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Apply to Kapālama Campus

How to apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available online beginning Aug. 15, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020. Select the apply button below to start your application.

1
Apply online

Complete the online application between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, 2020.


2
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please review the residency grid and out-of-state section below.


3
Age verification

Kindergarten applicants must have a date of birth between Aug. 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016. To complete the application, submit your child’s original birth certificate to the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS) to validate your child’s age eligibility.


4
Ancestry verification

To be considered for Hawaiian preference, applicants ancestry must be verified by the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS).


5
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


6
Submit the teacher’s reference report

To complete the application, a teacher’s reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.

1
Apply online

Complete the online application between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, 2020.


2
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please review the residency grid and out-of-state section below.


3
Ancestry verification

To be considered for Hawaiian preference, applicants ancestry must be verified by the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS).


4
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 Sept. 30, 2020.


5
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


6
Submit the teacher’s reference report

To complete the application, a teacher’s reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


7
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


8
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 Jan. 31, 2021.

1
Apply online

Complete the online application between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, 2020.


2
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please review the residency grid and out-of-state section below.


3
Ancestry verification

To be considered for Hawaiian preference, applicants ancestry must be verified by the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS).


4
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 Sept. 30, 2020.


5
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


6
Submit a teacher’s reference report

To complete the application, a teacher’s reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


7
Submit an administrative reference report

To complete the application, an administrative reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


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 Dec. 15, 2020.

1
Apply online

Complete the online application between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, 2020.


2
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please review the residency grid and out-of-state section below.


3
Ancestry verification

To be considered for Hawaiian preference, applicants ancestry must be verified by the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS).


4
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 Sept. 30, 2020.


5
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


6
Submit a teacher’s reference report

To complete the application, a teacher’s reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


7
Submit the administrative reference report

To complete the application, an administrative reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


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 Dec. 15, 2020.

1
Apply online

Complete the online application between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, 2020.


2
Residency and regional eligibility

Residency verification is required to apply by campus. Please review the residency grid and out-of-state section below.


3
Ancestry verification

To be considered for Hawaiian preference, applicants ancestry must be verified by the Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS).


4
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 Sept. 30, 2020.


5
Submit the ‘ohana form

To complete the application, the ‘ohana form needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


6
Submit a teacher’s reference report

To complete the application, a teacher’s reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


7
Submit the administrative reference report

To complete the application, an administrative reference report needs to be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


8
Submit a letter of recommendation

An optional letter of recommendation may be submitted by Dec. 15, 2020.


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 Jan. 31, 2021.

Application calendar


15Aug

Application opens

30Sep

Application deadline

Age eligibility

Applications are available online beginning on Aug. 15. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is Sept. 30, 2020.

Applications are submitted online through TADS. If you require assistance to submit an online application, please contact one of our three campus Admissions Offices, the Applicant Services 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 to Age or grade level requirement
Kindergarten Born between Aug. 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016*
Grade 4 Currently in Grade 3
Grade 7 Currently in Grade 6
Grade 9 Currently in Grade 8
Grade 10** Currently in Grade 9
Grade 11** Currently in Grade 10

*Kindergarten applicants will need to submit their original birth certificate to the Ho‘oulu Verification Services to validate their age. Until the applicant’s birth certificate is submitted, their application for admission to Kamehameha Schools is considered incomplete.

**Only on space availability.


Residency and regional eligibility

Island applying from KS region name Grade applying to Eligible for this campus
O‘ahu

‘Ewa (Central)

Covers these ZIP codes: 96701, 96706, 96707, 96709, 96759, 96782, 96797, 96818, 96819, 96820, 96853, 96858, 96859, 96860, 96861

Kindergarten Kapālama
Grade 4 Kapālama
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama

Ko‘olau (Windward)

Covers these ZIP codes: 96717, 96730, 96731, 96734, 96744, 96762, 96795, 96863

Kindergarten Kapālama
Grade 4 Kapālama
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama

Kona, O‘ahu

Covers these ZIP codes: 96801, 96802, 96803, 96804, 96805, 96806, 96807, 96808, 96809, 96810, 96811, 96812, 96813, 96814, 96815, 96816, 96817, 96821, 96822, 96823, 96824, 96825, 96826, 96827, 96828, 96830, 96835, 96836, 96837, 96838, 96839, 96840, 96841, 96843, 96844, 96846, 96847, 96848, 96849, 96850

Kindergarten Kapālama
Grade 4 Kapālama
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama

Waialua

Covers these ZIP codes: 96712, 96786, 96789, 96791, 96854, 96857

Kindergarten Kapālama
Grade 4 Kapālama
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama

