About Us


Palisades Elementary School

Palisades Elementary School is a small public school in the Manana Uka community, more commonly known as Pacific Palisades.

In 1965, we opened our doors to 450 students from 380 families. Later in the early 1970s, the Palisades community exploded bringing in over 1,500 kindergarten through sixth grade students. Later, as our community grew older, our enrollment decreased to the lower 400s.

Today, we service over 420 students.

Striving for excellence, Palisades Elementary School met the criteria as a “recognition, high performing school” under the STRIVE HI index for SY 2013-14. In addition, we closed our achievement gap by 45%.

Palisades is part of the Leeward District and our students belong to the Pearl City Complex. Highlights of our student population are 31% Hawaiian (the largest group), 8% special needs, and 5% English Language Learners. All teachers are highly qualified with an average of 13 years of teaching experience.

Our faculty and students participate in various Pearl City Complex Schools’ activities throughout the year, including the annual basketball, track meet, and Math Olympiad events that our parents and students eagerly attend with high school spirit. 

Palisades Elementary has an active PTO Board that coordinates activities for the school and also financially supports various school and grade level events.

As we transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, analyses of school-wide assessments, and reflection and observation of best practices continue to be our goal in providing a well-rounded curriculum to achieve our vision of college and career ready lifelong learners.