65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
HPA is Accepting Applications. The 2022-2023 application season has begun! We are accepting application now through our priority deadline of February 9, 2022. After that we will move into the rolling application phase.
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 two, three-week summer school for student`s ages eleven through seventeen with mostly enrichment courses including SAT prep, math, science, English, ESL, and the arts.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $59,100
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,600
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 9 / rolling

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Class of 2003
5.00
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. . .

Class of 1999
5.00
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.).. . .

Class of 1999
5.00
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. . .
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Top Rankings

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
K-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1949
1907
Campus Size
220 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
400 students
300 students
% Students of Color
53%
25%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
50%
70%
Average SAT Score
1180
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
22
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
15 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
86%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$51 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,100
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,600
$33,250
Tuition international students
$69,400
$54,500
Summer Program Cost
$4,800
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$12,750
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 9 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
65%
-
Acceptance Rate
42%
58%
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Tiare Judd Police, '86

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
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

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
28
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Japanese Club, Ka Makani Flyers, Literary Magazine, Marine Expeditions, Math Club, Mediation Club, Model UN Club, Nutrition Club, Outdoor Program, Peer Tutoring, Play, Red Cross Youth Group, Robotics Club, SAT Club, Seaside Education Action (SEA) Club, Service Learning Advisory Council (SLAC), Set Crew, Steel Drums

Arts and Music Programs:
Dormitory Proctor, School of Rock (rock band), Songwriters Anonymous, Web Design Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Outrigger canoe paddling, Recreational golf, Recreational Tennis, Scuba, Yoga

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.
  • LD types supported: Support for mild learning differences such as dyslexia or ADD through development of individual support plans.
  • Hawai'i Preparatory Academy accreditations: HAIS, WASC, NAIS, TABS
Profile last updated: 03/01/2022
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $59,100
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,600
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 9 / rolling

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