Hawai’i Preparatory Academy
|Фаза зачисления / Оценки|
|школа-интернат||Дневная школа, школа-интернат|
|Соотношение учитель и ученик||1 : 12|
|Аккредитации||The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Hawaiian Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) National Association for College Admission Counseling Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling Council for Advancement and Support of Education Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education Cum Laude Society|
|Старший мастер||Patrick J. Phillips|
|Годовая плата за обучение (мин)||-|
|Годовая плата за обучение (Макс)||29,600 USD (Day School) / 69,400 USD (Boarding)|
Founded in 1949, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is a co-educational, college-preparatory, day and boarding school that serves kindergarten through 12th grade, plus a postgraduate year. Here on Hawai‘i Island, our students live and study within rare landscapes, precious ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures. We embrace these attributes to create unique signature programs, research partnerships, and growth opportunities that make HPA a school like no other. We exist to empower students with a sense of purpose, and to ensure they have strong core values and the real-world skills to explore and reinvent that purpose over a lifetime.
A place to learn like nowhere else on earth.
On Hawai‘i Island, you will live and learn within spectacular landscapes, vital ecosystems, and a mix of world cultures. At Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, we embrace these unique resources to create research partnerships, signature programs, and exceptional learning opportunities that make HPA a school like no other.
Our rigorous, college-preparatory instruction takes place within a dynamic global school community. Day students from Hawai‘i are joined by boarding students from 15 states and 25 countries to create a diverse, international ‘ohana (family). From the moment you step on campus, you will feel accepted and appreciated in this safe and welcoming environment where everyone “lives aloha.”
A global village: Living at HPA
Located at a confluence of world cultures linking Asia, Oceania, the Americas, and other regions, Hawai‘i Island is a place to take global citizenship to a whole new level. Each year roughly 15 U.S. states and 25 countries are represented within the HPA student body. This mixture of Hawai‘i residents, U.S. mainland, and international students—brought together to experience the interwoven cultures of Hawai‘i Island—sets Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy apart among U.S. independent schools.
Out of the ordinary: Learning at HPA
At HPA, our location allows us to offer a high school education like no other. We combine a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with the chance to design and conduct your own real-world research, arts, or community projects. Through capstone classes, 16 Advanced Placement courses, our award-winning Energy Lab, immersive local learning, and other signature programs, we support and empower you to hone skills, build confidence, and create an impressive body of work for college and later life.
Expert guidance and outstanding results
At Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, our college counselors have designed a program that supports each student on his or her individual path toward higher education. We believe the search process is a critical component of the overall learning experience at HPA. You will begin by exploring your own interests, abilities, and expectations through the many programs HPA has to offer. Later, you will turn your attention outward to investigate an array of college, university, and post-graduate options. Using our extensive knowledge of the higher education landscape, our core goal is to help you find the very best match for your talents and future aspirations.
программаAmerican Curriculum, AP classes, and Honor classes
Языки обученияАнглийский язык
Иностранные языкиJapanese, Hawaiian, Spanish, and Chinese
My name is Alexandra Peskova and I’m 18 years old and was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. I’m currently attending my second year at HPA as a senior and will be graduating soon. I wanted to leave Slovakia to change something in my life. I decided to go to a convention filled with American high schools that came to Bratislava. There was a stand in the corner that caught my eye right away … the one and only Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy. I met and got to talking with Mrs. Police (one of the administrators at HPA). There was a slideshow with many beautiful photos and I fell in love with the beauty that I saw right away. That was the exact moment I knew I had to fly out to Hawai‘i to attend this school no matter what. When I received my acceptance letter, I was as excited as one could possibly be. It was finally time for me to fly out to Hawai‘i and for my life to completely change. When I arrived at HPA, I was really scared. I was completely alone and I felt really intimidated by the amount of new people around me. However, when I started talking to people, I realized how sweet and caring everyone actually was. From faculty, to students, to even maintenance, each and every single person is always there to help. The relationships/friendships you make at HPA can definitely last a lifetime. I’ve met some incredible people that I would have never met if I stayed in Slovakia and they became my hanai (adoptive) family. Alongside with incredible people, this school has a variety of amazing classes that students can choose from based on their interests. There are also many different levels of academics that one can explore. Even though there’s some time during the school day to talk to other students and the teachers, one of the many perks of being a boarder is having the opportunity to get to know everyone better. HPA has an amazing boarding program that keeps every student safe and happy. Being so far away from home can get difficult but there are hundreds of other boarders that experience the same thing and know exactly how to help. Hawai‘i is an incredible island with beautiful nature, HPA being in the center of it all. The campus is located on a hill surrounded by trees of all shapes, colors and sizes. HPA has amazing resources that help students explore, develop and improve their academic and extracurricular skills which are useful in high school as well as in the future. I got to learn some amazing things about this beautiful place that not many people know and I had a lot of fun doing so. Being at HPA definitely made me grow as a person and helped me thrive in many different ways that I’m sure I’ll never forget. No matter how far Hawai‘i is from Slovakia, choosing this school was the best decision I’ve ever made and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Being away from home definitely made me more independent, it made me value things more and it certainly made me a better person, the one I am today. I’m really thankful for the opportunity my parents and HPA gave me to study abroad, pursue my interests and reach my goals.
