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Cathedral Catholic Academy

Private | K-8 | 132 students


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Posted January 15, 2014

My son has attended CCA since Kindergarten (now in eighth grade). The school is located in Nuuanu between Kuakini and School Street, next to the Japanese Consulate and Soto Mission. It is approx 1.5 miles to downtown. The parish church is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown; the same church where Father/Saint Damien was ordained. I was referred to the school by a co-worker when I was looking for an affordable Catholic school that was close to work and would establish a good foundation for the larger private high schools. I can't say enough positive things about CCA, but the proof is in my child's success! When he began, I noticed that the older students looked after the younger and everyone knew each other by name. The school participates (and does very well) in state math competitions, televised game shows, and annual science fairs. It utilizes new technology and teaching methods and the teachers listen and interact with the students in open discussions. The campus is humble, the programs are smaller, and the building is older; don't expect shiny, new or million dollar landscaping. The focus of the school is the students' success and the teachers' development.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2014

Cathedral Catholic Academy is the best kept secret! A definite DIAMOND in the ruff!!! Both our son & daughter have attended CCA for the past 2 yrs. We moved them there in 4th & 6th grades after being disappointed with another private, Catholic school in Manoa. Since moving to CCA, both our children's grades and national test scores have improved dramatically. They have developed a love for learning, setting their own personal goals to make honor roll and perfect attendance every semester. We attribute their positive change in attitude to the personal attention they receive from their teachers and the overall nurturing environment. CCA may not be able to compete with other larger schools when it comes to facilities, but they more than make up for it when it comes to nurturing teachers and staff, who are passionate and committed to the academic success of their students. CCA is proof that bigger, is not necessarily better.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2011

This school has been such a blessing to my son. The staff and children are so friendly and kind and all of the children interact with eachother no matter the age difference. The only reason I gave the school 4 stars in because I wish they had more arts education programs but other than that, it is truly an amazing school. The dedication and determination of the staff really makes this one of the best schools on island!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2010

This is my daughters first year attending CCA and without hesitation I would recommend this school for any child! I have two daughters at larger more expensive private schools but neither of those schools compares to CCA which has a unique value that provides education, character and spirituality in smaller unassuming yet highly effective way for their students. On her first day at CCA the students were welcoming and friendly, not what you would expect from middle schoolers. They welcomed her by name...she felt instant acceptance and inclusion, She joined the VBall Team and although not the best player on the team the spirit of love and aloha that was experienced. The Team was awarded "Best Sportsmanship" for the whole League. CCA provides a solid academic foundation but more importantly they nurture the students character, That's Priceless! My daughter loves going to school each day and that speaks volumes about CCA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2010

this school is very kind and nice it has the most nicest teachers in the world
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 27, 2009

Outstanding school! We were initially a bit nervous to put our child in, because CCA was not really one of the 'name' schools in Honolulu. But we have rewarded many times over. The school community truly is an ohana in the best possible way. Most highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2009

Cathedral Catholic Academy is a wonderful school where all of the staff members work together with parents to enrich the lives of their children. CCA teachers strive to educate the whole person and to really know each student. Students learn more than just textbook information, they learn about moral and civic responsibility. CCA is a family school where everyone knows each other. The low student-to-teacher ratio, rigorous academics, extra curricular activities, and caring faculty make Cathedral Catholic Academy a really 'great school.'

Posted January 9, 2009

This school is the best kept secret in Honolulu. The small class sizes allow students to extend their learning experiences and create more 'ohana' style relationships with other students, parents and the community.
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Posted January 5, 2009

This school is Honolulu's best kept secret! It's minutes away from downtown, the classes are small, the faculty is exceptional. Each child is nutured individually. Everyone knows each other's name. The children are taught well and are well cared for - it's a parent's dream!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2008

We have two children at Cathedral, and we could not be more pleased. The education is first-rate. And the school's small size and caring staff combine to provide a great environment for our kids. Ours is a military family. We have moved frequently, and have experience in several school systems, including one in California that was among the best in that state. Unequivocally, we believe that Cathedral has been the best school we have been a part of. The academic program is demanding, and the teachers are personally invested in ensuring that the children achieve to the level of their talent. Religious education and service projects provide further provide a moral compass and foundation for future citizenship. Cathedral Catholic Academy is a very fine school and, in my opinion, an undiscovered gem among the private and parochial school choices on Oahu.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2008

This school is such a great enviroment for learning. My son has grown in just 1 year this was the best thing I could have done for him.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2007

Wonderful community attitude from faculty and student body. Small class sizes. Leadership qualities obvious in students. High academic testing. My daughter loves it there, I know it will prepare her for any high school she chooses to attend.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2006

this school is now called Cathedral Catholic Academy, it is a very good and religious school where everyone knows each other. all student from K-8 know and talk to each other. it is really fun, and awesome at this school
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 23, 2006

I love this school it is the best my brother and I went to this school from K-8 I think the teachers are great and the teaching is good and affordable. Their are alot of religious activities we do as a school and our principal is great, all of our classes are taught by the same teacher in each class untill you get to 6 grade you switch teachers but the teachers come to you. I also like this school because we know all the teachers and student because it is a small school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 27, 2005

I spent my first 9 years of schooling at Cathedral. While its not the most well-known school, behind its walls, I made friendships, learned values, and befriended mentors, all of which I still hold dear to me today. I am now attending an Ivy League institution, and would say that a big part of my character can be attributed to the fine teachers and students at this school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 23, 2004

This school has everything, academicsa are exellent, sports, music, science, literature, etc. Not too small or too big. Everybody are like family. Most important of all are the values the school teaches, respect for everybody and that there is God.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 33% 34%
Two or more races 28% 8%
White 3% 14%
Black 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hispanic 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Japanese
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  • Choir / Chorus

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  • Japanese
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  • Spanish
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School start time
  • 7:50 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:30 p.m.
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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jaydee Wagner
  • Coed
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  • Year-round
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese


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  • Spanish
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  • Diocese of Honolulu
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  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

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  • Choir / Chorus
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