K-12 Admissions


   Statement of Purpose

   Admissions Entrance Points

   Application Timetable

   Boarding

   Geographic District Allocations

   Out of State Applicants

   Residence, Name &
   Guardianship Verification


Tuition

Kindergarten

Grade 4

Grades 6 & 7

Grade 9

Grades 10, 11 & 12

 

Statement of Purpose (Grades K-12)
Kamehameha Schools admits children who show potential and who are able, in a timely and satisfactory manner, to meet all academic, physical and religious activities requirements which together comprise the fundamental nature of a Kamehameha education. Kamehameha admits children on the premise that they have the intent and ability to graduate from Kamehameha.

Kamehameha's policy on admissions is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Admission Entrance Points (K-12 Program)
At the Kapālama Campus our major entrance points are kindergarten and grades 4, 7 and 9. Limited vacancies are available for grades 10, 11 and 12.

At the Hawaiʻi and Maui Campuses, our major entrance points are kindergarten and grades 6 and 9. Limited vacancies are available for grades 10, 11 and 12.

Application Timetable
Applications are available beginning in August. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 school year is September 30, 2014.

Geographic District Allocations (K-12 Admissions Only)
District allocation numbers are obtained from the Department of Education which provides a report of the ethnic breakdown of students in every DOE school, statewide, in grades K-12.

Kamehameha uses these figures to determine district allocations. These figures are reviewed annually, and updated as needed, to ensure that even those living in rural and/or neighbor island communities have access to our application and admission process.

KAPĀLAMA:
Students only compete for admission with children who live in the same geographic districts. Oʻahu districts are Central, Honolulu, Leeward and Windward. Spaces in the Leeward and Windward districts may be further divided into rural and non-rural communities as needed to ensure equitable geographic representation. Neighbor island districts are West Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi/Lānaʻi/Hāna, and Kauaʻi/Niʻihau.

HAWAIʻI & MAUI:
For the purpose of admission to the Hawaiʻi and Maui campuses, the islands of Hawai'i and Maui are not divided into districts nor are there district allocations. Each island is considered a "district."

Boarding
Kamehameha's Kapālama Campus on Oʻahu has a Boarding Community of 450 students in grades 7-12. Boarding spaces are reserved for Neighbor Island students from islands/communities not presently served by Kamehameha's neighbor island campuses. Currently, there is no boarding program at either the Hawaiʻi or Maui Campuses.

Information for Out-of-State Applicants
Kamehameha's K-12 program gives priority to students whose parents or legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi: however, out-of-state students may apply and be considered for admission to the following grades: 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Kamehameha will not accept applications to preschool or elementary school (at any campus) from out-of-state students. No exceptions will be made.

Boarding may be requested, but is not guaranteed, to out-of-state applicants to the Kapālama Campus. There is no boarding available to out-of-state applicants to the Hawai'i or Maui campuses.

Testing is in November. Applicants to grades 6, 7 and 9 must be tested. If an applicant is unable to attend one of Kamehameha's scheduled tests, admission testing may be administered out-of-state by a teacher, counselor or administrator at the applicant's current school. To meet our deadline, all testing must be completed by November 15, 2014. Mainland applicants to grades 10, 11 and 12 who did not apply for grade 9 at Kamehameha must submit SSAT scores (see section on Admission to grades 10, 11 and 12). 

Interviews must be conducted in-person by one of our staff. Telephone or Skype interviews are not acceptable. Kamehameha is not responsible for the travel expenses of applicants. Only applicants to grades 6, 7 and 9 are interviewed. Out-of-state applicants can arrange to be interviewed during the summer of the year prior to the year they are seeking admission. For example, a student who wishes to apply for the 2015-2016 school year can be interviewed during summer 2014. Interviews may also be scheduled during the Christmas break with at least one month advance notice.  However, all interviews must be completed by December 31, 2014.

Residence, Name and Guardianship Verification
Priority is given to applicants whose parents or legal guardians are current and permanent residents of the State of Hawai`i in accordance with KS policy. However, mainland applicants may also be considered for admission to the middle and high school programs. In addition, Kamehameha observes Geographic District Allocations to ensure equitable geographic distribution of spaces. Therefore, upon acceptance, parents must verify the home address listed on their child's application. In addition, if there have been changes affecting a child's legal name, any custody agreements or legal guardianship of your child, you will be asked to submit all necessary court documents prior to your child's enrollment at Kamehameha Schools.