Aloha. My name is Aapo. I am 18 years old and I am from Tampere, Finland. I have spent the last two years of my life with amazing friends in the most beautiful place in the world. Attending HPA has been one of the best decisions of my life and I never regret it. I’ve been able to make friends from 25 different countries. HPA has given me the opportunity to experience many new and different cultures while at the same time to explore a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My family gave my sister the opportunity to take a year of school abroad. I started to think straight away that I want to do it too. It was 2015 when I started to process my applications to a school located on opposite side of the world. Finally, in 2016 I received a letter from the school, I got accepted! It was the best feeling ever: being able to explore another country and live there for a year. At the same time, I was kind of worried because my English level wasn’t the best and I knew that I wasn’t able to see my friends and family for a year. I clearly remember the first moments I stepped onto the HPA campus. Straight away, I felt welcomed and I knew that this is gonna be one of the best choices I ever made. I made plenty of friends on the first day. The HPA community is something special because you are always surrounded by good friends, teachers, and dorm parents. I think the best thing about HPA’s community is that everybody is super friendly to you and there is always something going on. The biggest challenge that I was faced with was the language barrier. Being in the place where everybody is speaking another language and all the academics are also in a different language was a really hard situation in the beginning but I got used to that surprisingly fast and also I felt how my English had improved day by day. I had a couple of reasons why I chose HPA. The first reason was that I could explore, improve my English and academic level. HPA has given me a great opportunity to work on both of them. There are many choices for what you want to study and there is always a challenge. The second reason I came here was so that I could improve my swimming. HPA has a great athletic program that gives you many different opportunities to choose from. I’ve been swimming whole my time at HPA but I know that HPA has great teams in other sports such as cross country, track, and soccer. Also, if you are not really into sports you have a chance to join an amazing outdoor program where you get to go all around the island to explore hidden waterfalls, snorkeling into caves and cliff jumping. Overall, HPA has been a great experience. I have been able to make a lot of new friendships with many people all around the world. Having a chance to live in paradise is something that everyone should do at least once in their life. If you have the opportunity to go and explore the world, I just have to support that, and coming to HPA will be a decision that you will always be glad that you made.
My name is Anna, I’m 17 years old and I’m in the second year of high school at the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) and I’m from Prague in the Czech Republic. I learned about the HPA when I went to the IQ agency a few months before the start of the school year. This agency helps students find a school in foreign countries. I looked at a lot of advertisements for schools all over the world, but none of them were like HPA. I watched all the videos on YouTube, all the social networking photos of the HPA, and it seemed to me that going to school in Hawai’i would be an experience I’d never forget in my life. When I applied to HPA, I wanted to escape my stereotypical life that I led in Prague. I wanted to discover new places, meet new people and learn their stories. I wanted to experience something that I never could have done in the Czech Republic. Another goal and the reason I wanted to study abroad was to improve my English. But everything has its price, I had to leave my family and friends to move to the opposite side of the world, speak constantly in another language, adapt to other cultures. But I still manage to do everything, even though it’s hard to stay in touch with my family and friends, given the time difference. When I first came to HPA, I was very excited, and I could not wait to meet new friends, even though I was scared and nervous. Everyone was so nice and they accepted me the way I was, and I am very grateful to all who helped me. HPA’s students and teachers are the most friendly people I have ever met. Everyone is always willing to help. What I like about HPA is the style and quality of teaching. It is really different from the Czech Republic, but students will adapt if they do everything they are asked to do. Also, I like how teachers treat the students. All teachers are always willing to help. Another thing I like about HPA is the boarding life. Everyone is trying really friendly and they are trying to help at any cost. What surprised me is how many nationalities there are and how overall the diversity of the school. No one has to feel left out or different from the others. I am so grateful to my parents for allowing me to study at the HPA and for making friends from all over the world.
