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Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Hawaii Preparatory Academy is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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Hawaii Preparatory Academy says

Aloha! Founded in 1949, Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) is one of the premier independent, co-educational college-preparatory boarding and day schools in the Pacific Region offering a full range of academic and extracurricular opportunities for 614 students in grades K-12. The school is located on two campuses encompassing 228 acres on the Island of Hawai'i. HPA offers a boarding option for students in grades 6-12, and draws its diverse student body from the Hawaiian Islands, 22 other states and U.S. territories, and 18 other countries. Students pursue an ambitious, well-rounded course of studies in small classes taught by a dedicated, highly professional faculty using the latest in educational technology. The challenging academic curriculum takes advantage of Hawai'is geographic and social setting to give students a strong sense of Hawai'i and its culture. The marine science program, in collaboration with NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, offers unrivaled encounters with the island's remarkable ocean environment. Partnerships with its high-tech neighbors such as the Mauna Loa Observatory enable participation in real-world, cutting edge research Offerings also include programs in the visual and performing arts as well as an Upper School interscholastic athletic program that stresses schoolwide participation and teaches the values of sportsmanship and fair play. About 98 percent of graduates enter college in the fall following their high school graduation. Many choose colleges in the western United States, favoring such schools as Lewis & Clark College, Pomona College, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and the Universities of California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Others seek experiences farther east at such institutions as Amherst College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Vanderbilt University. HPA is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of 12 educational organizations including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, College Entrance Examination Board, Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education, Cum Laude Society, National Association of College Admission Counselors, Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, and National Association of Independent Schools. - Hawai'i Preparatory Academy


The curriculum of Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Upper School, grades 9-12, is college preparatory, with emphasis placed on acquiring basic knowledge in all subject areas. Advanced Placement courses in 19 subject areas are offered. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1; most classes number between 8 and 20 students. Modern academic facilities provide clean and bright learning environments. The Middle School program serves the needs, interests, and abilities of children in grades 6, 7, and 8 whose educational goals include college-level academic work. The program is designed for students who seek a challenging learning environment with behavioral expectations at the same challenging level. The Middle School provides a transition through the period of physical, emotional, and intellectual development between childhood and early adolescence. The school's program serves the dual role of preparation for the immediate and well-defined future of the next grade and the largely unknown years to come. The school attempts to include in its offerings, experiences that help individuals accept changes in themselves and others. As a result, academic development and personal development go hand-in-hand as equal partners. The Lower School provides a rich learning environment that holistically nurtures the intellectual, social, emotional, and moral growth of each child. Staffed by caring and professional educators, dedicated to helping all children reach their potential, the school's educational program is both challenging and enriching. Classroom teachers work collaboratively with specialists in the visual and performing arts, music, physical education, computer and library science, and with administrators and staff, to deliver high-level, integrated instruction in a supportive, safe, and respectful environment.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is to provide exceptional learning opportunities and a diverse community honoring the traditions of Hawai‘i.


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Grades Cost Term
Middle School $44,100 Annual

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  (808) 881-4321
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Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 65th percentile.

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: February 8



Academic Calendar: Quarter

Test Scores

1460 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1800 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1628 Average score for the SAT Composite

  • Japanese
  • Hawaiian
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 614
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 16
1 14
2 20
3 20
4 20
5 22
6 29
7 43
8 42
9 83
10 110
11 98
12 97

Hawaii Preparatory Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Hawaii Preparatory Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 49% Male / 51% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 50%


  • American Red Cross
  • Dance
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Literary Magazine
  • Photography Club
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Yoga

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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