7
2010 365 27.5 13.2 54
2011 366 27.5 13.3 55.7
2012 357 27.5 12.9 56.3
2013 364 26.5 13.7 57.7
2014 381 23.5 16.2 55.1
2015 363 24.0 15.1 58.4
2016 352 24.0 14.6 51.4
2017 366 23.5 15.5 57.9
2018 352 23.5 14.9 52.3
2019 347 22.0 15.7 47.8
2020 353 23.0 15.3 48.7
2021 340 23.0 14.7 52.4
2022 325 23.0 14.1 46.2
2023 309 21.0 14.7 49.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Kailua Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,464 (7.8%) $17,215 (92.2%) $18,679

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Kailua Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 117th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 163rd of 195 Elementary schools
 23.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kailua Elementary School)2426
 2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kailua Elementary School)3932
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kailua Elementary School)3039
 9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kailua Elementary School)2538
 13%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kailua Elementary School)7234
 38%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kailua Elementary School)6220
 42%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
6th Grade English Language Arts (Kailua Elementary School)6438
 26%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Kailua Elementary School)4736
 11%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Kailua Elementary School)4734
 13%
All Grades Mathematics (Kailua Elementary School)4331
 12%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students347309
 11%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian3721
 43.2%
Hispanic8677
 10.5%
Pacific Islander9059
 34.4%
White6252
 16.1%
Two or More Races7299
 37.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients47.8%49.5%
 1.7%


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

Middle : Kailua Intermediate School
High : Kalaheo High School

Kailua Elementary School ranks in the bottom 16.4% of Hawaii elementary schools.

Students at Kailua Elementary School are 32% Two or more races, 25% Hispanic, 19% Pacific Islander, 17% White, 7% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 309 students attended Kailua Elementary School.


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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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