Mokapu Elementary School

Summary:

Mokapu Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kailua, Hawaii, serving 883 students in grades PK-6. 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.

Mokapu Elementary School consistently performs above the state average in Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics, with 63% of students proficient or better in ELA and 56% in Mathematics, compared to the state averages of 49-55% in ELA and 39-52% in Mathematics. The school also has a more diverse student population than many nearby schools, with 51.08% White, 32.05% Hispanic, and 8.61% two or more races. Additionally, Mokapu has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at 26.95%, significantly lower than the nearby schools, which range from 47.15% to 59.01%.

When compared to the nearby schools, such as Puohala Elementary School, Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary School, and Ka'ohao Public Charter School, Mokapu Elementary School stands out as a high-performing school with a more diverse student population and lower free/reduced lunch rates. However, the school has a higher student-teacher ratio of 17.3, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 12.3 to 17.1, which may present some challenges in terms of individualized attention and support for students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 1193 Mokapu Rd
       Kailua, HI  96734


(808) 254-7964

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
61st of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,869 Help


Students who attend Mokapu Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Kailua Intermediate School
High:    Kalaheo High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  883

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.1%
Hispanic:
32.0%
Two or more races:
8.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  27% Help


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Compare Details Mokapu Elementary School ranks better than 68.7% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 60th 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 68.95. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (51.1%), Hispanic (32%), two or more races (8.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 27% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mokapu Elementary School is 17.3. 171 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mokapu Elementary School is $14,869. 156 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Mokapu 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 Mokapu Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 53.63 79th 194 59.3%
2007 57.93 76th 192 60.4%
2008 62.15 50th 146 65.8%
2009 61.85 62nd 191 67.5%
2010 57.34 79th 183 56.8%
2011 56.34 78th 191 59.2%
2012 50.01 106th 195 45.6%
2013 63.88 65th 196 66.8%
2015 67.22 60th 194 69.1%
2016 67.25 59th 195 69.7%
2017 74.18 55th 207 73.4%
2018 69.58 54th 193 72.0%
2019 75.87 45th 196 77.0%
2021 68.86 57th 196 70.9%
2022 62.38 68th 193 64.8%
2023 68.95 61st 195 68.7%
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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Reviews:
by a parent
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Open Quote I was nervous about sending my child here after seeing how big the school was (K-6 about 900 students), but the school does a great job of not feeling huge. Each class and grade level has a sense of community. The gifted and talented program is fantastic with so many opportunities for field trip and advanced studies. 4th graders take an annual field trip to another island. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Open Quote I think this school had a lot of offer and it all depends on how involved you can get as a parent. Communicating, volunteering, helping from home, getting to know the staff, helping PTA when you can. Do the extra enrichment for your child after school. So many opportunities there on island to do extension activities in science! Enjoy the experience and be respectful to their culture. Don't complain while online from your couch and not do anything to try to help. A school is only as good as it's volunteers/parents. If you have a burned out teacher, who doesn't like children, and your child is miserable -- ask for a meeting, talk to the teacher, go with your gut and move your child early on if you need to. Don't let one bad seed be a bad mark on the whole school. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Open Quote any school will have it's challenges, certain staff members that you don't click with, kinks in communication or organization, but it's all how involved you are and how easily you try to resolve issues. Most of the teachers there are really great. I didn't click with a few, but made a point to get to know them as people and it made things easier. My son learned to read in JrK. I volunteered and did extra enrichment to challenge my kids. We explored the island and learned as much as we could, making the most of our opportunity to live in Hawaii. They have wonderful after school programs, new administration, are on top of core curriculum, and any issues with office staff are quickly addressed with a chat with PCNC, VP or an ICE survey. The junior K and K classes are combined, which isn't always beneficial for advanced K students. Mokapu has GT, SW, SPED, PE, Computer, Library. Music is a local Hawaiian lady who comes to the class with her ukelele, kids seem to enjoy the music parts of it but I didn't always agree with her message/lessons. If you are rude, immature and create conflict you will not have an easy time, here or anywhere. Many parents just don't get involved, don't go to PTA meetings/functions, don't respect other adults but love to complain. With the transient military coming/going consistency is difficult. The more involved you are, the better your child will do. The better you get to know your child's teacher, the better your experience will be. Treat this Hawaiian experience as a blessing and make the most of your time there. If you aren't happy, consider homeschooling. There are a lot of parents who do so there is a good support network. Or ask for a geographical exception for another school in Kailua or look at paying for private school. Look at standards online for schools on mainland, to compare and make sure your child is up to par. You are your child's best advocate. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, February 10, 2012

