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School Finderhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinderSchool Finder
Moving to Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/MovingToHawaiiMoving to HawaiiEverybody dreams of moving to paradise, but there’s a lot to it: Registrations, establishing residency, traveling and shipping information, transportation, what to do with the family pets. Listed here are a couple of online resources designed to ease the transition.
Support for Parentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParentsSupport for ParentsThe Department has developed parent support opportunities through its Community Children’s Councils (for special needs children) and its Student Support Branch (providing socio-emotional supports and training for staff in schools). Several nonprofit family service agencies in Hawaii also provide needed outreach to low-income families.
Contests & Enrichmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/ContestsContests & EnrichmentFind programs, contests and other free opportunities available to Hawaii's public schools and students — write an essay, compose a song, paint a masterpiece or take a picture. Contact us for information on the current list or how your organization can participate.
Military Familieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/MilitaryFamiliesMilitary FamiliesThe Department works with the Interstate Compact to smooth the experience for military families who enroll their children in Hawaii's public schools. Military families often encounter challenges due to frequent relocations in service to our country. We're here to help.
Homework and Test Helphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/HomeworkAndTestHelpHomework and Test HelpEvery student has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to academic performance, but, to quote science pioneer Louis Pasteur, “… chance favors only the prepared mind.” The programs listed here offer opportunities for students to get ready for tests and master their coursework.
Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/MiddleSchoolMiddle SchoolWhat the average middle school student and their parents can expect: A continuation of the eduational pipeline, expanded testing designed to identify post-school skills and aspirations, more student life opportunities.
High Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/HighSchoolHigh SchoolApproaching graduation, emphasis is placed on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and career. Counselors are there to guide students with college prep and guidance. Opportunities in extracurricular activites, Learning Centers, student organizations and others greatly expand involvement.
Elementary Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/ElementarySchoolElementary SchoolAs students move through grades 1-6, teachers observe their academic, social and emotional development and apply supports as needed. Assessments begin in grade 3.
Kindergartenhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/KindergartenKindergartenKindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Kindergarten is mandatory in the state of Hawaii.
Early Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/EarlyLearningEarly LearningThe Department is in the process of coordinating the Pre-kindergarten program and partnering with organizations and agencies to expand learning opportunities for Hawaii's children ages prenatal to age five.
How to Enrollhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnrollHow to EnrollStudents enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.
Choosing a Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/ChoosingaschoolChoosing a SchoolPublic school students normally attend the school in the area where they live. Use our SchoolSite Locator tool to explore district boundaries for your neighborhood. Students who need to attend a school outside of their area may request a geographic exception (GE).
Special Needshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/SpecialNeedsSpecial NeedsIt is the Department’s expectation that all students are supported so they may succeed socially, emotionally, academically and physically to meet the challenges of their school community, and ultimately contribute to the full realization of Goal 1 of our Strategic Plan — Student Success.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/OnlineLearningToolsOnline Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
21st Century Community Learning Centershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/21stCCLC21st Century Community Learning CentersThis program establishes or expands community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. Community learning centers also offer families of these students literacy and related educational development.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/OnlineLearningToolsOnline Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
Special Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducationSpecial EducationSpecial education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Department rolls out more data visuals for public to viewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Department-rolls-out-more-data-visuals-for-public-to-view.aspxDepartment rolls out more data visuals for public to viewThe Hawaii State Department of Education released online data for its remaining strategic goals. The department's Strategic Plan Dynamic Report is an online resource that allows the public to view data across performance indicators identified in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
All voices welcome in shaping our education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/All-voices-welcome-in-shaping-our-education-future.aspxAll voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.
Community partnerships with public schools thriving in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-Partnerships-Thrive.aspxCommunity partnerships with public schools thriving in HawaiiIn caring for our children, many have heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment.
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.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-approved.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Hawaii State 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.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Career-Prep-Grant.aspxHawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
Autism: Fighting the battle every dayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Autism-Fighting-the-battle-every-day.aspxAutism: Fighting the battle every dayIn Hawaii, a positive three-year trend shows an increasing number of autistic students being placed in general-education settings for more than 80 percent of the school day. Reflecting that trend, the numbers show autistic students are spending less time in special-education classrooms.
Welcome back! from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2016-17-welcome-back.aspxWelcome back! from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiAs school year 2016-17 gets under way, this letter is being sent home to parents and families with information about the Strategic Plan review and extension, which will help HIDOE build upon successes in schools and identify innovative solutions to support a high quality education for all students.
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/slj.aspxLibrarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.
Strive HI System replaces parts of NCLBhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-Performance-System-replaces-components-of-federal-NCLB-requirements.aspxStrive HI System replaces parts of NCLB​​​​The Department is pleased to announce it has received federal approval for the Strive HI Performance System, designed to ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready. The new school accountability and improvement system granted by the U.S. Department of Education replaces many requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.

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