Queen Ka’ahumanu Elementary School is centrally located in the heart of the Honolulu and serves a community extending from Alapai Street to Punahou Street and from Wilder Avenue to Ala Moana Boulevard.
The school community consists primarily of multi-unit complexes (high rise apartments and condominiums) and many small business establishments. More than two-thirds of the housing units in the area are occupied by renters contributing to a high transiency rate of our students and their families. Queen Ka’ahumanu Elementary has a large English Language Learner (ELL) student population, with approximately one-third of the students classified as second language learners. Students arrive from countries across the globe with noticeable increases in immigrant students from Pacific Island entities. This presents an educational challenge yet adds to the cultural richness and diversity of our student body.
In meeting the academic, cultural, and socio-emotional needs of our students, the school provides a comprehensive student support system which includes a federally run Head Start preschool program; an ELL Program comprised of a Newcomer Support Center; SchoolBased Behavior Health (SBBH) and school counseling services; a Title I schoolwide reading program; academic support and enrichment programs; a Response to Intervention (RTI) program and, an array of services to support the diverse learner.
The Ka’ahumanu Parent ‘Ohana, comprised of parents, community members, faculty, and staff, provides financial resources to sustain schoolwide initiatives while promoting parent involvement. The School Community Council (SCC) provides a forum for school community stakeholders to contribute and support efforts toward raising student achievement and school wide improvement. The SCC also serves as an advisory board in planning, budgeting, implementing, and evaluating the school’s Academic and Financial Plan (AFP).
The Ka’ahumanu Elementary School vision—“a community of lifelong learners with heart”—exemplifies our belief in providing students with the necessary knowledge and skill set within the framework of a rigorous standards-based education. The context of every child’s educational experience is one which is supportive and compassionate as our students begin their journey towards realizing the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Vision of a High School Graduate and ensuring college, career, and life readiness.