Hawaii public school enrollment grows by 2,000 students


Enrollment in Hawaii's public schools grew by 2,000 students to 185,273 in the 2013-14 school year. The enrollment gains can be partly attributed to the large number of births in 2008 and more students staying in the state’s public schools.

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​​​Hawaii’s public schools enrolled 185,273 students in the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 1.1 percent compared to last year’s total of 183,251. The figures represent all 255 Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) schools and 33 charter schools.

DOE schools enrolled 175,476 (+1,818 from last year) students, about 95 percent of the total, while charter schools have 9,797 (+204) students, or five percent of the total.

The enrollment gains can be partly attributed to the large number of births in 2008 and more students staying in the state’s public schools.

Enrollment in the DOE’s 255 schools grew 1 percent compared to last year’s count of 173,658. It includes 158,498 students in regular education and 16,978 in special education.

On Oahu, Leeward remained the largest administrative district with 40,959 students, followed by Central (33,496), Honolulu (31,552) and Windward (15,189). On the neighbor islands, Hawaii has 23,445 students, followed by Maui with 21,330, and Kauai’s 9,505.

In 2013-14, the five largest DOE public schools by grade level are:

  • High Schools (all grades 9-12) – Campbell (2,821), Waipahu (2,450), Mililani (2,445), Farrington (2,437) and Kapolei (2,045).
  • Intermediate/Middle Schools – Mililani Middle (1,743, grades 6-8), Kapolei Middle (1,464, 6-8), Waipahu Intermediate (1,314, 7-8), Maui Waena Intermediate (1,095, 6-8) and Kalakaua Middle (1,040, 6-8).
  • Elementary Schools – August Ahrens (1,427, grades K-6), Holomua (1,383, K-6), Kapolei (1,136, K-5), Ewa (1,109, K-6) and Waipahu (1,093, K-6).

The five smallest DOE public schools in the state include: Niihau (10, K-12), Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (48, K-12), Maunaloa (61, K-6), Waiahole (71, K-6) and Kilohana (80, K-6).

Charter schools realized a 2.1 percent gain in enrollment to 9,797 over last year’s 9,593.

The five largest charter schools are: Kamaile Academy (899, K-12), Hawaii Technology Academy (751, K-12), Ka Waihona o ka Naauao (634, K-8), Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences (600, K-12) and Kihei (576, K-12).

The five smallest charter schools are: Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha (38, K-12), Ke Ana Laahana (54, 7-12), Hakipuu Learning Center (61, 5-12), School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (63, 6-7) and Kula Aupuni Niihau a Kahelelani Aloha (63, K-12).

Progress continues to be made in goals outlined in the DOE/Board of Education Strategic Plan. The DOE is using a number of measuring tools to determine progress of its public schools, students and educators. Learn more about these goals and vision for success at HawaiiPublicSchools.org.​


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