HAWAII EDUCATION RANKING: EDUCATION OPTIONS NEAR USCG BASE HONOLULU
By Rachel Childs
Aloha!Researching child care, schools, and educational opportunities at your new duty station can feel overwhelming. Don't worry; we're here to help! If you're wondering about the Hawaii education ranking, what you'll need to register your child in Hawaiian public schools, or what type of schools Hawaii has to offer, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more about schools near USCG Base Honolulu.
Suggested read:USCG Base Honolulu: In-Depth Welcome Center
Hawaii Education RankingNow that you've gotten orders to USCG Base Honolulu, you may be wondering about Hawaii education ranking. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a congressionally mandated large-scale assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. 2019 NAEP assessments for Hawaii were available in math and reading at grades 4 and 8. According to these 2019 assessments, the average math and reading scores of fourth-grade students in Hawaii were not significantly different from the average scores of public school students in the nation. For eighth-grade students, the math and reading scores were slightly lower than the average public school student in the nation. To see more on NAEP's findings for Hawaii, visit The Nation's Report Card website. Information on performance tests and reports for individual schools in Hawaii can be found at the Hawaii State Department of Education's website.
Hawaii School EnrollmentTo enter kindergarten in Hawaii, children must be 5 years old on or before July 31 of the school year. Enrollment in Hawaiian schools requires some forms and clearances you may not have dealt with in the past. It's important to know what Hawaiian schools require so your student can enroll without difficulties. To enroll in Hawaiian schools, you'll need the following:
- A completed enrollment form.
- The student's birth certificate.
- A valid photo ID of the student's parent or guardian.
- Proof of current address (via lease agreement, mortgage document, utility bills, etc.).
- The student's previous school records.
- The student's immunizations records.
- A tuberculosis clearance from the student's health provider or a Hawaiian Department of Health clinic.
- A physical examination of the student (completed within one year).
Schools in USCG Base HonoluluThere are no schools on USCG Base Honolulu, and there are no DoDEA schools in the state of Hawaii. The U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu's website has information on nearby public schools on the island of Oahu, homeschooling in Hawaii, Hawaii private schools, boarding schools in Hawaii, school bus transportation in Hawaii, and more. To access this information, click on the "Relocation Guide" link on the base's website. Another great resource for military families is school liaison officers. Get in touch with the school liaison officer before your move to learn more about the schools your child may attend in Hawaii. Visit the Hawaii State Department of Education's website for USCG Base Honolulu's school liaison contact information.
Schools Near USCG Base Honolulu
Public Schools on OahuThere are four public school districts on the island of Oahu: Honolulu, Central, Windward, and Leeward. Typically, the district your child will attend depends on where you reside. USCG Honolulu has very little government housing available for Coast Guard members. However, Public Private Venture "military housing" is available through Army, Navy, and Air Force PPV housing agencies. Members can also choose to rent or purchase housing based on the local economy. For more information on housing for USCG Base Honolulu members, visit the base's website and click on the "Housing FAQ" link. Once you have determined where you will live, you can see what school district and schools serve that address with the Hawaii State Department of Education's school finder website. This website has a tool that allows you to see what schools are found near your desired neighborhood or to search for certain school types by island or area (for example: public high schools on Oahu).
What if I Want My Child To Attend a School Outside of Our District?Students may also request a geographic exception if they wish to attend a school outside of their zoned district. Typically, geographic exceptions are due between Jan. 1 and March 1 to request an exception for the following school year. However, because military families typically move during the summer months, schools are allowed to be flexible with military family geographic exception requests. For more information on geographic exceptions, visit the Hawaii State Department of Education website.
Charter Schools on OahuCharter schools in Hawaii are tuition-free public schools of choice that are open to all. Charter schools in Hawaii serve students in pre-K through 12th grade. Hawaii has 37 charter schools that serve more than 11,000 students. If you're interested in charter schools on Oahu, check out the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission's website. This website has a listing of charter schools in Hawaii that details what grades the school serves, as well as the school's mission and specialties.
Private Schools on OahuIf you're interested in private or boarding schools in Hawaii, check out the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool. You can search by location, religious affiliation, school type, and more. You can also find out more about private schools in Hawaii at the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools website. HAIS "advocates on behalf of independent education in Hawaii, provides services that strengthen individual schools, and engages them to achieve educational quality and excellence for all students." The HAIS website has a private school informational guide to help parents understand admission processes, a listing of private schools, information on financial aid, and much more. A directory of private schools is also available on the USCG Base Honolulu's website via the "Relocation Guide" link.
Child Care Services at USCG Base HonoluluUSCG Base Honolulu does not have its own child development center. However, military personnel may be able to utilize the child care and youth facilities found at the other military bases on Oahu, depending on availability. To find out more about these facilities, check out MilitaryChildCare.com. This DOD website can help you find a military-operated or military-approved child care program on Oahu.
Need More Help?Looking for even more information on Hawaii education ranking? The Hawaii State Department of Education website has a page just for military families. Check it out for information on enrollment, transition assistance, and more.
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