NOTE: By policy, all applicants to Kamehameha Schools must be U.S. citizens. Even if an applicant is of native Hawaiian ancestry, if they are not a U.S. citizen Kamehameha Schools cannot accept or process their application.

Tuition
The parent's share of tuition, fees and meals for school year 2014-2015 is listed below. This is subject to increase for the 2015-2016 school year:

 

Grade  
Annual
Tuition

Kapālama Grades K-6,
Maui & Hawaiʻi Grades K-5
 
 
$3,889 
 
Maui & Hawaiʻi Grade 6
 
 
$4,005 
 
Grades 7-12 (Day)
 
 
$4,784
Grades 7-12 (Boarder)Kapālama Only
 
 
$8,491

Tuition may be paid in-full at the beginning of the school year, in two "semester" payments, or in monthly installments.

Financial Aid is available.  Students who demonstrate financial need may receive partial or full awards to cover tuition and fees.


 

Kindergarten Admissions - All Campuses
Kamehameha currently has 3 campuses, one each on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and Maui. Applications to kindergarten are accepted for all three sites. Each campus has island residency requirements.

Residency/Boundary Requirements
Kapālama, Oʻahu Campus: Applicant and parents/legal guardians are residents of Oʻahu and who physically reside on the island of O'ahu as of September 30, 2014.

Maui Campus: Applicant and parents/legal guardians are residents of Maui and who physically reside on the island of Maui as of September 30, 2014.

Hawaiʻi Campus: Applicant and parents/legal guardians are residents of Hawaiʻi island and who physically reside on the island of Hawaiʻi as of September 30, 2014.

Who May Apply to Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 School Year
Children born between *August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside on the island that the campus serves by September 30, 2014.

If the applicant's parents/legal guardians are not married and/or are living in separate homes, the physical residence of the applicant's primary custodial parent/guardian, as well as the island or state in which the applicant actually lives and attends preschool will determine his/her residence and eligibility.

*Note:  This is a change to KS' previous age requirement.  Therefore to ensure that no child is negatively affected by this change, this year applications will also be accepted from boys born in July 2009.

Number of Openings
Oʻahu: The Kapālama Campus on Oʻahu has 80 openings each year (4 classrooms each with 20 children). Admissions receives about 1,350 kindergarten applications from O`ahu each year. The applicant to acceptance ratio at this site is 17:1.

Maui: The Maui Campus in Pukalani has 40 openings each year (2 kindergarten classrooms). Admissions receives about 250 kindergarten applications from Maui each year. The applicant to acceptance ratio at this site is 6:1.

Hawaiʻi: The Hawaiʻi Campus in Keaʻau has 40 openings each year (2 kindergarten classrooms). Admissions receives about 250 kindergarten applications from Hawai`i each year. The applicant to acceptance ratio at this site is 6:1.

Selection Process
Admission to kindergarten is selective and, due to the large number of applicants, very competitive.

Applicants who meet the September deadline are scheduled for individual standardized testing.  In the first phase of the kindergarten admission process, all applicants are administered a standardized test which covers basic concepts that most four and five year old children should know or be learning.

Once all tests have been administered and scored, the test scores are evaluated. The applicants are divided by district and gender and ranked by their test scores. Based on the strength of their test scores, a select number of students are asked to participate in the second phase of testing.

Children called back for the second phase of testing will participate in a classroom observation. They will be evaluated on their social skills and school readiness.  Classroom observations are conducted the first two Saturdays in March.

Parents of students invited to participate in the second phase of testing are also asked to submit a Teacher Reference Report (filled out by their child's current preschool or kindergarten teacher). Once the observation testing has been completed, faculty rating committees will evaluate the applicants and determine an "overall" score for each child. The committee will select applicants with the highest overall scores within district, gender and orphan/indigent allocations.

Notification Dates
All preliminary notification letters will be mailed by March 1st. At that time students will be informed of their non-acceptance or they will be asked to return for the second phase of testing.

Students who participate in the second phase of testing will be mailed final notification letters by April 30th and are either accepted or placed in the wait pool.

Replacements from the wait pool may be made at any time prior to the first day of school.

The Kapālama Campus wait pool is active for 4 years (through grade 3).

The Hawaiʻi and Maui Campus wait pools are active for 6 years (through grade 5).


Grade 4 Admissions - Kapālama Campus
Applications to grade 4 are accepted for the Kapālama campus only. The Hawaiʻi and Maui Campuses do not have an admission window at grade 4.

