Hawaii Schools and Educational Opportunities

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School Liaison Officers and Offices

Each branch of service provides military members on Oahu with school liaison officers (SLO) to be advocates for military families and to serve as the link between the military communities and educational opportunities in Hawaii. For assistance regarding your transition to Hawaii and educational issues, contact your school liaison officer.

Air Force.................................... 808-422-3770

Army.......................................... 808-655-8326

Coast Guard................................ 808-842-2089

Marine Corps.............................. 808-257-2019

Navy.......................................... 808-422-3770

Hawaii Army National Guard..... 808-844-6049

Public Schools, Hawaii Department Of Education

Hawaii’s single statewide school district is the ninth largest in the United States, and is comprised of 288 schools, (255 regular and 33 charter schools) across seven islands. Total student enrollment in SY13-14 was 183,273 students, with 121,196 residing on the island of Oahu. Of the approximately 25,406 school-age military dependents in Hawaii, more than 70 percent attend public schools.

Public school (HIDOE) organizational structure: Hawaii is a single school district with schools that are administratively organized into smaller units. A complex area superintendent (CAS) oversees two to three complex areas which consist of one high school and feeder middle and elementary schools. To view the schools in each complex area, click on the complex area in your location at www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/Oahu-Map.aspx.

HIDOE school attendance: All children between 5 and 18 years of age must attend school. Hawaii state law requires all students, public and private, to meet health examination and immunization requirements before they may attend school in the state.

HIDOE kindergarten eligibility: Kindergarten attendance is mandatory in Hawaii. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, a child must be at least 5 years old on July 31 of the school year to attend a public school kindergarten. For more information, visitwww.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/Kindergarten/Pages/home.aspx

HIDOE school registration requirements: For registration requirements, go towww.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnroll

To enroll in public school
parents/guardians will need:

  • Birth certificate and all legal documents such as power of attorney if not residing with parents.
  • Physical examination: Medical records showing that a licensed physician has examined the child within one year of school entry date.
  • Tuberculosis clearance: This examination must include a negative Tuberculin skin test with the result indicating the millimeter reading (test must be performed by a licensed U.S. physician) and must have been obtained within one year of school entry date. Note: Documentation must include the dates of administration and reading.
  • Immunizations: All immunizations must meet the minimum age and interval dose. For a complete list, visit: www.health.hawaii.gov/docd/requirements-by-grade.
  • Transcripts and documents from the previous school: A release from the last school attended which includes an unofficial transcript or latest report card as well as IEPs for students with special needs. Most schools do not release official permanent student records until requested by the new school. Parents or guardians are advised to hand-carry copies of report cards, promotion certificates and other materials that will be helpful in the enrollment and placement of students in proper courses.
  • Proof of residence: Proof may include a rental lease agreement, military housing documentation, mortgage or a copy of a utility bill (water, electric, gas or telephone) — documents must have parent/guardian(s) name on it.
  • Legal documents: Power of attorney and/or court documents if not living with parents.
  • Other: Inhaler and EpiPen consent form, if needed. Download the form at www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Enrollment/EmergencyRescueMeds.pdf.

HIDOE high school diploma: The high school diploma shall be issued to students who have met all graduation requirements by demonstrating proficiency in the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards and General Learner Outcomes in the required courses. For graduates in SY 2014 and SY 2015 there are two diplomas students can earn, the HIDOE diploma and the Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) diploma.

HIDOE graduation requirements: The classes of 2014 and 2015 graduation requirements for grades nine through 12 include 24 credits for the HIDOE diploma and 25 credits for the BOE diploma. For additional graduation information, including changes for the class of 2016, visit your child’s high school counselor or www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirements.

SUBJECT................ HIDOE............ BOE

.......................... DIPLOMA .. DIPLOMA

English(1)................................... 4 credits................... 4 credits

Social Studies(2)....................... 4 credits................... 4 credits

Mathematics(3).......................... 3 credits .................. 4 credits

Science (4).................................. 3 credits................... 3 credits

P.E.(5).......................................... 1 credit....................... 1 credit

Health......................................... 1/2 credit............... 1/2 credit

Personal Transition Plan....... 1/2 credit............... 1/2 credit

Two credits in one of the following:

World Language (same language)(6)

Fine Arts

Career/Tech Education........... 2 credits................... 2 credits

Electives .................................... 6 credits................... 5 credits

Senior Project.......................... not required.............. 1 credit

TOTAL.......................... 24 credits...... 25 credits


  • English includes Language Arts 1 (one credit) and Language Arts 2 (one credit).

