Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road,
Kamuela, HI 96743
Tel: 808-881-4321
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 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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2014 School Data
Hawai'i Preparatory Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12, PG 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) K-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1949 1908
Campus Size 220 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 600 students 300 students
% Students of Color 53% 18%
% International Students 18% 20%
% Students Boarding 50% 67%
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 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 86% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $36 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,600 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$22,300 $26,110
Tuition international students $53,600 $44,500
Tuition 5 day boarding $41,300 $36,800
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $12,750 $19,000
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 42% 58%
Director of Admissions Mr. Joshua D. Clark  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 15
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 24
ExtracurricularsBaseball conditioning, Basketball Conditioning, Dance, Environmental Club, Go Green Club, Hawaiian Club, Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, Intramurals, 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
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School Notes:

  • School accreditations: HAIS, WASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Max Unger '04 - NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks-Super Bowl Champion 2014-Max attended HPA as a boarder for 4 years. He didn't begin playing football until attending HPA in ninth grade.

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