Who May Apply to Grade 4 at the Kapālama Campus for the 2015-2016 School Year
Students currently in grade 3, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the island of Oʻahu and who physically reside on the island of O'ahu by September 30, 2014.

Number of Openings
64 new spaces are available each year for grade 4. Admissions receives about 1,000 fourth grade applications each year from the island of Oʻahu. The applicant to acceptance ratio for this grade is 16:1.

Selection Process
Admission to grade 4 is selective and, due to the large number of applicants, very competitive.

Applicants who meet the September deadline are scheduled for standardized testing. We test in just two areas: reading comprehension and general mathematics. The testing process takes about 3-1/2 hours. Grade 4 testing is scheduled on Saturday mornings. This year the test dates are:

             Saturday, January 10, 2015

             Saturday, January 17, 2015

             Saturday, January 24, 2015 

Applicants to grade 4 are also required to submit their final report cards from grade 2 and their first semester report cards from grade 3 (once they receive them in January). They must also submit two Teacher Reference Reports (one completed by the child's second grade teacher and the other by the third grade teacher).

Once the tests have been administered and scored, they are evaluated, along with the report cards, teacher reference reports and any other items parents submit, by a four-member faculty/administrator rating committee. Committee members rate the applications individually, and then average their scores.

The applications are divided by district and gender, and ranked by their overall score. Faculty rating committees select applicants and make recommendations for admission.

Notification Dates
All notification letters will be mailed by April 30th.
The grade 4 wait pool is active for 3 years (through grade 6).

 

Admission to Grades 6 and 7 - All Campuses
Kamehameha's Kapālama Campus on Oʻahu operates a two-year middle school, which includes grades 7 and 8. The Hawai`i and Maui Campuses operate three-year middle schools which include grades 6, 7 and 8.

Therefore, while the middle school "admission window" at the Kapālama Campus is grade 7, at the Hawaiʻi and Maui Campuses, the middle school "admission window" is grade 6.  However, the admission process for both 6th and 7th grades at all three campuses is identical.

Students living on the islands of Hawaiʻi and Maui may apply to the Kamehameha campus on their respective island. The Kapālama Campus serves Oʻahu students and Neighbor Island students from islands/communities not served by the Hawaiʻi or Maui Campuses (see Geographic District Allocation section). Mainland applicants may apply to any KS campus.

Note:  Boarding spaces at the Kapālama Campus are reserved for the Neighbor Island students served by that campus. All others, including qualified mainland applicants, are considered for admissions as day students.

Kapālama Campus Residency/Geographic District Allocation Information

Priority is given to applicants whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi, although mainland applicants may also be considered. The Kapālama Campus accepts applications from residents of Oʻahu and residents of the following neighbor island communities: Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, the Hāna District on the island of Maui, and West Hawaiʻi (between Paʻauhau/Honokaʻa and Wai'ōhinu).

Admission is subject to a geographic district allocation system. Four districts are recognized on the island of Oʻahu for day students: Leeward, Windward, Honolulu and Central. Spaces in the Leeward and Windward districts may be further divided into rural and non-rural communities as needed to ensure equitable geographic representation.


Neighbor Island applicants to the Kapālama Campus compete for available boarding spaces. Here are the island districts recognized for boarding students: West Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi/Niʻihau and Molokaʻi/Lānaʻi/Hāna.

Who May Apply to Grade 6 for the 2015-2016 School Year
Maui Campus:
Students currently in grade 5, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside on the island of Maui by September 30, 2014.

Hawaiʻi Campus: Students currently in grade 5, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside the island of Hawai`i by September 30, 2014.

Who May Apply to Grade 7 at the Kapālama Campus for the 2014-2015 School Year
Students currently in grade 6, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside on/in the islands/communities served by the Kapālama campus by September 30, 2014.

Number of Openings
At the Hawaiʻi Campus, 60 new spaces are available for grade 6.  Admissions receives about 250 sixth grade applications to this campus.  The applicant to acceptance ratio for this grade is 4:1.

At the Maui Campus, 60 new spaces are available for grade 6.  Admissions receives about 250 sixth grade applications to this campus.  The applicant to acceptance ratio for this grade is 4:1.

At the Kapālama Campus, a total of 176 new spaces are available for grade 7. There are 122 new spaces for day students, and 54 new spaces for boarding students. Admissions receives about 1,200 seventh grade applications each year. The applicant to acceptance ratio for this grade is 7:1.

