Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

Waimea, Hawaii, USA

High School Scholarship USA

This photo features a wooden academic building in front of a large athletic field. A stunning rainbow illuminates the campus four students taking part in cogito's sat prep summer camp posing for a group picture in a school gymnasium
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  • AP Courses


  • Waimea, Hawaii
  • Nearest International Airport: KOA

Why students ♥ Hawai’i Preparatory Academy

Hawai’i Prep believes that high school education should empower you to do real stuff in the real world. It should prepare you for the self-motivated work that universities expect and the ingenuity that future employers will demand. At the same time, the school also believes that a happy life requires balance, and offers plenty of room to discover new activities and have fun with friends. Above all, HPA is a place to call home. From the moment you step on campus, you’ll feel accepted and inspired in this welcoming community where everyone “lives aloha”.


AP Courses
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • Human Geography
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • Physics 2

Support Programs

  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center

Foreign Languages

  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Hawaiian



All HPA students are required to engage in an afternoon sport or active pursuit of some kind. The school offers a wide range of intramural options, including lacrosse, rugby, basketball, tennis, plus opportunities like horseback riding, yoga, and hiking. If you are a high school athlete looking for a competitive, interscholastic play, you will find expert coaching and conditioning on the 22 athletic teams. HPA belongs to the Big Island Interscholastic Federation (24 member schools) and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (96 member schools). Go Ka Makani!


Clubs & Organizations


From star-gazing to surfing, and everything in between, you’ll find amazing opportunities waiting for you outside of class. The school offers a book club, chess club, KeyClub, Math/Science Club, Model United Nations, Yearbook, Foreign Language Related Clubs, Community Service Clubs, National Honors Society.


College Acceptance


HPA graduates are consistently admitted to highly selective colleges and universities, as well as many other outstanding institutions that meet their goals. Virtually 100 percent of the graduates enroll at four-year institutions and report high satisfaction with their university choice.

In the past six years, the graduates have enrolled at Harvard (2), Yale (2), Columbia, University of Chicago (3), Princeton, Brown (3), University of Pennsylvania (3), Dartmouth (9), Cornell (2), Stanford (5), UC Berkeley (6), UCLA (6), Duke, Johns Hopkins, MIT (2), Claremont McKenna (2), and Washington University in St. Louis (3). During this same time period, students were also admitted to many other well-known schools including Amherst, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Caltech, Emory, Michigan, Northeastern, NYU, Pomona, UVA, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt.

Housing and Dorms

If you choose to board at HPA, you’ll be in good company. Roughly 50 percent of our Upper School students live on campus. Some students come from as far as Nigeria or New York City; others are Hawaii residents who prefer the convenience (and fun) of dormitory life. The close-knit boarding community is all about gaining your independence, growing as a person, and making life-long friends. This will be your home away from home.

Carter is an all-female residence hall housing up to 60 students in grades 9 to 12. Robertson is a co-ed residence hall housing up to 36 female students in grades 10 to 12 on two floors, with a separate wing for up to 15 male students in multiple grades. Perry-Fiske is an all-male residence hall housing up to 70 students in grades 10 to 12.

Host family

All host families are located within less than 1 hour from school campus.