Wai‘anae Coast

Covers ZIP code 96792

Kindergarten Kapālama
Grade 4 Kapālama
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama
Maui

Hāna

Covers ZIP code 96713

Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9-11 Maui OR Kapālama
Grades 10-11 Kapālama
Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

Covers these ZIP codes: 96703, 96705, 96714, 96715, 96716, 96722, 96741, 96746, 96747, 96751, 96752, 96754, 96756, 96765, 96766, 96769, 96796

Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9-11 Kapālama
Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

Covers these ZIP codes: 96708, 96713, 96729, 96732, 96733, 96742, 96748, 96753, 96757, 96761, 96763, 96767, 96768, 96770, 96779, 96784, 96788, 96790, 96793

Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9-11 Kapālama
Out of state Out of state Grade 6 Hawai‘i OR Maui
Grade 7 Kapālama
Grade 9 Hawai‘i, Kapālama OR Maui
Grades 10-11 Kapālama

Boarding

Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama Campus on O‘ahu has a boarding community of 450 students in grades 7-12. The Boarding Program is a residential learning community and provides a home away from home for Neighbor Island students.

The Boarding Program provides students with a safe, nurturing environment that complements KS’ regular academic program. The program is designed to encourage student efforts to be respectful, responsible and resourceful members of our lāhui. The program is full and varied, and provides haumāna the opportunity to learn and practice independent life skills in a safe environment with the guidance and support of caring adults and peers.

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 Hawai‘i or Maui campuses.

E hele mai to our Kapālama Campus boarding website.


Information for out-of-state applicants

Kamehameha’s 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, 7, 9, 10 and 11.

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

Boarding: Boarding at the Kapālama Campus may be requested, but is not guaranteed. Boarding is not available at the Hawai‘i or Maui campuses.

Interviews for all middle and high school applicants: All applicants will be scheduled for an interview based upon information submitted in the application.

Testing: Kamehameha Schools may schedule all applicants for testing based upon information submitted in the application. Due to the changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the test and interview dates/times are subject to change. The health and safety of our applicant families and staff is our highest priority. If changes are made to testing/interview availability, we will notify applicants by email.


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 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 parental authority.

Parental authority 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.

Tuition

Grade Program Campus Tuition
Kindergarten-6th Grade   Kapālama $4,898
7th-12th Grade Day All $6,026
7th-12th Grade Boarder Kapālama $10,694

 

NOTE: Tuition costs are subject to change for the 2021-2022 school year.

Testing and evaluation

Admission to Kamehameha is selective and, due to the large number of applicants, very competitive. Applicants who meet the Sept. 30, 2020, deadline may be scheduled for standardized testing.

 

COVID-19

Due to the changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the test and interview dates/times are subject to change. The health and safety of our applicant families and staff is our highest priority. If changes are made to testing/interview availability, we will notify applicants by email.

 

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

Once testing is completed, scores are evaluated and applicants are divided by campus, region and gender, and then ranked by their test scores. Based on the strength of their test scores relative to their region and gender grouping, a small number of students from each region/gender group are asked 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.

Parents of students invited to participate in the classroom observation will also be asked to complete a questionnaire and submit the ‘ohana form and a Teacher Reference Report (completed by their child’s current preschool teacher).

Kamehameha Schools may schedule all applicants for testing based upon information submitted in the application. Kamehameha uses the ERB CTP 5 (Comprehensive Testing Program) which is a nationally standardized achievement test that helps assess what a child has already learned. Applicants are tested in two areas: general math and reading comprehension. See more information about the ERB CTP 5: CTP test information  |  CTP FAQS

In addition to testing, applicants are scheduled for a personal interview with a Kamehameha teacher or administrator.

Applicants are required to submit their final report card from the previous school year, and their first quarter report card for the current school year (once they are received, typically in October). Parents/legal guardians of students who are home schooled should call our office if they have any questions regarding report card submittal requirements.

Applicants also submit two Teacher Reference Reports. Acceptable TRRs will be completed by the applicant’s previous year and/or current year self-contained classroom teacher(s) in the core subjects. Applicants also submit Administrative Reference Report from their current principal, vice principal or school counselor.


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 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 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 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’s 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 too, 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 actually offers many innovative educational programs. Offerings include a variety of summer programs; distance learning; community based family education; mentoring programs and more. Kamehameha 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.

Need kōkua?

 

Phone:
(808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA Press 2 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.)

Email:
ksrc@ksbe.edu

Schedule help:
bookings.ksbe.edu/ksrc

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100