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Hawaii State Public School System
The Hawaii State Board of Education formulates policy for the public schools and hires the superintendent of schools to oversee the State Department of Education.
Hawaii's public school system was founded on Oct. 15, 1840 by King Kamehameha III. It is the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi. Hawaii has one statewide public school district with 15 Complex Areas. Children in Hawaii are required to attend school between the ages of 5 and 18. To search the Oahu Public School Directory (click here).  Or visit Hawaii Dept Of Education website for additional information. 
  • There are 289 schools in Hawaii's public school system:
  • Department: 256
  • Charters: 33

ENROLLMENT (From the Enrollment Report 2014-15) 
Department schools: 170,482 students
Charter schools: 10,413 students
Total: 180,895

CLASSROOM ​​TEACHERS
Teachers at Department schools: 11,300




Hawaii Independent (Private) Schools
Founded in 1969, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) is an organization of member schools that advocates on behalf of independent education in Hawaii and participates actively in the educational dialogue in our community. It provides services that strengthen our individual schools, and it supports their efforts to achieve educational quality and excellence for students. HAIS facilitates collaborative efforts among member schools on issues of mutual concern as well as partnerships to address shared needs. 

What do Hawaii Independent Schools have to offer?

  • Diversity in curricula and philosophies
  • Quality and richness in academic programs
  • Professional, dedicated teachers
  • Small classes
  • Safe, disciplined, family-oriented environments
  • Co-curricular offerings
  • Parent involvement
  • Character development and moral education
  • Excellent facilities

To search schools by location (click here).  Or visit www.hais.org for additional information.