Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

Summary:

Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School is a public middle school in Honolulu, Hawaii, serving 324 students in grades 6-8. The school stands out for its significantly higher percentage of Pacific Islander students compared to nearby schools, as well as its consistently lower academic performance and high rates of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

While the school is part of the highly-ranked Hawaii Department of Education district, its academic metrics tell a different story. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 36% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, and just 23% were proficient or better in Mathematics, well below the state averages and the top-performing nearby schools like Kaimuki Middle School and Moanalua Middle School. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Hawaii middle schools and received low SchoolDigger ratings, indicating poor overall performance.

The high percentage of Pacific Islander students (56.79%) and students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (ranging from 68.83% to 77.38%) at Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School, coupled with its consistently low academic performance, raises questions about equity and access to educational opportunities for these student populations. The school's proximity to several higher-performing middle schools in the area suggests that targeted interventions and support may be needed to improve student outcomes at Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 1302 Queen Emma St
       Honolulu, HI  96813


(808) 587-4400

District: Hawaii Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
54th of 73 Hawaii Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,324 Help


Students who attend Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School usually attend:

High:    President William McKinley High School

Feeder schools for Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School:

Elementary:    Princess Miriam K Likelike Elementary School
    Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School
    Royal Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.5 Help
Number of students:  324

Racial breakdown:

Pacific Islander:
56.8%
Asian:
23.5%
Two or more races:
11.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  68.8% Help


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Compare Details Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School ranks worse than 74% of middle schools in Hawaii. It also ranks 34th 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 27.4. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Pacific Islander (56.8%), Asian (23.5%), two or more races (11.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 68.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School is 11.5, which is the 5th best among 40 middle schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District. (See more...)
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Compare Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School employs 28 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School is $17,324, which is the 6th highest among 40 middle schools in the Hawaii Department of Education School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School 54th of 73 Hawaii public middle schools. (See Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle 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 Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools HI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 31.70 45th 69 34.8%
2007 21.00 59th 71 16.9%
2008 24.93 33rd 46 28.3%
2009 25.25 56th 68 17.6%
2010 18.15 59th 65 9.2%
2011 23.67 59th 71 16.9%
2012 27.46 58th 73 20.5%
2013 20.47 65th 76 14.5%
2015 12.60 68th 72 5.6%
2016 11.10 64th 73 12.3%
2017 4.88 73rd 82 11.0%
2018 10.24 63rd 67 6.0%
2019 11.48 65th 70 7.1%
2021 10.14 69th 73 5.5%
2022 18.33 60th 72 16.7%
2023 27.40 54th 73 26.0%
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Data source: test scores: Hawaii State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 31 3 424 15 n/a n/a n/a 0 473
1989 15 6 261 8 0 n/a n/a 0 290
1990 18 5 252 10 1 n/a n/a 0 286
1991 18 12 305 7 2 n/a n/a 0 344
1992 35 7 406 15 2 n/a n/a 0 465
1993 50 10 450 12 1 n/a n/a -1 522
1994 52 9 452 15 0 n/a n/a 0 528
1995 66 11 472 12 1 n/a n/a -1 561
1996 66 11 472 12 1 n/a n/a -1 561
1997 59 8 450 17 1 n/a n/a 18 553
1998 61 8 399 13 1 n/a n/a 0 482
1999 54 7 381 12 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2000 56 6 401 9 1 n/a n/a 0 473
2001 59 4 406 7 1 n/a n/a 0 477
2002 89 6 461 15 0 n/a n/a 0 571
2003 89 6 461 15 0 n/a n/a 0 571
2004 82 10 442 16 0 n/a n/a 0 550
2005 75 9 417 15 0 n/a n/a 0 516
2006 72 6 399 12 0 n/a n/a 0 489
2007 66 10 380 9 1 n/a n/a 0 466
2008 73 6 367 8 3 n/a n/a 0 457
2009 52 2 342 8 3 n/a n/a 0 407
2010 62 2 333 8 2 n/a n/a 0 407
2011 2 4 175 11 0 162 40 0 394
2012 6 5 167 9 0 167 17 0 371
2013 8 2 154 10 0 146 14 0 334
2014 6 3 146 18 1 161 16 0 351
2015 6 3 145 24 0 165 22 0 365
2016 11 3 157 27 0 182 18 0 398
2017 12 3 159 19 1 214 21 0 429
2018 10 1 130 17 0 214 19 0 391
2019 14 2 122 27 0 225 24 0 414
2020 7 5 104 37 0 214 32 0 399
2021 5 4 79 29 0 175 29 0 321
2022 5 7 88 28 0 175 33 0 336
2023 4 5 76 19 0 184 36 0 324

