Kainalu Elementary School

Summary:

Kainalu Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kailua, Hawaii, serving grades PK-6 with a total enrollment of 517 students. This high-performing school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with exceptional academic achievement and a diverse student population.

Kainalu Elementary School stands out for its strong academic performance, with 75% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 70% proficient or better in Mathematics, far exceeding the state averages of 49-55% in ELA and 39-52% in Mathematics. The school's diverse student body is another key attribute, with significant representation from White (45.26%), Hispanic (17.79%), Pacific Islander (8.7%), and students of two or more races (24.18%). In contrast, nearby schools like Puohala Elementary (54.23%) and Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary (59.01%) have much higher percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a lower socioeconomic status.

While Kainalu Elementary School outperforms many of the surrounding schools, there are some notable exceptions. Ka'ohao Public Charter School and Maunawili Elementary School also demonstrate exceptional academic performance, with higher proficiency rates in ELA and Mathematics than Kainalu in some grade levels. Nonetheless, Kainalu's consistent excellence, diverse student population, and relatively low student-teacher ratio of 15.2 make it a standout elementary school within the Hawaii Department of Education district.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 165 Kaiholu St
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 266-7835

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
22nd of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,045 Help


Students who attend Kainalu Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Kailua Intermediate School
High:    Kalaheo High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  517

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.3%
Two or more races:
24.2%
Hispanic:
17.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kainalu Elementary School ranks better than 88.7% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 21st 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 88.32. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kainalu Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (45.3%), two or more races (24.2%), Hispanic (17.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kainalu Elementary School is 15.2. 125 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kainalu Elementary School is $17,045, which is the 72nd highest among 181 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kainalu 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 Kainalu Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 66.79 50th 194 74.2%
2007 68.99 51st 192 73.4%
2008 64.63 48th 146 67.1%
2009 54.57 87th 191 54.5%
2010 65.21 56th 183 69.4%
2011 76.44 36th 191 81.2%
2012 74.97 41st 195 79.0%
2013 76.53 36th 196 81.6%
2015 85.27 28th 194 85.6%
2016 75.53 38th 195 80.5%
2017 84.22 43rd 207 79.2%
2018 80.07 35th 193 81.9%
2019 76.50 44th 196 77.6%
2021 83.26 32nd 196 83.7%
2022 85.41 28th 193 85.5%
2023 88.32 22nd 195 88.7%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Kainalu Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 310 20 353 21 1 n/a n/a 0 705
1989 346 37 358 19 1 n/a n/a 0 761
1990 329 36 394 27 2 n/a n/a 0 788
1991 343 22 354 22 2 n/a n/a 0 743
1992 336 19 337 68 2 n/a n/a 0 762
1993 383 20 337 65 3 n/a n/a -1 807
1994 326 33 337 66 4 n/a n/a 0 766
1995 239 22 345 55 6 n/a n/a 0 667
1996 239 22 345 55 6 n/a n/a 0 667
1997 210 9 313 50 7 n/a n/a 4 593
1998 204 4 309 45 5 n/a n/a 0 567
1999 203 5 306 50 4 n/a n/a 0 568
2000 196 5 315 40 2 n/a n/a 0 558
2001 188 19 306 48 3 n/a n/a 0 564
2002 249 48 290 46 2 n/a n/a 0 635
2003 249 48 290 46 2 n/a n/a 0 635
2004 224 43 290 40 2 n/a n/a 0 599
2005 203 36 307 39 3 n/a n/a 0 588
2006 200 30 271 47 0 n/a n/a 0 548
2007 200 19 274 45 0 n/a n/a 0 538
2008 195 25 283 42 0 n/a n/a 0 545
2009 188 12 306 38 3 n/a n/a 0 547
2010 174 7 305 31 1 n/a n/a 0 518
2011 178 2 64 10 1 174 43 0 472
2012 195 4 52 16 0 160 43 0 470
2013 229 6 48 36 0 161 39 0 519
2014 268 9 47 38 0 144 45 0 551
2015 224 4 42 44 1 119 58 0 492
2016 242 7 39 50 1 109 48 0 496
2017 217 8 38 56 1 94 50 0 464
2018 194 4 37 58 1 81 70 0 445
2019 166 3 31 67 1 65 91 0 424
2020 184 5 24 75 3 52 99 0 442
2021 205 3 19 70 3 50 115 0 465
2022 235 4 20 78 2 48 113 0 500
2023 234 3 17 92 1 45 125 0 517