  • Social studies includes Modern History of Hawaii (*) (1/2 credit) and Participation in a Democracy (1/2 credit).
  • Algebra I, geometry and algebra II or the equivalent.
  • To include two credits in biology, chemistry and/or physics.

  • P.E. includes a required 1/2 credit course, P.E. Lifetime Fitness, and a second 1/2 credit P.E. basic elective.

  • Credits earned must be in the same language, e.g., two credits in French.
  • (*)
    Students who have taken/passed a state history from another state will be given credit for course.

    HIDOE Certificate of Completion: The HIDOE Certificate of Completion of an Individually Prescribed Program (IPP) shall be issued to a student with a disability who completes all the requirements set by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    HIDOE school calendar: Public school starts early in Hawaii, usually the last week of July or the first week of August and all public schools, except charter and multi-track schools, follow a single school calendar that is 180 instructional days. By law, the schools provide a minimum of 915 instructional hours for elementary students and 990 instructional hours for secondary school students. See the calendar online atwww.hawaiipublicschools.org

    HIDOE transportation — routes and rates (current as of March 30, 2014):

    • Annual Round Trip: $270
    • Annual One Way: $135
    • Quarterly Round Trip: $72
    • Quarterly One Way: $36
    • Daily one-way bus coupons are sold by sheets of 10 for $12.50 per sheet and are purchased at the school.

    Payment and permission to ride the bus will only be accepted and granted after the school approves the transportation request application. Once your application is approved information regarding bus routes, numbers, bus stop locations and pick up times will be provided by the attending school.

    HIDOE transportation eligibility: Students in kindergarten through fifth grade must reside a mile or more from the school within their attendance area to qualify for regular school bus service. Students in grades six through 12 must reside 1.5 miles or more from the school within their attendance area to qualify for regular bus service. Students who do not qualify for regular bus service may request space-available bus service provided that there are available seats on the bus and the accommodation will not result in additional cost to the state.

    Parents can apply for space-available bus service by completing the “Space Available Basis” form along with the bus pass application form located in the School Bus Handbook. Completed forms are submitted to the attending school office.

    HIDOE transportation fee waivers

    Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may receive a free bus pass:

    • Student is a foster child.
    • Student qualifies for the free lunch (not reduced) program.
    • Student is homeless (McKinney-Vento eligible).
    • Student’s Special Education plan (IEP) includes regular transportation as a related service.
    • Student is directed by the district to attend a school outside of the designated attendance area.
    • Student has three or more older siblings who are fare-paying bus riders.

    Transportation Handbook and applications online:www.iportal.k12.hi.us/SBT/home.aspx.

    Hawaii city bus: The city-operated carrier, called TheBus, is available to students (up to age 19 with a valid high school ID) for $1.25 one way fare. Monthly passes are $30 and annual passes are $330. Visit www.thebus.org/Fare/youthFare.aspfor more information. These rates are current as of Sept. 22, 2014.

    Determining public school of attendance: Once you have a temporary or permanent housing address, you can determine which school your child(ren) will attend. Parents are encouraged to contact their branch school liaison for assistance and information as well as visit the HIDOE School Finder website: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder.

    HIDOE geographic exception: If you would like to attend a school outside of your local school boundary area, you may apply for a geographic exception (GE). For the GE policy, rules and application, visit: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/Geographic-exceptions.aspx.

    Public School And Community Programs

    GEAR UP: This P-20 program encourages juniors and seniors to enroll in early college programs which can provide up to two years of college-level coursework. Programs GEAR UP supports include:
    • Running Start program.
    • Jump Start program.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) programs.

    Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education: The Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education teams the DOE with the state’s Executive Office on Early Learning and the University of Hawaii system to strengthen the educational pipeline from early childhood through higher education, with the goal to help all students achieve college, career and community readiness. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaii's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy. For more information on Hawaii P-20, go to www.p20hawaii.org.

    Step Up! Hawaii: Step Up!, an initiative of Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education, is a statewide campaign that promotes college and career readiness for Hawaii’s high school students.

    Parent Community
    Networking Centers (PCNC)

    Department of Education Family Support Services Parent-Community Networking Centers serve to create supportive partnerships among the home, the school and the community for the purposes of supporting student success and building a sense of family and community. The PCNC are school-based centers for families, volunteers and community to identify their strengths, collaborate, make decisions and create partnerships as a part of the comprehensive student support system. The parent involvement program and goals of the PCNC are embedded in the school’s standards implementation design action plans, and serve through a network of relationships among partners, to ultimately support parents and their children’s success in school. Contact your school for more information.

    HIDOE Learning Centers: Since the spring of 1987, Hawaii Learning Centers offer Hawaii high school students with special interests and talents choices in creative and innovation educational opportunities. For more information, go to www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/LearningCenters.

    HIDOE electronic schools (e-school): The department provides standards-based, online classes for students enrolled at any Hawaii public school (including charter schools) in addition to their regular classes. E-School students are guided through their courses by state-certified teachers. Courses offered include math, English language arts, social studies, career and technical education, fine arts and health. To take an E-School course during the regular school year, students must meet with their School Site Facilitator.

    Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF): Established in 1999 by Senator Inouye, the JVEF is a cooperative venture between the military community and the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) to improve educational opportunities for military dependents in public school system. JVEF is composed of public school educators and leaders from military commands, government, community and business. The organization is co-chaired by the HQ USPACOM J1 director and the state superintendent of education. The board is composed of 26 standing members representing the military components/bases, Coast Guard, Hawaii Army and Air National Guard, HIDOE Complex Area Superintendents, state legislators, chambers of commerce, Hawaii, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii for Excellence in Education, principals of military-impacted schools, and a military parent. For more information contact USPACOM Quality of Life and Education Branch at 808-477-9422.

    HE’E Hui for Excellence in Education: HE’E is a statewide coalition of stakeholders committed to working collaboratively to identify opportunities to improve public education in Hawaii. HE’E seeks to be the focal point for community and parent engagement while serving as a public resource for educational policy. For more information, go to www.heecoalition.org.

    Student Online Achievement Resources (SOAR): Parents with students in public schools in Hawaii can access a new, free Internet-based program that focuses on math, reading and language arts. SOAR is designed for military families and is easily accessible worldwide. After students take an assessment aligned to state standards the site directs them to individualized tutorials and videos to improve skills. For more information, visit www.educationinhawaii.com/2.htmlor email SOAR@EducationInHawaii.com.

    Tutor.com: Master-degree-certified tutors are online 24/7. Eligible active-duty military families in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy can take advantage of this military family program to get help with more than 16 subjects. Visit www.tutor.com/militaryfor more information.

    Other informational education links

    • The Accountability Research Center Hawaii (statistics and HIDOE reports by year and complex area):


    • Hawaii State Legislature:


    Federal Survey Cards and Impact Aid: Since 1950, the federal government has been paying a portion of the cost of educating each child who lives on federal property or whose parent/legal guardian is employed on federal property. These funds, authorized under the Public Law 103-382, provide only a partial reimbursement to the State of Hawaii and other school districts affected by federal activity for local tax losses resulting from tax-free federal installations. The amount received is solely based on the number of federally connected students who return their survey cards which are given out annually in September. All branches of the service strongly encourage military members to complete these cards; Impact Aid funds provide critical support for schools and children.

    Charter Schools

    Hawaii charter schools are state-funded public schools operating independently from the Hawaii Department of Education under contract with the State Public School Charter Commission. Charter schools are governed by their respective governing boards; the volunteer board is responsible to govern and facilitate the academic program and financial oversight of the school. Twelve of Hawaii’s 33 charter schools are located on Oahu. To learn more about charter schools and enrollment requirements, visit www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov.

