Kailua High School

Summary:

Kailua High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 836 students in Kailua, Hawaii. The school 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.

Kailua High School consistently outperforms the state average in academic assessments, with 67% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 59%, and 28% proficient or better in mathematics, compared to the state average of 25%. The school also had a higher percentage of students proficient or better in Biology I (44% vs. 33%). Kailua High School has a more diverse student population compared to many nearby schools, with 41.03% Pacific Islander, 18.3% Hispanic, 14.83% Asian, and 10.77% White students. However, the school has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 49.52%, which is higher than nearby schools like Henry J. Kaiser High School (12.59%) and Kalani High School (16.9%).

Kailua High School's strong academic performance, ranking in the top 20% of Hawaii high schools, and its diverse student population are noteworthy. However, the school's challenges with socioeconomic factors may present opportunities for targeted support and interventions to further improve student success. When compared to nearby schools, Kailua High School stands out as a strong performer academically, particularly in English Language Arts and Biology I assessments, but some schools, such as Kalani High School and Henry J. Kaiser High School, have higher overall academic performance and lower free and reduced-price lunch rates.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 451 Ulumanu Dr
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 266-7900

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
9th of 53 Hawaii High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,918 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  14.9 Help
Number of students:  836

Racial breakdown:

Pacific Islander:
41.0%
Hispanic:
18.3%
Asian:
14.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kailua High School ranks better than 83% of high schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 7th among 41 ranked high 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 77.87. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kailua High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Pacific Islander (41%), Hispanic (18.3%), Asian (14.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 49.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kailua High School is 14.9, which is the 14th best among 41 high schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kailua High School is $16,918, which is the 12th highest among 41 high schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kailua High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Kailua High School 9th of 53 Hawaii public high schools. (See Kailua High School in the ranking list.)

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 High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 66.44 17th 56 69.6%
2007 58.07 29th 60 51.7%
2008 45.08 23rd 39 41.0%
2009 37.85 40th 55 27.3%
2010 43.77 32nd 56 42.9%
2011 45.75 32nd 56 42.9%
2012 46.43 35th 58 39.7%
2013 43.99 35th 56 37.5%
2015 39.58 34th 51 33.3%
2016 32.44 41st 53 22.6%
2017 31.66 31st 63 50.8%
2018 38.30 35th 53 34.0%
2019 64.71 16th 52 69.2%
2021 84.54 7th 48 85.4%
2022 57.65 21st 52 59.6%
2023 77.87 9th 53 83.0%
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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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Enrollment information for Kailua High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 363 8 949 23 3 n/a n/a 0 1346
1989 368 5 918 17 2 n/a n/a 0 1310
1990 327 9 916 16 4 n/a n/a 0 1272
1991 313 13 939 6 2 n/a n/a 0 1273
1992 268 5 888 69 2 n/a n/a 0 1232
1993 248 3 874 67 4 n/a n/a -1 1195
1994 228 10 839 65 0 n/a n/a 0 1142
1995 223 8 777 57 1 n/a n/a -1 1065
1996 223 8 777 57 1 n/a n/a -1 1065
1997 199 7 824 65 5 n/a n/a -11 1089
1998 220 10 802 53 5 n/a n/a 0 1090
1999 195 13 821 40 6 n/a n/a 0 1075
2000 197 14 827 47 6 n/a n/a 0 1091
2001 184 12 844 52 2 n/a n/a 0 1094
2002 178 12 808 47 0 n/a n/a 0 1045
2003 178 12 808 47 0 n/a n/a 0 1045
2004 150 8 779 48 1 n/a n/a 0 986
2005 137 5 793 50 2 n/a n/a 0 987
2006 142 4 776 47 3 n/a n/a 0 972
2007 121 3 771 43 2 n/a n/a 0 940
2008 112 6 833 36 1 n/a n/a 0 988
2009 111 7 793 44 0 n/a n/a 0 955
2010 114 6 742 38 2 n/a n/a 0 902
2011 112 8 169 26 1 524 26 0 866
2012 114 6 165 24 2 515 27 0 853
2013 102 6 146 22 3 510 38 0 827
2014 88 7 152 37 3 463 48 0 798
2015 69 6 145 29 4 443 54 0 750
2016 70 4 151 26 4 408 69 0 732
2017 86 3 136 48 2 388 49 0 712
2018 94 5 152 53 2 399 51 0 756
2019 113 3 156 59 1 416 56 0 804
2020 102 4 162 79 1 409 45 0 802
2021 92 9 147 95 1 388 65 0 797
2022 97 6 126 127 1 354 85 0 796
2023 90 7 124 153 1 343 118 0 836

