Maui Preparatory Academy - Review #2

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About the Author:

College EnrolledUniversity of Kiel
Home Town, State Flensburg
Years Attended Boarding School1
Activities During Boarding SchoolI was part of the Cross Country, Swimming and Surf team during the school year. As one of the first exchange students, I did not participate in the student organizations but I offered my help whenever it was possible and it was always appreciated. During swim season (that was in winter) I was the team captain which was a totally new experience for me. The team was amazing that made this position really easy and enjoyable.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Maui Prep was located on top of a hill in the northwest of the Valley Isle of Maui. Its location provided an amazing view over the Pacific ocean with the other Hawaiin Islands of Lanai and Molokai in sight. The school offered everything, from Kindergarten to 12th grade in High school but compared to that range of classes, it only had about 250 attendees. Everyone was integrated into the activities at school so it seemed more like one family than a school. Because of its location and size the school had many advantages which made it so special.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Reflecting the boarding school, I believe that it mostly aimed to bring out the best in each student and prepare them for the next chapter of their life. Surely it required a certain level of dedication but it was always rewarded. Once every half year when everybody got their report card, a special ceremony was held called the "honor roll" for those with a GPA of 3.0 and above. I got to be a part of that which really showed me that hard work you put in always results in something positive. At the end of the school year, I got the "Athlete of the year" award which was my biggest achievement. I was really honored to represent Maui Prep as an international student during all competitions.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Looking back at my school year, I probably would have taken my homework assignments more serious. I was not used to the amount of work but it there has never been an assignment that would take a really long time to finish. However, it can be fairly easy to get distracted on Maui especially with world-class surf and an amazing variety of marine life right in front of your doorstep. I really enjoy the outdoors and I spent as much time as I could in the water, which resulted in the procrastination of school work. So a word of advice to any new boarding students would be to set priorities wisely. Therefore you will be able to enjoy everything else with a better conscious.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The best part about the school was definitely the people. I have never met so many friendly, open minded and helpful people in my life. Teachers, students, and parents really contribute to a community that makes you feel welcomed and appreciated. I am very grateful that I got to be a part of it.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I can really advise any incoming students to be as active as possible during their time at Maui Prep. Whether it is the opportunity to meet new people, help out at a school event or experiencing the environment. Be open-minded to any opportunity that is offered and appreciate to be a part of it. For me, the time at Maui Prep went by so quickly, that I only hoped to attend another year.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Maui Prep program of academics offers a full range of a structured learning environment from Preschool, K and 1st Grade, Lower (Grades 2–5), Middle (Grades 6–8), to Upper School (Grades 9–12). Along with the core curriculum of English, History, Math, Science, Language Arts, and Health/Physical Education, students are advised to participate to Art, Music, Drama, Technology, and other enrichment opportunities offered throughout the year. During my exchange year, I attended the 11th grade (Juniors). Each class had its own advisor who was supposed to guide the students through the school year and support whenever someone struggled. The best part was the size of the classes. I was used to a class with 20 to 25 people, so being part of a class at Maui Prep was a huge difference. We were only 12 people which created an amazing work environment and a stronger bond in between the classmates.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Maui Prep offers a wide variety of athletic program to participate in during each season. Reaching from Cross Country and volleyball in fall to paddling and swimming during winter and Tennis, Track and Field, golfing and surfing during spring, each program were very well structured along with an amazing coach that had years of experience in the particular sport itself. As a junior, it was mandatory to participate in two sports during the year. Practices were held every day after school, usually from 3 to 5 pm followed by a meet on the weekend. I really enjoyed this structure. Because of the regular competitions, you were able to identify your own performance and set new goals for each practice. This resulted in a steady improvement and a boost of motivation, which served as a great balance to the academics.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Being a student at Maui Prep, you are given the opportunity to express yourself in many different ways because of the art, music and theatre program. The school has its own band ("7 am Band") that frequently performs at every school event. I, myself, took an art class in which each of us got a project over a longer period of time. I really liked this structure because you were able to focus on one particular thing over the course of a few weeks. Therefore the results were always pleasing and honorable work by students was exhibited in the school. Younger classmen had the opportunity to be part of the theatre program. They held a few great performances throughout the year for the whole Maui Prep community and always had some appearances during the assemblies. The leader of the theater program sometimes arranged rides to the other side of the island to watch a play at the theatre in Kahului (the main city on Maui). Everyone got a chance to go if they signed up in time. I really enjoyed these trips because it was an amazing experience to watch professional actors perform and be entertained at a very high level.