Island Pacific Academy is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory school located in Kapolei, Hawaii.
IPA serves students in Grades K-12, and provides outstanding academic and extra-curricular experiences built on a foundation of core values such as kindness, generosity of spirit, and the importance of curiosity and creativity.
Founded in 2004, IPA is fully accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 585 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,948
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Design Thinkers Have Space to Create in New Makerspaces - 11/14/2022
    Island Pacific Academy students have two new makerspaces on campus thanks to a $50,000 grant from the James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation awarded during the 2021-2022 school year. "This ...moreis a space for exploration of ideas and for cross pollination and collaboration between students and subjects to find creative solutions to everyday problems," says Jillian Steele, Secondary Design Thinking Department Head. hide
  • IPA Students Get Back Into the Community to Make a Difference - 10/17/2022
    After two and a half long years, IPA Secondary students were finally able to get back into the community on Friday, October 7 for IPA`s annual Make a Difference Day. ...moreMake a Difference Day (MADD) provides opportunities for IPA students to give back to the community by helping as volunteers at different community organizations. hide
  • IPA’s First Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Player Returns to Coach Winning Season - 06/01/2022
    Full circle. There`s no better way to describe the journey thus far for ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY alumnus Shelden Balatico `11. As a senior at IPA, Balatico helped with founding the ...moreschool`s first varsity volleyball team in 2010-2011 and this year he returned to campus as Head Coach for the varsity boys` and intermediate girls` volleyball teams where he found success. hide
  • Island Pacific Academy Premieres a Student-Written Play - 05/23/2022
    It was a first in the history of the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY theater program and the culmination of a passion project born during a summer of boredom spent in COVID ...morelockdown. The premiere of Crossroads, a short play written and directed by senior Chloe Davis `22, was a highlight of IPA`s annual Spring Theater production in March. hide
  • Grade 2 Learns About Trade Through Project-Based Learning - 05/12/2022
    Project-based learning provides opportunities for students to learn through active engagement in projects that are real-world and personally meaningful. Find out what the Grade 2 students accomplished when given just ...moresuch an opportunity in their Trade unit of inquiry. (Spoiler: They knocked it out of the park!) hide

Top Rankings

Island Pacific Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
585 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 75%
Students by Grade
Island Pacific Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Japanese Language & Culture, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language & Culture
Average SAT score
Classroom Dress Code
Uniform: Khaki or navy pants, shorts, skirts; navy, maize, or white polo shirts with school logo

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level. Grades K-5: $16,948 Grades 6-12: $17,949
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost varies per class
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Eileen Novak



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
27 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
'Ohana of Polynesia Club, Art Exploration, Creative Writing Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drone Robotics Club, Farm to Table Culinary & Gardening Club, Galatic Fleets Club, Hui Ho'omau, Interact Club, International Exchange Program, International Thespian Society, Japanese Club, Japanese National Honor Society, Kōkua Tree, LGBTea, Magic the Gathering Club, Math League, Mu Alpha Theta, National Arts Honor Society, National Honor Society, Navigator Investors, Navigator News, Safe Space, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee Club

School Notes

  • Island Pacific Academy is West Oahu's premiere choice for a quality K-12 independent, coed, college prepatory school located in Kapolei, Hawaii. IPA's program is based on its mission to provide an environment where students come first, values matter, and community counts. Kindness, generosity of spirit, and the importance of curiosity and creativity are core values practiced by students and faculty in a campus culture that lives up to the school motto, "Where Values Matter." Founded in 2004, IPA is fully accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Island Pacific Academy cost?

Island Pacific Academy's tuition is approximately $16,948 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Island Pacific Academy?

The acceptance rate of Island Pacific Academy is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 83%.

Does Island Pacific Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, Island Pacific Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Island Pacific Academy offer?

Island Pacific Academy offers 13 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.

What is Island Pacific Academy's ranking?

Island Pacific Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Hawaii for: Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.

When is the application deadline for Island Pacific Academy?

The application deadline for Island Pacific Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
The teachers and staff at this school work so hard and the students are amazing; however the administration at all levels have turned this school from a loving, caring, place to work and learn to a hostile environment. Sadly the parents don't have their eyes open to how badly the teachers are treated so they will be blindsided when they figure out how many amazing teachers are leaving the school. Over 20 highly qualified educators that love the students at ipa are leaving because the administration has created a hostile environment for them to work. The students will suffer, programs will suffer, all because the egos of the people on the administration team. For the students I hope they find qualified replacements for the teachers that have left or are leaving but if I were a parent, especially of a 6-12 student I would be worried!
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I have one graduate and one still at IPA. My oldest got a great education and got into a highly competitive mainland school. Both always tested high on national standardized tests as did all of their classmates. The school has a wide variety of programs,sports,and extracurricular's. IPA provides a very safe well structured environment. Go check it out for yourself no better place on the leeward side!
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We have two children at IPA currently. We have been there for 4 years so far and we continue to be amazed and grateful for how awesome, loving, and committed the teachers and staff are to the children. The teachers have amazing talents, unexpected drive, and true love for what they do and for each child. Between my two children, we have experienced 7 different teachers over the years and we have not ONE issue or complaint in any of the classrooms. We continue to be surprised and how consistent and passionate each and every teacher is on a daily and yearly basis. This school and staff is awesome and we will not send our children anywhere else. IPA is a hidden GEM that we are so lucky to have stumbled upon with a flyer for a open house in our mail years ago. Highly recommended!
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked HI School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 585 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,948
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Honolulu County, HI is $14,744 for elementary schools and $18,527 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Honolulu County, HI is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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