Hawaii Preparatory Academy

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy is a co-educational, college-preparatory, day and boarding school. Here on Hawai`i Island, our students live and study within rare landscapes, precious ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures. We embrace these attributes to create unique signature programs, research partnerships, and growth opportunities that make HPA a school like no other.
HPA is Accepting Applications. The 2023-2024 application season has begun! We are accepting applications now through our priority deadline of February 9, 2022. After that, we will move into the rolling application phase.
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy is a top rated, private, boarding school located in KAMUELA, HI. It has 572 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $60,900 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 95% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
The school is located in the beautiful, rural setting of Waimea on the northern side of the spectacular island of Hawaii, 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 students ages eleven through seventeen with mostly enrichment courses including SAT prep, math, science, English, ESL, and the arts.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 380 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $60,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $30,500
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 10 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hawaii Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 10 schools with 200-400 students (out of 99 schools) for:

Offering Breadth
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
Grades Offered (Day)
K-12, PG
School Type
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
220 acres
130 acres

Student Body

380 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
15 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$51 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
Summer Program Cost
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 10 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Average Percentile SSAT
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Tiare Judd Police, '86

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
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


College Matriculation

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

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 Hawaii'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, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy accreditations: HAIS, WASC, NAIS, TABS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hawaii Preparatory Academy cost?
Hawaii Preparatory Academy's tuition is approximately $60,900 for boarding students and $30,500 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy?
The acceptance rate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy is 42%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does Hawaii Preparatory Academy offer?
Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers 23 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Polo, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo and Wrestling. Hawaii Preparatory Academy is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
Does Hawaii Preparatory Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Hawaii Preparatory Academy's ranking?
Hawaii Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percent faculty with advanced degrees, Most sports offered and High SSAT scores.
When is the application deadline for Hawaii Preparatory Academy?
The application deadline for Hawaii Preparatory Academy is Feb. 10 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 10 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Class of 2022
HPA Campus is set up in a unique natural surrounding. HPA does a lot of volunteer work. HPA has a lot of good and nice teachers. They help you where they can. . .

Class of 2022
University of San Francisco
The boarding and day community were both very diverse, inclusive, and welcoming. They encouraged a lot of socializing and bonding that effectively made the school feel like family. The events that were held such as. . .

Class of 2019
Northwestern University
The campus location in Hawaii is very unique, and I think that this is a big plus for people coming to study outside of the state. Although I personally went home the majority of weekends. . .
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 380 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $60,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $30,500
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 10 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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