Top 10 Best Hilo Public Elementary Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 12 public elementary schools serving 5,145 students in Hilo, HI.
The top ranked public elementary schools in Hilo, HI are Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School, Waiakea Elementary School and Kaumana Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Hilo, HI public elementary schools have an average math proficiency score of 25% (versus the Hawaii public elementary school average of 32%), and reading proficiency score of 42% (versus the 47% statewide average). Elementary schools in Hilo have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of Hawaii public elementary schools.
Minority enrollment is 93% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Hawaii public elementary school average of 88% (majority Asian).

Best Hilo, HI Public Elementary 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.
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: #33.
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: #44.
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: #55.
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: #6 - 76. - 7.
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: #6 - 76. - 7.
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: #88.
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
Rank: #99.
Keaukaha Elementary School
(Math: 19% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
240 Desha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4181
Grades: PK-6
| 385 students
Rank: #1010.
Kua O Ka La - Ncpcs
Charter School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
345 Makalika
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 981-5866
Grades: PK-8
| 148 students
Rank: #1111.
Connections - New Century Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 6-9% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
174 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-3664
Grades: K-12
| 366 students
Rank: #1212.
Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School
(Math: 6-9% | Reading: 20-24%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
966 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4160
Grades: PK-6
| 397 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public elementary schools in Hilo, HI?
The top ranked public elementary schools in Hilo, HI include Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School, Waiakea Elementary School and Kaumana Elementary School.
How many public elementary schools are located in Hilo, HI?
12 public elementary schools are located in Hilo, HI.
What is the racial composition of students in Hilo, HI?
Hilo, HI public elementary schools minority enrollment is 93% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Hawaii public elementary schools average of 88% (majority Asian).

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