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Public Schools

There are many public schools on Oahu, and depending on what area of the island you are interested in, the quality of education can vary. Some neighborhoods and communities have fine public schools while others are struggling to maintain an acceptable level of learning.

Doing research is important if you are considering Oahu public schools for your children, and a good source of information can be Honolulu Magazine (www.honolulumagazine.com). The magazine evaluates Hawaii's public schools every year, making it possible for parents to analyze everything from reading and math scores to parent, faculty and student feedback. Our team at CENTURY 21 Hawaiian Style can also advise on real estate purchases where schools are a factor in your decision.

Private Schools

Honolulu is home to some of Hawaii's finest private schools, including the Punahou School, where President Obama attended. Punahou School is located in Manoa Valley, has a diverse student population of 3,750 students - an average of 96% of which will enter into higher education - and is widely considered to provide children with an excellent academic foundation. Other renowned schools in Honolulu include Iolani and the Mid-Pacific Institute. Most private schools on Oahu take applications in the fall, and the competitive application process often continues into the spring. Parents can contact the schools directly for more details, or attend annual academic fairs to meet with school representatives. Another good source of information is the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (www.hais.org).

Whether you are considering a private or public education for your children, always ask for advice and take the time to research specific towns and neighborhoods around Oahu.

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