Ho'ala School

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
1067 California Avenue A
Wahiawa, HI 96786
Tel: (808)621-1898
  • Ho`ala is a small, independent, college-preparatory school with100% college matriculation rate that is nationallyrecognized as a model for character education.
  • The core of theHo`ala philosophy is found in its "implicit curriculum,"emphasizing that adults teach children how to behave by the exampleof their own actions and attitudes, both in the classroom and athome.
  • Ho`ala's "crowning achievement" is its school environment.Teachers create an extraordinarily safe, dynamic learningatmosphere in which students feels that are needed, listened to,and taken seriously.
  • Such an environment empowers students to begintaking true responsibility for their lives.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western 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 82 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 62%
Students by Grade Ho'ala School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 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 $9,800
Tuition Notes Financial Aid Available Monthly payments Credit cards accepted HS Scholarships Available
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Darlene Dela Cruz
Admissions Associate Darlene Dela Cruz


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBasketballBowling,
Cross CountryDance,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess Club, Hula Lessons, Lego Club, Private Piano Lessons, Taiko Drumming Chess Club, Hula Lessons, Lego Club, Taiko Drumming, Private Piano Lessons,

School Notes

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

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  6/16/2016
I cannot express enough how unique and special Ho'ala School is. My daughter has just completed Kindergarten and the learning experience she had was invaluable. The small class sizes make it possible for each child to receive the individualised attention needed to help them succeed. The dedication and commitment from all staff members is what helps to make this school what it is. A safe educational environment that promotes character development with the philosophy of respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. One in which I cannot fault. Not only has my daughter achieved so much academically but also how to be respectful of others and responsible for the decisions she makes. A school where both students and teachers help one another in the best possible way
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5  6/2/2016
I am currently enrolled as a college junior at an East Coast University and attended Ho`ala from 6th-12th grade I can certainly say that it was an extraordinary place to receive an education. I believe that the small class sizes allowed for an individualized learning experience and invaluable connections with both teachers and peers. Before Ho`ala, I attended a public elementary school in central O`ahu and was extremely shy and introverted. Over the years, through various experiences, I was able to open up and become the confident person that I am today. I am extremely thankful for many things that Ho`ala provided, namely the student-teacher bonds, the community service opportunities, and the unparalleled art program. They also did a wonderful job preparing me for college by offering multiple AP and Honors courses as well as a comprehensive senior project internship class and college application advising. Teachers and Staff at Ho`ala want to see each and every student succeed in all aspects and will go above and beyond to support their students. I am grateful and proud that I am a Ho`ala graduate.
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5  5/17/2016
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.
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5  5/17/2016
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.
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5  7/24/2015
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.
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5  7/24/2015
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.
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The average private school tuition in Honolulu County, HI is $7,095 for elementary schools and $15,153 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu County, HI is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).