Island School

Island School combines academic excellence with character building and experiences in the arts, athletics and academics.
The curriculum is based on ideas of Howard Gardner, reflecting the development of "multiple intelligences." The campus has 38 acres and is safe and secluded. Island School seeks students who want to learn, have an independent spirit, get along with others, and enjoy new experiences.
Diversity is valued, and a generous financial aid program ensures a broadly representative student population.  Island School prepares students for college.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1977
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$550
Summer Program Cost NotesThis is usually geared towards elementary K-2, and 2-5th Science Focus, 4 & 5th Literacy focus
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students424 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 72%
Students by Grade Island School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
Number of AP Courses8 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calulas A/B, AP Calulas B/C, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature, AP US History
Average SAT score1277
Average ACT score26
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Logo wear t-shirts and knee length shorts and or pants)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,500
Tuition NotesOther tuition is as follows: Pre- K = $10,975 and K-12 is $16,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,100
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSean Magoun
Admissions AssociateCandice Lopez
Endowment Size$1 million


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
FIrst Lego League Robotics, First Robotics, GIrls Volleyball, Mock Trail, Science Olympiadmpiad, SCUBA Diving Club

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Middle School Basketball, Outrigger Canoe Paddling

School Notes

  • A Center for Hawaiian Culture and the Arts focuses on building an understanding of and appreciation for Hawaiian culture
  • Foreign languages include Spanish and Chinese
  • All classrooms have computer projectors with direct tie-in to the Internet
  • Each Middle School student is assigned a Chrome book for use during the school year
  • The staff is talented and varied, having earned degrees from 45 different colleges and universities across the mainland and in Hawaii and all are well traveled
  • The science curriculum includes robotics, science olympiad, first lego league
  • All seniors do independent cap stone projects on subjects of their choosing
  • graduates of the class of 2020 received 126 college acceptances from 90  different institutions of higher learning

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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).
The average acceptance rate in Hawaii is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).