Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 808-881-4321
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
  • 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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Hawai'i PreparatoryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG7-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19491910
Campus Size220 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment400 students300 students
% Students of Color
53%
20%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
50%
70%
Average SAT Score1628* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1460 - 1800-
Average ACT score22*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:121:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1817
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
86%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$43 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,000$52,850
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$24,800$28,270
Tuition international students$57,600$47,425
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$44,300$38,200
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$12,750$22,700
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 5 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT65%-
Acceptance Rate
42%
55%
Director of AdmissionsMrs. Tiare Judd Police, '86

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1817
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

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2214
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Polo, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4223
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Chinese Cultural Club, Cycling Club, Environment Club, Hawaiian Club, Japanese Club, Ka Makani Flyers, Literary Magazine, Marine Expeditions, Math Club, Mediation Club, Model UN Club, Nutrition Club, Outdoor Program, Peer Tutoring, Red Cross Youth Group, Robotics Club, SAT Club, Seaside Education Action (SEA) Club, Service Learning Advisory Council (SLAC), Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Student Ambassadors, Student Council (government), Students Against Destructive Decisions, Tea and Philosophy Club, Third Culture Kids Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, School of Rock (rock band), Vocal ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Club, Equestrian Club, Intramural Sports, Outrigger canoe paddling, Recreational golf, Recreational Tennis, Scuba, Soccer conditioning, Swimming conditioning, Weights and conditioning, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2005 - 200910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Hawai‘i-Manoa25
University of Oregon18
Santa Clara University13
University of Washington11
University of Denver9
Colorado State University8
University of Colorado-Boulder8
Oregon State University7
The George Washington University6
University of Southern California6
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • School accreditations: HAIS, WASC
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