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Kalani ranked best public high school in state

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:46 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranked Kalani High School as the best public high school in Hawaii in 2014.

Kalani was cited for its college readiness, math and reading proficiency and student teacher ratio, according to a report released Tuesday.

The school rated a silver medal when compared to other schools nationwide.

McKinley High School, Maui's King Kekaulike High School, and Waialua High and Intermediate School also reached silver medal status.

Eight other Hawaii public schools received national bronze medals. They are the Education Laboratory Public Charter School, James Campbell High School, Keaau High School, Kealakehe High School, Pahoa High & Intermediate, and Kohala High School on the Big Island, Kihei Public Charter School on Maui, and the Myron B. Thompson Academy Public Charter School.

"The rankings are indicative of the high standards we've set for our high school students across the state," said schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "Our educators deserve to be commended for their exceptional efforts in preparing our students for post-secondary success in college, careers or the community."

U.S. News & World Report used a three step process to determine national rankings. They first looked at whether students were performing better than the statistical average student in the state and factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled at the schools. The magazine then looked at whether the school's least-advantaged students performed better than statistical expectations and then judged the schools that made it through the first two steps on their college readiness performance.

For a complete list of the ranking of Hawaii public schools http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/hawaii/rankings.

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MC96816 wrote:
Where the trade winds from the ocean Whisper softly through the valley Mighty pillars of Kalani Will for ever stand!!!
on April 23,2014 | 09:42AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Kalani...the Iolani of the public school system. Almost same colors, too.
on April 23,2014 | 04:15PM
nana808 wrote:
I always knew we were #1. Don't like Honolulu Magazines system of ranking which had us either #2 or #3. They partly base it on what the parents think of the school. Another part is based on how the teachers feel about the school.
on April 23,2014 | 10:51AM
inverse wrote:
Did a quick check of Honolulu magazine's public school ranking that they do every year and in 2013, they listed Kalani high as ranked 132 out of 255 for a "C" grade. Kalani was listed as having 81.7% better reading proficiency than average 65.5% better reading proficiency compared to all public students. Teacher satisfaction of Kalani was listed as 79.7% Number 1 in the Honolulu magazine list was Momilani elementary and number 2 was Millilani Ike elementary. I would submit the link but figure S A would remove it. Seems Honolulu magazine's ranking is more realistic in comparing satisfaction and test scores across ALL students and not add some fudge factor for "economically disadvantaged" families. Anyway how is that possible when Kalani High is located in Hawaii Kai and the fringe of Waialae Kahala where the most affluent residents live? How many district exception does Kalani have to have so many "economically disadvantaged" students attending Kalani? I know Kaiser had many district exceptions cause of when Miano coached his team to a div 2 State championship but not Kalani.
on April 23,2014 | 10:54AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Kalani won some football games....think about it.
on April 23,2014 | 11:19AM
PTF wrote:
I have a friend who is a dentist that's a Kalani grad. He lived in Hawaii Kai and was in the Kaiser High district but his mother sent him to Kalani with a DE. Looks like Kalani did him well now that he's a dentist.
on April 23,2014 | 11:22AM
sjean wrote:
If he is intelligent enough to be a dentist, I strongly doubt his choice of high school had anything to do with it.
on April 23,2014 | 12:13PM
steven_mark wrote:
You cite elementary school rankings. This ranking is of public high schools only.
on April 23,2014 | 12:46PM
HOSSANA wrote:
This is a joke!! If Kalani is the best h.s. in the state, then our public school system is really dysfunctional.
on April 23,2014 | 11:43AM
whs1966 wrote:
The inclusion of M. B. Thompson PCS in the list should make everyone question the evaluation system.
on April 23,2014 | 11:45AM
inverse wrote:
Maybe the Thompson school got extra points for most of the employees being family members of the principal and the ability of one family related employee to be both a full time school employee and a full time Hawn air flight attendant. To get away with that kind of shenanigans, US News and World Report had to put Thompson school at the top of the list.
on April 23,2014 | 12:36PM
niimi wrote:
All in Da Ohana! Bruddah, Sistah, Auntie, Uncle, Cousin, Tutu, Nephew, Neice, Calabash, any kine family! Cheehoo!
on April 23,2014 | 03:15PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Way to go Mr. Otani - That is my High school. Bring it back to before days.
on April 23,2014 | 11:54AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Kudos for Kalani High School. I would rather have my school be famous for academic achievement rather than the number of football trophies. Unfortunately, many colleges have given way to football and athletic factories. It is often no longer a place for higher learning but a trade school for athletes.
on April 23,2014 | 12:08PM
64hoo wrote:
it looks good because of student and teacher ratio, probably the other schools have more students than kalani and teachers with more students is more stressful than the low kalani and teacher ratio
on April 23,2014 | 01:49PM
HD36 wrote:
I graduated from Kalani. If that's the best school in the state public system I feel sorry for kids today.
on April 23,2014 | 04:16PM
lokela wrote:
The student teacher ratio is good because there aren't many kids in that area. Most graduate and leave for other parts. They don't come back and start new families. Just the parents remain. Hardly any new family homes around there. I think one time the State was thinking of shutting down Kalani.
on April 23,2014 | 04:26PM
paradiddle wrote:
Kudos to Kalani HS but I don't understand why people are so excited. Seems this should be under the "Good News and Bad News" category. Per the same US News Report, Kalani rated a "silver medal". There were NO schools in Hawaii that rated a "GOLD medal" and the State of Hawaii ONLY ranked 29th of the 50 states overall. Guess the SA reporter and the BOE only reported and commented on what THEY wanted the people of Hawaii to see. To see the entire report, see "How States Compare in the 2014 Best High Schools Rankings" dated 4/21/2014.
on April 23,2014 | 06:15PM
guest66 wrote:
Hawaii ONLY ranked 29th of 50.... we did better than 21 states in the US. If you expect Hawaii to do better than Massachusetts, Texas, etc.... than you are in the wrong place. Despite the fact that we are a state of 8 islands (not on a continent with 48 others), with one of the smallest populations, smallest square miles, greatest ethnic diversity... we have schools that rank a silver medal. I am a Kalani graduate, worked on the mainland and am still amazed at how stable and solid Hawaii is, despite its disadvantages. Life is so much easier for mainlanders.
on April 25,2014 | 10:38AM
Nakoafan wrote:
Kalani No Ka Oi!
on April 23,2014 | 07:42PM
Slow wrote:
How could Kalani H.S. have a lower student teacher ratio than other schools? It is too simple to merely say the rich get richer and deserve a bigger piece of the pie. Or as Mitt Romney said, he believes people should get all the education they can afford. We have a statewide DOE. Are resources being distributed equally?
on April 24,2014 | 11:51AM
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