Kalihi Waena Elementary School

Summary:

Kalihi Waena Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-5 in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a diverse student population of 465. The school is part of the Hawaii Department of Education district, which is ranked 5 out of 5 stars by SchoolDigger.

Despite the school's high spending per student ($17,807 in 2018-2019), Kalihi Waena Elementary has consistently underperformed academically compared to the state and nearby schools like Kalihi Kai Elementary School, Major General William R Shafter Elementary School, and Kaewai Elementary School. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 35% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts and 34% in Mathematics, significantly lower than the state averages of 49-55% and 44-52%, respectively. The school's performance has been consistently in the bottom quartile of Hawaii elementary schools, ranking between 134-180 out of 193-207 schools over the past 10 years.

Kalihi Waena Elementary School serves a predominantly low-income community, with 64.52% to 71.87% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch over the past 3 years, which is significantly higher than the nearby schools. The school also has a unique racial makeup, with a high percentage of Asian (44.3%) and Pacific Islander (39.35%) students, compared to the more diverse student populations of the nearby schools. These factors, combined with the school's consistent academic underperformance, suggest that Kalihi Waena Elementary may need to re-evaluate its resource allocation and teaching strategies to better support student learning.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1240 Gulick Ave
       Honolulu, HI  96819


(808) 832-3210

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
158th of 195 Hawaii Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,807 Help


Students who attend Kalihi Waena Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Governor Sanford B Dole Middle School
High:    Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  465

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
44.3%
Pacific Islander:
39.4%
Two or more races:
12.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kalihi Waena Elementary School ranks worse than 81% of elementary schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 147th 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 21.32. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kalihi Waena Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (44.3%), Pacific Islander (39.4%), two or more races (12.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kalihi Waena Elementary School is 14, which is the 79th best among 181 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kalihi Waena Elementary School is $17,807, which is the 41st highest among 181 elementary schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kalihi Waena 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 Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 20.88 171st 194 11.9%
2007 19.99 167th 192 13.0%
2008 15.87 134th 146 8.2%
2009 32.47 147th 191 23.0%
2010 23.20 153rd 183 16.4%
2011 16.64 176th 191 7.9%
2012 25.58 166th 195 14.9%
2013 39.55 135th 196 31.1%
2015 10.11 180th 194 7.2%
2016 17.70 169th 195 13.3%
2017 33.94 152nd 207 26.6%
2018 33.35 134th 193 30.6%
2019 31.20 138th 196 29.6%
2021 20.02 161st 196 17.9%
2022 28.94 144th 193 25.4%
2023 21.32 158th 195 19.0%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 20 2 593 6 2 n/a n/a 0 623
1989 20 0 601 6 2 n/a n/a 0 629
1990 15 1 562 6 1 n/a n/a 0 585
1991 20 7 575 4 1 n/a n/a 0 607
1992 38 4 568 16 0 n/a n/a 0 626
1993 28 3 488 14 0 n/a n/a 0 533
1994 30 5 524 16 0 n/a n/a 0 575
1995 28 7 551 9 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1996 28 7 551 9 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1997 27 4 570 12 0 n/a n/a -3 610
1998 37 6 574 14 0 n/a n/a 0 631
1999 34 9 563 16 0 n/a n/a 0 622
2000 27 5 555 8 0 n/a n/a 0 595
2001 22 4 535 7 0 n/a n/a 0 568
2002 22 2 537 7 0 n/a n/a 0 568
2003 22 2 537 7 0 n/a n/a 0 568
2004 27 2 522 5 1 n/a n/a 0 557
2005 32 1 520 3 2 n/a n/a 0 558
2006 28 5 526 3 1 n/a n/a 0 563
2007 31 2 519 6 1 n/a n/a 0 559
2008 31 5 502 5 2 n/a n/a 0 545
2009 38 4 505 4 1 n/a n/a 0 552
2010 39 5 504 7 1 n/a n/a 0 556
2011 5 4 331 6 0 168 65 0 579
2012 3 6 306 7 0 248 26 0 596
2013 2 5 308 12 0 227 30 0 584
2014 0 2 297 12 0 244 32 0 587
2015 0 2 267 10 1 228 38 0 546
2016 0 4 266 14 0 194 50 0 528
2017 0 0 252 10 0 172 53 0 487
2018 0 0 236 10 0 171 50 0 467
2019 0 0 233 19 0 166 51 0 469
2020 0 0 242 19 0 185 59 0 505
2021 0 0 245 13 0 177 57 0 492
2022 0 0 221 13 0 193 60 0 487
2023 0 0 206 17 0 183 59 0 465

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 Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 623 35.5 17.5 49.6
1989 629 31.5 19.9 45.6
1990 585 30.0 19.5 43.9
1991 607 31.0 19.5 41.4
1992 626 32.0 19.5 44.4
1993 533 28.0 19.0 40.3
1994 575 33.0 17.4 21.9
1995 595 35.0 17.0 33.1
1996 595 35.0 17.0 33.1
1997 610 35.0 17.4 63.6
1998 631 36.0 17.5 52.1
1999 622 36.5 17.0 68
2000 595 41.0 14.5 67.7
2001 568 38.5 14.8 82.4
2002 568 35.0 16.2 81.3
2003 568 35.0 16.2 81.3
2004 557 36.0 15.5 81.3
2005 558 36.0 15.5 80.3
2006 563 36.0 15.6 75.5
2007 559 36.0 15.5 68.9
2008 545 37.0 14.7 74.9
2009 552 38.0 14.5 77
2010 556 37.0 15.0 79.1
2011 579 35.0 16.5 78.2
2012 596 37.0 16.1 85.1
2013 584 37.5 15.5 81.7
2014 587 35.0 16.7 81.1
2015 546 34.0 16.0 76.9
2016 528 34.0 15.5 75.6
2017 487 37.0 13.1 76.8
2018 467 35.0 13.3 73.2
2019 469 33.0 14.2 72.1
2020 505 34.0 14.8 68.7
2021 492 33.0 14.9 66.7
2022 487 33.0 14.7 71.9
2023 465 33.0 14.0 64.5

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 Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 623 35.5 17.5 49.6
1989 629 31.5 19.9 45.6
1990 585 30.0 19.5 43.9
1991 607 31.0 19.5 41.4
1992 626 32.0 19.5 44.4
1993 533 28.0 19.0 40.3
1994 575 33.0 17.4 21.9
1995 595 35.0 17.0 33.1
1996 595 35.0 17.0 33.1
1997 610 35.0 17.4 63.6
1998 631 36.0 17.5 52.1
1999 622 36.5 17.0 68
2000 595 41.0 14.5 67.7
2001 568 38.5 14.8 82.4
2002 568 35.0 16.2 81.3
2003 568 35.0 16.2 81.3
2004 557 36.0 15.5 81.3
2005 558 36.0 15.5 80.3
2006 563 36.0 15.6 75.5
2007 559 36.0 15.5 68.9
2008 545 37.0 14.7 74.9
2009 552 38.0 14.5 77
2010 556 37.0 15.0 79.1
2011 579 35.0 16.5 78.2
2012 596 37.0 16.1 85.1
2013 584 37.5 15.5 81.7
2014 587 35.0 16.7 81.1
2015 546 34.0 16.0 76.9
2016 528 34.0 15.5 75.6
2017 487 37.0 13.1 76.8
2018 467 35.0 13.3 73.2
2019 469 33.0 14.2 72.1
2020 505 34.0 14.8 68.7
2021 492 33.0 14.9 66.7
2022 487 33.0 14.7 71.9
2023 465 33.0 14.0 64.5

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 Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,789 (10.0%) $16,018 (90.0%) $17,807

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Kalihi Waena Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 138th of 196 Elementary schoolsRanks 158th of 195 Elementary schools
 10.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)3926
 13%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5349
 4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)4230
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)5652
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)4142
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5251
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)5044
 6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4950
 1%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)4435
 9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5755
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)3828
 10%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4444
All Grades English Language Arts (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)4235
 7%
All Grades Mathematics (Kalihi Waena Elementary School)4334
 9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students469465
 0.9%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian233206
 11.6%
Hispanic1917
 10.5%
Pacific Islander166183
 10.2%
White00
Two or More Races5159
 15.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients72.1%64.5%
 7.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 465 students attended Kalihi Waena Elementary School.

Kalihi Waena Elementary School ranks in the bottom 19.0% of Hawaii elementary schools.

Students at Kalihi Waena Elementary School are 44% Asian, 39% Pacific Islander, 13% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.


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