Ho'ala School

1067 California Avenue A,
Wahiawa, HI, 96786-0967
Tel: (808)621-1898
Grades: K - 12 | 85 students
Ho`ala is a small, independent, college-preparatory school with 100% college matriculation rate that is nationally recognized as a model for character education.
The core of the Ho`ala philosophy is found in its "implicit curriculum," emphasizing that adults teach children how to behave by the example of their own actions and attitudes, both in the classroom and at home.
Ho`ala's "crowning achievement" is its school environment.
Teachers create an extraordinarily safe, dynamic learning atmosphere in which students feels that are needed, listened to, and taken seriously.
Such an environment empowers students to begin taking true responsibility for their lives.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 85 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 67%
State avg.: 59%
Students by Grade Ho

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 7 courses
Advanced Courses American History, Civics, English and Composition, Honors: English, Honors: Math, Honors: Science, Honors: Social Studies  
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Polo shirts, khaki pants )

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,500
Tuition Notes Financial Aid Available Monthly payments Credit cards accepted HS Scholarships Available
% on Financial Aid 35%
Average Financial Aid Grant $3,000
Acceptance Rate 95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Darlene Dela Cruz
Admissions Associate Darlene Dela Cruz

Sports

Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Dance, Indoor Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballBowling,
Cross CountryDance,
Indoor SoccerSwimming,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess Club, Hula Lessons, Lego Club, Musical Theater, Private Piano Lessons, Taiko Drumming Chess Club, Hula Lessons, Lego Club, Taiko Drumming, Musical Theater,
Private Piano Lessons,

School Notes:

    • Ho`ala is a small, independent, college-preparatory school
    • 100% college acceptance
    • An environment where confidence and independence are instilled in every child
    • A welcoming, inclusive community that values acceptance and diversity
    • Offering a high level of individualized atttention that adapts to a wide range of student abilities and produces accelerated learning opportunities
    • Caring, committed, highly experienced teachers
    • Our values-based educaiton results in respectful, compassionate, critical thinkers

    Profile last updated: 07/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Hanalani Schools (3.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Abundant Life School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Hanalani Schools (3.5 miles away)
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Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Wahiawa Abundant Life School
    (Pentecostal)
    650 Kilani Ave
    Wahiawa , HI , 96786
    (808)621-5433
    (Pentecostal)
    0.4  mi  |  72  students  |  Gr.  K-7
  • Wahiawa
    Trinity Lutheran School & Pres
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    1611 California Ave
    Wahiawa , HI , 96786
    (808)621-6033
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    0.9  mi  |  194  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • Mililani St. John's Catholic Preschool
    Montessori School (Roman Catholic)
    95-370 Kuahelani Ave
    Mililani , HI , 96789
    (808)623-3332
    Montessori School (Roman Catholic)
    2.8  mi  |  67  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Mililani
    Hanalani Schools
    (Christian)
    94-294 Anania Drive
    Mililani , HI , 96789
    (808)625-0737
    (Christian)
    3.5  mi  |  711  students  |  Gr.  PK-12
  • Waipahu Pearl Harbor Christian Academy
    (Christian)
    94-1044 Waipio Uka St
    Waipahu , HI , 96797
    (808)678-3997
    (Christian)
    6.2  mi  |  186  students  |  Gr.  K-9

School Reviews

  • Recommended March 29, 2014 - My son has grown so much as a student at Ho`ala. You all have done more to heal his self-esteem and confidence than I was able to do while homeschooling him. We are so grateful. He has become responsible & his anxiety about doing academic work, including homework, has disappeared. The level of work expected at Ho`ala was a big leap for my daughter. That she has risen to the challenge cheerfully and achieved is, of course, a credit to her but also a credit to the school and her teachers. I am so impressed with the teachers'' performance and their level of commitment to the school and to each child. They encourage and challenge every child. But my children would not follow where they lead if they did not have integrity and love. The teachers would not be as good as they are without the support and strong leadership of the administration and Head of School. There is something really special going on at Ho`ala. It is so different from all their previous schools, and thank heavens! It feels like love not the sentimental version; rather, the version that sees and believes in the best of each child & gives them the tools to realize it for themselves. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended November 11, 2013 - At age 10 our daughter is excited about school and has come to value her education. She has become an introspective person who can act upon her feelings of empathy in the absence of coercion or self-centered conformity. Parent involvement in any school is vital to student success as well as to the success of the school community. We wish for every child and their family the opportunity of a Hoala education that has brightened every aspect of our daily lives and changed how we live in the world. The academics are updated, well rounded and solid. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 25, 2013 - Ho''ala School is like an amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurant; once you find it, you wonder where it''s been your whole life. I am a Ho''ala alumni (1st grade thru 12th) and so grateful for all the opportunities the school gave me, tiny as it may be. Where else can you go to receive an education (that fully prepared me & took me through college graduation), and have amazing experiences with your whole school instead of just your class? Scuba certification as part of a Marine Science course? Did it. Community Service trips to learn the importance of giving back and how much a small school can impact a community? Ho''ala does that, and more. Students in combined classes are something of the future, and something I think is helpful; it teaches a child that they are part of a group, that everyone working together in a respectful and responsible manner equals more efficient, intelligent and patient children. The school''s principal was a former Ho''ala teacher and former Ho''ala parent, which I think adds to the sense of community and the well-oiled machine that is Ho''ala. I am grateful to my parents for sending me to Ho''ala and I continue to carry the values of Ho''ala with me into adulthood. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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