Parker School

  • At Parker School, every student is known, valued and nurtured.
  • Our small-school setting and dynamic program foster confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1976
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students317 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 72%
Students by Grade Parker School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses11 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art 2D, AP Art 3D, AP Art Drawing, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP European History, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Physics, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score1230
Average ACT score24
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 5 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,400
Tuition NotesK-5 grade tuition for 2017-18: $14650 6-12 grade tuition for 2017-18: $16400 Tuition increase averages between 3-6% per year.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorEmily Pagliaro
Admissions AssociateNaomi Smith


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Class Leadership, Dramatiques, International Thespian Society, Math League, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Student Council, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Excellence, integrity and compassion are the cornerstones of Parker`s mission. We create an environment that cultivates the qualities necessary to succeed in an interconnected world: creativity, curiosity, resilience, constructive risk-taking and teamwork. Parker School graduates are lifelong learners who have the skills to work independently, yet are valuable team members who are compassionate and embrace diversity.
  • Excellence maika`i loa: We mentor students to believe in and expect the most of themselves and to utilize their unique gifts to the fullest. Similarly, we look to our faculty, staff and board members to inspire and lead by positive example.We impart high yet realistic expectations and instill a love of learning while providing a rigorous academic program.We offer students the opportunity to explore, evolve and excel in all facets of school life, understanding that a balanced education engages the whole individual.
  • Integrity pono: We value diversity and the unique perspectives of individuals and cultures.We encourage the fundamental qualities of responsibility, accountability, honesty and trustworthiness.We honor and respect others, this place, and our heritage.
  • Compassion aloha: We embrace the spirit of `ohana. In an environment filled with kindness, inclusion and empathy, everyone is family.We recognize the power of giving at the personal, local and global levels.We balance celebrating achievement and success with gratitude and humility.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Kamuela
    Grades: K-12 | 642 students
    2 miles
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd
    Kamuela, HI 96743
    (808) 881-4321
    2 K-12
  • Kamuela
    Grades: K-6 | 48 students
    0.1 miles
    65-1237 Kawaihae Rd
    Kamuela, HI 96743
    (808) 885-0067
    0.1 K-6
  • Kailua
    Grades: PK-12 | 831 students
    164.9 miles
    917 Kalanianaole Highway
    Kailua, HI 96734
    (808) 261-0707
    164.9 PK-12
  • Kamuela
    Grades: PK-K | 54 students
    0.6 miles
    64-1058 Mamalahoa Highway
    Kamuela, HI 96743
    (808) 885-7683
    0.6 PK-K
  • Hilo
    St Joseph School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-12 | 343 students
    43.7 miles
    1000 Ululani St
    Hilo, HI 96720
    (808) 935-4936
    43.7 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Parker School has a family feel like no other-small but mighty! The academics are amazing along with a great list of elective courses( art,theatre, etc.)! My kids absolutely THRIVE here! The staff from the Custodian to the Headmaster have one goal and one goal only- my children and preparing them for life. The athletic program could use a little boost and it would help to have an athletic facility, but my kids still get so much from this tiny little red Parker School!
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Excellent, loving teachers in a bucolic campus surrounded by green rolling hills... I love that the lower school is in a healthy and clean recent building, very open with some covered outdoor spaces. Project-oriented curriculum leads to lots of learning, enhanced with many specialty classes such as Spanish, Art, PE and Music. Parents care and are involved. Atmosphere is serene. My kid has loved all her teachers so far, and thinks she is lucky to attend possibly the best school in the world...
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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Hawaii is $9,533 for elementary schools and $15,403 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).