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Old 03-26-2011, 11:56 PM
 
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I hear lots of bad generalizations about the public schools in Puna/Hilo. Can someone give more detail? Are the kids behavior problems, do the teachers not care, are the parents uninvolved, are the facilities bad? Anyone know anything about class size or the curriculum? Would love information on specific public schools in Puna. Thanks!
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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I hear lots of bad generalizations about the public schools in Puna/Hilo. Can someone give more detail? Are the kids behavior problems, do the teachers not care, are the parents uninvolved, are the facilities bad? Anyone know anything about class size or the curriculum? Would love information on specific public schools in Puna. Thanks!
I can give you all kinds of info. My kids go to Pahoa.

It is NOT as bad as you hear or have heard, in the past.
Most of that progress is due to the principal, who has now been there about 3 years.

I am really glad my kids are there, instead of Keaau schools! However, Waiakea (spelling?) in Hilo is the best complex area. Unfortunately, housing in that area is much more expensive and difficult to get into, because of the schools.

My main issue is that ALL Hawaii schools spend more time and money worrying about special ed, No Child Left Behind, and troubled youth than they do with the extreme upper end students - who are more or less ignored.

Send me a direct message (DM) and I can give you additional details.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Slinkygirl, we all live on an island and have to get along with each other so it isn't likely you are going to get very many answers to a question which involves someone having to say bad things about someone or something else. It's just an island thing. Mostly because the folks you say bad things about are likely to be your neighbors or related to your neighbors and then they'd hear you said rude things about them. If you were to ask which were the best schools and why, then you'd get a lot more answers. Frequently, it is what is NOT said which is more important than what is said - at least on an island.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:32 AM
 
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Gotcha. I'm a firm believer in public schools and trying to fix them in any way possible, so that's what I was wondering about, but of course you're right.

So, what are the best public schools in Hilo/Puna, and why?
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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This is a slippery slope going down this subject

If you dm me I could give some more info without being corrected or angering some.

Koa
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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The best one I've seen is the one right across from the U of H in Hilo, I'm not sure of the name. The campus was extremely tidy, though.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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The best one I've seen is the one right across from the U of H in Hilo, I'm not sure of the name. The campus was extremely tidy, though.

Thats Waiakai High according to the reports that and Hilo high are the 2 best respectfully.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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There is nothing wrong with Hilo/Puna schools! There are great teachers, students, and parents at all these schools. I think they get a bad rap because they have some of the lowest socio-economic status in the state, but they are not bad schools.
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