Kea'au High School

Kea'au High School is located south of Hilo in the Puna district on the island of Hawai'i. Once a bustling plantation mill community, Kea'au still considers itself a small town. The town and outlying community support the new high school (opening its doors in the fall of 1999), a middle school and an elementary school. 80% of the students commute from an outlying area of 112 square miles to the campus.

The campus sits on 56 acres of land and comfortably accommodates all the academic and athletic activities for the 800 plus students and 100 plus staff members. The land was donated to the state from W.H. Shipman. Ltd , who operated the defunct sugar mill. The company continues to support all the schools in the complex. Campus facilities support both the core and elective courses comfortably. Buildings that house elective courses are state of the art with equipment that is equitable to private industry. Athletic facilities are host to many Big Island Interscholastic activities because of its convenient location and capacity for large crowds. Most buildings are enclosed, air conditioned and have integrated technology access.

The school follows the "Breaking Ranks" reform model and implements several recommended initiatives. This year marked the first year of grade level academies at the freshmen level. Freshmen were invited to a transition program in the summer to orient new students to the high school.

The academy promotes an interdisciplinary approach with a collaborative group of teachers meeting on a daily basis. Within two years all students will be part of an academy at grade 9 and grade 10. The school practices inclusion for the 217 IDEA students and growing ESL population.

This school year also marked the start of the Middle College, a partnership with the Hawai'i Community College. At-risk students in danger of dropping out are taught by both a high school teacher and professors at the community college for dual credits. The program is the first in the state and mirrors the "Running Start" program for college prep students.

Kea'au High is proud of the teaching staff. There are two teachers who received the distinction of being nationally certified. One of the teachers was also selected as the state's Teacher of the Year. New teachers to the school have mentors who help them weather the challenges of a high school. The teachers and counselors help to get students to meet the Average Yearly Progress as well as meet the state's goal of all students graduating without remediation. Last year sophomores met some AYP indicators to place the school in "safe harbor", and 87% of the seniors graduated with the Class of 2006.

Shrink Δ

Last update: Nov 20, 2009 by HSG Team

School Information

General Information

Address 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Road

City Keaau

Island Hawaii

Zip 96749

Grade From Gr 9

Grade To Gr 12

Contact Person Ann Paulino

Phone # 808 982-4220

Fax # 808 982-4224


Number of Teachers 83

Number of Students 971

District Name Hawaii

Complex Area Name Kau-Keaau-Pahoa

Complex Name Keaau

School Code 354

School Name Short Keaau High

Military Impacted No

Map and Directions

News and Updates

News and Updates

No articles found.



No awards found.

Video Tour



Summary of Progress

Kea'au High School Summary of Progress

Kea'au High School's Summary of Progress Report shows how teaching, learning and assessments are being based and aligned to Hawaii State Standards and Benchmarks. It summarizes progress made in accomplishing school improvement goals.

View School Year ›

Student Profile

Kea'au High School Student Profile

Kea'au High School's Student Profile describes the school's Fall Enrollment, Number and Percent of students enrolled for the entire school year, Number and Percent of students receiving free or reduced-cost lunch, Number and Percent of students in Special Education programs, Number and Percent of students with Limited English Proficiency and Percent of Kindergarteners who attended Preschool.

View School Year ›

Ethnicity Statistics

Kea'au High School Ethnicity Statistics

Kea'au High School's Ethnicity report focuses on giving the number and percent of students enrolled by race. It describes the population of the 13 common races as well as other foreign races usually enrolled in a school.

View School Year ›

Kea'au High School Ethnicity By Race

View Race ›

Enrollment Statistics

Kea'au High School Enrollment Statistics

Kea'au High School's Enrollment Statistics shows the no. of students enrolled in each year. Animated graph is used to easily determine how enrollment fluctuates every year.



Kea'au High School Facilities

Kea'au High School's facility report shows total number and shortage of classrooms if any. It also shows comprehensive condition of the facilities like building exterior, building interior, grounds, sanitation etc. through its Inspection rating.

School Facilities are considered inadequate if below 70%; marginal if between 70% and 99%; and in excess of state standard if above 100%. School population is placed into size categories and is used in formulas to determine State standards for space.

View School Year ›

Kea'au High School Facilities

Kea'au High School Inspection Rating

For each category:
1 = Unacceptable; 2 = Satisfactory; 3 = Very Good

For Total:
6-8 = Unacceptable;
9-15 = Satisfactory;
16-18 = Very Good

Kea'au High School Adequacy of School's Space Compared with State Standards

School facilities are considered inadequate if below 70%; marginal if between 70% and 99%; and in excess of state standard if above 100%. School population is placed into size categories and is used in formulas to determine State standards for space.

Attendance & Absences

Kea'au High School Attendance & Absences

Kea'au High School's Attendance & Absences shows the average daily attendance and average daily absences compared to the State Standard.

View School Year ›

Kea'au High School Retention

Kea'au High School's Retention is also included in this report where it shows the percent(%) of students retained in every school year.

View School Year ›


Kea'au High School Suspensions

Kea'au High School's Suspension report shows the number of students being suspended. Offenses are categorized into "Class" depending on the nature of violation committed. Class - D, for light violation and Class - A for grave offense.

View School Year ›

Examples of class of suspension:
Class A: Burglary, robbery, sale of dangerous drugs
Class B: Disorderly conduct, trespassing
Class C: Class cutting, insubordination, smoking
Class D: Contraband (e.g. possession of tobacco)

Certified Staff

Kea'au High School Certified Staff

Kea'au High School's Certified Staff report includes Teaching Staff, Professional Teacher Credentials, Students per Teaching Staff and Administrative and Student Services Staff. It gives details on teacher headcount, teacher in regular and special instruction, no. of teachers serving the school for more than 5 years, no. of fully licensed teachers, librarians and counsellors.

View School Year ›

Test Scores Statistics

Kea'au High School Test Scores Statistics

Kea'au High School's Test scores covers Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS) and SAT9/TerraNova. Scores are given based on the grade level and the no. of students tested in a given year.

Test Scores Summary | View School Year › | Grade Level ›

Test Scores History | View Test › | Grade Level ›



Kea'au High School Downloads


Kea'au High School Inquiry

Fill the form completely and click Submit - (*required fields)
Mr. | Ms. | Mrs.

(Country Code Area Code Phone Number    e.g.+63 2 9415781)