Hawai’i Preparatory Academy


College Preparation and Unique Opportunities at Hawai’i Preparatory Academy

Although Hawaii conjures up images of gorgeous settings and a tropical lifestyle, as a rigorous preparatory institution, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) combines this luxury with an ambitious academic program. Students from kindergarten through grade 13 enjoy the best of both worlds at HPA, with opportunities unique to its location in Kamuela, Hawaii.

A Climate Microcosm

Hawaii is uniquely suited to explore the balance of science and the environment. It is one of the most diverse places in the world, with 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. The Energy Lab focuses on renewable energy, independent research, and innovative programming. The academic and internship opportunities range from sea turtle research with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to projects working with NASA and partnerships with Stanford and Cornell University.

Unique Opportunities in Science

Beyond climate science, HPA offers unique advanced science electives in a variety of fields. With some of the world’s best research telescopes located nearby, some students have secured astronomical internships. Biotechnology students are sequencing the DNA of plants and animals from around the world, as well as focusing on native Hawaiian flora and fauna. In Advanced Computer Science, students study both coding and computer hardware systems. A 3-D printer and scanner can be used for robotics or individual science projects. The breadth and focus of these offerings is unique in preparatory schools, taking advantage of HPA’s unique surroundings and a commitment to excellence in students’ science learning.

Unique Opportunities for College-Bound Students

HPA’s Upper School (grades 9 to 12) has a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, and offers 19 Advanced Placement (AP) classes in gorgeous facilities. In addition to excellent teaching and advising, HPA offers an additional opportunity for college-bound students as a target recruitment location for elite US colleges and universities that seek geographic diversity. Recent graduates (Class of 2015) attend Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn, Duke, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Bowdoin, Colgate, Carnegie Mellon, Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, and Smith College.

The school is focused on developing students’ skills, knowledge, and attitudes to prepare them for success in college and later in life. HPA seeks motivated, talented students who desire to deepen their skills in humanities, sciences, and arts.

Sports at HPA

Athletics are a key component of personal development for well-rounded students. All students participate in athletic programs such as soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and outrigger canoe paddling. The athletic program benefits from the exceptional weather and beautiful facilities, as well as offering Hawaii-specific bonuses including an optional scuba certification class.

A Post-Graduate Option for International Students

International students can take advantage of HPA’s tailor-made “13th-year” program for graduates of secondary school who hope to pursue a university degree in the United States but need a bridge to help them meet their goals. Students choose the program to adjust to the American educational system, to improve their English, and to work toward admission to a more selective university.

Post-Graduate HPA students take advantage of AP classes to pursue college credit while meeting with college counselors, improving TOEFL scores, and satisfying their early ambitions to live abroad—pursuing excellence as well as adventure.


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