Kamehameha Schools Serves More Than 45,000 Learners and Families

Media Release:

Kamehameha Schools served more than 45,000 keiki and their caregivers through its preschools, campuses, community education programs and collaborations with other organizations during this past fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2010.

The Schools’ support of Department of Education (DOE) schools and programs has been a key focus throughout its Education Strategic Plan implemented in 2005. Its support of DOE programs and services totaled $31 million this year, compared to $27.9 million last year – an increase of 10 percent.

“Most people think of our campuses when they see the name Kamehameha Schools, and we have very talented students in all three of our campus programs. But what many don’t realize is that we support talented young students in community programs and public schools throughout Hawaiÿi,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer.

Education and education support spending was also up from $258 million during FY 2009 to $299 million during FY 2010. Of this amount, $102 million was spent on community-focused programs.

“Our outreach numbers last year were well past the target for 2009-10 that we established in 2005, when the Education Strategic Plan was approved,” said Chris Pating, vice president of Strategic Planning & Implementation.

“Still, we know there are 75,000 school aged Native Hawaiian keiki in our public schools, so we are deepening our efforts to support initiatives and programs already in communities with large numbers of Native Hawaiians. For example, Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawaiÿi will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application,” he said. According to Pating, this also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nänäkuli and Waiÿanae high schools in project-based, 21st century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.

“For example Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawai`i will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application. This also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nānākuli and Wai`anae high schools in project-based, 21st-century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.”

Other examples of KS’ educational impact include:

Literacy Instruction & Support (LIS): LIS provides culturally relevant learning experiences which develop literacy skills of Hawaiian keiki. This past fiscal year, eight new sites were added, thereby doubling the number of students served. Students at our 21 school-based sites (220 K-3 classrooms) are meeting or exceeding all key literacy targets and schools report high levels of satisfaction among DOE principals and superintendents. Attendance rates are high and students are engaged in both in-school and After School programs.

Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools: Kamehameha Schools has provided $9.1 million in per-pupil funding for the 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools serving more than 3,600 students and their families.

Educator training: $7.9 million (up from $6.4 million FY 2009) in educator training and support including funding for Teach for America participants serving predominantly Hawaiian public schools.

Other Education Strategic Plan milestones in FY 2010 include:

  • Over $12 million in scholarships to Native Hawaiian children attending eligible preschools and private-school kindergarten programs across the state. (2,194 keiki)
  • $12.6 million for Native Hawaiians attending college and post-high vocational/technical institutions. (2,508 awards)
  • $6.6 million in funding support for a variety of programs for students in DOE schools, including:
    • Tutoring and test preparation for students ages 16+ who wish to attain their competency-based high-school diploma.
    • Summer enrichment programs on campus.
    • Homework centers and after-school tutoring.
    • Place-based learning in loÿi kalo and Hawaiian fishponds.
    • Distance learning.
    • Classroom-based Hawaiian social studies instruction for grades 4-7.
    • After-school violence and substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth.

“Going forward, Kamehameha Schools is committed to supporting the work in the DOE as well as programs and services in the community. Our goal is to see our Native Hawaiian keiki thrive – whether they are on one of our campuses, attending a charter school on Kaua`i or in an after-school program through our Literacy Instruction and Support program on Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools recognizes its kuleana to support educational success for Native Hawaiians in perpetuity,” said Pating.

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling nearly 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Approximately 37,500 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States.

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