Hawaii – Coast Guard Community
Hawaii Schools and Educational Opportunities
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. Here are some of the programs GEAR UP supports:
• Running Start Program
• Jump Start Program
• Advanced Placement Programs
Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education: The Hawaii P-20 Partnerships 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, see www.p20hawaii.org
Step Up! Hawaii: Step Up, an initiative of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, is a statewide campaign that promotes college and career readiness for Hawaii’s high school students.
Parent Community Networking Centers
Department of Education Family Support Services Parent-Community Networking Centers (PCNC) 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: Hawaii Learning Centers were initiated in spring of 1987. They offer Hawaii high school students who have special interests and talents creative and innovative educational opportunities and choices. For more information please go to: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/LearningCenters/Pages/home.aspx.
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 & Technical Education, Fine Arts and Health.To take an E-School online course during the regular school year, students must meet with their school site facilitator.
Joint Venture Education Forum – JVEF: Established in 1999 by Sen. Daniel Inouye, the JVEF is a cooperative venture between the military community and the Hawaii Department of Education to improve educational opportunities for military dependents in the 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, Chamber of Commerce-Hawaii, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii for Excellence in Education, principals of military-impacted schools, and a military parent. For more information about JVEF, visit www.pacom.mil/organization/staff-directorates/j1/jvef/dependent-education-resources.shtml.
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. 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.html or 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/military.
Other Informational Education Links
• The ARCH site – Accountability Research Center Hawaii: Statistics and HIDOE reports by year and complex area.
• Hawaii Education Matters:
• Hawaii State Legislature:
• Hawaii Parent Teacher Student Association:
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.
Hawaii charter schools are state funded public schools operating independently from the Hawaii Department of Education. They operate under contract with the State Public School Charter Commission. Charter schools are governed by their respective governing boards; each 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 on Oahu. To learn more about charter schools and enrollment requirements, visit www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov.
Private and Religious Schools
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. Many welcome transitioning military families in mid-year. Tuition at these institutions has a broad range, and parents are encouraged to contact schools directly for enrollment requirements and fees. For information on private schools, application and admission requirements, visit the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools website at www.hais.org.
• Hawaii Catholic Schools
• Hawaii Lutheran Schools
• K12 Academics
• Private School Review
Home Schooling in Hawaii
Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) regulations include Compulsory Attendance Exceptions recognizing home schooling as a viable and legitimate alternative for child education. Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the Board of Educations’ (BOE) procedures for Homeschooling in Hawaii. For current HIDOE information please visit, http://doe.k12.hi.us/myschool/homeschool. This regulation allows parents to home-school their children by officially informing the DOE with a notice of intent using a DOE Form 4140 or a letter of intent containing the following information: Child(ren) names and birthdates, 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 Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) to assist parents in their educational efforts. It is recommended to parents to send the letter certified/return receipt as the letter serves as proof that home schooling is the educational choice of the parent.
Basic home schooling requirements include but are not limited to:
• Narrative progress report and report card
• HIDOE testing for students in grades three, five, eight and 10
Home-schooled children may participate in the HIDOE statewide testing program at the local public school or parents may arrange for private testing at their own expense.
Parents must submit Hawaii Form 4140 or a letter of intent to their residential school, yet parents do not need to enroll their student in school if home schooling, nor fill out Impact Aid cards as they do not apply to home-schooled children. Therefore, birth certificate, proof of residency, TB clearance, and Form 14 physical examination forms are not required to home school.
The home schooling parent is responsible for the child’s total education program as a home-schooled child is not eligible to enroll in selected courses, e.g., music, foreign language or sports. For information on Hawaii curriculum content and performance standards visit, http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/Pages/home.aspx.
Home Schooling and High School:
A student who wants a high school diploma can obtain one by achieving a satisfactory GED test score, which is administered by various community schools. The diploma reflects high school equivalency through adult education. Please call the high school in your residential area, or your branch school liaison, for complete details on home schooling and high school questions.
Families are required to notify the principal if the home schooling program is terminated or if another educational program is initiated. For more information, contact the principal of the schools that serves your residential area.
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Registration Requirements in Hawaii
Complete information can be found on the Hawaii DOE Web page: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/Pages/home.aspx
To enroll parents 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
• Tuberculosis Clearance: This examination must include a negative Tuberculin Skin Test with the result indicating the millimeter reading (which must be performed by a licensed U.S. Physician) and must have been obtained within one year of school entry date.
• Immunizations: All immunizations must meet the minimum age and interval dose.
–For a complete list visit: www.hawaii.gov/health/STAGING/health/Immunization/SHR.html
• 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: You will need a rental agreement/military housing documentation/mortgage or a copy of a utility bill (water, electric, gas or telephone). Documents must have parent/guardian(s) name.
• Legal documents: Power of attorney and/or court documents if not living with parents.
• Other: Inhaler and EpiPen Consent form — contact your local school health aide for complete requirements.
