Hongwanji Mission School
- With an emphasis on a challenging academic curriculum and a personalized learning environment, the Hongwanji Mission School (HMS) focuses on developing students into confident, compassionate and well-rounded citizens.
- HMS, serves grades Preschool-8 with an educational pathway committed to a student-centered learning philosophy to ensure the development of the whole child through active and creative learning that incorporates Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Technology Literacy.
- Offering an average class size of 18:1, the WASC/HAIS accredited school takes pride in stimulating, age-appropriate classes taught by dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. Working families appreciate HMS' full-day program at its convenient, centrally located campus in lower Nuuanu.
- For its youngest students, preschool is an inclusive all-day educational program.
- Parents of K-8 students also have available all-day educational programs to keep their children engaged and safe. Technology Literacy is integrated into classroom instruction as a tool integral to learning as well as to prepare students for the 21st century workplace.
- Study tours culminate most grade levels. Some are short overnight stays; Zoo, Aquarium, Bishop Museum and other are extended; Grade 4 (Big Island), Grade 5 (East Coast) and Grade 8 (Japan).
- These study tours maximize learning and fun while they broaden students' horizons in history, culture and the natural environment.
Hongwanji Mission School places among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)|
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Total Students||349 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 72%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||32 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||11:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||18 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(attire must be appropriate for school)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$10,700|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$1,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Mrs. Teddi Yagi|
|Total Sports Offered||9 sports|
|Sports||Archery, Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Martial Arts, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballArchery, Ballet,|
Basketball, Cross Country,
Martial Arts, Swimming,
Tennis, Track and Field,
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Honolulu Grades: K-12 | 1026 students
420 Wyllie Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 595-5000 1 K-12
- Honolulu Grades: K-12 | 1999 students
563 Kamoku St
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 949-5355 2.8 K-12
- Honolulu Grades: PK-5 | 48 students
872 Mission Ln
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-0622 1 PK-5
- Honolulu Grades: PK-12 | 1389 students
1526 Alexander St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 952-8400 1.7 PK-12
What an amazing school! I`ve heard so many great things about this school and can now attest to it. The staff puts their hearts into what they do and it shows amongst the students who truly thrive in this wonderful and nurturing environment. The academics are challenging, but it pushes the students to their fullest potential. They offer numerous after school programs, including sports, swimming, hula, ballet, drama, robotics, Japanese, etc., enriching the students with a well rounded life. The facilities are impressive for a small school and it amazes me how much they have to offer.
- Posted by Parent - Yosh
After a disappointing 3rd grade at Waialae PCS (new hire, no previous teaching experience) we put our son in 4th grade at HMS. He had been attending summer school since 1st grade at HMS. The integration of pc use and google apps to reinforce their daily classes helped our son to improve reading, vocabulary, math and science skills. He loves the school and so do we. After school provides many challenging learning experiences such as Japanese and coding.
- Posted by Parent - Mark J
My three children attended HMS preschool and thrived. My middle child is back attending HMS middle school. He did not thrive under the DOE system. He is doing much better at HMS with the small class size and individual attention he is receiving. HMS has been instrumental in helping build he academic confidence and he has become a much happier child in general.
- Posted by Parent - yoshi
My daughter is in upper elementary and has attended this school since Preschool. She is growing up to be a very confident, happy individual as HMS has provided her with a warm, caring environment where she is encouraged to develop all aspects of herself; academic, social, physical, emotional. She loves the resource classes the most -- Drama, Japanese Language, Music, PE, Art, as it provides a balanced school experience for her. Teacher:Student ratio is low, which allows individual attention. Very warm, caring staff.
- Posted by Parent - shelb