Testing
Applicants who meet the September deadline are scheduled for standardized testing. We test in just two areas: reading comprehension and general mathematics. The testing process takes about 4 hours. Testing is scheduled on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons in November.

Report Cards
Applicants to Middle School are also required to submit their final report cards from the previous school year (e.g. fifth grade report card for a grade 7 applicant)  and their first quarter report cards from the current school year (once they receive them in October/November).

References
Applicants must also submit two Teacher Reference Reports. These reference reports may only be completed by teachers of "solid" academic courses (English, science, mathematics, social studies or second language).  In addition, an Administrative Reference Report must be completed by their Principal, Vice Principal or Guidance Counselor.

Interview
Applicants must also meet with a Kamehameha teacher or administrator for a personal interview. The interview is required of all Middle School applicants. Applicants will be interviewed by staff at the campus to which they are applying.  The only exceptions are neighbor island applicants to the Kapālama Campus Boarding Program who may be interviewed by Kamehameha staff on their respective islands. Mainland applicants must travel to the campus to which they are applying for their interview. Mainland applicants may schedule their interview at their convenience, however, all interviews must be completed by December 31st. Kamehameha is not responsible for the travel expenses of applicants. Telephone or Skype interviews are not acceptable.

Writing Sample
All Middle School applicants must complete a Writing Sample. This is a timed writing test. Students are provided with a choice of topics, and must compose an essay in twenty minutes.  The writing test is administered when students report for standardized testing.

Selection Process
Admission to Middle School is selective and, due to the large number of applicants, very competitive.

Once the tests have been administered and scored, they are evaluated, along with the report cards, reference reports, the personal interview and the writing sample, as well as any other items parents submit, by a four-member faculty/administrator rating committee. Committee members rate the applications individually, and then average their scores.

The applications are divided by district and gender and ranked by their overall score. Faculty rating committees select applicants and make recommendations for admission.
   
Notification Dates
All notification letters will be mailed by March 30th.

 

 


Admission to Grade 9 - All Campuses
Grade 9 is the primary high school entrance point at all three Kamehameha campuses.

Students living on the islands of Maui and Hawaiʻi may apply to the Kamehameha campus on their respective island. The Kapālama Campus serves Oʻahu students and Neighbor Island students from islands/communities not served by the Hawaiʻi or Maui Campus. Mainland applicants may apply to any KS campus.

Note: Boarding spaces at the Kapālama campus are reserved for the Neighbor Island students served by that campus.  All others, including qualified mainland applicants, are considered for admission as day students.

Kapālama Campus Residency/Geographic District Allocation Information
Priority is given to applicants whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi although mainland applicants may also be considered. The Kapālama Campus accepts applications from residents of Oʻahu and residents of the following neighbor island communities: Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, the Hāna District on the island of Maui, and West Hawai'i (between Paʻauhau/Honoka'a and Wai'ōhinu).

Admission is subject to a geographic district allocation system. Four districts are recognized on the island of Oʻahu for day students: Leeward, Windward, Honolulu and Central. Spaces in the Leeward and Windward districts may be further divided into rural and non-rural communities as needed to ensure equitable geographic representation.

Neighbor Island applicants to the Kapālama Campus compete for available boarding spaces. Here are the island districts recognized for boarding students: West Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi/Niʻihau and Molokaʻi/Lānaʻi/Hāna.

Who May Apply to Grade 9 for the 2015-2016 School Year
Kapālama Campus:    Students currently in grade 8, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside in the islands/communities served by the Kapālama Campus (see above) by September 30, 2014.

Maui Campus:    Students currently in grade 8, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and who physically reside on the island of Maui by September 30, 2014.

Hawaiʻi Campus:    Students currently in grade 8, whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi and physically reside on the island of Hawaiʻi by September 30, 2014.

Number of Openings
Kapālama Campus:    A total of 130 new spaces are available for grade 9. There are 78 new spaces for day students, and 52 new spaces for boarding students. Admissions receives about 900 ninth grade applications each year. The applicant to acceptance ratio for this campus/grade is 7:1.

Maui Campus:    A total of 12 new spaces are available for grade 9.  Admissions receives about 100 ninth grade applications each year to the Maui Campus. The applicant to acceptance ratio for this campus/grade is 8:1.

Hawaiʻi Campus:    A total of 36 new spaces are available for grade 9.  Admissions receives about 150 ninth grade applications each year to the Hawaiʻi Campus. The applicant to acceptance ratio for this campus/grade is 4:1.