    Home Schooling in Hawaii

    Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) regulations include compulsory attendance exceptions recognizing home schooling as a viable alternative for child education. Military parents and guardians are encouraged to become familiar with the BOE’s requirements for home schooling in Hawaii. The regulations are found in the Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 12, and sections 13 through 22. For more information, go to www.hawaiiboe.net/AdminRules/Pages/AdminRule12.aspx.

    The Department of Education requires parents/guardians to officially inform the HIDOE with a notice of intent using a DOE Form 4140 or a letter of intent containing the following information: Child(ren) name(s) and birthdate(s), residential address, point of contact phone number, grade level last completed and parental signature. This notice of intent acknowledges, as a matter of record, the parent’s intent to home school and allows the HIDOE to assist parents in their educational efforts. It is recommended parents send the letter certified/return receipt as the letter serves as proof that home schooling is the educational choice of the parent.

    HIDOE home school support: Home-schooled children may participate in the HIDOE statewide testing program at the local public school in their residential area or parents may arrange for private testing at their own expense. For students with special education needs, special education services are made available to any student age 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination. Eligibility is determined by an evaluation to determine the nature and extent of the student’s needs. Students eligible for special education may receive some or all of those services listed in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) at the school.

    Home schooling and high school credits: A student can earn a high school diploma by achieving a satisfactory GED test score, which is administered by community schools. The diploma reflects high school equivalency through adult education. Call the high school in your residential area, or your branch school liaison, for complete details on home-schooling and high school questions.

    Home schooling notes: Parents are required to submit Hawaii Form 4140 or a letter of intent to their residential school but do not need to enroll their student in school if home schooling, nor are they required to fill out Impact Aid cards as they do not apply to home-schooled children. Home-schooled students do not need to provide a birth certificate, proof of residency, TB clearance or Form 14 physical examination forms.

    Families are required to notify the principal if home schooling is terminated or if another educational program is initiated. For more information, contact the school that serves your residential area.

    Private Schools in Hawaii

    Hawaii has more than 150 private schools with more than 100 on Oahu. These schools are independently operated and each school has its own entrance requirements and many welcome transitioning military families’ mid-year. Tuition at these institutes has a broad range; parents are encouraged to contract schools directly for enrollment requirements and fees.

    For more information on private schools, visit:

    • Hawaii Association of Independent Schools:www.hais.org.
    • Hawaii Catholic Schools:


    • Hawaii Lutheran Schools:


    • K12 Academics:


    • Private School Review:


    Higher Education in Hawaii

    Education opportunities are abundant both on and off base. A trip to your installation education office will avail numerous options. Some of the schools offering programs include the following:

    University of Hawaii System: UH was established in 1907 and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The University of Hawaii is the state’s sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training and research centers across the state. UH enrolls nearly 60,000 students from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and around the world. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu.

    The 10 UH Campuses

  • UH Manoa: The largest and oldest UH campus is located in a residential valley above Waikiki. Manoa offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees; a strong, vital research program; and nationally ranked NCAA Division I athletics.
  • UH Hilo: The Big Island of Hawaii is a natural living laboratory of active volcanoes, deep oceans, the world’s best telescopes and a rich cultural landscape. UH Hilo bachelor’s and master’s degree programs take advantage of it all.
  • UH West Oahu: With the lowest university tuition in Hawaii, this four-year institution offers high-quality education, personalized attention, and classes during the day, evening, weekends and online.
  • UH Maui College: A tri-island college, Maui provides comprehensive opportunities, special programs and two bachelor’s degrees on Maui. It operates the UH Center on Maui, education centers in Hana and on Lanai and Molokai, and a pioneering television network that reaches rural areas.
  • Hawaii Community College: Located in Hilo and administering Kona’s UH Center at West Hawaii, this Hawaii Island community college offers more than 30 associate degree, certificate and non-credit programs ranging from health services and hotel operations to business and trades.
  • Honolulu Community College: Located near downtown Honolulu with additional facilities for aeronautic, marine, automotive and heavy equipment programs, this innovative community college offers a strong liberal arts curriculum in addition to a wide range of vocational and technological programs.
  • Kapiolani Community College: On the slopes of Diamond Head, just minutes from Waikiki, UH’s largest community college started the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, promotes an international focus and provides programs in business, hospitality, health, legal education, and arts and sciences.
  • Kauai Community College: A primary resource center and gathering place for the island’s residents and visitors, this community college in Lihue offers business, hospitality, health, early childhood education and liberal arts courses, and administers the UH Center on Kauai.
  • Leeward Community College: This community college overlooking Pearl Harbor provides comprehensive opportunities from professional studies to liberal arts. Community outreach includes cultural activities on the main campus and an education center serving Waianae.
  • Windward Community College: At the base of Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountains in Kaneohe, this supportive community college specializes in creative arts, environmental sciences and Hawaiian studies. It is home to the Office of University Partners, offering bachelor’s degree programs with classes on the Windward campus through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions.
  • The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa: The Shidler College of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa: This professional college offers over 20 business degree programs designed for full-time and part-time students. Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. This college also offers a Full-time MBA (with options in country-specific MBAs), Part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Distance Learning Executive MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Accounting, and dual master's degrees in Law, Nursing, and Civil Engineering. In addition, the college offers a PhD in International Management. Renowned for its expertise in international management education, this college is consistently ranked among the best international business programs in the nation by U.S. News and is accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit www.shidler.hawaii.edu.

