Kahuku High and Intermediate School

Vision, Mission & Goals

Learning Today for Lifelong Success in College, Career, and Community!

At Kahuku High and Intermediate the 'ohana will recognize that each individual has inherent worth and the talent to become a dedicated, lifelong learner.  The school will be a safe, supportive environment where a caring, stimulating, and knowledgeable staff has adequate resources to meet the needs of all students. Kahuku students will engage in a relevant, challenging curriculum which provides a worthwhile learning experience.  Kahuku graduates will be empowered with the academic, career, citizenship, and social skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and to become successful, contributing members investing in the community.  Kahuku will be an 'ohana of meaningful involvement and will remain a source of pride for all.

All school improvement efforts shall be directed toward the implementation of the Academic & Financial Plan, a tool for schools and school communities to use in designing relevant and quality educational experiences and support services for students to meet the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards.


School Wide Expectations
Respect and Responsibility to Self, School and Society (R2S3)


  Self School Society
Respect Shows pride in work Follows classroom and school rules Uses appropriate, respectful language
  Exceeds standards Throws trash in rubbish can Works well in groups
  Follows dress code Helps keep entire school orderly Accepts adult direction respectfully
  Demonstrates ownership for own actions   Shows respect for cultural and lifestyle diversity
Responsibility Is prepared Demonstrates appropriate behaviors in school-wide settings Seeks ways to help others in need
  Is on task Reports incidents of graffiti Involved in community service
  Has and uses Red Book Reports on time to class, practice on all occasions Communicates with peers, teachers, parents
  Demonstrates appropriate hygiene   Demonstrates leadership in promoting positive behavior
  Knows and understands school-wide expectations Is a positive ambassador of KHIS


Core Beliefs


  • Recognize that students are unique with different leaming styles and skills needing different strategies.
  • Technology skills are necessary to access the global world.
  • Clear and rigorous expectations should be regularly provided to students—what we say and what we do need to be consistent.
  • Instruction must be relevant learning — connected to life.
  • Creative thinking is required for school and life success.


General Learner Outcomes are used to help a Kahuku High and Intermediate student become a:


  • Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning) 
  • Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together) 
  • Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving) 
  • Quality Producer (The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products) 
  • Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively) 
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology (The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically)
Kahuku students who are responsible for their own learning can:
  • choose and prioritize realistic and challenging learning goals.
  • organize time and resources to be prepared and on task.
  • recognize their own strengths and build on them.
  • live healthy lifestyles.
  • demonstrate personal values such as compassion, dedication, integrity, and motivation.
  • be responsible for their own actions.
Kahuku students who contribute to their communities understanding the need for people to work together can:
  • display respect for themselves and others.
  • work with others to complete a common goal or project.
  • appreciate and cooperate with people of different cultures and traditions.
  • examine conflict and problems to find a mutual solution.
Kahuku students who are complex thinkers and problem solvers can:
  • adjust to change and use various strategies to solve problems.
  • identify a problem and create imaginative solutions in many circumstances.
  • gather and use information and resources effectively.
  • think critically and rationally to find the best result.
Kahuku students who are quality performers and producers can:
  • use rubrics to evaluate and revise their work.
  • understand the value of knowing many subjects and having a variety of experiences.
  • show their understanding of the standards by judging their own and others' work.
  • apply knowledge and learning to real life situations.
Kahuku students who are effective communicators can:
  • read, write and communicate effectively to form and exchange ideas and messages.
  • modify their message to suit a purpose and audience.
  • understand bias in messages and use appropriate skills to encourage understanding.
Kahuku students who are technologically literate can:
  • use technology tools to increase learning and promote creativity.
  • use technology ethically to research and express effective ideas.
Kahuku High & Intermediate School graduates will:
  • realize their individual goals and aspirations.
  • possess the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to contribute positively and compete in a global society.
  • exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • pursue post-secondary education and/or careers without need for remediation.
Desired Outcomes for 21st Century Learners
(7C’s of Transformational Learning): 
  1. Critical Thinking & Problem-solving Research, Analysis, Synthesis, Project Management, etc.
  2. Creativity & Innovation New Knowledge Creation, ”Best Fit” Design Solutions, Artful Storytelling, etc.
  3. Collaboration, Teamwork & Leadership Cooperation, Compromise, Consensus, Community-building, etc.
  4. Cross-cultural Understanding Across Diverse Ethnic, Knowledge & Organizational Cultures
  5. Communication & Media Fluency Crafting & Analyzing Messages & Using Media Effectively
  6. Computing & ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Fluency Effective Use of Electronic Information & Knowledge Tools
  7. Career & Learning Self-reliance Managing Change, Lifelong Learning & Career Redefinition
- Oracle Learning Foundation

DOE Strategic Plan

As the guide for reform in the Department, the Strategic Plan focuses on three main goals — Student Success, Staff Success and Successful Systems of Support — with detailed measures for each. The Board of Education monitors the Department's progress through its aligned committees (Student Achievement, Human Resources, Finance and Infrastructure) to increase both accountability and efficiency.

Race to the Top

Race to the Top (RTTT) was a catalyst for reforms that are now integrated in the BOE/DOE Strategic Plan. Hawaii is the only one of 12 RTTT winners that has not sought an extension from the U.S. Department of Education to complete grant work — we are on time. Components:

  1. High-quality college- and career-ready standards and assessments to a statewide curriculum.
  2. Improve longitudinal data collection and use.
    • Hawaii data sources
  3. Cultivate, reward and leverage effective teaching and leading.
  4. Provide targeted support to struggling schools and students.
  5. Align organizational functions to support reform outcomes.

Strive HI Performance System

The Strive HI Performance System replaces many of No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) most outdated and ineffective requirements with a system better designed to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools. It is Hawaii's school accountability system, with rewards and supports built in.

Graduation Rates

In April 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released its report on high school graduation rates across the country for 2012. For the first time ever, the national rate hit 80 percent, and Hawaii beat the national average with 82 percent. Our Strive HI System goal is to reach 90 percent by 2018.

College Readiness

CCRI: The annual College and Career Readiness Indicators Report by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education show improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline in 2014.

  • The percentage of students enrolled in dual credit courses (earning college credit while in high school) increased by 7.7 points to 723 students from 671 students.
  • The percentage of students enrolled in a University of Hawaii campus in college-level math rose to 26.7 percent from 24 percent, while the percentage of students requiring remedial math classes dropped to 32 percent from 36 percent.
  • The college enrollment rate remained steady at 54 percent. Enrollment in four-year post-secondary institutions increased by two percentage points over two-year institutions. The report now also accounts for college enrollment numbers at Hawaii Pacific University, in addition to the University of Hawaii.
  • The top five college enrollment rates by high schools were Kalani (78 percent), Mililani (71 percent), Roosevelt (70 percent), Moanalua (68 percent) and Kalaheo (65 percent).
  • Hawaii’s class of 2014 graduates attended college in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia, with the exception of South Dakota and Vermont.

Hawaii's goal is to have 55% of adults earn a college degree by 2025. 55by25.org