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 Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
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.: 60%
Students by Grade Ho

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
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


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,


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 Abundant Life School (0.4 miles away)
 All Schools  | High Schools High Schools  | Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  | Preschools Preschools  | Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • WahiawaAbundant Life School
    650 Kilani Ave
    WahiawaHI 96786
    0.4 mi | 68 students | Gr. PK-6                      
  • WahiawaTrinity Lutheran School & Pres
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    1611 California Ave
    WahiawaHI 96786
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    0.9 mi | 213 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • MililaniSt John's Catholic Preschool
    Montessori School  (Roman Catholic)
    95-370 Kuahelani Ave
    MililaniHI 96789
    Montessori School  (Roman Catholic)
    2.8 mi | 56 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • MililaniHanalani Schools
    94-294 Anania Drive
    MililaniHI 96789
    3.5 mi | 711 students | Gr. PK-12                      
  • WaipahuPearl Harbor Christian Academy
    94-1044 Waipio Uka St
    WaipahuHI 96797
    6.2 mi | 194 students | Gr. PK-8                      

School Reviews

6 months ago
Ho?''ala School far exceeded our expectations. My daughter attended Ho?''ala School from K-4th grade. We recently underwent a military move to the mainland and my daughter started 5th grade, middle school, in a premier school district. We received her first progress report at her new school and she received all A?''s and a B. I then went to a parent/teacher conference and was told by the teachers that they don?''t know why I came in for a conference- ??She?''s doing GREAT!?" I explained our recent move and one teacher stated ??How can she possibly be doing so well coming from Hawaii??" I nodded and explained that this is why I chose to send her to Ho?''ala School. Hoala''s investment in each child''s development and well-being has allowed my daughter to thrive at her new school! She was definitely well prepared and ahead of the curve for this huge middle school transition due to Hoala''s emphasis on respect, responsibility, responsiveness and resourcefulness. Ho''ala''s emphasis on character education enriches the WHOLE child! She was not only prepared academically but given life skills through their character education program that are tools she will take with her forever.
- Posted by Parent
12 months ago
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
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?          Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Recent Articles
Facebook Page Essentials
Facebook Page Essentials
Small private schools often feel that they cannot afford to market their schools. Facebook is free. Here is how to use it effectively.
Attributes Which Make Military Schools Special
What are the attributes which make 21st century military schools so special? We find out in this article.
Don't Forget These Admissions Deadlines
Getting into a private school is a time-consuming process. We look at the various deadlines involved.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.


(enter "N/A" if not applicable)

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!

Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Honolulu County, HI is $7,518 for elementary schools and $13,807 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu County, HI is 77% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).