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 High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1346 85.5 15.7 9.1
1989 1310 66.5 19.6 8.6
1990 1272 69.0 18.4 7.3
1991 1273 69.0 18.4 11.8
1992 1232 68.0 18.1 7
1993 1195 75.0 15.9 10.2
1994 1142 72.0 15.9 5.8
1995 1065 73.0 14.6 10.9
1996 1065 73.0 14.6 10.9
1997 1089 67.5 16.1 28.3
1998 1090 68.5 15.9 26.3
1999 1075 65.5 16.4 35.6
2000 1091 68.0 16.0 30.4
2001 1094 64.0 17.1 37.5
2002 1045 69.5 15.0 40.5
2003 1045 69.5 15.0 40.5
2004 986 68.5 14.4 45.3
2005 987 67.5 14.6 36.7
2006 972 65.0 15.0 42.9
2007 940 64.5 14.6 45.5
2008 988 67.0 14.7 45.5
2009 955 64.0 14.9 46.1
2010 902 58.0 15.5 50.3
2011 866 59.0 14.6 53.3
2012 853 52.0 16.4 53.5
2013 827 51.0 16.2 52.7
2014 798 53.5 14.9 53.9
2015 750 50.0 15.0 51.7
2016 732 50.0 14.6 53
2017 712 49.5 14.3 51
2018 756 51.0 14.8 47.6
2019 804 48.5 16.5 45.5
2020 802 50.5 15.8 48.5
2021 797 50.0 15.9 51.8
2022 796 50.0 15.9 49.9
2023 836 56.0 14.9 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 High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1346 85.5 15.7 9.1
1989 1310 66.5 19.6 8.6
1990 1272 69.0 18.4 7.3
1991 1273 69.0 18.4 11.8
1992 1232 68.0 18.1 7
1993 1195 75.0 15.9 10.2
1994 1142 72.0 15.9 5.8
1995 1065 73.0 14.6 10.9
1996 1065 73.0 14.6 10.9
1997 1089 67.5 16.1 28.3
1998 1090 68.5 15.9 26.3
1999 1075 65.5 16.4 35.6
2000 1091 68.0 16.0 30.4
2001 1094 64.0 17.1 37.5
2002 1045 69.5 15.0 40.5
2003 1045 69.5 15.0 40.5
2004 986 68.5 14.4 45.3
2005 987 67.5 14.6 36.7
2006 972 65.0 15.0 42.9
2007 940 64.5 14.6 45.5
2008 988 67.0 14.7 45.5
2009 955 64.0 14.9 46.1
2010 902 58.0 15.5 50.3
2011 866 59.0 14.6 53.3
2012 853 52.0 16.4 53.5
2013 827 51.0 16.2 52.7
2014 798 53.5 14.9 53.9
2015 750 50.0 15.0 51.7
2016 732 50.0 14.6 53
2017 712 49.5 14.3 51
2018 756 51.0 14.8 47.6
2019 804 48.5 16.5 45.5
2020 802 50.5 15.8 48.5
2021 797 50.0 15.9 51.8
2022 796 50.0 15.9 49.9
2023 836 56.0 14.9 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 High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,349 (8.0%) $15,569 (92.0%) $16,918

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Kailua High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 16th of 52 High schoolsRanks 9th of 53 High schools
 13.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Kailua High School)6667
 1%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5959
11th Grade Mathematics (Kailua High School)2928
 1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)3025
 5%
All Grades English Language Arts (Kailua High School)6465
 1%
All Grades Mathematics (Kailua High School)2827
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students804836
 4%
African American37
 133.3%
American Indian11
Asian156124
 20.5%
Hispanic59153
 159.3%
Pacific Islander416343
 17.5%
White11390
 20.4%
Two or More Races56118
 110.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.5%49.5%
 4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Kailua High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 836 students attended Kailua High School.

Kailua High School ranks 9th of 53 Hawaii high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Kailua High School are 41% Pacific Islander, 18% Hispanic, 15% Asian, 14% Two or more races, 11% White.


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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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