LIHUE — Kauai public high schools made big strides during the 2015-16 school year.
The Hawaii State Department of Education announced an increase in the number of public high schools and public charter schools in terms of their academic performance; in particular, graduation rates and test scores.
Three Kauai public high schools were ranked in the top 12 of Hawaii schools in graduates enrolling into college during the 2015-16 school year.
Kapaa High School ranked No. 6 in students graduating high school (four-year rate) in the state with 92 percent; the statewide average is 82 percent.
Waimea High School, ranked No. 6 on the list, had a 75 percent rate of graduates attending college. Waimea High also ranked No. 8 in the state in students graduating high school (five-year rate).
“We are very proud of the accomplishments of Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea high schools for being recognized as high achieving schools in their respective areas of improvement,” said Kauai Superintendent Bill Arakaki.
Kauai High School was No. 11 on the list with a 71 percent rate of 2016 graduates attending college.
“Our goal is to make these students college ready,” said Anne Kane, Kauai High School principal. “It all starts from ninth-grade because the counselor that a student has in ninth-grade stays with them through 12th-grade. The teachers are holding the students to the standards. If you raise the bar, the students will meet it.”