Oahu Private & Public Schools

Oahu Private Schools

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According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, School Enrollment, Hawaii has a higher proportion of students in private schools than most states. Hawai’i has over 128 Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) accredited primary and secondary schools and Honolulu offers some of the best private schools, including Punahou, Iolani and Mid-Pacific Institute. Many newcomers to Oahu are often surprised by the price of the schools which can range from $5,000 to $15,000 per student per school year, K-12.

Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools offers an excellent summary of Hawai’i’s private schools, including a member directory and calendar of events. If you are interested in private schools for your children, I highly recommend the HAIS Admission fairs in October. This is an excellent opportunity to meet representatives from the schools to see if they are a good match for you and your family. Follow this link for an excellent private schools guide from Honolulu magazine.

Application. The application process begins in the fall, where applications are due by 1 Dec at many of the private schools. The process continues through the Spring and for grades 6-12 often includes results from the SSAT, teacher recommendations, report cards, a one-on-one interview with the potential student, an essay and other documents/recommendations.

Lower grades, K-5 will have similar requirements, however the younger children have “activity sessions” rather than interviews. Also many private schools will have limited spots available for certain grades, allowing an influx of students at key grades. For example, 150 students enter at kindergarten, then for grades 1-5, only a few students are admitted. Then, typically schools may allow 50 in grade 6, 50 in grade 7, 30 in grade 8, etc. There is tremendous competition for these spots. For example, for the 2006 school year some schools had over 400 apply for 50 spots.

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Private High Schools

Oahu Public Schools

For many buyers, one of the most important criteria when choosing a house is the quality of the public schools in the area.  Here in Hawai’i, Honolulu Magazine “grades” the public schools
annually using math and reading scores, as well as parent, teacher and student input. Another good website for comparing and analyzing schools is GreatSchools.net.  As there are so many military installations on Oahu, I can’t list all schools associated each installation.  However, when we begin to shop for your home, I can tell you which schools are available in each area.

Registration.  While you are moving, it is a good idea to hand carry any material that might expedite student enrollment.  To register your child, you will need a birth certificate or proof of age, a release from the last school, and medical records showing a physician examined your child within one year of entry.  The following shots are also required: Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Rubeola/Rubella/Mumps, and HIB/Haemophilus for children under 5.  Kindergarten is not mandatory in Hawai’i, but it is offered to children reaching the age of five by December 31.

Public Elementary Schools

Public Middle Schools

Public High Schools

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