All public schools, except charter and multi-track schools, follow a single school calendar. School starts early in Hawaii, usually the last week of July or the first week of August. The calendar for school year is included in this section. If it is not due to publication timelines, please visit the HIDOE Web page at: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/Pages/home.aspx.
Public School bus service in Hawaii requires payment. Students eligible for transportation may elect to use the bus for transportation. Pursuant to Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) 8-27-5, students in grades K-5 must reside outside a one mile radius to the school of attendance and grades 6-12 must reside outside a
1.5 mile radius, to qualify for regular (for fee) bus service. Students who do not qualify for regular bus service may receive “space available” bus service provided that there are unused seats on the bus and that accommodation will not result in additional cost to the state. For details on SPACE AVAILABLE service contact your residential school. For complete information and requirements: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/Transportation/Pages/Home.aspx
The city-operated carrier, called “TheBus,” is available to students (up to age 19 with a valid high school ID) for $1 a ride. Monthly passes are $30 and Annual passes $330. Visit www.thebus.org/Fare/youthFare.asp for more information.
If you wish to attend a school outside of your local school boundary area, you may apply for a Geographic Exception (GE). Contact your branch school liaison for detailed information or the Hawaii Department of Education information is available at www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/Geographic-exceptions.aspx.
Higher Education in Hawaii
Educational opportunities are abundant both on and off base. A trip to your installation education office will bring up 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
1. UH Manoa: UH Mnnoa: Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Manoa’s unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning — truly like no place else on earth.
UH Manoa offers 93 bachelor’s programs, 84 master’s programs, 51 research doctoral programs, and 5 professional doctoral programs. In addition, UH Manoa offers 27 undergraduate certificates, 64 post-bach certificates, and 29 graduate certificates. It is one of only 32 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution.
For more information, visit: www.manoa.hawaii.edu.
• The Shidler College of Business at the 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 and Management Information Systems. This college also offers a part-time MBA, full-time MBA (with options in country-specific MBAs), Master of Accounting, Master of Human Resource Management and various dual master’s degrees in nursing, financial engineering and civil engineering. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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. In fall 2012, a new UH West Oahu campus opened.
4. 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.
5. Hawaii Community College: Situated 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.
6. Honolulu Community College: 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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. More information at www.hpu.edu/military.
American Military University: Part of the American Public University System, is the leading provider of education to all branches of America’s armed forces, serving approximately 65,000 military students worldwide. AMU’s relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility, supported by more than 300 veteran staff and faculty members, enable those who serve to pursue more than 90 online degree programs in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit www.amu.apus.edu.
Wayland Baptist University: Offers both bachelor’s degrees and vocational education programs.
Central Michigan University: Master 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 and bachelor’s degrees.
For more specific information, contact your Installation Education office: Use the following Installation Education Office phone numbers or contact the base information line at 449-7110.
• 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
Med-Assist School of Hawaii: MASH, in downtown Honolulu at the corner of Bethel and King streets, offers a nine-month diploma program in medical assisting and a 12-week certificate program in professional medical coding. Founded 40 years ago Med-Assist is the oldest vocational institution of its kind in Hawaii. It is accredited by the accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Med-Assist’s medical assisting program offers lab courses in hematology and urology. With more than 300 hours of hands-on experience Med-Assist’s graduates have found employment as medical assistants, as well as medical lab technicians, phlebotomists, office administrators, medical reimbursement specialists, surgical technicians, respiratory technicians and more. Med-Assist “Ohana” embodies the true “Aloha Spirit” of Hawaii — nationally and internationally.
Hawaii State Department of Education JROTC Program Information
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
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
Nanakuli High School (Oahu).. (808) 668-5848
McKinley High School (Oahu). (808) 594-0474
Mililani High School (Oahu)…. (808) 627-4171
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
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
Home Schooling in Hawaii
Hawaii Board of Education 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 Board of Education’s home-school requirements for home-schooling in Hawaii. The regulations are found in the Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 12, sections 13-22. www.hawaiiboe.net/AdminRules/Pages/AdminRule12.aspx
The Hawaii 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) names and birthdates, residential address, point of contact phone number, grade level last completed, and parent signature. This notice of intent acknowledges, as a matter of record, the parent’s intent to home-school and allows the Hawaii Department of Education to assist parents in their educational efforts. It is recommended that 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 ages 3 to 22 who demonstrate 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 who wants a high school diploma can obtain one by achieving a satisfactory GED test score, which is administered by various community schools. The diploma reflects high school equivalency through adult education. Please 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 DOE Form 4140 or a letter of intent to their residential school, although parents do not need to enroll their student in school if home-schooling, nor are they required to fill out Impact Aid cards which do not apply to home-schooled children. Home-schooled students also do not need to provide birth certificate, proof of residency, TB clearance, or Form 14 physical examination forms.
Families are required to notify the principal if the home-schooling program is terminated or if another educational program is initiated. For more information contact the school(s) that serves your residential area.