Top 10 Best Hawaii County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 55 public schools serving 27,484 students in Hawaii County, HI (there are 18 private schools, serving 4,077 private students). 87% of all K-12 students in Hawaii County, HI are educated in public schools (compared to the HI state average of 81%).
The top ranked public schools in Hawaii County, HI are Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School, Innovations - Pcs and Waiakea High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Hawaii County, HI public schools have an average math proficiency score of 20% (versus the Hawaii public school average of 32%), and reading proficiency score of 39% (versus the 50% statewide average). Schools in Hawaii County have an average ranking of 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Hawaii public schools.
Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Hawaii public school average of 89% (majority Asian).

Best Hawaii County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School
Math: 60% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
278 Ainako Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4855
Grades: PK-6
| 464 students
Rank: #22.
Innovations - Pcs
Charter School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
75-5815 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 331-3130
Grades: K-8
| 241 students
Rank: #33.
Waiakea High School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
155 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4888
Grades: 9-12
| 1,266 students
Rank: #44.
Ke Ana Laahana - Pcs
Charter School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
160 Baker Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-6228
Grades: 7-12
| 41 students
Rank: #55.
Konawaena High School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
81-1043 Konawaena School Rd
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 323-4500
Grades: 9-12
| 923 students
Rank: #66.
Hilo High School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 70-79%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
556 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4021
Grades: 9-12
| 1,322 students
Rank: #7 - 87. - 8.
Kealakehe High School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
74-5000 Puohulihuli St
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 327-4300
Grades: 9-12
| 1,357 students
Rank: #7 - 87. - 8.
West Hawaii Explorations Academy
Charter School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
73-4500 Kahilihili St
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 327-4751
Grades: 6-12
| 276 students
Rank: #99.
Hilo Intermediate School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
587 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4955
Grades: 7-8
| 523 students
Rank: #1010.
Kona Pacific - Pcs
Charter School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
79-7595 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 322-4900
Grades: K-8
| 210 students
Rank: #1111.
Kanu O Ka Aina - New Century Pcs
Charter School
Math: 28% | Reading: 56%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
64-1043 Hiiaka St
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 887-8144
Grades: K-12
| 519 students
Rank: #1212.
Waiakea Elementary School
Math: 31% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
180 W Puainako St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 981-7215
Grades: PK-5
| 813 students
Rank: #1313.
Kohala High School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 50-59%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy
Kapaau, HI 96755
(808) 889-7117
Grades: 9-12
| 274 students
Rank: #1414.
Kaumana Elementary School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1710 Kaumana Dr
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4190
Grades: PK-6
| 242 students
Rank: #1515.
Waiakeawaena Elementary School
Math: 26% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2420 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 981-7200
Grades: PK-5
| 696 students
Rank: #1616.
Waiakea Intermediate School
Math: 24% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
200 W Puainako St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 981-7231
Grades: 6-8
| 799 students
Rank: #1717.
Honokaa High & Intermediate School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
45-527 Pakalana St
Honokaa, HI 96727
(808) 775-8800
Grades: 7-12
| 629 students
Rank: #1818.
Kohala Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
54-3609 Akoni Pule Hwy
Kapaau, HI 96755
(808) 889-7100
Grades: PK-5
| 346 students
Rank: #1919.
Konawaena Elementary School
Math: 26% | Reading: 38%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
81-901 Onouli Rd
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 323-4555
Grades: PK-5
| 544 students
Rank: #2020.
Keaau High School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
16-725 Keaau-pahoa Rd
Keaau, HI 96749
(808) 982-4220
Grades: 9-12
| 1,093 students
Rank: #2121.
Honokaa Elementary School
Math: 24% | Reading: 39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
45-534 Pakalana St
Honokaa, HI 96727
(808) 775-8820
Grades: PK-6
| 397 students
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Hawaii Of Arts & Science Pcs
Charter School
Math: 21% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
15-1397 Post Office Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778
(808) 965-3730
Grades: K-12
| 706 students
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Konawaena Middle School
Math: 19% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
81-1045 Konawaena School Rd
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 323-4566
Grades: 6-8
| 610 students
Rank: #2424.
Waikoloa Elementary And Middle School
Math: 23% | Reading: 39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
68-1730 Hooko St
Waikoloa, HI 96738
(808) 883-6808
Grades: PK-8
| 751 students
Rank: #2525.
Volcano School Of Arts & Sciences - A Community Pcs
Charter School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
99-128 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785
(808) 985-9800
Grades: PK-10
| 266 students
Rank: #26 - 2726. - 27.
Hookena Elementary School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 30-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
86-4355 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, HI 96704
(808) 328-2710
Grades: PK-5
| 123 students
Rank: #26 - 2726. - 27.
Waimea Middle - Pccs
Charter School
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 30-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
67-1229 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 887-6090
Grades: 6-8
| 211 students
Rank: #28 - 2928. - 29.
Laupahoehoe Community - Pcs
Charter School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
35-2065 Mamalahoa Hwy
Laupahoehoe, HI 96764
(808) 962-2200
Grades: PK-12
| 336 students
Rank: #28 - 2928. - 29.
Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
15-3038 Puna Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778
(808) 965-2150
Grades: 7-12
| 713 students
Rank: #3030.
Kahakai Elementary School
Math: 22% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
76-147 Royal Poinciana Dr
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 327-4313
Grades: PK-5
| 660 students
Rank: #3131.
Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
43-1497 Hauola Rd
Paauilo, HI 96776
(808) 776-7710
Grades: PK-9
| 202 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
Haaheo Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
121 Haaheo Rd
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4111
Grades: PK-6
| 179 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
Hilo Union Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
506 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 933-0900
Grades: PK-6
| 416 students
Rank: #32 - 3432. - 34.
Holualoa Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
76-5957 Mamalahoa Hwy
Holualoa, HI 96725
(808) 322-4800
Grades: PK-5
| 444 students
Rank: #3535.
Ka Umeke Kaeo - Pcs
Charter School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1500 Kalanianaole Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-0470
Grades: PK-12
| 240 students
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Hawaii County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
94-1581 Kaulua Circle
Naalehu, HI 96772
(808) 498-0761
Grades: 3-7
| 79 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Hawaii County, HI?
The top ranked public schools in Hawaii County, HI include Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School, Innovations - Pcs and Waiakea High School.
How many public schools are located in Hawaii County, HI?
55 public schools are located in Hawaii County, HI.
What percentage of students in Hawaii County, HI go to public school?
87% of all K-12 students in Hawaii County, HI are educated in public schools (compared to the HI state average of 81%).
What is the racial composition of students in Hawaii County, HI?
Hawaii County, HI public schools minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Hawaii public schools average of 89% (majority Asian).

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