School at Hawaii - ハワイの学校制度

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School at Hawaii

When your child turn to age of school year, you might be confusing or wonder when you can apply.

Since the 2014-15 school year, children must be five years of age on or before July 31 of the school year to enter kindergarten. Even your child turns five years of age after July 31, 2016, has gone to preschool for several years and is ready for kindergarten, you cannot the school administer an entrance exam to enroll him/her.

However, private school is different. For example, Punahou, Iolani, and Mid-Pac, age requirements to qualify for admission testing, your child must have been born between the dates, boys June 2010 – June 2011, girls September 2010 – September 2011 for this year kindergarten.

Geographic exceptions

Under Hawaii laws, all persons attending public school are required to attend the school in the geographic area in which they reside. However, permission to attend another school may be granted by the Department.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Permission to attend another school outside a student's geographic area may be granted by the Department with the welfare of the child as a major consideration.

The Department is directed to establish procedures for the handling and approval of GE requests, including application process and timelines, criteria for selection, a public chance selection process if requests exceed a school’s established capacity, and an appeal procedure for denied requests. These procedures provide that:

  1. A student, once granted a geographic exception, shall belong to the school for which it is granted and shall enjoy all rights, privileges and responsibilities that are enjoyed by other students at the school until the student graduates or otherwise transfers.

  2. There shall be suitable consequences (including possible recision of the geographic exception) if the information upon which the exception was granted is found to have been false.

  3. The process established by the Department shall be equitable, widely publicized and “user friendly” to parents and children.

  4. There shall be timelines that permit reasonable projections of school enrollment so that new geographic exceptions shall not be the cause of a school exceeding the enrollment limits established by the Department.

The placement of a child with special needs shall conform to the law.

Fill out the GE Application form, and submit to the home school (for new students) or current school for students who are already enrolled. (The home school serves the geographic area of the child's residence.) GE applications for the next school year shall be submitted between January 1 and March 1 to facilitate a decision before the end of the school year.


Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) reported average of private preschool tuition 2014-2015 is $868.91 for 4 -5 years old at Honolulu.

What kind of programs do child care centers offer?

Most facilities let you choose the daily routine for your infant up to 18 months. As your child becomes more independent you begin to see the introduction of activities which will stimulate your child's imagination. Art, culture, physical education and similar preschool courses support your child's growth from age 3 to 4.

Group child care centers want to be seen as your child's second home. Generations ago you would have left your infant with its grandmother or an aunt. That's the kind of warm nurturing environment most child care centers seek to replicate.

What is the difference between a daycare and a preschool?

The difference is in the age groups. Daycare usually covers six weeks through age two. Preschool starts at age 2. There is more educational structure to a preschooler's day. Children have lessons in languages, dance, art, physical education and similar subjects. Activities will be play-based and experiential as a rule.

Local Subsidy Programs

Please contact your local PATCH office will refer you to the appropriate contact for information on child care subsidies supported by the State Department of Human Services. (Please note, PATCH does not administer the State child care subsidy program.) Here is information on other resources for child care assistance:

Arbor Child Care Connections is a federal subsidy program helping families pay for child care services. For more information call an office in your area.

In Honolulu (Hawaii Kai - Halawa) call 566-2600.

Preschool Open Doors Program (POD) promotes school readiness by providing child care subsidies to eligible families for the year prior to kindergarten. For the 2016-17 school year, applications are accepted for children born August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2012, with priority given to those who are under-served or at-risk. Eligible families select the DHS-licensed group child care facility (i.e. preschool) of their choice. The Department of Human Services contracts with PATCH to run the program. For more information call our office on Oahu: 791-2130 and Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620 (toll free) or contact your local PATCH office.

Lumbini Preschool is accepting POD, Arbor Child Care Connections and others. Please contact us for more information.

Are you tired? Don't give up!

You know that you have to find a safe, reliable, trustworthy school for your precious children. You are not quite sure how to assess and evaluate all the school options in your area.

Just contact us, and let's talk together!!


Suzie Nishiyama


(Article in Japanese is following)





ですから、8月1日から12月31日生まれの子供のことを遅生れ(Late Born)と呼ぶことがあります。





また、地区や学区によってレベルも違ってきます。そのためいい学区やレベルの高い学校に入るために引っ越しをする人もいますが、引っ越しをしないで希望の学校に入る為には、越境入学(GE-Geographic exception) と言うシステムがあります。自分の住む住所で元々いくべきだった公立学校(ホームスクール-Home School)以外の学校に通える制度です。



GEで進学する場合は各校の受付開始日を調べ、申し込みをすませましょう (開始日は1月1日が多いです) 。いくつ申し込んでも大丈夫です。結果はなかなか来ませんが気長に待つしかありませんが、ほとんどが4月頃までに通知が来ます。




ハワイの平均的プレスクールの費用は、   1~2歳児・週5日一日コース(6:00~18:00)$1,140/月   2歳児・週5日一日コース(6:00~18:00)$940/月   3~5歳児・週5日一日コース(6:00~18:00)$850/月