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 Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 473 32.5 14.5 51.8
1989 290 20.0 14.5 50.3
1990 286 20.0 14.3 48.3
1991 344 22.0 15.6 49.1
1992 465 27.5 16.9 41.1
1993 522 34.0 15.4 47.2
1994 528 30.5 17.3 27.3
1995 561 35.0 16.0 29.5
1996 561 35.0 16.0 29.5
1997 553 33.5 16.5 62.6
1998 482 32.5 14.8 60.4
1999 454 31.5 14.4 70.5
2000 473 34.0 13.9 76.7
2001 477 33.0 14.5 84.3
2002 571 38.0 15.0 79
2003 571 38.0 15.0 79
2004 550 35.5 15.5 78.2
2005 516 40.0 12.9 76.4
2006 489 36.0 13.6 76.7
2007 466 33.0 14.1 63.1
2008 457 30.0 15.2 73.3
2009 407 29.0 14.0 76.7
2010 407 25.0 16.2 81.6
2011 394 25.0 15.7 79.7
2012 371 25.0 14.8 83.3
2013 334 23.0 14.5 85.3
2014 351 24.0 14.6 86.3
2015 365 22.0 16.5 86.6
2016 398 24.0 16.5 80.9
2017 429 26.0 16.5 79
2018 391 27.0 14.4 79.5
2019 414 25.0 16.5 77.5
2020 399 25.0 15.9 75.7
2021 321 22.0 14.5 73.8
2022 336 22.0 15.2 77.4
2023 324 28.0 11.5 68.8

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 Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 473 32.5 14.5 51.8
1989 290 20.0 14.5 50.3
1990 286 20.0 14.3 48.3
1991 344 22.0 15.6 49.1
1992 465 27.5 16.9 41.1
1993 522 34.0 15.4 47.2
1994 528 30.5 17.3 27.3
1995 561 35.0 16.0 29.5
1996 561 35.0 16.0 29.5
1997 553 33.5 16.5 62.6
1998 482 32.5 14.8 60.4
1999 454 31.5 14.4 70.5
2000 473 34.0 13.9 76.7
2001 477 33.0 14.5 84.3
2002 571 38.0 15.0 79
2003 571 38.0 15.0 79
2004 550 35.5 15.5 78.2
2005 516 40.0 12.9 76.4
2006 489 36.0 13.6 76.7
2007 466 33.0 14.1 63.1
2008 457 30.0 15.2 73.3
2009 407 29.0 14.0 76.7
2010 407 25.0 16.2 81.6
2011 394 25.0 15.7 79.7
2012 371 25.0 14.8 83.3
2013 334 23.0 14.5 85.3
2014 351 24.0 14.6 86.3
2015 365 22.0 16.5 86.6
2016 398 24.0 16.5 80.9
2017 429 26.0 16.5 79
2018 391 27.0 14.4 79.5
2019 414 25.0 16.5 77.5
2020 399 25.0 15.9 75.7
2021 321 22.0 14.5 73.8
2022 336 22.0 15.2 77.4
2023 324 28.0 11.5 68.8

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 Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,012 (11.6%) $15,312 (88.4%) $17,324

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 65th of 70 Middle schoolsRanks 54th of 73 Middle schools
 18.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)2132
 11%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)1019
 9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)4139
 2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)3440
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5351
 2%
7th Grade Mathematics (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)1324
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)3834
 4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)3438
 4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Hawaii)5250
 2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)1831
 13%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Hawaii)3831
 7%
All Grades English Language Arts (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)2936
 7%
All Grades Mathematics (Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School)1423
 9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students414324
 21.7%
African American25
 150%
American Indian00
Asian12276
 37.7%
Hispanic2719
 29.6%
Pacific Islander225184
 18.2%
White144
 71.4%
Two or More Races2436
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients77.5%68.8%
 8.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School

Students at Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School are 57% Pacific Islander, 23% Asian, 11% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic, 2% African American, 1% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 324 students attended Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School.

Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School ranks 54th of 73 Hawaii middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend Princess Ruth Keelikolani Middle School usually go on to attend President William McKinley High School


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