Ka'ohao Public Charter School

Summary:

Ka'ohao Public Charter School is an exceptional elementary school located in Kailua, Hawaii, serving 328 students in grades PK-6. This school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education district, which is ranked 1 out of 1 in the state and rated 5 out of 5 stars by SchoolDigger.

Ka'ohao Public Charter School stands out for its consistently high academic performance, with 82% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 73% proficient or better in Mathematics, significantly outperforming the state averages of 49% and 52%, respectively. The school's diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 56.4% White, 14.33% Hispanic, 3.66% Asian, 4.57% Pacific Islander, and 20.43% two or more races, is notable compared to nearby schools like Mokapu Elementary School and Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School, which have higher concentrations of specific racial groups. Additionally, Ka'ohao Public Charter School has a very low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at only 5.18%, compared to the much higher rates at nearby schools.

The school's small student-teacher ratio of 13.8, lower than nearby schools like Kailua Elementary School at 14.7 and Mokapu Elementary School at 17.3, may be a contributing factor to its academic success. The consistent high performance, equitable outcomes across diverse racial groups, and socioeconomic factors suggest that Ka'ohao Public Charter School has implemented effective strategies to support student learning and ensure educational opportunities for all.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-6

 140 Alala Rd
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 266-7844

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
15th of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,273 Help


Students who attend Ka'ohao Public Charter School usually attend:

Middle:    Kailua Intermediate School
High:    Kalaheo High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  328

Racial breakdown:

White:
56.4%
Two or more races:
20.4%
Hispanic:
14.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ka'ohao Public Charter School ranks better than 92.3% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 14th 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 91.3. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Ka'ohao Public Charter School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (56.4%), two or more races (20.4%), Hispanic (14.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ka'ohao Public Charter School is 13.8, which is the 75th 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 Ka'ohao Public Charter School is $8,273. 182 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ka'ohao Public Charter 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 Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 93.16 8th 194 95.9%
2007 92.13 10th 192 94.8%
2009 87.13 15th 191 92.1%
2010 85.15 19th 183 89.6%
2011 94.23 3rd 191 98.4%
2012 87.72 10th 195 94.9%
2013 88.80 13th 196 93.4%
2015 93.31 8th 194 95.9%
2016 94.56 6th 195 96.9%
2017 99.13 1st 207 99.5%
2018 93.03 8th 193 95.9%
2019 90.12 14th 196 92.9%
2021 91.73 15th 196 92.3%
2022 85.87 26th 193 86.5%
2023 91.30 15th 195 92.3%
See the entire list of Hawaii Elementary School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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All ratings (Avg rating: 2.6)
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by a parent
Monday, September 19, 2011

Open Quote My children have been at Lanikai Elementary for two years now and they love it. The teachers and students are truly one-of- a - kind. My husband is in the military and so our children have attended many elementary schools on the mainland including public and private schools and this school is one of the best we have been a part of. Our children love going to school and the small setting allows children to feel welcome. The new principal is very devoted to the children, staff and parents of Lanikai. He wants to make the school the best it can be. My family really enjoys being a part of this great school. Close Quote


