Primary School

"Barry" Obama began his education in Hawaii's public schools. He was enrolled in Ms. Sakai’s kindergarten class at Noelani Elementary School in 1967. He was only there a couple or three months before he was off to Indonesia.

Oddly, Obama's Noelani Elementary School Kindergarten records are missing from the State of Hawaii Department of Education. According to Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, "...the Department of Education has been unable to find his records."

The Department of Education does not "lose" the records of one particular student. During the 2008 primary campaign, Obama joked that Hillary, his opponent, was even digging into his Kindergarten records. He knew there were none and that's a gfood thing. There's lot's of original documents and information attached to kidergarten records.

In the photo, above, the first little boy in the third row, left is "Barry" Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng has confirmed that the boy is her brother.

The two white girls in the same row are most likely the Nordyke twins. They were not identical twins, but they did have the same smile. They were born within hours of Obama. The anomalies in their and Obama's birth records remain a mystery.

Obama may have started Kindergarten in Hawaii but was whisked off to Indonesia as a result of his mother's second marriage.

The "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" blog reports that Obama's Indonesian schooling began when he was entered into the Roman Catholic, Franciscus Assisi Primary School, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 1, 1968 and sat in class 1B. His teacher has been identified as Fermina Katarina Sinaga.

He was registered under the name of Barry Soetoro, serial number 203. The school registration document identifies Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen and his religion was identified as Islam.

This registration document (and translation) was made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiscus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows the boy's religion as Islam.

Obama then entered the Besuki Primary School, a state school. He was enrolled as Indonesian citizen, Barry Soetoro, Muslim. He would attend Besuki for two years.

Iis Darmawan, 63, Obama's teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills.

His third grade teacher, Fermina Katarina Sinaga, now 67, asked her class to write an essay titled "My dream: What I want to be in the future." Obama wrote "I want to be a President," she said.

Sometime in the third grade, after his family moved to a different part of the city, Obama transferred to Elementary School Menteng 1, possibly the most famous primary school in Indonesia. Founded as a Dutch colonial school in 1934, it has long drawn the children of the country’s ruling class because of its location in Menteng, traditionally the wealthiest residential neighborhood in Jakarta.