Every year HONOLULU Magazine looks at official state Department of Education data to rank our Island schools on parent, teacher and student satisfaction, as well as academic performance. This year, we also take a look at something that worries every parent: school safety. Here’s how Hawaii’s schools stack up.
Victoria wiseman • photography by adam jung • photo illustration by erik ries
It’s been 20 years since a class-action lawsuit forced the state to dramatically overhaul the way it provided special-education services to the students who needed them. Two decades after the Felix consent decree, here is what special education looks like in Hawai‘i’s schools today.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. Moanalua High School. Both of these public schools have big reputations, good and bad. We spent time on each campus to find out what they’re really like. It may surprise you.
Some of the first graduates of the Hawaiian immersion schools have been out on their own in the adult world for a few years now. We caught up with four of them for their reflections on the schools, the language and their futures.