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Apply to Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i

At Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, our ‘Ōiwi Edge identity is a strong ancestral foundation that shapes the agency, adaptability, and well-being of our haumāna. This provides our learners with a competitive advantage to fulfill their passions, unique purpose and kuleana.

Visit the KS Hawai‘i homepage to learn more »

 

How to apply

Click here to check on the application status by logging on the Admissions’ ‘Ohana portal

1
Apply online

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is closed.


2
Schedule event

To complete the application, your child must attend a test session and, if applicable an interview at the campus program they are applying to. Event scheduling is in your ‘Ohana Parent Portal under Next Steps.


3
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please note, applicants cannot apply for the same grade two years in a row and can only apply to one K-12 campus each year. Please review the residency grid below.


4
Age verification

Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by July 31st of the year in which they will be entering school (birthdate must fall between August 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.). Submit your child’s original birth certificate to the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS) to validate your child’s age eligibility. 


5
Ancestry verification

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha Schools’ Ho‘oulu Verification Services.


6
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


7
Submit the teacher’s recommendation

An optional teacher recommendation may be submitted by January 15, 2024.

1
Apply online

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is closed.


2
Schedule event

To complete the application, your child must attend a test session and, if applicable an interview at the campus program they are applying to. Event scheduling is in your ‘Ohana Parent Portal under Next Steps.


3
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please note, applicants cannot apply for the same grade two years in a row and can only apply to one K-12 campus each year. Please review the residency grid below.


4
Ancestry verification

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha Schools’ Ho‘oulu Verification Services.


5
Submit last year’s final report cards

To complete the application, your child’s last year’s final report card needs to be submitted by September 30, 2023.


6
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


7
Submit a teacher’s recommendation

To complete the application, a teacher’s recommendation needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by December 15, 2023.


9
Submit this year’s report cards

To complete the application, your child’s first quarter of this year’s report card needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.

1
Apply online

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is closed.


2
Schedule event

To complete the application, your child must attend a test session and, if applicable an interview at the campus program they are applying to. Event scheduling is in your ‘Ohana Parent Portal under Next Steps.


3
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please note, applicants cannot apply for the same grade two years in a row and can only apply to one K-12 campus each year. Please review the residency grid below.


4
Ancestry verification

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha Schools’ Ho‘oulu Verification Services.


5
Submit last year’s final report cards

To complete the application, your child’s last year’s final report card needs to be submitted by September 30, 2023.


6
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


7
Submit a teacher’s recommendation

To complete the application, a teacher’s recommendation needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by December 15, 2023.


9
Submit this year’s report cards

To complete the application, your child’s first quarter of this year’s report card needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.

1
Apply online

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is closed.


2
Schedule event

To complete the application, your child must attend a test session and, if applicable an interview at the campus program they are applying to. Event scheduling is in your ‘Ohana Parent Portal under Next Steps.


3
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please note, applicants cannot apply for the same grade two years in a row and can only apply to one K-12 campus each year. Please review the residency grid below.


4
Ancestry verification

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha Schools’ Ho‘oulu Verification Services.


5
Submit last year’s final report cards

To complete the application, your child’s last year’s final report card needs to be submitted by September 30, 2023.


6
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


7
Submit a teacher’s recommendation

To complete the application, a teacher’s recommendation needs to be submitted by December 15, 2023.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by December 15, 2023.


9
Submit this year’s report cards

To complete the application, your child’s first semester of this year’s report card needs to be submitted by January 31, 2024 and your child’s 3rd quarter of this year’s report card or progress report needs to be submitted by March 31, 2024.


Application calendar

15Aug
2023

Application opens

30Sep
2023

Application deadline


Age eligibility

Applications are available online beginning on August 15, 2023. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is September 30, 2023.

Applications are submitted online through the Admissions Application ‘Ohana Portal. If you require assistance to submit an online application, please contact our Admissions Office, O‘ahu Resource Center at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza in downtown Honolulu, or at one of Kamehameha Schools’ Regional Resource Centers. See a list of support sites locations and contact information.

Grade applying toAge or grade level requirement
KindergartenBorn on or between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019*
Grade 6Currently in Grade 5
Grade 9Currently in Grade 8
Grade 10**Currently in Grade 9

*Kindergarten (K) applicants must be 5 years old by July 31st of the year in which they will be entering school and verify age eligibility. Keiki original birth certificate must be submitted to Ho‘oulu Verification Services to validate their age. Until the applicant’s birth certificate is submitted, their application for admissions to Kamehameha Schools is considered incomplete.

