About the Hawaii DOE
Hawaii's public school system was founded on Oct. 15, 1840 by King Kamehameha III. It is the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi. Our 293 schools (256 public, 37 charter) belong to one statewide public school district with
15 regional Complex Areas.
Children in Hawaii are required to attend school between the ages of 5 and 18:
To ensure educational environments of equity and excellence, everyone in our schools should read and understand:
Strategic Plan & Nā Hopena A‘o
Our mission and vision are reflected in the 2017-2020 DOE/BOE
Strategic Plan, our governing document to grow equity and excellence in the school system. Its ambitious but attainable goals and objectives are measured via statewide indicators that are reported to the Board of Education.
We serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character, and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families, and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations from early learning through college, career, and citizenship.
Hawai‘i’s students are educated, healthy, and joyful lifelong learners who contribute positively to our community and global society.
Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ) is a framework of outcomes that reflects our core values and beliefs in action, throughout the school system and the communities in which our schools reside, to develop the competencies that strengthen a sense of belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total-well-being and Hawai‘i (“BREATH”) in ourselves, students and others. With a foundation in Hawaiian values, language, culture and history, HĀ reflects the uniqueness of Hawai‘i and is meaningful in all places of learning.
Excerpts from the latest of these key state reports follows. To view these and other key reports, visit the
School Data and Reports section of this website.
Enrollment Report (2019-20) –
- Department schools: 167,454 students
- Charter schools: 11,877 students
- Regular Education: 161,371
- Special Education: 17,960
Employment report (2017-18) —
- Over 22,000 salaried employees, including 12,982 teachers
- Over 20,000 substitutes and casual employees
BUDGET ALLOCATIONS (FY20)
budget page and the
budget fact sheet —
Operating Budget: $2.1 billion
- State general funds: $1.74 billion
- Federal funds: $270.4 million
- Special/revolving funds: $84.6 million
- Trust funds: $15.65 million
Construction Improvement Programs (CIP) budget: $565.9 million from all sources
Per-pupil spending: $13,748 (FY 2016) — 15th in the nation (national average is $11,762)
Title I is the federal education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. As part of its Title I requirement, states produce a plan for equitable access to excellent educators, view here.
The Department's list of Title I schools is reported as schools that have a minimum poverty threshold of 47.2%. Poverty is determined via family enrollment in two federal programs —
Community Eligibility Provision and the Free & Reduced Lunch Program — during the prior school year.
The percentage of DOE students considered economically challenged, 2019-20:
- Number of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch: 84,993
Number of homeless students, 2019-20:
2018-19 Strive HI System results:
Learn more about the
Strive HI Performance System. To view a school's individual report, go to the school's page. You can search in the header of this website for the name of the school, or search using our
School Finder tool
- Continuing a strong readiness trend, more students are completing Career & Technical Education programs by the 12th grade — up 8 percentage points over the year prior (to 56%).
- Graduation rates saw a spike for the first time in five years, increasing by 1.8 percentage points (to 84.4%) over the year prior; 500 more students gradauted from high school on time, as compared with school year 2017-18.
- Strive HI results on statewide assessments remained constant over the prior year, with a slight decrease in Language Arts/Literacy and science scores.
- Inclusion rates increased statewide — up 3 percentage points over the year prior (to 44%).
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is an assessment of a representative sample of 4th and 8th graders in reading and math given every two years. The test is known as "The Nation's Report Card." You can compare Hawaii's results with other states and the national average on the
Nation's Report Card website.
10-Year Growth in proficiency, 2007-2017:
Reading 4th grade: 32 percent proficient, up six points
Reading 8th grade: 30 percent proficient, up 10 points
Math 4th grade: 38 percent proficient, up five points
- Math 8th grade: 27 percent proficient, up six points
Graduates — Class of 2018*: 10,788
Data as of June 30, 2018 for DOE schools (no charters):
- Summa Cum Laude: 1,556 (13.8%)
- Magna Cum Laude: 1,320 (11.7%)
- Cum Laude: 2,387 (21.2%)
- Diploma: 5,350 (47.7%)
- Individually Prescribed Program (IPP) Certificate: 175 (1.5%)
Honors Recognition Certificate
- Academic Honors: 2,569 (22.9%)
- CTE Honors: 1,336 (11.9%)
- STEM Honors: 393 (3.5%)
- Total: 3,135 (27.9%)
• not the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate