1000’s of fewer college students enrolled in public colleges in Hawaii this yr

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Enrollment in Hawaiian public schools fell nearly 2% this school year amid fears that more families are looking for other school options amid the pandemic.

The state education department said 171,600 students are enrolled in public and charter schools across the state. That is more than 3,000 fewer students than in the previous year.

Much of this decline has been seen in traditional public schools, but there has also been a decline in diplomas.

“Enrollments have changed in public school districts across the country as families get used to life through a health pandemic,” interim school principal Keith Hayashi said in a press release.

“One of the department’s priorities for this school year is to reconnect and engage our students with their schools and learning.”

The largest high school in the state is still Campbell with 3,075 students. Mililani Middle (1,585 students) is the largest intermediate campus. And the largest elementary school is August Ahrens with a school enrollment of 1,219. The Hawaii Technology Academy (1,363 students) is the largest charter school.

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