Open Quote I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. My Daughter was so behind when we moved back to the mainland. This school staff is rude, they don't care about anything or follow through with anything they say or promise to do. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Mokapu Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 496 186 120 65 6 n/a n/a 0 873
1989 528 167 117 71 6 n/a n/a 0 889
1990 542 180 139 79 8 n/a n/a 0 948
1991 530 88 141 170 10 n/a n/a 0 939
1992 552 168 105 92 17 n/a n/a 0 934
1993 584 158 119 77 11 n/a n/a 0 949
1994 538 184 117 70 9 n/a n/a 0 918
1995 525 156 109 40 4 n/a n/a -1 833
1996 525 156 109 40 4 n/a n/a -1 833
1997 468 157 127 52 3 n/a n/a 62 869
1998 478 155 135 53 2 n/a n/a 0 823
1999 531 145 153 57 8 n/a n/a 0 894
2000 582 156 175 65 8 n/a n/a 0 986
2001 577 128 181 46 5 n/a n/a 0 937
2002 507 113 162 60 4 n/a n/a 0 846
2003 507 113 162 60 4 n/a n/a 0 846
2004 514 112 139 78 5 n/a n/a 0 848
2005 466 125 124 91 5 n/a n/a 0 811
2006 464 109 111 113 6 n/a n/a 0 803
2007 503 103 115 107 6 n/a n/a 0 834
2008 475 78 103 120 11 n/a n/a 0 787
2009 501 81 128 115 7 n/a n/a 0 832
2010 510 80 105 138 8 n/a n/a 0 841
2011 475 85 38 139 4 6 55 0 802
2012 490 103 24 175 2 17 42 0 853
2013 549 94 33 218 1 17 53 0 965
2014 495 84 29 249 1 16 72 0 946
2015 445 61 24 244 6 8 74 0 862
2016 479 53 22 243 5 2 85 0 889
2017 459 59 24 241 2 5 68 0 858
2018 474 55 23 271 2 9 47 0 881
2019 518 61 25 277 1 6 49 0 937
2020 493 54 17 257 2 4 52 0 879
2021 393 52 15 206 1 6 58 0 731
2022 423 42 20 253 1 7 67 0 813
2023 451 39 24 283 3 7 76 0 883

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 Mokapu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 873 43.0 20.3 18.6
1989 889 43.5 20.4 21.6
1990 948 43.5 21.7 20.4
1991 939 46.0 20.4 12.8
1992 934 48.0 19.4 17.2
1993 949 51.5 18.4 12.5
1994 918 53.0 17.3 15.4
1995 833 47.0 17.7 15.9
1996 833 47.0 17.7 15.9
1997 869 46.0 18.9 17.1
1998 823 48.0 17.1 3.9
1999 894 51.0 17.5 26.8
2000 986 54.0 18.3 29.9
2001 937 55.0 17.0 39.3
2002 846 52.0 16.3 39.2
2003 846 52.0 16.3 39.2
2004 848 53.0 16.0 38.9
2005 811 51.0 15.9 42.7
2006 803 52.0 15.4 40.6
2007 834 56.0 14.9 38.6
2008 787 61.0 12.9 34.4
2009 832 53.0 15.7 38
2010 841 50.0 16.8 35
2011 802 52.0 15.4 32.3
2012 853 50.0 17.0 32.5
2013 965 53.0 18.2 39.1
2014 946 54.0 17.5 32.1
2015 862 50.0 17.2 32.9
2016 889 50.0 17.7 27.8
2017 858 52.0 16.5 24
2018 881 52.0 16.9 23.3
2019 937 53.5 17.5 19
2020 879 53.5 16.4 22.1
2021 731 52.5 13.9 23.8
2022 813 52.5 15.4 13.9
2023 883 51.0 17.3 27

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 Mokapu Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 873 43.0 20.3 18.6
1989 889 43.5 20.4 21.6
1990 948 43.5 21.7 20.4
1991 939 46.0 20.4 12.8
1992 934 48.0 19.4 17.2
1993 949 51.5 18.4 12.5
1994 918 53.0 17.3 15.4
1995 833 47.0 17.7 15.9
1996 833 47.0 17.7 15.9
1997 869 46.0 18.9 17.1
1998 823 48.0 17.1 3.9
1999 894 51.0 17.5 26.8
2000 986 54.0 18.3 29.9
2001 937 55.0 17.0 39.3
2002 846 52.0 16.3 39.2
2003 846 52.0 16.3 39.2
2004 848 53.0 16.0 38.9
2005 811 51.0 15.9 42.7
2006 803 52.0 15.4 40.6
2007 834 56.0 14.9 38.6
2008 787 61.0 12.9 34.4
2009 832 53.0 15.7 38
2010 841 50.0 16.8 35
2011 802 52.0 15.4 32.3
2012 853 50.0 17.0 32.5
2013 965 53.0 18.2 39.1
2014 946 54.0 17.5 32.1
2015 862 50.0 17.2 32.9
2016 889 50.0 17.7 27.8
2017 858 52.0 16.5 24
2018 881 52.0 16.9 23.3
2019 937 53.5 17.5 19
2020 879 53.5 16.4 22.1
2021 731 52.5 13.9 23.8
2022 813 52.5 15.4 13.9
2023 883 51.0 17.3 27

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 Mokapu Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $939 (6.3%) $13,930 (93.7%) $14,869

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mokapu Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 45th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 61st of 195 Elementary schools
 8.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mokapu Elementary School)6151
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Mokapu Elementary School)6768
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Mokapu Elementary School)5966
 7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Mokapu Elementary School)6064
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Mokapu Elementary School)7563
 12%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Mokapu Elementary School)5249
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
6th Grade English Language Arts (Mokapu Elementary School)7773
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Mokapu Elementary School)6342
 21%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Mokapu Elementary School)6763
 4%
All Grades Mathematics (Mokapu Elementary School)6156
 5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students937883
 5.8%
African American6139
 36.1%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian2524
 4%
Hispanic277283
 2.2%
Pacific Islander67
 16.7%
White518451
 12.9%
Two or More Races4976
 55.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19%27%
 8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mokapu Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 883 students attended Mokapu Elementary School.

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

Middle : Kailua Intermediate School
High : Kalaheo High School

Mokapu Elementary School ranks 61st of 195 Hawaii elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Mokapu Elementary School are 51% White, 32% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races, 4% African American, 3% Asian.


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