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Path to graduation

What students need to do to earn a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools.

Academic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition...


Military Families

Coming to Hawaii

About 8 percent of our students are military connected. PCS-ing to Hawaii? Resources here.

The Department works with the Interstate Compact to smooth the experience for military families who enroll their children in Hawai...


Job opportunities

We're hiring!

Looking for Highly Qualified teachers, specialists and more for our schools and offices.

Welcome to the Hawaii State Department of Education. Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff t...



New federal law

Answers to common questions as we transition to ESSA requirements by school year 2017-18.

ESSA is a reauthorization of federal education law, replacing the prior reauthorization known as No Child Left Behind. These frequ...


Free & Reduced Price Lunch

Feeding keiki

Nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches are available to qualifying children.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential chi...


The Strategic Plan

A foundation of expectations and supports to ensure equity and excellence for all.

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Strive HI System

Tracking progress in our schools to support success for all students.

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Effective Teaching

Supporting teachers to improve instruction across our schools.

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Heat abatement program at public schools

The Department's heat abatement effort prioritizes schools that require cooling strategies, which may include air conditioning. We work with the Legislature to fast-track the schools that need relief most.




Santa makes an early stop in Hawai’i to meet with more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students makes an early stop in Hawai’i to meet with more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing studentsSanta Claus greeted more than 100 students from across the state during the 25th annual Deaf Santa program at Pearlridge Elementary. Participants were able to communicate their holiday wishes with Santa without an interpreter.
Hickam Elementary students get glimpse into history from Pearl Harbor survivors Elementary students get glimpse into history from Pearl Harbor survivorsAs part of the 75th commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of survivors visited Hickam Elementary to meet with students and share their stories. This is “The Greatest Generation’s” third visit to Hickam Elementary.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Board’s-student-centered-Strategic-Plan-gets-BOE-approval.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the update and extension of the Strategic Plan with amendments. The plan will be used to guide the Department and its schools from 2017-20 with implementation starting next year.
Students see career options in the construction field see career options in the construction field1,400 students from 13 public high schools and one charter school got a chance to participate in the state Department of Transportation’s 10th annual Hawaii Construction Career Days event at the Aloha Stadium recently to get a first-hand glimpse into these productive construction professions.
Maui complex opens specialized education center complex opens specialized education centerPo'okela Maui celebrated its opening today. The center will serve the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex, and will assist students who have significant behavioral challenges with adjusting to a classroom environment. Po'okela Maui's focused programming and strategic environment will help students safely and solidly build these skills.
Students need encouragement to join teaching profession need encouragement to join teaching profession2017 Central District Teacher of the Year Tracey Idica shared with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser what can be done to address the teacher shortage and help motivate the next generation of educators.

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Teacher/Student access to Origo math games access to Origo math gamesAs part of the Hawaii State Department of Education's use of Stepping Stones curriculum for K-5 mathematics, access for teachers and students has been granted free access to Origo Education's Fundamentals channel, which includes online math games.
Teacher Application FAQs Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
Substitute teacher reporting system teacher reporting systemThe Department uses a digital accounting system — The Teacher-Substitute Employee Automated System (TSEAS) — for schools to report, update and/or cancel teacher absences, which send automatic notifications to registered substitutes to alert them of work opportunities.
Oahu Map MapOahu is comprised of four districts — Honolulu, Windward, Central and Leeward — with nine Complex Areas, each with two or three Complexes. A complex is a high school plus the regional elementary and middle schools that feed into it.
Out-of-state teacher recruitment schedule teacher recruitment scheduleThank you for your interest in teaching at the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). We have no upcoming out-of-state recruitment trips planned at this time. Please sign up for notifications of our future trips by clicking the link below.
Homeschooling Department has a legitimate interest in and responsibility for the appropriate education of all school age children in the State of Hawaii and recognizes homeschooling as an alternative to compulsory school attendance. Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative.

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