Kea'au Middle School

Kea'au Middle School was originally founded as Ola'a School one hundred years ago, when Hawaii was a territory of the United States. Beginning as an elementary school in 1939 it became a K-9 school and was then known as Kea'au Elementary and Intermediate School. In the 1980's the 9th grade was transferred to high school and in 1997 the elementary and middle schools became two separate entities. In 1998-1999 the elementary school began occupancy of its new campus and fully completed the transfer at the end of 1999. Since 1998, the middle school has been recognized as Kea'au Middle School, includes sixth, seventh and eighth grades and occupies the site of the original campus.

Kea'au Middle School is located in the rural Puna District on the island of Hawaii, approximately nine miles from Hilo and services just over 600 students. A large majority of the students rely on subsidized bus service and are bused to school from as far as 22 miles away. The school draws from a geographical area of 111.1 square miles that includes several large subdivisions, substandard roads, sparse electric capacities, and limited access to county water.

Many changes within the community have impacted the school. Kea'au went from a small, quiet rural village to a large and sprawling transient town, necessitating a new high school and a new elementary school within the last five years. The primary industry in the Kea'au area is agriculture. Since the demise of sugar plantations, the agricultural community has been in transition developing flower nurseries, fruit, vegetable and ginger root farming. The school's 76% participation rate in the free and reduced lunch program reflects the continued economic hardships experienced in the community.

During SY 2005-2006, Kea'au Middle School adopted America's Choice School Design to increase student achievement. As a result, "Reading Rampage", a reading campaign that encourages students to read at least twenty-five books throughout the year, and the Book of the Month program were two initiatives that have been implemented school-wide. The Home/School notebook has also been established to facilitate communication between parents, students and teachers.

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Last update: Nov 20, 2009 by HSG Team

School Information

General Information

Address 16-565 Keaau-Pahoa Road

City Keaau

Island Hawaii

Zip 96749

Grade From Gr 6

Grade To Gr 8

Contact Person Ken Watanabe (TA)

Phone # 808 982-4200

Fax # 808 982-4219


Number of Teachers 54

Number of Students 593

District Name Hawaii

Complex Area Name Kau-Keaau-Pahoa

Complex Name Keaau

School Code 370

School Name Short Keaau Middle

Military Impacted No

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Summary of Progress

Kea'au Middle School Summary of Progress

Kea'au Middle 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.

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Student Profile

Kea'au Middle School Student Profile

Kea'au Middle 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.

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Ethnicity Statistics

Kea'au Middle School Ethnicity Statistics

Kea'au Middle 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.

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Kea'au Middle School Ethnicity By Race

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Enrollment Statistics

Kea'au Middle School Enrollment Statistics

Kea'au Middle 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 Middle School Facilities

Kea'au Middle 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.

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Kea'au Middle School Facilities

Kea'au Middle 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 Middle 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 Middle School Attendance & Absences

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

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Kea'au Middle School Retention

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

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Kea'au Middle School Suspensions

Kea'au Middle 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.

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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 Middle School Certified Staff

Kea'au Middle 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.

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Test Scores Statistics

Kea'au Middle School Test Scores Statistics

Kea'au Middle 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.

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