by a teacher
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Open Quote With any school, the Principal sets the tone for the school. A good Principal can easily turn around a bad school. Unfortunately, a great school can be undone by a bad Principal. Lanikai was a school of excellence four years ago. The truth is, it no longer is. The current principal is not involved with teachers or students. He refuses to perform classroom observations and relies on his routine 2 minutes in front of each classroom to "assess" his staff. Teachers routinely complain that the principal has "no idea what I am doing in my class". Most of the positive test results and reviews were due to the previous principal, who was excellent. Our current principal is not even qualified to be a DOE principal. Sadly there are some excellent teachers, but without strong leadership, they are fighting a losing battle. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Open Quote Lanikai Elementary has made some aggressive, positive changes in office staff and in administration. Our current principal and school board works tirelessly to effect change for the better. While some changes may be controversial among a small minority of parents and teaching staff, change is essential in creating new learning for the future. Lanikai has excellent teachers who care about kids and many of them have been there for for a long time. Great art, music and Hawaiiana programs! Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Open Quote I have always worked hard to keep my child in Lanikai Elementary so that he/she has some stability and a chance at a quality education. However, the changes made by the new principle and his staff have turned what has once a wonderful school in to a chaotic disaster. I would've have pulled my child out early in the school year but transitioning schools is difficult and my child's friends are at Lanikai. The teachers and the aids are supportive and hard-working but seem to be disappearing fast. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Open Quote Lanikai is rated very highly by the state. It was a very good school until about twenty months ago when the previous principal left. Several beloved teachers and office staff have recently been removed, and those who still have their jobs are afraid to speak up for themselves and for our children. In fact, parents who have voiced concerns have experienced retaliation aimed at them or at their children. There are also some discipline problems that are not being addressed because the teachers can not count on being backed up by the principal. As of May 7, 2009, most or all of the teachers still did not have contracts for the 2009-2010 school year. Parents who wanted to know which teachers would be there to teach their children next year were told that it was not appropriate for them to ask. The school does have many good points like an excellent art department and a phenomenal PTA, but the atmosphere that now exists at the school is eroding the morale of the teachers, parents, and students. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Open Quote Lanikai has great families but does not have consistency from year to year with too many new teachers every year, most are good, but have no job security. The principal is not an effective leader and spends more time in controversey, than positive movement of the students, teachers, and staff. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Open Quote We waited on the list to get our children into this school because of the high scores academically and the caring of the teaching staff and the excellent parent networking and aid to the students learning environment. If you want to be involved in your children's education, this is the right place. The only drama created is by those parents who "talk" the ideas, but don't step up to do the help. We are thankful we were accepted here! Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, May 16, 2009

Open Quote Like many other families, we are leaving Lanikai. Too much drama and not enough teaching! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 181 27 84 10 1 n/a n/a 0 303
1989 195 25 78 6 1 n/a n/a 0 305
1990 176 35 70 15 0 n/a n/a 0 296
1991 183 12 68 32 0 n/a n/a 0 295
1992 196 31 60 16 0 n/a n/a 0 303
1993 186 30 57 14 0 n/a n/a 0 287
1994 210 26 61 7 0 n/a n/a 0 304
1995 187 9 71 14 2 n/a n/a -1 282
1996 187 9 71 14 2 n/a n/a -1 282
1997 242 8 110 15 2 n/a n/a -11 366
1998 208 6 93 15 2 n/a n/a 0 324
1999 210 4 99 10 1 n/a n/a 0 324
2000 196 5 100 13 4 n/a n/a 0 318
2001 196 4 102 14 2 n/a n/a 0 318
2002 226 1 85 14 1 n/a n/a 0 327
2003 226 1 85 14 1 n/a n/a 0 327
2004 202 3 77 17 4 n/a n/a 0 303
2005 220 6 66 7 5 n/a n/a 0 304
2006 243 10 63 9 6 n/a n/a 0 331
2007 223 5 76 6 3 n/a n/a 0 313
2008 223 3 69 6 3 n/a n/a 0 304
2009 232 5 81 8 3 n/a n/a 0 329
2010 176 0 132 9 2 n/a n/a 0 319
2011 225 6 35 9 5 59 9 0 348
2012 227 7 36 4 4 60 3 0 341
2013 206 1 17 15 0 51 53 0 343
2014 240 0 14 21 0 42 35 0 352
2015 212 0 13 24 0 37 42 0 328
2016 199 0 11 25 0 26 55 0 316
2017 204 2 8 30 0 24 59 0 327
2018 198 0 5 31 0 23 71 0 328
2019 202 1 6 38 0 20 74 0 341
2020 198 2 5 46 0 17 73 0 341
2021 179 1 9 46 0 18 77 0 330
2022 176 1 11 44 0 13 78 0 323
2023 185 1 12 47 1 15 67 0 328

