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Old 06-19-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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Anyone know anything about them? How about the high schools? Academics? Any gang problems in schools?
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:51 PM
 
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I have the same questions. Was told to look into charter schools. Not sure what those are but I guess I'll find out in 10 days....

--maggie in LA
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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the school system in hawaii is horrible, the public schools in hilo and keaau are keaau middle, hilo middle, and waiakea school. ive heard that when you walk around at keaau school you can smell pot and crack being smoked.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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Anyone know anything about them? How about the high schools? Academics? Any gang problems in schools?
Every year or so, Honolulu Magazine does a series of articles about the schools in Hawai'i.

Here's a link...
Schools - Hawaii

Hope this helps,

Jonah K
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:19 PM
 
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Awesome link. Thank you!
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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Please understand that public education on the east side of the Big Island is horrendous.

With that in mind, Kea'au Middle School is alright. From a kid's point of view, as long as you don't eye people out, talk trash, or act like you're superior to the local reality, you won't have many problems. The local kids are generally pretty friendly to newcomers, and things only turn bad for someone fresh if he/she either puts things down or screws with people. Many local kids come from messed-up homes, and acting tough is a big deal for a lot of them. However, there are very few around, and the tough act/ensuing fights are not very sophisticated. It's not uncommon for kids in their late teens and early twenties to show up at a school and call out a fifteen/sixteen year old for some stupid reason. Disputes can escalate very quickly via the deep anger that permeates many peoples' mentalities, and families do occassionally get involved in arguments, and sometimes, even the actual fights. But, the school staff is pretty tight-knit (I heard they didn't lose any teachers this summer), and most of them care about the kids. Administration is weak, but that's just how it is almost everywhere around here. The education is not quality because, primarily, most families don't stress it. Some kids are there just to socialize and eat. It's easy to blame the teachers, and some really do have no idea how to control a room, but when you have parents who don't want to deal with school-related problems and who stick up for their kids regardless of the situation, it's very difficult to build an atmosphere conducive to learning. Socially, I think Kea'au Middle is a good experience - especially for kids from well-to-do environments. Academically, though, they probably won't learn very much. Most teachers have to teach at low levels because of the local reality, and the higher-end kids (including students with a decent education from elsewhere) fall through.

I can't speak for Waiakea Middle School, but I did teach at Waiakea High for a year. If the middle school is anything like the high school, I don't recommend it at all. I was warned by a local guy from Kea'au before I transferred to Waiakea that while the kids wouldn't be as radical, they would be more stuck-up. He was right. Overall, Kea'au kids appreciate relationships with people who genuinely care about their well-being and who hold reasonable behavior expectations for them. However, Waiakea is more middle class, and a lot of those kids are spoiled and think they are hot They don't care how you treat them - they're going to do whatever they want because they're cool, man! This is a generalization, of course, as there are many well-behaved kids at Waiakea. A few times, I even saw some of the "good" ones trying to explain to their friends why they were being such , but it was totally over their heads. Punks with real problems because of tough family situations are one thing. Spoiled brats with no reason for acting like jerks other than their being ignorant is something that bores me to no end. Also, much of the faculty at that school seemed to be living in some kind of delusional fantasy world. Waiakea used to be a very good school with a strong principal over a decade ago. However, it has obviously deteriorated since then, and the teachers don't want to deal with or even acknowledge what it's like now. A new principal arrived halfway through the year, and while he seemed like a good guy, I could tell he didn't know what he was getting himself into. By the end of the year, he looked like he wanted out. Stay away...

I don't know much about Hilo schools. I can tell you this, though: if you move north of Hilo, whatever you do, do not send your kid(s) to Laupahoehoe High and El. That place is like Gonzo's version of baby-sitting with lame rhetoricians acting as administrators and a school district that ignores the "school's" problems and just keeps turning that wheel, baby.

Good luck, and don't expect much!

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Old 07-20-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Laupahoehoe school may have a new acting principal this upcoming year, but I'm not certain.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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Yes, Laupahoehoe does have yet another temporary principal...after going through three last year. The old official guy now works for district with the title of something along the lines of "School Reform Specialist." How cherry it must be to get suspended with pay for nine months while your bosses conduct a virtually non-existent investigation into some pretty serious allegations made against you and THEN slip into some cushy job with a name like that.

This happened, of course, after the school suspended some middle-schoolers for a grand total of two days each after they got busted with weed AND alcohol on campus. One official explanation for this hefty punishment was "we don't want these kids forming gangs." ???

Earlier this school year, some students vandalized the institution at a fairly high level. Everyone (remember, it's a small community... word spreads fast) knew who was responsible fairly quickly, but officially, the culprits remained unidentified for some time. After initially lying about it for weeks, the vandals finally fessed up and received a grand total of eight days suspension each - and did not return anything that they stole (or so I heard). Plus, the high school English teacher is still suspended since just before school started because of sexually-imaged poetry he had linked from his school website.

But, Edison will, no doubt, clean all of this up. Here's to mainland private corporations steering public schools in the appropriate direction for "our" kids to achieve 21st-century success! - for a small fee, of course

Yes, absurdity is having itself a marvelous time in the second Hamakua gulch.

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Old 11-01-2008, 10:38 PM
 
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Meanwhile, Kea'au High School has not shyed away from the front page. Weeks after one memorable day which saw multiple fights during lunch time including a 10-on-4 mob that sent the outnumbered combatants to the hospital, a hit-list was discovered by a teacher and later leaked to the press. This blown-out-of-proportion event eventually led to the principal being placed on administrative leave while providing the DOE another opportunity to practice its stellar investigative abilities.

Students continue to go to class when they please and walk around campus during classtime mostly unmolested. In its tenth year, the school has not yet found it prudent to offer any honors math courses, and it remains optional for teachers throughout all subject areas to teach. But, I hear the lunch-line situation is one of the most efficient ones on the island. Ask the kids for more info.

On the flip side, KHS is one of the better schools around IMO. Considering some of the junk many of these kids are going through and what the school used to be like, it's functioning pretty well and just seems like the local media has an infatuation with ripping on Puna. If you send your child to this institution, he/she will learn many social lessons which one probably cannot learn from a middle/upper class environment or, heaven forbid, from TV. Academically, there are opportunities to learn, but not at a very high level. Socially speaking, however, if your child can make it through without losing it, he/she will be prepared to handle much of what the "the world" will throw at 'em later on...
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