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Founded in 1949, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA) is an independent K-12 coeducational school with a boarding program for students in grades 6-12 and post graduate.

At HPA, students from around the world pursue their passion for learning about the arts, sciences, literature, history, sustainability, the culture of Hawai‘i, and the world beyond.

HPA is a school for highly motivated students who seek a rigorous academic program and extraordinary learning experiences.

Our unique island location, which boasts 80 percent of the world’s ecosystems, allows us to offer students unprecedented opportunities outside of the classroom.

Students assist in our world-renowned Sea Turtle Re Program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012; work in our internationally recognized Energy Lab; and can choose from an extensive schedule of English as a Second Language, Honors, and 18 Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

Other place-based programs and activities include an equestrian program, hula, outrigger canoe paddling, and scuba certification.

Full Price list

See the full price list on the schools website, links to that website can be found on this page!

Also, you can contact our staff at any time for a detailed price quote:

/ 1 (800) 620 – 5567

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy

In our recent Ma Ke Kula (HPA’s Magazine), our Director of College Counseling Andrew Kelsey shared the following highlights about the strength and diversity of HPA’s class of 2012:

•          Two students were invited to perform hula for Hawai’i’s governor and the president of the United States.

•          One student published a textbook in Mandarin to help preserve a rare Chinese dialect.

•          One student was nationally recognized in the sport of motocross

•          One student was selected as one of the two U.S. Presidential Scholars for the state of Hawai’i.

•          Five seniors scored a perfect 800 on at least one section of their SAT exam; 14 students earned at least one SAT sub-score in the 700s.

•          A number of seniors graduated with all 5s on AP testing.

•          Two seniors earned Division I athletic scholarships for football and soccer.

•          Five other scholar-athletes were recruited to play their sport at the Division II and Division III colleges.

•          One student received congressional nominations from the state of Hawai’i to receive an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

•          Two seniors were chosen to present their independent science re at the MacWorld conference.

•          One senior was featured in a children’s book for turtle re and community service.

•          A number of other seniors were recognized with scholarship and award for community service and leadership.

•          One of our theatre stars became the first HPA student to be admitted to the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

•          A senior was recognized as one of top three high school jazz pianists in the nation.

•          A number of other seniors excelled in the visual and performing arts and were “recruited” by colleges for their artistic talents.

•          As a whole, the class earned more than $1.5 million in merit scholarships to defray the cost of college tuition.

•          One student was inducted to the HHSAA Hall of Honor and named Gatorade Hawai’i Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

•          Seniors were admitted at the most selective colleges, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Amherst, Duke, Chicago, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, Rice, Bowdoin,Tufts, Lehigh, Boston College, Boston University, and New York University.

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Associations: HPA 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.

Information about our school location

The school is located in the beautiful, rural setting of Waimea on the northern side of the spectacular island of Hawai‘i, which National Geographic named one of the best places in the world to live and play.

Other facilities

HPA is also the home of the world’s greenest building, our Energy Lab.

This facility has won international awards and over the summer, the Director of the Energy Lab recently returned from Washington DC where we received an award from the White House and the Department of Education.

Several universities have worked to develop partnerships with us. Currently, we work closely with Cornell University and Stanford University, where both institutions send students and professors to live on our campus and work in our Energy Lab.

In the Energy Lab we are working on everything from DNA sequencing to brain re as well as studying the four global issues that will define the next century: food, water, energy, and culture.  You can learn more about the Energy Lab here:

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The St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School mission is:

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, day and boarding college preparatory school serving 255 students in grades six through twelve.

At St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School students are encouraged to challenge themselves in and out of the classroom while participating in a close-knit and caring community.

Students hailing from 15 states and 14 countries enjoy small classes, an award winning arts program, numerous sports and outdoor adventure opportunities, and access to the facilities and offerings of the nearby University of the South. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is located in Sewanee, Tennessee, just off I-24 between Nashville and Chattanooga.

SAS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Full Price list

See the full price list on the schools website, links to that website can be found on this page!

Also, you can contact our staff at any time for a detailed price quote:

/ 1 (800) 620 – 5567.



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Located on a beautifully wooded and historic 550-acre campus high atop the Cumberland Plateau, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee offers students an innovative curriculum presented by a creative and engaged faculty who are dedicated to cultivating well-rounded and thoughtful human beings.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee prides itself on being not just a school but also a community.

Long gone are the days when the town of St. Andrew’s, as it was called, had its own zip code and post office, but there’s still a small town feel to the campus.

Residential faculty and their families attend meals in the dining hall. Students who are interested can count on babysitting jobs. The school’s many dogs wander campus hoping to find a forgotten ice cream cone.

It’s a closeness you can feel from the moment you arrive. On a warm day, students gather in the Adirondack chairs in the main quad to strum guitars or share stories.

In 1992, SAS renovated a faculty house into a home for 12 students and one faculty family. Card House was an immediate success with both boarders and their parents.

The dream of family-sized houses became the model as three new residence halls, Watts, Woods, and Colmore Houses, were built.

To bring all the residence halls up to the high standard of these new houses, renovations were undertaken in St. Mary’s Hall and Harvey House. These two residence halls are divided by floor into separate “houses” with their own houseparents, common room, and identity.

Today all our boarding students live in gracious, homey residences with front porches and rocking chairs. Students live in renovated rooms with private telephones (two lines per room) and internet access (two ports per room); and every student is part of a small St. Andrew’s-Sewanee family.

Many schools have given up the struggle to remain small and personable, to act more like a community and less like an institution, but it is a struggle SAS believes is worth it.

Director of Admissions Anne Chenoweth

Associate Director of Admissions Linda Ashby

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