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 Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 303 18.0 16.8 19.5
1989 305 16.0 19.0 19.3
1990 296 16.0 18.5 11.1
1991 295 17.0 17.3 6.4
1992 303 16.5 18.3 9.9
1993 287 18.0 15.9 6.6
1994 304 18.5 16.4 7.9
1995 282 17.0 16.6 11.7
1996 282 17.0 16.6 11.7
1997 366 20.5 17.9 11.1
1998 324 21.0 15.4 10.2
1999 324 19.5 16.6 13.9
2000 318 19.5 16.3 17.9
2001 318 23.0 13.8 6.6
2002 327 21.0 15.6 11
2003 327 21.0 15.6 11
2004 303 21.5 14.1 18.2
2005 304 19.0 16.0 18.4
2006 331 21.5 15.4 15.1
2007 313 22.0 14.2 12.8
2008 304 28.0 10.9 2
2009 329 25.5 12.9 12.2
2010 319 22.0 14.5 12.5
2011 348 26.0 13.3 13.8
2012 341 22.0 15.5 13.5
2013 343 22.0 15.5 17.5
2014 352 21.6 16.2 15.9
2015 328 20.0 16.4 12.8
2016 316 22.0 14.3 13
2017 327 22.2 14.7 6.4
2018 328 22.2 14.7 5.8
2019 341 36.2 9.4 6.7
2020 341 22.6 15.0 6.2
2021 330 25.7 12.8 4.5
2022 323 25.0 12.9 5.6
2023 328 23.6 13.8 5.2

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 Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 303 18.0 16.8 19.5
1989 305 16.0 19.0 19.3
1990 296 16.0 18.5 11.1
1991 295 17.0 17.3 6.4
1992 303 16.5 18.3 9.9
1993 287 18.0 15.9 6.6
1994 304 18.5 16.4 7.9
1995 282 17.0 16.6 11.7
1996 282 17.0 16.6 11.7
1997 366 20.5 17.9 11.1
1998 324 21.0 15.4 10.2
1999 324 19.5 16.6 13.9
2000 318 19.5 16.3 17.9
2001 318 23.0 13.8 6.6
2002 327 21.0 15.6 11
2003 327 21.0 15.6 11
2004 303 21.5 14.1 18.2
2005 304 19.0 16.0 18.4
2006 331 21.5 15.4 15.1
2007 313 22.0 14.2 12.8
2008 304 28.0 10.9 2
2009 329 25.5 12.9 12.2
2010 319 22.0 14.5 12.5
2011 348 26.0 13.3 13.8
2012 341 22.0 15.5 13.5
2013 343 22.0 15.5 17.5
2014 352 21.6 16.2 15.9
2015 328 20.0 16.4 12.8
2016 316 22.0 14.3 13
2017 327 22.2 14.7 6.4
2018 328 22.2 14.7 5.8
2019 341 36.2 9.4 6.7
2020 341 22.6 15.0 6.2
2021 330 25.7 12.8 4.5
2022 323 25.0 12.9 5.6
2023 328 23.6 13.8 5.2

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 Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $288 (3.5%) $7,985 (96.5%) $8,273

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ka'ohao Public Charter School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 14th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 15th of 195 Elementary schools
 0.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)8472
 12%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)7467
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)6373
 10%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)6171
 10%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)9096
 6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)8296
 14%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
6th Grade English Language Arts (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)9386
 7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)7857
 21%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)8282
All Grades Mathematics (Ka'ohao Public Charter School)7473
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students341328
 3.8%
African American11
American Indian01
Asian612
 100%
Hispanic3847
 23.7%
Pacific Islander2015
 25%
White202185
 8.4%
Two or More Races7467
 9.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients6.7%5.2%
 1.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ka'ohao Public Charter School

Students who attend Ka'ohao Public Charter School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Kailua Intermediate School
High : Kalaheo High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 328 students attended Ka'ohao Public Charter School.

Yes. Ka'ohao Public Charter School ranks in the top 7.7% of Hawaii elementary schools.

Students at Ka'ohao Public Charter School are 56% White, 20% Two or more races, 14% Hispanic, 5% Pacific Islander, 4% Asian.


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