Makaha Elementary School

Makaha Elementary School opened in 1966 and is located in a rural community in the Waianae district. Five public elementary schools, Waianae Intermediate School, and Waianae High School form the Waianae Complex. Makaha Elementary School selected the America's Choice School Design (ACSD) reform model in March 2001. Standards are the driving force behind instruction, assessment, and professional development. We are proud of our successful inclusion program that benefits students who receive Special Education services in the regular education classroom setting.

Makaha Elementary School collaborates with Keiki O Ka 'Aina, who shares a common border with the school. Its Hawaiiana and environmental studies provide students with an opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom. Makaha Elementary's recess activities program works toward engaging students in a variety of physical and academic standards-based activities. Students practice general learner outcomes and earn a "Mega Recess" upon completion of assigned tasks.

Last update: Nov 20, 2009 by HSG Team

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General Information

Address 84-200 Ala Naauao Place

City Waianae

Island Oahu

Zip 96792

Grade From K

Grade To Gr 6

Contact Person Nelson Shigeta

Phone # 808 695-7900

Fax # 808 695-7905


Number of Teachers 49

Number of Students 565

District Name Leeward

Complex Area Name Nanakuli-Waianae

Complex Name Waianae

School Code 258

School Name Short Makaha El

Military Impacted No

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Makaha Elementary School Na Keiki O Ka 'Aina (Children of the Land)Program

Na Keiki O Ka 'Aina (Children of the Land), is a program for all students at Makaha Elementary School.The program began in 1986 through the collaborative efforts of Makaha Elementary School, the Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center, and Hoa 'Aina O Makaha ("Land Shared in Friendship"), a land-based community project located adjacent to the school.

Makaha Elementary School provides a full-time Science resource teacher for the program. Some supply money and other support services are provided by the school.

The Wai'anae Coast Community Mental Health Center, through its substance abuse program, provides a full time prevention specialist for the program. It also provides administrative support services.

Hoa 'Aina O Makaha provides the 3 acres of land that is used for the program, as well as some additional support services.

The program offers Makaha Elementary students a full curriculum on the Hoa 'Aina farm that is a hands-on learning of science. It includes learning respect for the land, the interrelationship between living creatures and their environment, and caring for the earth and for each other. The program is built on the beliefs that the strengths of the children and of the community are in their cultural values, and that the prevention of substance abuse is best accomplished through building self-esteem and through imparting the skills and knowledge that will enable participants to make healthy life choices.

Each grade level, from Kindergarten to the Sixth grade, has appropriate projects that reinforce the science skills and concepts they are learning. These projects include the kinds of skills and understanding found in small-scale farming, aquaculture, raising of livestock and the alternative uses of energy such as in solar heating and cooking. Each grade level has a garden project that involves planting, watering and harvesting a variety of vegetables which they take home with pride. Students also become aware of issues relating to the environment, hunger, health, and nutrition.

As many as five classes come to the Farm each day. Each class stresses cooperative work, and students are found to take their responsibilities seriously. Students with special problems benefit in particular because they feel more comfortable at the farm and they experience success in their work. The concept of e malama pono i ka aina ("taking care of the land") instills in each student a sense of pride and self-esteem. This concept is a primary traditional value of the early Hawaiian. This holistic approach to science provides all students with valuable skills, practical knowledge and the rediscovery of basic values.


Makaha Elementary School MGP (Makaha Guidance Program)

The Makaha Guidance Program (MGP) is a systematic, developmental program that integrates critical guidance concepts and skills into the basic curriculum and teaches students problem solving skills and self-control. The MGP was conceived by a Makaha Elementary School counselor in 1989 as a novel way to help students make better decisions and thereby provide effective treatment for long term behavioral problems that have proved resistant to traditional approaches.
The MGP was implemented school-wide in 1994-95 with the goal of providing Makaha Elementary School with a safe, cooperative and caring learning environment in which students are able to solve problems independently, work cooperatively, and behave responsibly. While full implementation of the plan will integrate guidance into all curriculum areas, the initial focus is on the reading and language arts curriculum. In its present form, the MGP integrates nine major guidance concepts and skills with reading and language arts curriculum. All classes from kindergarten (K) through grade 6 use the guidance-related materials. Each month, teachers read and discuss one story unit, use follow-up activities, and teach the guidance strategies.



Summary of Progress

Makaha Elementary School Summary of Progress

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary School Student Profile

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary School Ethnicity Statistics

Makaha Elementary 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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Makaha Elementary School Ethnicity By Race

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Enrollment Statistics

Makaha Elementary School Enrollment Statistics

Makaha Elementary 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.



Makaha Elementary School Facilities

Makaha Elementary 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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Makaha Elementary School Facilities

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary School Attendance & Absences

Makaha Elementary School's Attendance & Absences shows the average daily attendance and average daily absences compared to the State Standard.

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Makaha Elementary School Retention

Makaha Elementary 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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Makaha Elementary School Suspensions

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary School Certified Staff

Makaha Elementary 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

Makaha Elementary School Test Scores Statistics

Makaha Elementary 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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