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Hawaii public school enrollment dips

  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON APRIL 1,
    The DOE said the largest fluctuations were seen in kindergarten and first grade classes due to a later entry age for kindergarten that took effect last school year. In this April 1 file photo, Jarrett Cutter of Cutter Automotive poses with first graders and their teacher Genciana Aczon at August Ahrens Elementary School.
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Enrollment at Hawaii public schools dropped slightly this year to 180,409 students, the state Department of Education said today.

Enrollment at the state’s 256 department schools decreased by 495 students to 169,987 students, compared with last school year. At the state’s 34 charter schools, enrollment was virtually unchanged at 10,422 students. The overall drop-off is less than one-half percent.

The DOE said the largest fluctuations were seen in kindergarten and first grade classes due to a later entry age for kindergarten that took effect last school year.

The five largest DOE public schools by grade level include:

» High schools: Campbell (3,049); Mililani (2,514); Waipahu (2,475); Farrington (2,376); and Kapolei (2,038).

» Intermediate/middle schools: Mililani Middle (1,775); Kapolei Middle (1,394); Waipahu Intermediate (1,339); Maui Waena (1,108); and Kalakaua Middle and Kaimuki Middle (both at 974).

» Elementary schools: August Ahrens (1,291); Holomua (1,231); Ewa (1,086); Waipahu (1,078); and Maili (1,015).

Among the state’s charter schools, the largest campuses are: Hawaii Technology Academy (979), Kamaile Academy (910), Myron Thompson Academy (683), Ka Waihonua o ka Naauao (641) and Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences (592).

The DOE says it is projecting a stable enrollment rate due to birth rates over the next several years. 

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