Testing
Applicants who meet the September deadline are scheduled for standardized testing. We test in just two areas: reading comprehension and general mathematics. The testing process takes about 4 hours. Grade 9 testing is scheduled on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons in November.

Report Cards
Applicants to grade 9 are also required to submit their final report cards from Grade 7 and their first quarter report cards from grade 8 (once they receive them in November).

References
They must also submit two Teacher Reference Reports. These reference reports may only be completed by teachers of "solid" academic courses (English, science, mathematics, social studies or second language). Reference reports should be completed by two of the applicant's current teachers. Finally, applicants must submit an Administrative Reference Report form completed by their Principal, Vice Principal or Guidance Counseler.

Interview
Applicants must also meet with a Kamehameha teacher or administrator for a personal interview. The interview is required of all grade 9 applicants. Neighbor island applicants may be interviewed by Kamehameha staff on their respective islands. Mainland applicants must travel to Oʻahu for their interview. Mainland applicants may schedule their interview at their convenience, however, all interviews must be completed by December 31st. Kamehameha is not responsible for the travel expenses of applicants. Telephone or Skype interviews are not acceptable.

Writing Sample
All grade 9 applicants must complete a Writing Sample. This is a timed writing test. Students are provided with a choice of topics, and must compose an essay in twenty minutes. The writing test is administered when students report for standardized testing.

Selection Process
Admission to grade 9 is selective and, due to the large number of applicants, very competitive.

Once the tests have been administered and scored, they are evaluated, along with the report cards, teacher reference reports, the personal interview and the writing sample, as well as any other items parents submit, by a four-member faculty/administrator rating committee. Committee members rate the applications individually, and then average their scores.

The applications are divided by district and gender and ranked by their overall score. Faculty rating committees select applicants and make recommendations for admission.

Notification Dates
All notification letters will be mailed by March 30th.

 
 

Admissions to Grades 10, 11 and 12 - All Campuses
Grades 10-12 are "replacement" grades. In other words, there are no new spaces available. Any students selected for admission to these grades are filling vacancies created when current Kamehameha students leave the school. We do not know how many (if any) spaces will be available in a given year. That is why we do not guarantee that any students will be offered admission to these grades.

Admissions must wait until the end of the school year to get an accurate vacancy count. Therefore, admission decisions will be made in mid-June, and acceptance letters mailed by June 30th.

Kapālama Campus Residency/Geographic District Allocation Information
Priority is given to applicants whose parents or legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi although mainland applicants may be considered. Geographic district allocations are not observed in making admission decisions for grade 10-12. Spaces are filled according to gender.

For example, if a girl from Mililani withdraws from the Kapālama Campus, any female applicant in that grade level can be considered to fill the vacancy. If a boy from Kauaʻi withdraws from the Kapālama Campus, any male applicant in that grade level can be considered to fill the vacancy.

At the Hawaiʻi and Maui Campuses, spaces are also filled according to grade and gender.

Who May Apply to Grades 10-12 for the 2015-2016 School Year
Kapālama Campus:  Students currently in grades 9, 10 or 11 whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi, and who physically reside on/in the following islands/communities: Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, the Hāna District on the island of Maui and West Hawaiʻi (between Paʻauhau/Honokaʻa and Wai'ōhinu).

Maui Campus: Students currently in grades 9, 10 or 11 whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi, and who physically reside on the island of Maui.

Hawaiʻi Campus: Students currently in grades 9, 10 or 11 whose parents/legal guardians are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi, and who physically reside on the island of Hawaiʻi.

Selection Process
Admission to grades 10, 11 and 12 is selective and, due to the limited number of spaces, very competitive.

Applicants must meet the September deadline. Applicants to grade 10-12 must submit test scores.  If the applicant previously applied to Kamehameha for grade 9, they may submit their ERB CTP4 test scores (this is the test they took as part of the admissions process).

If the applicant did not apply to Kamehameha for grade 9 they will be scheduled to take the CTP4 in late January.  Mainland applicants who did not apply to KS for grade 9 may submit SSAT scores in lieu of traveling to Hawaii for CTP 4 testing. KS does not offer out-of-state test administration to applicants for grades 10-12.

Applicants to grades 10-12 are required to submit their report cards from the appropriate grades:

    * Grade 10 applicants submit their grade 8 report card.
    * Grade 11 applicants submit their grade 9 report card
    * Grade 12 applicants submit their grade 9 and grade 10 report cards.

 

 

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