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Area Schools ‘High Achievers’

Four Windward public schools have earned a gold star for achievement, backed by thousands of DOE dollars to help them strive even higher.

The state Department of Education recently named 15 elementary schools across the state to Recognition status within the Strive HI Performance System.

Kaelepulu Elementary in Kailua received $20,000 for high performance and high progress — the highest prize among the 15. Enchanted Lake, Mokapu and Puohala elementary schools each won $15,000 in Strive HI awards for high performance. This is defined as achieving significant success or improvements in the 2013-14 school year, and being among the top 5 percent to do so.

“Their success demonstrates what’s possible when an entire school community works together toward a common goal of student success,” stated deputy superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “I congratulate all of the administrators, teachers, students and parents in these (15) schools for their dedication and commitment to success.”

The schools must now spend their reward on such things as professional development, technology, musical instruments, science lab equipment and other improvement strategies.

Overall, Hawaii’s centralized school system is comprised of 255 schools and 33 charter schools, serving more than 185,000 students.