excerpted from the MoHS Accreditation Report, 2011-2012

Moanalua High School is a comprehensive four-year high school servicing grades 9-12 in the Hawaii Department of Education’s Central District.  Moanalua’s Complex feeder schools include Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elementary, Red Hill Elementary, Fort Shafter Elementary, and Salt Lake Elementary.  Together, the six schools service about 6,000 students.
The high school, situated on the rim of Salt Lake Crater overlooking Moanalua Gardens, was established in 1972 and graduated its first class in 1975.  It is on a campus of 30 acres with facilities that include 80 classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, and a stadium.  The whole school underwent ADA barrier free renovation in the late nineties to accommodate students with physical challenges, so that all buildings and support facilities like the stadium could be accessed by these students.  

School Motto: “Kulia I ka nu’u”
(Strive for Excellence)
Vision: Moanalua High School is a learning community where, in the spirit of the Menehune, everyone works in partnership to strive for excellence.
A graduate of Moanalua High School will be able to:
·         Demonstrate proficiency in academic
·         Think critically and creatively in problem-solving situations
·         Use positive intrapersonal and interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit a commitment to our global society

School/State General Learner Outcomes
·         Independent and Responsible Learners
·         Skilled Collaborators and Team Players
·         Complex Thinkers and Problem Solvers
·         Producers of Quality Products and Performances
·         Effective Communicators
·         Effective and Ethical Users of Technology

Moanalua High School receives tremendous leadership and support from various community, parent, alumni parent, and business partnerships including the following:
            MoHS School Community Council (SCC)
            MoHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) including Project Graduation
            MoHS Alumni Foundation
            MoHS Athletic Boosters Association
            MoHS Music Boosters Association
            University of Hawaii Masters in Education for Teaching Program (MET)
            Joint Ventures Educational Forum (JVEF)

School Community Council (SCC)
There are 12 members on the Council:  the Principal; four faculty members; one member of the classified staff; two students; two parents of enrolled students; and, two community members.  With the exception of the Principal, all other members are elected or chosen by their constituent groups.   
The Moanalua High School Community Council group has consistently demonstrated its desire and willingness to work towards school improvement.  The extensive years of experience of SCC members in the area of site based school management is a strength of the council.   All role groups are actively involved in group discussions, such as providing input into and giving approval to the school’s annual Academic and Financial Plan, and evaluation of the school principal. 

The school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is one of the most active among Hawaii high schools and boasts one of the largest parent memberships (over 500) for secondary public schools in the state. 

The PTSA sponsors the inaugural Menehune Kina’ole Awards Dinner, in which school volunteers and distinguished alumni are honored.  A highly successful silent auction is a major part of the evening thanks to the generous donations from individuals and businesses throughout the state.
In addition, the Association supports Reflections, Drug Free Programs, Staff Appreciation, other School Improvement Projects, and Project Graduation. 

Community Programs
Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) is a partnership between the Department of Education and the military.  This group has oversight over the disbursement of $5 million in federal monies each year that are earmarked for repair and maintenance, technology, and textbooks for schools with significant military-dependent populations.  Moanalua’s military-dependent students make up approximately 20%  to 25% of the school’s student population. 
The high school has also forged a strong working relationship with the Moanalua/Aiea Community School for Adults, which shares space in the Administration Building and utilizes the high school’s classrooms and other facilities for its evening programs.  The adult school supports the school’s program for at-risk students in need of credits for graduation by providing a teacher for the after-school program.  The adult school purchased the Plato program (which provides online curriculum in a variety of subject areas) and is making the program available as a pilot for students in the high school’s at-risk program.  It has also provided training for teachers in the use of the new program.    The school also maintains programs for at-risk students at Honolulu Community College, Youth Challenge, Job Corps, and High Core.   

The school continues to partner with the University of Hawaii’s College of Education to sponsor the Master in Education for Teaching (MEdT) Program.  A cadre of student teachers spend four semesters at Moanalua High School, Moanalua Middle School, Moanalua Elementary, and Salt Lake Elementary learning about the schools and how to become skilled classroom teachers.

Business Partnerships
The school’s relationships with several businesses have resulted in physical improvements to the school that have created a safer environment for students.  Hawaii 3Rs, Kaikor Construction Associates, Inc., Hawaiian Cement, and American Standard Concrete Pumping Hawaii, Inc. have donated materials and provided the necessary manpower to expand the sidewalks and other walkways on campus to facilitate movement between classes.  Thanks to support from business and community partners, the school has made significant improvements to facilities to better serve students and their learning needs, including:    new weight room, new fitness center, new stadium concession stand, new stadium press box, renovated science classroom in M 202, renovated restrooms in gymnasium, and installation of new lights for the tennis courts.