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Founded in 1949, Hawaii Preparatory Academy is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Our boarding program admits students in grades six through 12.
HPA features many unique courses and activities (marine science field studies, sea turtle research, scuba certification, and more) that make use of Hawaii's geographical setting and give students a strong sense of Hawaii and its culture. Offerings also include programs in the visual and performing arts as well as a successful Upper School interscholastic athletic program that stresses school-wide participation and teaches the values of sportsmanship and fair play.
The school has two campuses in the town of Waimea (Kamuela) on the island of Hawaii. The Lower and Middle Schools are located on nine acres in the heart of Hawaii's ranching country, while the Upper School is located just two miles away on a 200-acre campus at the foot of the Kohala Mountains.
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.
HPA enrolls boarding students from all over the world. In 2009-2010, our students came from the Hawaiian Islands, 14 other states and U.S. territories, and 19 other countries.
There are 350 students at the Upper School – half boarders and half day students – with virtual parity in the number of boys and girls. Class sizes at the Upper School range from 6 to 20 students, averaging 13 students per class. Grades K-8 at the Village Campus comprise 250 students, with an average class size of 17.
The Academic Day
Upper School students attend class Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 2:45 P.M.. Students in grades 6-8 attend class from 7:50 A.M. to 3:10 P.M. and K-5 from 7:55 A.M. to 2:45 P.M., Monday through Friday.
HPA has 65 teachers, with two-thirds holding graduate degrees. The average tenure is 10 years. 32 faculty and administrators live in campus housing and support the residential programs.
The college counseling program at HPA is highly individualized to address the needs of each student. College counselors meet with freshmen and sophmores in groups, and with juniors and seniors individually, to discuss college admission and to help students and parents choose colleges that will offer the student the best possible academic and personal growth. The College Counseling Center contains current printed, computer, and video materials for students to research universities of interest. Each year, HPA graduates attend some of the most selective universities in the United States, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Cornell, Wellesley, and more, as well as public universities on the U.S. mainland and international colleges.
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Advanced Placement Preparation
HPA offers students Advanced Placement courses in Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Literature and Composition, French, Japanese, Physics B & C, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History and World History.
Upper School students use three computer laboratories that house over 100 Macintosh and PC computers. The Upper Campus is fully networked with fiber optic, CAT5, and wireless infrastructure. A Filtered DS 3 (45 mbps) and 8 mbsp backup Internet connection is provided in all classrooms and in all Upper School dorm rooms. At the Village Campus, two computer labs feature Macintosh systems and the Lynn Taylor Library also has a bank of computers used for research and class projects. Middle School boarders have Internet access in their dorm rooms and they also have access to the computer labs after school. HPA provides a variety of software, including the Microsoft Office Suite, graphic arts, browsers, and e-mail, and digital media classes are available to students on both campuses.