Applicants cannot be 19 years old by September 1st of their senior year.

**Only on space availability


Residency and regional eligibility

Please enter your ZIP code (or type “out of state” for those not in the state of Hawai‘i) below for residency and regional eligibility.

O‘ahu (Ewa Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11

O‘ahu (Ko‘olau Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11

O‘ahu (Kona, O‘ahu Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11

O‘ahu (Waialua Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11

O‘ahu (Wai‘anae Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11

Maui (Hana Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, grades K, 6, 9, 10 and 11
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Maui

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, grades Kindergarten, 6, 9 and 10

Maui

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, grades Kindergarten, 6, 9 and 10
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Hawai‘i (East Region)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Campus, grades Kindergarten, 6, 9 and 10

Hawai‘i (West Region — Between Pa‘auilo and Ocean View)

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Campus, grades Kindergarten, 6, 9 and 10
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Moloka‘i

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Lana‘i

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus grades 7, 9, 10 and 11

Out of state

You are eligible to apply for:

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, grades 7, 9, 10, 11
Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, grades 6, 9 and 10
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Campus, grades 6, 9 and 10

Island applying fromKS region nameGrade applying toEligible for this campus
Hawai‘i

East

Covers these ZIP codes: 96710, 96718, 96720, 96721, 96728, 96749, 96760, 96764, 96771, 96772, 96773, 96774, 96777, 96778, 96780, 96781, 96783, 96785

KindergartenHawai‘i
Grade 6Hawai‘i
Grade 9Hawai‘i

West (Between Pa‘auilo and Ocean View)

Covers these ZIP codes: 96704, 96719, 96725, 96726, 96727, 96737, 96738, 96739, 96740, 96743, 96745, 96750, 96755, 96776

KindergartenHawai‘i
Grade 6Hawai‘i
Grade 7Kapālama
Grade 9Hawai‘i OR Kapālama
Grades 10-11Kapālama
Out of stateOut of stateGrade 6Hawai‘i OR Maui
Grade 9 and 10Hawai‘i, Kapālama OR Maui

Tuition

GradeCampusTuition
Kindergarten-5th GradeHawai‘i$5,248
6th GradeHawai‘i$5,402
7th-12th GradeHawai‘i$6,456

The tuition costs are for the 2023-2024 school year.


Out-of-state applicants

Applications: Kamehameha’s Hawai‘i Campus K-12 program gives priority to students who reside in the state of Hawai‘i. However, out-of-state students may apply and be considered for admission to the following grades: 6, 9 and 10. Kamehameha will not accept applications to elementary at any campus from out-of-state students. No exceptions will be made.

Out-of-state applicants to grade 6, 9 and 10 will be required to complete the admissions test, interview, and writing sample.


Verification

Admissions priority is given to applicants residing in Hawai‘i with their parents or legal guardians, all of whom are current and permanent residents of the State of Hawai‘i in accordance with KS policy.

Kamehameha Schools observes geographic regional allocations to ensure equitable geographic distribution of spaces. Therefore, upon acceptance, parents must verify the physical home address listed on their child’s application.

In addition, if the applicant’s biological parents are not currently married, you will be required to submit all necessary court documents (divorce decrees, custody agreements, legal guardianship, etc.) to determine legal custody.

Custodial information establishes who has the legal authority to make decisions and to sign school documents on behalf of this child 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 also a U.S. citizen, Kamehameha Schools cannot accept or process their application.


Request for ADA accommodations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), children with a diagnosed, life-long disability that requires the utilization of accommodations during the testing and/or observation or interview phases of the application process may receive the required accommodation in these phases of Kamehameha Schools’ application process.

Validation of the required accommodation is needed. Parents requesting a testing and/or observation or interview accommodation for their child should include in-depth documentation of their child’s diagnosed disability that includes, but is not limited to:

  1. A diagnostic statement from the diagnosing professional that;
  2. Indicates the level of severity and;
  3. Provides a listing of functional limitations and;
  4. Provides a prognosis for the future (Will the disability stay at the same level of severity? Will it improve? Will it worsen?)

