Liholiho Elementary is a 2004, 2011 and 2020 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Schools award
Liholiho Elementary school has been named 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Liholiho was among 317 public school and 50 non-public school winners nationwide announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Public schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award must meet one of two performance award criteria:
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Liholiho met the criteria for Exemplary High Performing schools, ranking in the top 15% of Hawaiʻi schools in achievement in English and math.
Liholiho Elementary Liholiho’s performance exceeded statewide averages in English language arts and math by over 17 percentage points in the selection year. The Honolulu school’s population of 454 students is culturally diverse, with over 17 different ethnicities represented and one-fourth of the student population identifying as English Learners. Also recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004 and 2011, Liholiho attributes its academic success to strengthening instructional delivery across curricular areas by integrating literacy skills with high-impact thinking. The school’s consistent use of social emotional strategies, the integration of art across subjects, and the use of “learning pit” strategies where learners find multiple solutions to challenging problems, has also contributed to high levels of student achievement.