Grades: K-12 | 655 students
A view of the 220-acre high school campus. HPA is nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains on the island of Hawai’i. It faces the majestic mountain of Mauna Kea.
Students can be a part of our drama and musical performances as well as learn about theater production. There are many ways to get involved on stage or behind the scenes. Here is a scene from our fall musical, "42nd Street."
Students in HPAʻs Biotechnology class identify genetic code for Global Genomics Project, an international project to map the DNA of the planet’s creatures large and small.
The Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013–2015. This designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
Outrigger canoe paddling is just one of the many sport options at HPA. Each season, students are required to select a sport or activity for a daily two-hour period after the academic day.
The Dowsett Swimming Pool is outdoor, heated, 25 meters x 25 yards, with two one-meter diving boards. Swimming, diving, scuba certification and girls’ water polo are offered at the pool.
The HPA Upper School holds an annual International Day in February. Students participate in a variety of morning workshops, which could included Origami, Hanafuda, Calligraphy, Japanese Anime, Zumba, Diabolo, and Tinikling. International students prepared a mouth-watering luncheon menu featuring dishes from their respective countries. International performances wrap up the event.
The mission of the Hawaii Preparatory Academic is to provide exceptional learning opportunities and a diverse community honoring the traditions of Hawaii.
As the Pacific region's leading boarding and day college-preparatory school, HPA features a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
Located in the heart of the world-famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii, the multinational students at HPA live, learn, and play in the midst of the world's most diverse ecosystem.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Institute for Independent Education
National Independent Private Schools Association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Mild Learning Differences|
|Total Students||655 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 60%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||66 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||13 students|
|Number of AP Courses||17 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Average SAT score||1850|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 8 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$47,200|
|Tuition Notes||There are multiple tuition rates according to day or boarding, lower, middle, upper school or international. The tuition listed is for Upper School 7-day boarding for 2015-2016.|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$12,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Joshua D. Clark|
|Total Sports Offered||21 sports|
|Sports||Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, WrestlingBadminton, Baseball,
Cross Country, Dance,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,
Water Polo, Weightlifting,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||32 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Chess Club, College Counseling Club, Cycling Club, Debate and Speech Club, Electronic Music club, Environmental Club, Film Club, Hawaiian Club, Instrumental Music, International Club, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Club, Literary Magazine, Newspaper, North Hawai'i Youth Coalition, Nutrition Club, Origami Club, Peer Assistance Program, Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Project Water Club, Red Cross Youth Group, Red Key Guide Club (Student Ambassadors), Robotics Club, SAT Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Students for China Club, Tea & Philosophy Club, Vocal Music, Yearbook Chess Club, Cycling Club, Film Club, Hawaiian Club, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Club, Newspaper, Nutrition Club, Origami Club, Robotics Club, SAT Club, Spanish Club, Vocal Music, Yearbook, College Counseling Club,
Debate and Speech Club,
Electronic Music club,
North Hawai'i Youth Coalition,
Peer Assistance Program,
Project Water Club,
Red Cross Youth Group,
Red Key Guide Club (Student Ambassadors),
Students Against Destructive Decisions,
Students for China Club,
Tea & Philosophy Club,
- As the Pacific region’s leading boarding and day school, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, an independent, co-educational school, provides students in grades K-12 (plus Post-Graduate) offers a full range of academic and extra-curricular experiences in a small close-knit community. HPA’s commitment to academic excellence, coupled with its international student body and its location in Hawai’i, enables students to earn an unmatched global education while living in one of the world’s most amazing natural environments. As part of our college-preparatory education, HPA provides a comprehensive college-counseling curriculum to help students and parents navigate the college application and selection process. As soon as students enter HPA they are exposed to the early steps of the college planning process: self-reflection, academic planning, standardized testing, goal setting and college research. Through providing essential support, guidance and resources, HPA endeavors to provide each student with the academic credentials to gain admittance into the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, as well as the personal maturity to select the college that will best fit them as they chart their own success in life.
Profile last updated: 09/14/2015
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