Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
Tel: 808-881-4321
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 600 students
HPA is a K-12 coeducational school with boarding for students in grades nine through twelve and post graduate.
The school is located in the beautiful, rural setting of Waimea on the northern side of the spectacular island of Hawai‘i, which National Geographic named one of the best places in the world to live.
HPA is a place for highly-motivated students who seek a rigorous academic program while engaged in extraordinary learning experiences. Our unique island location, which boasts 80 percent of the world’s ecosystems, allows us to offer students unprecedented opportunities outside of the classroom. Students assist in our world-renowned Sea Turtle Research Program; work in our internationally-recognized Energy Lab; and can choose from an extensive schedule of Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
Students are given the opportunity to do cutting edge research in independent projects such as brain research, genetics, astronomy, and geology; and HPA partnerships with organizations like Stanford University, Cornell, Keck Observatory, and NASA expose students to more “real world” research and a strategic advantage when applying to universities.
HPA offers a four-week summer school for student’s ages eleven through eighteen with mostly enrichment courses including SAT prep, math, science, English, ESL and the arts.

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  • Review #1 - Class of 2003Chapman University When you first see the school, it may appear to just be a little thing nestled in the middle of. . .
  • Review #2 - Class of 1999Mount Holyoke College HPA has a beautiful campus that looks out over the Big Island and the ocean. The extra-curricular activities are. . .
  • Review #3 - Class of 1999University of Hawaii at Manoa HPA offers a unique learning environment for students in several ways. The campus is located in one of the nicest. . .
  • Review #4 - Class of 1984Lewis & Clark College HPA is nestled in the verdant green hills of Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The atmosphere of. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Hawai'i Preparatory Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12, PG 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) K-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1949 1910
Campus Size 220 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 600 students 295 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1628 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1460 - 1800 -
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $36 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,200 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$23,700 $28,200
Tuition international students $55,500 $47,425
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$42,700 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $12,750 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 65 -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMr. Joshua D. Clark

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
Courses Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Japanese, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History, Art History, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French, Physics C


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 29 23
ExtracurricularsBaseball, Basketball Club, Dance Club, Environment Club, Go Green Club, Hawaiian Club, Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, Intramural Sports, Ka Makani Flyers, Literary magazine, Marine Expeditions, Outrigger canoe paddling, Paper Brigade (recycling club), Photography Club, Recreational golf, Recreational Tennis, Red Cross Youth Group, Robotics Club, School of Rock (rock band), SCUBA, Soccer conditioning, Student Ambassadors, Student Council (government), Students Against Destructive Decisions,

College Matriculation

Year: 2005 - 2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Hawai‘i-Manoa 25
University of Oregon 18
Santa Clara University 13
University of Washington 11
University of Denver 9
Colorado State University 8
University of Colorado-Boulder 8
Oregon State University 7
The George Washington University 6
University of Southern California 6

School Notes

  • Students pursue an ambitious, well-rounded course of studies in small classes taught by a dedicated, highly professional faculty using the latest in educational technology. The challenging academic curriculum takes advantage of Hawai‘i’s geographic and social setting to give students a strong sense of Hawai‘i and its culture. The marine science program, in collaboration with NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, offers unrivaled encounters with the island’s remarkable ocean environment. Partnerships with its high-tech neighbors such as the Mauna Loa Observatory enable participation in real-world, cutting edge research Offerings also include programs in the visual and performing arts as well as an Upper School interscholastic athletic program that stresses school-wide participation and teaches the values of sportsmanship and fair play. About 98 percent of graduates enter college in the fall following their high school graduation. Many choose colleges in the western United States, favoring such schools as Lewis & Clark College, Pomona College, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and the Universities of California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Others seek experiences farther east at such institutions as Amherst College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, and Vanderbilt University. HPA is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of 12 educational organizations including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, College Entrance Examination Board, Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education, Cum Laude Society, National Association of College Admission Counselors, Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, and National Association of Independent Schools.
  • School accreditations: HAIS, WASC
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