Hongwanji Mission School

1728 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813-0968
Tel: (808)532-0522
Grades: PK-8 | 336 students
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With an emphasis on a challenging academic curriculum and a personalized learning environment, the Hongwanji Mission School (HMS) focuses on developing students into confident, compassionate and well-rounded citizens.
HMS, serves grades Preschool-8 with an educational pathway committed to a student-centered learning philosophy to ensure the development of the whole child through active and creative learning that incorporates Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Technology Literacy.
Offering an average class size of 15:1, the WASC/HAIS accredited school takes pride in stimulating, age-appropriate classes taught by dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. Working families appreciate HMS' full-day program at its convenient, centrally located campus in lower Nuuanu.
For its youngest students, preschool is an inclusive all-day educational program.
Parents of K-8 students also have available all-day educational programs to keep their children engaged and safe. Technology Literacy is integrated into classroom instruction as a tool integral to learning as well as to prepare students for the 21st century workplace.
Study tours culminate each grade level.
Some are short overnight stays; Zoo, Aquarium, Bishop Museum and other are extended; Grade 4 (Big Island), Grade 5 (East Coast) and Grade 8 (Japan).
These study tours maximize learning and fun while they broaden students' horizons in history, culture and the natural environment.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Religious Affiliation Other
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1949

Student Body

Total Students 336 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 62%
Students by Grade Hongwanji Mission School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(attire must be appropriate for school)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,950
% on Financial Aid
10%
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Teddi Yagi

Sports

Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
SwimmingTennis,
Volleyball
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School Reviews

My three children attended HMS preschool and thrived. My middle child is back attending HMS middle school. He did not thrive under the DOE system. He is doing much better at HMS with the small class size and individual attention he is receiving. HMS has been instrumental in helping build he academic confidence and he has become a much happier child in general.
- Posted by Parent, 02/26/16
My daughter is in upper elementary and has attended this school since Preschool. She is growing up to be a very confident, happy individual as HMS has provided her with a warm, caring environment where she is encouraged to develop all aspects of herself; academic, social, physical, emotional. She loves the resource classes the most -- Drama, Japanese Language, Music, PE, Art, as it provides a balanced school experience for her. Teacher:Student ratio is low, which allows individual attention. Very warm, caring staff.
- Posted by Parent, 09/30/14

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