County enrollment rises slightly

Maui County’s public schools’ enrollment grew by 211 students this school year, or 1 percent more than last year, according to a Department of Education announcement of official enrollment figures.

The county’s 31 public schools (not counting charter schools) have an enrollment of 21,330 students, compared with 21,119 enrolled in the 2012-13 school year.

Statewide, 288 public schools overall have an enrollment of 185,273, an increase of more than 2,000, or 1.1 percent, over last year’s figure of 183,251. The figures include all 255 DOE schools and 33 charter schools.

Of Hawaii’s seven school districts, Maui County’s ranks fifth, ahead of Windward Oahu, 15,189; and Kauai, 9,505.

The districts with the highest enrollment are Leeward Oahu, 40,959; Central Oahu, 33,496; Honolulu, 31,552; and the Big Island, 23,445.

Maui Waena Intermediate School’s enrollment of 1,095 in the 6th through 8th grades made it the state’s fourth largest intermediate or middle school. The largest intermediate school in the state is Mililani Middle with 1,743 students.

The state’s five largest public high schools are all on Oahu, with the largest being Campbell High School with 2,821 students.

And, the five largest enrollments in elementary schools are on Oahu, the largest at August Ahrens Elementary in Waipahu with 1,427 in grades kindergarten through the 6th grade.

Maunaloa Elementary School on Molokai has 61 students, ranking it the third smallest school in the state. The smallest school is Niihau School, with 10 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

The state’s charter schools saw the largest percentage increase in enrollment, 2.1 percent, from 9,593 students last year to 9,797 this school year. Charter school enrollment makes up about 5 percent of the state’s total number of students in public schools.

Kihei Charter School is the fifth largest in the state with its enrollment of 576 in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Maui County’s other charter school is Kualapu’u Elementary on Molokai. Its website reports its enrollment as fewer than 400 students.

The enrollment gains can be partly attributed to the large number of births in 2008 and more students staying in the state’s public schools, DOE officials said.