Highlands Intermediate School

Summary:

Highlands Intermediate School is a high-performing public middle school in Pearl City, Hawaii, serving 736 students in grades 7-8 and 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.

Highlands Intermediate School consistently ranks among the top middle schools in Hawaii, with academic performance significantly higher than the state average across various subjects and grade levels. In the 2022-2023 school year, 61% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts (ELA) compared to the state average of 51% for 7th grade and 50% for 8th grade. In Mathematics, 53% of 7th graders and 51% of 8th graders were proficient or better, compared to the state averages of 34% and 31%, respectively. The school's diverse student population, with a significant representation of Asian (37.23%) and Pacific Islander (17.93%) students, as well as a low student-teacher ratio of 13.8, may contribute to its academic success.

Highlands Intermediate School consistently outperforms many of the nearby middle schools, such as Ilima Intermediate School (45% ELA proficiency), Honouliuli Middle School (43% ELA proficiency), and Wahiawa Middle School (43% ELA proficiency). The school's strong academic performance has been consistent over the years, earning it 4 or 5 out of 5 stars from SchoolDigger, and its diverse student population may contribute to its success in fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and cultural understanding.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1460 Hoolaulea St
       Pearl City, HI  96782


(808) 453-6480

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
9th of 73 Hawaii Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,658 Help


Students who attend Highlands Intermediate School usually attend:

High:    Pearl City High School

Feeder schools for Highlands Intermediate School:

Elementary:    Kanoelani Elementary School
    Lehua Elementary School
    Manana Elementary School
    Momilani Elementary School
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Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  736

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
37.2%
Two or more races:
21.1%
Hispanic:
19.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  34.1% Help


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Compare Details Highlands Intermediate School ranks better than 87.7% of middle schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 8th among 40 ranked middle 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 85.26. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Highlands Intermediate School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (37.2%), two or more races (21.1%), Hispanic (19.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 34.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highlands Intermediate School is 13.8, which is the 17th best among 40 middle 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 Highlands Intermediate School is $15,658. 20 middle schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Highlands Intermediate School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Highlands Intermediate School 9th of 73 Hawaii public middle schools. (See Highlands Intermediate 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 Highlands Intermediate School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 80.52 8th 69 88.4%
2007 79.79 10th 71 85.9%
2008 82.64 7th 46 84.8%
2009 69.79 15th 68 77.9%
2010 68.36 15th 65 76.9%
2011 63.46 20th 71 71.8%
2012 74.61 11th 73 84.9%
2013 77.09 8th 76 89.5%
2015 81.13 11th 72 84.7%
2016 86.10 8th 73 89.0%
2017 69.56 8th 82 90.2%
2018 73.66 14th 67 79.1%
2019 80.00 12th 70 82.9%
2021 74.26 15th 73 79.5%
2022 77.14 13th 72 81.9%
2023 85.26 9th 73 87.7%
See the entire list of Hawaii Middle School Rankings!

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

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Enrollment information for Highlands Intermediate School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 190 20 868 17 1 n/a n/a 6 1102
1989 170 21 899 14 1 n/a n/a 0 1105
1990 151 17 927 15 1 n/a n/a 0 1111
1991 172 20 873 14 2 n/a n/a 0 1081
1992 194 18 779 47 4 n/a n/a 0 1042
1993 179 23 825 51 4 n/a n/a 0 1082
1994 186 17 800 42 4 n/a n/a 0 1049
1995 178 22 866 35 9 n/a n/a 0 1110
1996 178 22 866 35 9 n/a n/a 0 1110
1997 188 27 835 42 1 n/a n/a 3 1096
1998 173 23 862 49 1 n/a n/a 0 1108
1999 152 14 881 46 1 n/a n/a 0 1094
2000 179 12 865 37 2 n/a n/a 0 1095
2001 178 11 874 38 2 n/a n/a 0 1103
2002 154 35 832 47 3 n/a n/a 0 1071
2003 154 35 832 47 3 n/a n/a 0 1071
2004 163 42 869 46 4 n/a n/a 0 1124
2005 124 38 810 43 6 n/a n/a 0 1021
2006 123 28 814 41 5 n/a n/a 0 1011
2007 120 23 840 41 4 n/a n/a 0 1028
2008 109 24 814 38 4 n/a n/a 0 989
2009 130 23 755 32 0 n/a n/a 0 940
2010 124 34 732 36 2 n/a n/a 0 928
2011 56 47 422 45 4 236 147 0 957
2012 65 26 464 59 3 253 87 0 957
2013 72 27 459 66 1 253 80 0 958
2014 58 23 439 83 0 240 94 0 937
2015 59 20 411 83 3 227 103 0 906
2016 51 21 412 91 2 228 102 0 907
2017 50 15 423 91 0 209 88 0 876
2018 51 13 417 104 0 215 89 0 889
2019 42 13 366 129 1 189 143 0 883
2020 37 11 324 168 1 176 203 0 920
2021 35 14 327 172 1 165 202 0 916
2022 28 10 278 147 1 124 167 0 755
2023 25 4 274 146 0 132 155 0 736

