Students new to riding horses along with very experienced riders enjoy the equestrian program with jumping, dressage, polo clinics, and pleasure riding.
Students assist in our world-renowned Sea Turtle Research Program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.
A view of the 220-acre high school campus. HPA is nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains on the island of Hawai’i. It faces the majestic mountain of Mauna Kea.
The Energy Lab at Hawai’i Preparatory Academy is the first of its kind in the world—as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building, and certified as the 'World's Greenest Education Building' by the Living Building Challenge, the Energy Lab is is a model for sustainable buildings and a place where young people will change the world.
Students are able to work in the Energy Lab pursuing independent projects. Partnerships with such institutions as Stanford, Cornell, Keck Observatory, and NASA give students exposure and access to real world science and a strategic advantage when applying to universities. Projects include brain research, genetics, astronomy, and geology.
- 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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- Chapman University When you first see the school, it may appear to just be a little thing nestled in the middle of the mountains. That's where you'd be wrong. HPA offers so much to both. . .
- Mount Holyoke College HPA has a beautiful campus that looks out over the Big Island and the ocean. The extra-curricular activities are truly unique (i.e. Sea Turtle Research, free camping trips all over the island etc.).. . .
- University of Hawaii at Manoa HPA offers a unique learning environment for students in several ways. The campus is located in one of the nicest rural settings on earth, with rolling hills, and a lot of beautiful open spaces. Students. . .
- Lewis & Clark College HPA is nestled in the verdant green hills of Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The atmosphere of the school personifies the Hawaiian word Ohana, which means Family. Most people leave high school. . .
|Definition of Terms
2016 School Data
|Hawai'i Preparatory||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered (Boarding)||9-12, PG||11-12|
|Grades Offered (Day)||K-12, PG||9-12|
|Campus Size||220 acres||120 acres|
|Enrollment||400 students||298 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
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual||Casual|
|Average Class Size||15 students||12
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:12||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||18||16|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree||
|Summer Program Offered||Yes||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$43 million||$16 million|
|Tuition international students||$57,600||$47,400|
(5 Day Boarding)
|% Students on Financial Aid||
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$12,750||$21,500|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||Yes||No|
|Application Deadline||Nov. 20 / Feb. 6 / rolling||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||Yes||No|
|Average Percentile SSAT||65%||-|
|Director of Admissions||Mr. Joshua D. Clark|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||18||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|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Polo, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||42||23|
|Extracurriculars||Chess Club, Chinese Cultural Club, Cycling Club, Dance Club, Environment Club, Equestrian Club, Hawaiian Club, Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, Intramural Sports, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Flyers, Literary magazine, Marine Expeditions, Math Club, Mediation Club, Model UN Club, Nutrition Club, Outdoor Program, Outrigger canoe paddling, Peer Tutoring, Recreational golf, Recreational Tennis, Red Cross Youth Group, Robotics Club,|
|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|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- 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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