Strive HI

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...

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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...

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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...

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World Conservation Congress

Teaching resources

Projects, lessons that address biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.

Addressing the theme of this year's World Conservation Congress (WCC), "Planet at a Crossroads," these resources are a starting po...

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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...

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The Strategic Plan

Join the conversation as we review & extend our blueprint for student success.

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ESSA Update

The new federal education law offers greater flexibility for states.

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Effective Teaching

Supporting teachers to improve instruction across our schools.

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Nanakuli visit

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.

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Public and Charter school enrollment remains steady with increases in most gradeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOEEnrollment1617.aspxPublic and Charter school enrollment remains steady with increases in most gradesHawaii’s 256 public and 34 charter schools saw enrollment dip slightly for a total of 179,902 students for the 2016-17 school year. The greatest enrollment changes were in first and second grades as public schools are still seeing an impact due to the change to the Kindergarten entry age.
Hawaii Island public schools to close Wednesday and Thursday due to Hurricane Madelinehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hurricane-Madeline.aspxHawaii Island public schools to close Wednesday and Thursday due to Hurricane MadelineWith Hurricane Madeline expected to maintain its strength as it approaches the state, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will close public schools on Hawaii Island on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1.
Creating a safe space for incoming freshmenhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/McKinley-Ignition.aspxCreating a safe space for incoming freshmenInitiatives like McKinley High's Ignition Program provide peer mentoring and support to ensure students succeed in 9th grade, which can be a challenging transition. These efforts statewide are paying off, with numbers of student misconduct offenses and suspensions dropping.
School staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/positive-places.aspxSchool staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placesLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Maui News. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Hawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoreshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-test-improvements.aspxHawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoresHawaii public school 2016 graduates who took the ACT college preparation test and who met college readiness benchmarks showed a two-percent improvement in Mathematics and one-percent improvements in English and Science, while Reading scores remained unchanged.
Kailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Greg-Kent-Ultimaker.aspxKailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programKailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program.

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Teacher Application FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Teacher-Application-FAQs.aspxTeacher Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
Kailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Greg-Kent-Ultimaker.aspxKailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programKailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program.
Substitute teacher reporting systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/substitute-notifications.aspxSubstitute 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 Maphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/Oahu-Map.aspxOahu 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.
Homeschoolinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Choosingaschool/Pages/Homeschooling-FAQs.aspxHomeschoolingThe 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.
Hawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST.aspxHawaii teachers recognized by President Barack Obama for excellence in math and science educationPresident Barack Obama recognized four Hawaii teachers today as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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