Useful Links

Enrollment Guidelines and Policies Revised Spring 2018

District Map and DOE School Site Locator

Registration Check List

Geographic Exception (GE) Frequently Asked Questions

Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission Website

Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a pre-K or JK (Junior Kindergarten) Program?

In the past, Ka’ōhao School has offered a JK program for children that turn 5 between August 5 and December 31. Unfortunately, Hawaii’s DOE is no longer funding JK after the 2013-14 school year, so we will not be offering it starting with the 2014-15 school year. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a child who will be at least five years old on July 31 of the school year may attend a public school kindergarten. For more information, please visit the DOE’s Kindergarten Site.

How can my child attend Kaʻōhao School?

If you live inside our district, your child can start attending Kaʻōhao School as soon as s/he is of age. If you live outside of the district, you must apply to attend through the Geographic Exception (GE) process.

When can I register my child?

If you live inside our district, you can start the registration process as early as 6 months before school starts, on February 1. Please bring a copy of your mortgage statement or lease agreement, a utility bill, and your child’s birth certificate. If you are applying through the GE process, you can turn in your GE form between January 1 and March 1. If  you are accepted, we will notify you and let you know when you can start the registration process.

What documents do I need to register my child at Ka’ōhao School?

Whether you are in-district or applying as a GE, our Registration Check List can provide you with a list of everything you’ll need.

How exactly does the (Geographic Exception) GE process work?

The GE process can be confusing. We have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions and answers regarding GEs. If you have any questions that are not on this list, please call us at 266-7844.

How may students attend Ka’ōhao School and how many students are in each class?

Ka’ōhao School aims to have 344 students. There are 2 each of Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes, with 20-26 students in each class. Lower elementary grades have a full-time EA for each class, while upper grades share 1 full-time EA per grade level.

What is the difference between a charter school and a public school?

A charter school is a public school. As such, it is free to all residents of the State; there is no tuition. Charter schools can offer parents a wider range of educational choices within the public school system. Authorized by the State Public Charter School Commission, charters operate with substantial flexibility and autonomy in comparison with public schools. Charter schools have the freedom to select innovative curricular materials, alternative school structures, and hire staff members that align with their instructional model. Along with this autonomy, charters are held accountable to the State in three major areas: academics, finances, and organization. There are two types of charter schools in the State of Hawai’i: “conversion” charter schools and “start-up” charter schools. Conversion charters are former Department of Education schools that applied for a charter to gain autonomy from the State; conversion charters retain their school facilities and responsibility to serve the students in their geographic area; they may also serve a large number of students who have applied for geographic exceptions. In contrast, start-up charters serve students from the entire State: no geographic exceptions are necessary; start-up charters are responsible for finding and paying for their own facilities. Lanikai School is a conversion charter school.

I have more questions. Can I talk to someone?

Yes! Our office is open from 7:30am-4:00pm HST during the school year. During breaks (fall, winter, spring, summer), we are open from 8am-3pm. We are closed on all state and federal holidays. You can call our office at 808-266-7844, or email us at mailto:rmaiwela@kaohaoschool.org.