As far as public schools, Honolulu has 39 elementary schools, 9 intermediate schools, 6 senior high schools, and an average per-pupil funding of $7,455 in 2002-2003. The state-wide average student-teacher ratio for elementary and secondary schools is 16.8:1. Honolulu also has 41 private schools, ranging from preschool to grade 12 education. The private schools have a total enrollment of 21,750, averaging 750 students per school.
Known for its programs in the marine sciences, tropical agriculture, geophysics, astronomy, and Asian and Pacific cultures, the University of Hawaii has over 22,300 students enrolled, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. The school serves as the state's "home team" for sports, and receives tremendous support from locals. The state's private universities are Chaminade University of Honolulu, a small institution affiliated with the Society of Mary of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii's largest private university.