I chose HPA a couple weeks before summer started. I wanted to do something different, get out of my comfort zone and go to school in a place where I could be myself. Then one day on YouTube I saw a boarding school that fulfilled all those expectations and it was HPA. I was nervous to come here but there were a lot of people like Tiare Police (the director of admissions) who were very understanding. The first time I got to the school, I was very nervous and kind of afraid of being so far from home but when I started talking to people in here I noticed everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I think that so far living so far from home has been easier thanks to the people around this school. When I arrived on campus, I felt as if I were in a movie. Everything was moving really fast and my roommate helped me learn everything we had to know. She introduced me to a lot of diverse people from all around the world. I like that HPA let’s you be yourself and let’s all the students around the world practice their own religion and customs. Living at HPA has encouraged me to do things I would never do at home. It has also taught me how to live by myself without my parents being behind me all day. I was surprised by the diversity for example one of my best friends here is from Indonesia and another of my really good friends is from Germany. Here you can meet people from all around the world plus you get to practice your English. I am very thankful to my parents for letting me live this amazing and unique experience. Coming to HPA was one of the best decisions that I made. My mom is happy that I get to practice my English and my dad is glad that I get to do what I love the most (travel and meet new people) while I study.
My name is Carolina Menner. I’m 17 years old and I attended HPA as a sophomore in 2015-2016. I really wanted to do a year abroad to improve my English and to grow as a person. The best way to describe HPA, is that HPA is a great big ‘ohana (family). Hawai‘i is of course really far away from my home country, Germany, but it is such a unique place to be and there are so many great opportunities that it is definitely worth it. Before I arrived I was scared of three major things. The first one was that I wouldn’t find friends in a different country with a new language. This was my first time away from home for such a long time. This changed right away when I got to campus the first day. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The first weekend I was there was for all the new boarders, so everyone was going through the same situation as I, and it was super easy to find new friends. My second fear was that I would have problems with the American school system. You can pick your classes according to your personal needs, which really made studying much more fun and doable. My third fear was that I wouldn’t be prepared enough for the German school system and for my final exam, the Abitur, in two years. But being back in German school for almost three months, the only thing I had to catch up on was math, but even that turned out to be totally fine. I’ve been getting straight “As” in most of my classes, and especially in English. Life at HPA is really structured. Everyone is really focused on school and their academics. You can tell that everyone is really goal focused on their future and on college. It is such a gift to live with so many different people from all over the world. The people in my dorm turned into a family to me over the year. I got to learn so much about other countries and cultures. I even speak a few words of Korean now. It always amazed me how great and loving the people at HPA are. You always feel welcomed wherever you go. Before going to HPA, I never considered talking to teachers more than necessary, and especially not about my personal life. I noticed that teachers at HPA are more than just people who teach you. Everyone cares about your needs and your problems and wants you to do well. They even give up their free time to help wherever they can. After leaving during the school holiday breaks, I was always super excited to go back to Hawaii and I would never say I was going back to school, but that I was going back home. I also really enjoyed the activities at HPA. Every day after school, everyone does some kind of sport. There are so many different offerings, from volleyball to basketball, lacrosse, tennis, or swimming, and also activities that are unique to Hawai‘i; for example, canoe paddling or scuba diving. My first sport was getting certified in scuba diving. It was such an amazing experience that you only get to do in Hawai‘i. No matter which sport you pick, you can always feel such a school spirit, that I have never experienced in Germany. What I love the most about HPA is the outdoor program and all the activities offered. I did everything from going to one of the most famous beaches, hiking on volcanoes to places that aren’t reachable with a car, turtle tagging, cliff jumping, surfing, and snorkeling. My favorite trip was the Waimanu trip, where we hiked seven hours into a breathtaking valley with no internet connection or running water. It was always really challenging and often brought me to my personal limits, but it helped me so much to grow as a person and made me so much closer to all my friends. I love thinking back to the nights we would sit around the bonfire singing and telling each other stories. I have never in my life experienced such a strong community. HPA was one of the best, life-changing decisions I have ever made in my life. I’m so thankful for all the great people I met and all of the great experiences I had. It has helped me to become the person I want to be and it will always be a big part of me.