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school provides a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the year that students can participate in. Enrichment clubs are offered to all students and, in the past, have included gardening, cooking, martial arts, dance, drama, and hiking. Maui Prep students have represented the school in county and state competitions in events such as the Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta and the Hawaii State Science Olympiad. Upper classmen may be eligible to participate in the National Honor and National Art Honor Societies. I got to represent the school at the state championships in Cross country and swimming. I really liked the fact, that every time, a student represented the school in a positive way or contributed their help at school events, it was appreciated by the whole community. Every Friday before lunch the whole school (parents included) assembled in the dining hall where upcoming events and certain achievements by students were announced. The atmosphere during those assemblies really showed the strong school spirit.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm is located about a 7-minute drive from Maui Prep’s academic campus. It is located on Lower Honoapiilani Road, with convenient access to public transportation, parks, beaches, and shopping. The facility is ideal for student apartment-style living. It is secured by perimeter fencing with controlled gate access. It has private access to a beach. Each apartment is suitable for 3 to 4 students. The apartment comes equipped with its own bathroom, kitchenette, and private balcony. All students have their own desk and closet or armoire. There is additional storage space on the property for beach equipment, surf and paddleboards, suitcases, and other personal items. Dinners, as well as breakfast, are provided every day in the penthouse of the apartment. Taking part in dorm life, the students are supposed to take responsibility for themselves, so doing your own laundry and cleaning is part of the weekly duties. The entire atmosphere of the dorm is really relaxed and laid back, therefore it is fairly easy to settle in and feel comfortable right from the beginning.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining at Maui Prep never let me down. The canteen always provided a variety of meals, reaching from really good local food like the chicken katsu to regular everyday mashed potatoes or pizza. The staff was always in a good mood and happy to make the portions a little bigger. In case you did not rely on the lunch served by the canteen, you always had the chance to heat up the snacks you took from home. If neither of that was the case, there was always the Napili market, which was just down the road from the school, where you could get your own lunch. We had a 45min lunch break every day, in which you could play a few matches of basketball, enjoy your meal or regain focus for the upcoming classes. It was always something to look forward to each day and provided enough energy for the rest of the day.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Maui Prep lays on 22.5 acres of rolling hillside on what was once pineapple fields. The campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i just a few miles away from Maui´s shores. The school is located in the small town of Napili in the northwest of Maui, which is just a 15min drive away from the largest city on the west side of Maui, Lahaina. Stores, restaurants and most importantly, the beach, were just within a few minutes of walking which made its location that unique. The fact that everything was close to the school made living there really easy. I really enjoyed that you never had to worry about transportation, because of which you were able to visit amazing sights that were just around the corner of the school. Beautiful beaches like Flemmings Beach Park or the magical Honolua forest were one of my favorite places.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life at Maui Prep was very different from what I have experienced at public schools. Everyone was very communicative and open-minded towards one another. During the school year, I got the impression, that students and teachers formed more of a family or "ohana" as it´s referred to in the Hawaiian language. Even as a foreign student, I was integrated into that ohana right away. The thing I enjoyed most about it, was the student-teacher relationship. Due to the very small classes, the teacher had the opportunity to work with some students individually, which really improved the learning process. At public schools, it seemed more like a hierarchy between teachers and students. At Maui Prep, I never got that impression. I got accepted right away and it was easy to make friends on campus, which made the time spent at school really enjoyable.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMWake up
7:30 AMDrive to school
8:00 AMSchool start
11:30 AMLunch break
2:45 PMEnd of school
3:15 PMPractice
5:15 PMSurf session
8:30 PMDinner and Homework
10:00 PMGoing to bed
Weekend
6:30 AMWake up
7:15 AMpick up and transport to a competition
1:00 PMend of competition
2:15 PMlunch
2:30 PMhanging out with friends
8:00 PMdinner
9:15 AMstart of a movie night
2:00 AMend of the movie night
2:15 AMbed time
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