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post #21 of 33
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I think Sunset might actually be the #1 elementary. I say "supposed to be" because we homeschool so I can't say firsthand. I know quite a few teachers and they're all awesome people.
Sunset Elementary is quite good from what I've heard. My friend's daughter is a teacher there. It's ranked 21 out of 257 schools in the entire state.
post #22 of 33
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My husband commutes to Kapolei and it's not that bad. Plus, the drive is absolutely gorgeous.

Their house is 3/2 but I think she's asking 2500
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by redhen View Post
My husband commutes to Kapolei and it's not that bad. Plus, the drive is absolutely gorgeous.

Their house is 3/2 but I think she's asking 2500
Our housing allowance is that, so that is workable too.

I pay $2450 right now, but that includes water/electric and has a/c. But also comes with a view of the H1 LOL.
post #24 of 33
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We are right smack dab in the middle of Haleiwa and as far as I could tell that was the going rate for a decent house. We looked at one that was 2700 and it was a pit. :\

Seriously though, check into Waialua. I like where I live but if I knew what a great community Waialua was I'd have looked there too.
post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by BookGoddess View Post
Sunset Elementary is quite good from what I've heard. My friend's daughter is a teacher there. It's ranked 21 out of 257 schools in the entire state.
Where did you get that info? Just curious because I want to know how our local elementary school ranks!!!
post #26 of 33
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We are right smack dab in the middle of Haleiwa and as far as I could tell that was the going rate for a decent house. We looked at one that was 2700 and it was a pit. :\

Seriously though, check into Waialua. I like where I live but if I knew what a great community Waialua was I'd have looked there too.
I think we are going to, I have a friend who lives in Waialua and loves it. She's not far from the library and farmer's market. She's always bragging about riding her bike into Hale'iwa for dinner LOL.

School is the biggest worry for me really.
post #27 of 33
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Where did you get that info? Just curious because I want to know how our local elementary school ranks!!!
It's in the annual Honolulu Magazine's Public School Rankings edition.

Here's the online link. It's interactive so you can click on the headers like rank, district, school to list things ascending or descending. Have fun!

http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Hono...2010-Database/
post #28 of 33
I looked at those results...they are odd to me. My child's school scored C+. But when I compared to a school that was "rated" a lot better, (like rated about a 40 and our school was rated about 80) the scores for math and reading were actually lower than my child's school. I guess it was due to whatever the weight they give to the teacher/parent surveys. So a school that accedemically was worse was rated better.

I will say that our school is 98% military, and some are not happy with the school because it is constantly compared to "where they came from" or how the school was on the mainland. Add in the constant mindset that schools just plain old suck in Hawaii (which is what everyone moving here via the military hears) then no wonder the parents say they aren't happy LOL. Like parents complain about lack of afterschool activities, or that music/PE,etc is once a week or so, or that the school seems not very secure compared to where they came from. (many elem schools on the mainland are like compounds, with locked gates) So that explains why at our school, parent satisfacation would be lower than average.
post #29 of 33
I was surprised by the rating for my child's school. It was not bad, but I expected it to be higher based on what I knew about the school. Oh and no one contacted me for the survey. My *personal* experience with that school's principal and teachers have been so positive.
post #30 of 33
thanks for the link!
post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by BookGoddess View Post
I was surprised by the rating for my child's school. It was not bad, but I expected it to be higher based on what I knew about the school. Oh and no one contacted me for the survey. My *personal* experience with that school's principal and teachers have been so positive.
Same here. We've been at our school for 4 yrs, 2 very different children, I have done everything from PTO to book fair, so I'm pretty involved and have had nothing but positive too. But it's funny, when I talk to other parents, they tend to complain...the way the school lets out, the fact that it costs a lot of money for the bus, lunch is expensive,etc. So maybe they got surveyed LOL.

Like I mentioned, our scores were pretty high...but the parent opinion wasn't.
post #32 of 33

Hi I currently live on Wheeler but am on the North Shore most the week. I have three boys ages 6 m  3 and 5 and would love to meet you.  We are homeschooling and love to get out and explore. :)
 

post #33 of 33
Aloha momma! Have you been to the growing Kèiki in Haleiwa? Just stumbled upon in last weekend and fell in love
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