Formally known as Moanalua Intermediate School, Moanalua Middle School (MMS) is located on the island of Oahu about eight miles west of the capital city of Honolulu, in the Moanalua Gardens community and within three miles of the Daniel K. Inouye Airport. Our school opened in 1967 and currently has 60 certificatied staff (teachers) and 27 classified staff (support personnel) serving approximately 850 students in the 7th and 8th grade. Included in the certificated staff are three counselors, a registrar, a student services coordinator, three curriculum coordinators, a middle school coordinator, a technology coordinator, and a half-time student activities coordinator.
Our school reflects the economic and ethnic diversity of the Moanalua community and approximately 30% of the student population are dependents from all branches of the military. Approximately 28% of the student population qualified for free or reduced meals. Our school’s student body demographics, based on the most recent profile data, is: 48% are Asian, 14% are Pacific Islander (including Native Hawaiian), 12% are White, 11% are Hispanic, 5% are Black and 10% are multiple ethnicities. Approximately 8% of students receive Special Education services and 4% of students receive English Language Learner (ELL) services.
The Moanalua Complex is made up of six (6) schools: Moanalua High, Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elementary, Red Hill Elementary, Salt Lake Elementary, and Major General William R. Shafter Elementary. Our complex schools value collaboration and communication due to the diversity of each school community and transient population.
Our school is grounded in a belief that we are stronger as a team than as an individual; thus, adopting the concepts of teaming and looping. Every student is assigned to an interdisciplinary teaching team. Each team consists of teachers for each core subject: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition to the content area standards, HIDOE’s General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are practiced to ensure our students are engaged and become lifelong learners. In Advisory class, our students will learn what it means to be a part of a Tribes learning community.
The MMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) supports our school through fund-raising efforts and making purchases that general school funds cannot provide. Our school has an active and engaged School Community Council (SCC) with student, parent, and community representation. MMS is continuously seeking out community partnerships; past and ongoing partnerships include campus beautification, reading mentors, Aloha `Aina recycling, and extended support for curricular and co-curricular activities. If you are interested in becoming involved, please leave your contact information with the school office.
Our Parent-Community Networking and New Student Transition Center is located on campus to provide services to students and families; please contact the school’s PCNC for more information.
Moanalua Middle School has a strong academic focus and is highly regarded by students from other communities as many applications are received each year for a geographic exception (GE). Our Fine Arts program, which includes band, orchestra, and art, is considered exemplary as students and teachers, over the years, have received district, state and national recognition. Digital Media and Technology, including computer education, is infused across the curriculum and continues to be a special area of emphasis, and every student is issued a 1-to-1 digital device (computer laptop). Staff development, parent and community participation, and priority funding have supported this effort.