180 W Puainako St
Hilo, HI 96720
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
7/
10
Top 50%
Waiakea Elementary School serves 873 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
Waiakea Elementary School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Hawaii for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 51% (which is higher than the Hawaii state average of 42%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 52% (which is lower than the Hawaii state average of 54%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the Hawaii state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Hawaii state average of 88% (majority Asian).

Top Rankings

Waiakea Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Hawaii for:

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School Overview

Waiakea Elementary School's student population of 873 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 58 teachers has grown by 5% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students
873 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
58 teachers
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Students by Grade
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School Rankings

Waiakea Elementary School is ranked within the top 50% of all 289 schools in Hawaii (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Waiakea Elementary School is 0.77, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.79. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
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State Level (HI)
Overall Testing Rank
#109 out of 289 schools
(Top 50%)
This chart display the overall school rank of Waiakea Elementary School, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
51%
42%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
52%
54%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Hawaii by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
15:1
This chart display the student teacher ratio of Waiakea Elementary School and the public school average student teacher ratio of Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
American Indian
n/a
n/a
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Asian
18%
29%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of Asian public school students in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Hispanic
25%
14%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Black
n/a
2%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of Black public school students in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
White
4%
12%
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Hawaiian
30%
29%
This chart display the percentage of Hawaiian students in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of Hawaiian public school students in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Two or more races
23%
14%
This chart display the percentage of students of two or more races in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of public school students of two or more races in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
All Ethnic Groups
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Waiakea Elementary School.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in HI.
Diversity Score
0.77
This chart display the diversity score of Waiakea Elementary School and the public school average diversity score of Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
53%
38%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
9%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Waiakea Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Hawaii by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, HI Dept. of Education

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Need to praise students more; positive reinforcements to keep them interested in classroom activities. Come up with ways to stimulate the students to look forward to coming to school and get recognized for every effort they make no matter how big or small.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 873 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 96%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50% in HI
  • Math Proficiency
    : 51% (Top 30%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 52% (Top 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.77 (Top 20%)

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