HAWAII – PACOM Community
Public School And Community Programs
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. Programs GEAR UP supports include:
- Running Start program.
- Jump Start program.
- Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education: The Hawaii P-20 Partnership 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, go to www.p20hawaii.org.
Step Up! Hawaii: Step Up!, an initiative of Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education, is a statewide campaign that promotes college and career readiness for Hawaii’s high school students.
Networking Centers (PCNC)
Department of Education Family Support Services Parent-Community Networking Centers 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: Since the spring of 1987, Hawaii Learning Centers offer Hawaii high school students with special interests and talents choices in creative and innovation educational opportunities. For more information, go to www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/LearningCenters.
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 and technical education, fine arts and health. To take an E-School course during the regular school year, students must meet with their School Site Facilitator.
Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF): Established in 1999 by Senator Inouye, the JVEF is a cooperative venture between the military community and the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) to improve educational opportunities for military dependents in 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, chambers of commerce, Hawaii, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii for Excellence in Education, principals of military-impacted schools, and a military parent. For more information contact USPACOM Quality of Life and Education Branch at 808-477-9422.
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. For more information, go to 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 for more information.
Other informational education links
- The Accountability Research Center Hawaii (statistics and HIDOE reports by year and complex area):
- Hawaii State Legislature:
- Hawaii Parent Teacher Student Association: www.hawaiistateptsa.org
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.