Hawaii Preparatory Academy

At Hawai`i Preparatory Academy (HPA) students live and learn within spectacular landscapes, vital ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures. Located on Hawai`i Island their location allows them to offer a high school education like nowhere else on earth. HPA combines a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with the chance to design and conduct your own real-world research, arts, or community projects. Through capstone classes, 16 Advanced Placement courses, an award-winning Energy Lab, immersive local learning, and other signature programs, HPA supports and empowers you to hone skills, build confidence, and create an impressive body of work for university and later life.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Institute for Independent Education
National Independent Private Schools Association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1949
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$4,000
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer session is comprised of two 3-week sessions each $4,000 or $7500 for both
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students642 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 72%
Students by Grade Hawaii Preparatory Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government, AP Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Literature, AP Physics 1,2, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art:20/30/Digital, AP US History
Average SAT score1320
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$55,000
Tuition NotesThere 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 2018-2019.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$18,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTiare Judd Police, '86
Admissions AssociateJackie Jefferson
Endowment Size$43.1 million


Total Sports Offered26 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Polo, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryCross Fit,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Debate and Speech Club, Environmental Club, Instrumental Music, Literary Magazine, Newspaper

Club or Organization:
Chess Club, College Counseling Club, Cycling Club, Electronic Music club, Film Club, Hawaiian Club, International Club, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Club, 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

School Notes

  • Founded in 1949, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) offers a rigorous, K-12 college-preparatory education, offering a dynamic global learning community. Rooted in the inclusive concept of ohana, HPA is a unique place to learn global citizenship and prepare for the college experience. HPA combines a traditional, vigorous foundation in the liberal arts with student-driven, project-based learning. Our curriculum and school culture are deeply influenced by a strong sense of place here on Hawaii Island, in the heart of world-famous Parker Ranch.  HPA serves 600 students in grades K-12 on two campuses, the Village Campus and the Upper Campus. The Village Campus is home to our Lower and Middle Schools and comprises eight acres in the heart of downtown Waimea and where our kindergarten through grade 8 students attend classes. The Upper Campus comprises 220 acres in the foothills of the Kohala Mountains and is located a few minutes outside of Waimea. It is home to the Upper School (grades 9 to 12, and postgraduate). The Upper School academic program combines traditional education with our capstone project-based learning. HPA`s international award-winning Energy Lab hosts students engaged in independent research and serves as the school`s sustainability program hub. Here students concentrate on advanced computer science, robotics, and drones. Biotechnology projects using DNA PCR thermocycler and UV transilluminator, digital journalism and storytelling, electrical and mechanical engineering. Over the years, students have partnered with organizations like NASA, the W. M. Keck Observatory, NOAA, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and others. Upper School students can also select from an extensive schedule of Honors and 17 AP classes. In addition to the Energy Lab, HPA offers a large heated pool, Issacs Art Gallery, tennis court with four courts, various water sports, an established after-school athletic program, horseback riding, a world-renowned Sea Turtle Tagging program, and many extracurricular activities where you can get your SCUBA diving certification or star in the fall musical. Day students from Hawaii are joined by boarding students from 15 states and 25 countries to create a diverse, international `ohana. Boarding students live in three residence halls located on the Upper Campus, where they gain independence and are immersed in school life that extends well beyond the classroom. Graduates often end up attending the finest universities around the world. HPA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Hawai`i Association of Independent Schools.

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The average private school tuition in Hawaii is $9,692 for elementary schools and $15,679 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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