Notice regarding outstanding debts

Before applying your child for admission to Kamehameha Schools (KS), please be sure that any outstanding debts you have with KS are cleared. An outstanding debt may have been incurred if you have another child who is currently, or was previously, enrolled at KS.

An outstanding debt may delay application processing for your child. Applicants whose families have outstanding debts may not be offered admission to KS until the debt has been cleared.

If you have an outstanding debt, please call our Student Billing Office at 842-8309 or toll-free at 1-800-842-4682 x28309.


Testing and interview

Kamehameha Schools uses the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), which is a secured test administered using an iPad or laptop. More information: MAP test information

A select number of students will be called back to participate in the second phase of testing: A classroom observation. The classroom observations are used to evaluate an applicant’s non-cognitive skills, social skills and general school readiness.

During the test, applicants will also be required to complete and submit a writing sample. In addition to testing, applicants are scheduled for an interview with a Kamehameha Schools’ teacher or administrator.


FAQ

The competitive nature of admission to Kamehameha Schools is due to the increasing numbers of children seeking enrollment. Each year the number of applications received exceeds the number of available spaces anywhere from a ratio of 3:1 to 17:1, depending on the campus and grade level.

At Kamehameha Schools we firmly believe that every child has potential and wish to acknowledge and affirm the strength of each applicant’s unique talents. The challenge is that Kamehameha Schools does not have a space on one of our campuses for every applicant. However, we are actively working to develop community programs to serve greater numbers of children and meet a broader variety of needs and interests. These programs are designed to assist many more children to develop their potential, cultivate their unique abilities, and achieve success.

Kamehameha Schools is committed to enroll a diverse student population that represents a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, islands and communities, ability levels, talents and life experiences. Kamehameha Schools looks for students who have already demonstrated that they have the motivation, attitude, character and work habits necessary to successfully graduate from Kamehameha Schools.

Four-member faculty rating committees, composed of teachers and counselors, review all applications for a single grade level in each region. For example, all Windward applicants to grade seven are evaluated by the same committee. All committee members are current Kamehameha Schools’ faculty who work with children in the grade level to which your child is applying.

All admissions decisions are made by a consensus of the faculty rating committee that evaluated the applications of all students in a particular region and gender grouping. The Admissions Office facilitates the admissions process but does not select applicants for admission to Kamehameha Schools. Furthermore, the Admissions Office does not have the authority to reverse a committee decision, nor does that authority rest with the CEO or Trustees of Kamehameha Schools. Faculty Rating Committees are empowered to make all admission decisions. Any diversion from this process is considered tampering.

All faculty rating committee members must disclose any personal potential conflicts of interest prior to the review process. Faculty members with conflicts are excluded from participating. The rating process is conducted using strict protocols. Score calculations for applicants are run on our computer system to avoid human arithmetic errors. All selection meetings are facilitated by the Admissions Office and monitored by the Internal Auditor. Finally, every summer Kamehameha Schools’ Internal Auditor audits the records of the Admissions Office. The final audit report is shared with the CEO, Trustees and the external Court Master, who also reviews Kamehameha Schools annually.

Yes. Students in this category are sent notifications advising them that they are placed in a wait pool. These notifications need to be acknowledged and responded to, or the applicant will be withdrawn and not included in the wait pool process. The terms and length of wait pools vary by campus and grade level.

No, not all applicants who are orphans or indigents are enrolled. As directed by Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s will, Hawaiian orphans and Hawaiian children living in indigent circumstances do receive special consideration for admission. In order to be considered as an orphan or indigent applicant, additional paperwork and verification is required. Special consideration spaces are limited and, like all other applicants, they are tested and evaluated and must demonstrate their ability to be successful at Kamehameha Schools.

Absolutely! There is so much more to Kamehameha Schools than our three campuses. Kamehameha Schools actually offers many innovative educational programs. Offerings include a variety of summer programs, distance learning, community based family education, mentoring programs and more. Kamehameha Schools also operates 30 preschools statewide, has formed partnerships with public charter schools, and offers post-high school financial aid for students.

Of particular interest to the parents of Pre-K-12 children is the Pauahi Keiki Scholars program, which offers need-based financial assistance to help children attend other qualifying non-KS preschools and the Kīpona Scholarship program, which offers need-based financial assistance to help children attending private K-12 schools other than Kamehameha Schools.

Need kōkua?

Phone:
(808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA and press 3 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.)