Private Schools In Hawaii: Grades PreK-12

NOTE: If you’re interested in finding a private school for a child age 15 months-6 years, I recommend also reading my post Preschools In Hawaii. In 2009, average test scores in reading, math, and science for 4th- and 8th-grade students enrolled in Hawaii’s public schools were all below the national average. Because of their dissatisfaction with the quality of education in the state’s public schools, many parents in Hawaii choose

Public Schools In Hawaii: Grades PreK-12

Hawaii is the only state in U.S. that has just one school district (Department of Education) that governs all public schools in the state. Hawaii’s Department of Education also sets policies such as high school graduation requirements and curriculum standards. For administrative purposes, the Department of Education is divided into 7 subdistricts: Hawaii District (Big Island) Kauai District (Kauai) Maui District (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) Honolulu District (Oahu) Central District (Oahu)

Special-Needs Schools & Programs In Hawaii

If you have a child with with special needs, there are some schools and educational programs in Hawaii that you should know about for children with disabilities, emotional/behavioral problems, and specific learning needs. Some of these schools and programs are run by private organizations and charge tuition. Others are funded through various state and nonprofit agencies, and  require a referral to attend. If you think your child could benefit from

Homeschooling In Hawaii

Parents in Hawaii choose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons: religious beliefs, dissatisfaction with the quality of public education, having a child with special learning needs, etc. And homeschooling seems to produce good results: According to the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschooled students score 15-30 percentile points higher than public-school students on standardized tests. According to Honolulu Magazine’s 2009 article “Meet the Homeschoolers,” there are around

Colleges, Universities & Vocational Schools In Hawaii

When it comes to post-secondary education in Hawaii, there are surprisingly many options for a relatively small U.S. state. Public post-secondary schools include the Hawaii Department of Education adult community schools and the state’s expansive University of Hawaii system. There are also several private colleges and universities to choose from, as well as vocational schools for those students who want to work in certain trades. To meet representatives from many

Learn English In Hawaii

Hawaii (and in particular, Honolulu) is teeming with English-language instruction schools. Many (but not all) cater to foreign nationals who want to live in Hawaii on an F-1 student visa, and thus offer programs that meet federal visa requirements. (If you’re seeking a student visa, make sure the school you choose is SEVIS-approved and the program includes at least 18 hours of instruction per week.) But not all students who