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 Kainalu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 705 38.0 18.5 22.4
1989 761 41.0 18.5 15.9
1990 788 45.0 17.5 13.3
1991 743 45.0 16.5 12.5
1992 762 45.0 16.9 12.1
1993 807 47.5 17.0 9.8
1994 766 47.5 16.1 11.7
1995 667 39.0 17.1 16.3
1996 667 39.0 17.1 16.3
1997 593 34.0 17.4 30.7
1998 567 34.0 16.7 26.1
1999 568 30.0 18.9 36.4
2000 558 33.0 16.9 40
2001 564 35.0 16.1 44.3
2002 635 39.5 16.1 36.4
2003 635 39.5 16.1 36.4
2004 599 37.5 16.0 37.1
2005 588 38.5 15.3 38.4
2006 548 36.5 15.0 41.2
2007 538 34.5 15.6 38.8
2008 545 36.5 14.9 39.1
2009 547 35.5 15.4 41.5
2010 518 37.5 13.8 39.2
2011 472 32.0 14.7 39.4
2012 470 32.0 14.6 42.6
2013 519 33.0 15.7 38.5
2014 551 32.5 16.9 32.3
2015 492 31.0 15.8 29.9
2016 496 30.0 16.5 29.6
2017 464 29.0 16.0 25.6
2018 445 27.0 16.4 25.4
2019 424 27.0 15.7 22.2
2020 442 29.0 15.2 20.6
2021 465 29.5 15.7 18.9
2022 500 29.5 16.9 15.2
2023 517 34.0 15.2 16.6

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 Kainalu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 705 38.0 18.5 22.4
1989 761 41.0 18.5 15.9
1990 788 45.0 17.5 13.3
1991 743 45.0 16.5 12.5
1992 762 45.0 16.9 12.1
1993 807 47.5 17.0 9.8
1994 766 47.5 16.1 11.7
1995 667 39.0 17.1 16.3
1996 667 39.0 17.1 16.3
1997 593 34.0 17.4 30.7
1998 567 34.0 16.7 26.1
1999 568 30.0 18.9 36.4
2000 558 33.0 16.9 40
2001 564 35.0 16.1 44.3
2002 635 39.5 16.1 36.4
2003 635 39.5 16.1 36.4
2004 599 37.5 16.0 37.1
2005 588 38.5 15.3 38.4
2006 548 36.5 15.0 41.2
2007 538 34.5 15.6 38.8
2008 545 36.5 14.9 39.1
2009 547 35.5 15.4 41.5
2010 518 37.5 13.8 39.2
2011 472 32.0 14.7 39.4
2012 470 32.0 14.6 42.6
2013 519 33.0 15.7 38.5
2014 551 32.5 16.9 32.3
2015 492 31.0 15.8 29.9
2016 496 30.0 16.5 29.6
2017 464 29.0 16.0 25.6
2018 445 27.0 16.4 25.4
2019 424 27.0 15.7 22.2
2020 442 29.0 15.2 20.6
2021 465 29.5 15.7 18.9
2022 500 29.5 16.9 15.2
2023 517 34.0 15.2 16.6

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 Kainalu Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,216 (7.1%) $15,829 (92.9%) $17,045

Data source: Hawaii Department of Education
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Impact of COVID-19 on Kainalu Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 44th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 22nd of 195 Elementary schools
 11.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kainalu Elementary School)5876
 18%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kainalu Elementary School)7386
 13%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kainalu Elementary School)7180
 9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kainalu Elementary School)5076
 26%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kainalu Elementary School)7472
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kainalu Elementary School)5352
 1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
6th Grade English Language Arts (Kainalu Elementary School)7873
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Kainalu Elementary School)5766
 9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Kainalu Elementary School)7075
 5%
All Grades Mathematics (Kainalu Elementary School)5970
 11%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students424517
 21.9%
African American33
American Indian11
Asian3117
 45.2%
Hispanic6792
 37.3%
Pacific Islander6545
 30.8%
White166234
 41%
Two or More Races91125
 37.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients22.2%16.6%
 5.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Kainalu Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 517 students attended Kainalu Elementary School.

Kainalu Elementary School ranks 22nd of 195 Hawaii elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Kainalu Elementary School are 45% White, 24% Two or more races, 18% Hispanic, 9% Pacific Islander, 3% Asian.

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

Middle : Kailua Intermediate School
High : Kalaheo High 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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