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 Highlands Intermediate School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1102 57.5 19.1 6.8
1989 1105 53.0 20.8 5.8
1990 1111 55.0 20.2 5.9
1991 1081 53.0 20.3 10.5
1992 1042 53.0 19.6 11.3
1993 1082 59.0 18.3 11
1994 1049 59.0 17.8 5
1995 1110 60.0 18.5 7.1
1996 1110 60.0 18.5 7.1
1997 1096 58.0 18.9 16.7
1998 1108 60.0 18.5 14.3
1999 1094 59.5 18.4 21.7
2000 1095 59.0 18.6 25.7
2001 1103 61.0 18.1 21.9
2002 1071 59.0 18.2 24.5
2003 1071 59.0 18.2 24.5
2004 1124 69.0 16.3 28.7
2005 1021 66.0 15.5 25.9
2006 1011 65.0 15.6 25.5
2007 1028 64.0 16.1 27.9
2008 989 64.0 15.5 26.4
2009 940 62.0 15.2 28.3
2010 928 64.0 14.5 29
2011 957 61.0 15.6 32.5
2012 957 61.0 15.6 37.6
2013 958 60.0 15.9 36.8
2014 937 60.0 15.6 34.9
2015 906 60.0 15.1 35.4
2016 907 59.0 15.3 38.1
2017 876 59.0 14.8 37.9
2018 889 58.0 15.3 37.3
2019 883 59.0 14.9 35.6
2020 920 58.0 15.8 35.8
2021 916 57.0 16.0 33.3
2022 755 57.0 13.2 33.2
2023 736 53.0 13.8 34.1

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 Highlands Intermediate School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1102 57.5 19.1 6.8
1989 1105 53.0 20.8 5.8
1990 1111 55.0 20.2 5.9
1991 1081 53.0 20.3 10.5
1992 1042 53.0 19.6 11.3
1993 1082 59.0 18.3 11
1994 1049 59.0 17.8 5
1995 1110 60.0 18.5 7.1
1996 1110 60.0 18.5 7.1
1997 1096 58.0 18.9 16.7
1998 1108 60.0 18.5 14.3
1999 1094 59.5 18.4 21.7
2000 1095 59.0 18.6 25.7
2001 1103 61.0 18.1 21.9
2002 1071 59.0 18.2 24.5
2003 1071 59.0 18.2 24.5
2004 1124 69.0 16.3 28.7
2005 1021 66.0 15.5 25.9
2006 1011 65.0 15.6 25.5
2007 1028 64.0 16.1 27.9
2008 989 64.0 15.5 26.4
2009 940 62.0 15.2 28.3
2010 928 64.0 14.5 29
2011 957 61.0 15.6 32.5
2012 957 61.0 15.6 37.6
2013 958 60.0 15.9 36.8
2014 937 60.0 15.6 34.9
2015 906 60.0 15.1 35.4
2016 907 59.0 15.3 38.1
2017 876 59.0 14.8 37.9
2018 889 58.0 15.3 37.3
2019 883 59.0 14.9 35.6
2020 920 58.0 15.8 35.8
2021 916 57.0 16.0 33.3
2022 755 57.0 13.2 33.2
2023 736 53.0 13.8 34.1

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 Highlands Intermediate School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,203 (7.7%) $14,455 (92.3%) $15,658

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Highlands Intermediate School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 12th of 70 Middle schoolsRanks 9th of 73 Middle schools
 4.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Intermediate School)6565
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
7th Grade Mathematics (Highlands Intermediate School)5653
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)3834
 4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Intermediate School)5957
 2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5250
 2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Highlands Intermediate School)4651
 5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)3831
 7%
All Grades English Language Arts (Highlands Intermediate School)6161
All Grades Mathematics (Highlands Intermediate School)5152
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students883736
 16.6%
African American134
 69.2%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian366274
 25.1%
Hispanic129146
 13.2%
Pacific Islander189132
 30.2%
White4225
 40.5%
Two or More Races143155
 8.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients35.6%34.1%
 1.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Highlands Intermediate School

Highlands Intermediate School ranks 9th of 73 Hawaii middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Highlands Intermediate School usually go on to attend Pearl City High School

Students at Highlands Intermediate School are 37% Asian, 21% Two or more races, 20% Hispanic, 18% Pacific Islander, 3% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 736 students attended Highlands Intermediate 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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