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DoE Enrollment Down 1.7% for 2021-22
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 2503 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

Department announces 2021-22 enrollment figures for public and charter schools

News Release from DoE, 01-Sep-2021

Link: Download Enrollment Spreadsheet 

Enrollment at Hawaii's public and charter schools for the 2021-22 school year decreased to 171,600 students, compared with enrollment of 174,704 students at the start of last school year — a difference of 1.7%. 

Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools enrolled a total of 159,503 students this year, compared with 162,491 students at the start of last school year, a 1.8% decrease. The figures include students enrolled in school, complex area or state distance learning programs. The state's 37 charter schools, meanwhile, enrolled a total of 12,097 students, compared with 12,231 the previous year.

Despite the overall slight decrease, enrollment for the current school year actually increased by 2,106 students since the end of the 2020-21 school year (See metric 17. The official enrollment count is taken 10 days after the start of the school year. Last school year, the Board of Education established a data metric to capture enrollment snapshots quarterly).

“Public school districts nationwide have been seeing changes in enrollment as families adjust to living through a health pandemic,” Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi said. “One of the Department’s priorities for this school year is to reconnect and re-engage our students with their schools and with learning. Our schools have been doing a great job of reaching out into their communities to ensure that students and families know that schools are open and ready to support them.”

Based on enrollment for the 2021-22 school year, the five largest HIDOE public schools by grade level are:

  • High schools (grades 9-12): Campbell (3,075), Waipahu (2,797), Mililani (2,603), Farrington (2,339), Moanalua (2,108)
  • Middle (grades 6-8) and Intermediate schools (grades 7-8): Mililani Middle (1,585), Ewa Makai Middle (1,254), Maui Waena Intermediate (1,140), Waipahu Intermediate (1,075), Kalakaua Middle (978)
  • Elementary schools: August Ahrens (1,219), Holomua (1,080), Ewa (1,035), Waipahu (926), Keoneula (901)

The five smallest HIDOE schools in the state include: Niihau High and Elementary (14), the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (46) and Maunaloa Elementary (46) tied for second, Kilohana Elementary (79), and Linapuni Elementary (97).

The five largest charter schools are: Hawaii Technology Academy (1,363), Kamaile Academy (919), Kihei Charter School (723), the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences (706), and Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao (632).


2020: DoE Enrollment Drops 3%--Charter School Enrollment Up 2%

2019: DoE Enrollment Drops Again--Charter School Enrollment Up

KITV: Thousands fewer students enrolled at Hawaii public schools this year 

SA: Enrollment at Hawaii’s public schools declines for second year in a row  

PBN: Private Schools see boost in student enrollment for 2021-2022 school year

SA Editorial: School enrollment drop worrisome


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