Hawaii Preparatory Academy


65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road - Kamuela, HI 96743 USA 808-881-4321 http://www.hpa.edu/
Small Boarding School | Day School | Boarding School | Junior Boarding School | 5-Day Boarding School | Summer School

HPA’s Upper Campus is located on 220 acres at the base of the Kohala Mountains with an expansive view of the reknowned mountains Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai

History

Founded in 1949, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is in the small town of Waimea (population 7,028), on the northern side of the island of Hawai‘i, in a beautiful, rural setting that National Geographic named one of the best places in the world to live and play. If you could choose any place in the world for a school, it would be difficult to find one that offers more opportunities than this one.

OVERVIEW

• HPA is composed of two campuses—the Village Campus, home of our Lower and Middle Schools (grades K-8), and the Upper Campus (grades 9-12 and postgraduates). Total day and boarding student population is 600.

• Boarding is available for grades 9-12 and postgraduates, and home stay is available for students in grades 6-8. Our students come from other Hawaiian islands, many states in the continental U.S., and more than 20 nations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

• HPA’s Upper Campus is located on 220 acres at the base of the Kohala Mountains with an expansive view of the reknowned mountains Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.

• The campus is a 45-minute drive from the Kona International Airport (KOA) on the island of Hawai‘i. Direct flights to Kona are available from Japan and the U.S. mainland. Families flying through the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of O‘ahu MUST take a short 40-minute interisland flight to Kona.

• Much of life at HPA is spent outdoors and our students take year-round advantage of our temperate climate. Average high temperatures range annually from 76-82º F (24-28º C) and lows range annually from 63-69º F (17-21º C) with a 2º F change in ocean water temperature year-round.

• World famous beaches along the Kona-Kohala coast are minutes away. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park—a scenic 2.5-hour drive away—allows a glimpse of nature’s awesome creative power.

• Eighty percent of the world’s ecosystems can be found on the island, providing amazing opportunities for students to study the Earth’s diversity in one location.

• Our cutting-edge neighbors, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai‘i, and Mauna Loa Observatory are at the forefront of scientific research and provide opportunities to experience and learn about our world and universe.

Overview

Region
Honolulu HI Area
Program Emphasis
5-Day Boarding School
Boarding School
Day School
Junior Boarding School
Small Boarding School
Summer School
All Grades K-PG
Boarding Grades 9-12, PG
Grade Divisions
Kindergarten
Post Graduate
Primary
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 220
Head of School Mr. Lindsay Barnes
Endowment $40,000,000

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.hpa.edu/
Director of Admission Joshua D. Clark
Admission Application Apply to Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $25
Application Deadline(s) February 1
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 25
Financial Aid Awarded $3,000,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 40%
Admission Tests Accepted
ISEE
Other (PSAT)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $22,300.00
5-Day Boarding Student Tuition $39,900.00
Boarding Student Tuition $44,100.00
International Student Tuition $52,000.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 620
Boys 308
Girls 312
% Boys/Girls 50/50
Boarding Students 190
Day Students 400
International
Brazil
Canada
China
Germany
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Korea
Other (French Polynesia)
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Taiwan
Thailand
Ukraine
United States
California
Colorado
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Kentucky
Maine
Massachusetts
Nevada
New York
Oregon
Other (Marshall Islands)
Virginia
Washington
Majority of students come from Other(Pacific Basin and West Coast)
% of Students of Color 53
% of International Students 14

Academics

Full Time Faculty 65
Part Time Faculty 4
% of Faculty with Doctorate 5
% of Faculty with Masters 40
Student/Faculty ratio 1/10
Average Class Size 13
Special Academic Support Programs
ADD/ADHD
ESL
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Architecture
Art
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Choir
Community Service
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Economics
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
Ethics
Film
Film Studies
Fine Arts
French
Geography
Geology
Geometry
History
Humanities
Japanese
Marine Biology
Music
Other (Robotics)
Photography
Physics
Pre-calculus
Psychology
Science
Sculpture
Statistics
Studio Art
Study Skills
World Culture
World History
World Literature
A.P. Courses Offered
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
French Language
Japanese Language & Culture
Physics B
Physics C
Psychology
Spanish Language
Statistics
Studio Art
US History
World History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 576
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 556
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 525
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Boston University, Brown University, University of California: Berkeley/Davis/San Diego/Santa Barbara, California Polytechnic State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Emory University, Harvard University, University of Hawai‘i, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Middlebury College, New York University, Parson’s School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of Virginia, Yale University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 95-100

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
equestrian
football
golf
other (Outrigger canoe paddling)
rugby
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field
volleyball
water polo
wrestling
Recreational Sports
baseball
basketball
dance
equestrian
fitness
golf
hiking
horseback riding
mixed sports
other (SCUBA)
soccer
swimming
tennis
weight lifting
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
Audiovisual Club
Community Service Program
Digital Photography Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Honor Council
International Club
Key Club
Literary Magazine
Math Club
National Honor Society
Orchestra
Other (Red Cross)
Peer Tutoring
Photography Club
Recycling Club
School Band
Spanish Club
Student Government
Student Jobs Program
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes

Energy Lab - Opened in January, 2010, the Energy Lab at HPA is a model for sustainable buildings and a place where our children will change the paradigm of thinking to a world of sustained abundance. HPA’s Energy Lab could be the first K-12 school facility in the world to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge, a criteria that exceeds Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The lab is the nucleus of a global student network in learning, where HPA students will collaborate on the design and construction of projects and share data with schools across the globe. Partnerships with prestigious colleges and universities such as University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will enable HPA students to work side by side on advanced research, giving them experience with projects unavailable to their peers and an edge in college placement.

Marine Science and Sea Turtle Research – Since 1987, HPA has had a close working relationship with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Center of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Protected Species Division, in conducting turtle research and conservation activities. Middle and Upper School students assist with the safe capture, measuring, health assessment, and tagging of many hundreds of sea turtles at various sites throughout Hawai‘i. Some students have been selected to travel to other countries, such as Greece, Japan, Mexico, and other Polynesian countries, to continue the research on educational trips.

College Counseling - There is a great demand worldwide for students educated in Hawai‘i. College Admission Directors and Deans come to Hawai‘i to recruit rather than send a junior member from their admission office. And so, Hawai‘i, as a state, is very fortunate. This means HPA can establish strong connections with important people in the college admissions process and will know our students individually. Universities look to diversify their student body, and an application from Hawai‘i stands out. Even if you are from another state or an international student, universities appreciate that your high school experience was in Hawai‘i, where you were exposed to the culture, the history, and the aloha of the state. They want these qualities on their campus and therefore value those applications.

Summer - Summer at HPA offers students entering grades 6-12 special courses that include marine science, English as a Second Language (ESL), robotics, ceramics, Hawai’i Island Revealed, and iLife Medley. There also are SAT Prep classes, math and science courses, and a college planning class designed to offer students a head start in college admission. The summer program lasts four weeks, from late June to late July, and courses are for enrichment, with credits awarded for selected academic work.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): February 25
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $3,000,000
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 40%

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