    Hawaii Pacific University: HPU is the largest private university in the State of Hawaii, with campuses in downtown Honolulu and Kaneohe and Education Centers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center, Sand Island Coast Guard Station, MCBH Kaneohe Bay and MCBH Camp Smith. HPU also has online programs and flexible course schedules to improve access to educational programs for military service members, their families, veterans and U.S. government civilian personnel. HPU is a participant in the Post 9/11 GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information, go to www.hpu.edu/military.

    Wayland Baptist University: Offers both bachelor’s degrees and vocational education programs.

    Central Michigan University: Master’s of science in administration is offered.

    University of Oklahoma: Offers fully accredited, in-residence master’s degree programs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    Chaminade University of Honolulu: Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

    For more specific information, call your Installation Education Office or the base information line at 808-449-7110.

    Installation Education Offices

    Air Force — JBPHH................... 808-449-6368

    Army — Schofield Barracks....... 808-687-7093

    Marine Corps — Kaneohe MCBH 808-257-2158

    Camp Smith -

    Call MCBH Office................ 808-257-2158

    Navy — JBPHH......................... 808-473-5705

    Hawaii State Department of Education JROTC Program Information

    Air Force

    Aiea High School (Oahu)........... 808-483-7324

    Kailua High School (Oahu)........ 808-266-7917

    Kaiser High School (Oahu)......... 808-394-1228

    Moanalua High School (Oahu)... 808-831-7904


    Baldwin High School (Maui)...... 808-680-1370

    Farrington High School (Oahu).. 808-832-3585

    Hilo High School (Hawaii)

    808-974-4021, ext. 2263

    Kahuku High School (Oahu)...... 808-293-8910

    Kaimuki High School (Oahu)..... 808-733-4912

    Kapaa High School (Kauai)........ 808-821-4401

    Kealakehe High School (Hawaii) 808-327-4300

    Konawaena High School (Hawaii) 808-325-4525

    Leilehua High School (Oahu)..... 808-622-6565

    McKinley High School (Oahu)... 808-594-0474

    Mililani High School (Oahu)...... 808-627-4171

    Nanakuli High School (Oahu).... 808-668-5848

    Punahou School (Oahu)............. 808-944-5864

    Roosevelt High School (Oahu)... 808-587-4600

    Saint Louis School (Oahu).......... 808-739-4803

    Waianae High School (Oahu)..... 808-697-7012

    Waimea High School (Kauai)..... 808-338-6810

    Waipahu High School (Oahu)..... 808-677-6640

    Marine Corps

    Kapolei High School (Oahu)...... 808-692-8200


    Campbell High School (Oahu).... 808-680-1370

    Kalaheo High School (Oahu)...... 808-254-7918

    Radford High School (Oahu)...... 808-421-4214

    Waiakea High School (Hawaii)... 808-974-4849