Hawaii State Department of Education
Special Needs. Students eligible for special education and related services receive specially designed instruction based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students between the ages of three and twenty years are placed in the least restrictive environment to benefit from a free and appropriate public education.
Gifted/Talented. With available resources, each school designs programs to serve the needs of identified gifted/talented students. These differentiated programs include enrichment activities, acceleration, advanced placement, and/or honors classes.
ESLL Students with limited English proficiency are tested when they first enter school. The tests determine what English and native language help is needed for the students to progress in school. Appropriate services are provided.
Learning Centers & Academies. There are thirty high school Learning Centers that offer special programs in business, computer technology, communication arts, humanities, international studies, music, performing arts, science, marine science, agriculture, mathematics, and vocational studies. Several school offer Academy Programs that provide specific career training. The Academies are funded by national grants and support from local business and industry.
Community Schools for Adults A statewide network of eleven Community Schools for Adults provides a wide variety of educational programs for adults wanting to improve existing or develop new skills. Each year, about 2,000 adults receive high school certificates/diplomas upon completion of these courses.
A concentration of courses and services also is offered through Adult Basic Education, Naturalization Training, High School Completion, Computer Training, and Parent Education, Cultural/Recreational, Adult Literacy Education, and Community Education. Each year about 102,00 learners enroll in more than 5,200 classes as part of the instructional programs occurring year-round.
Hawaiian Education. The Hawaiian Studies and Language Programs Section provides oversight for the Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language Immersion Programs. The Hawaiian Studies program consists of kupuna and makua -- culturally competent, native resources -- who, through their teaching and leadership, seek to preserve the native language, values, history, and culture of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Language Immersion Program provides -- to a limited number of sites -- the educational instruction and experiences of the Hawaii State Performance Standards through the use of Hawaiian as the language of instruction.
JROTC. Twenty-seven high schools offer Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs. Contact the high school for information on the specific JROTC program offered.
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