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909 Haumea Street
Kapolei, HI 96707

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4 stars
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August 27, 2014
This is an excellent school offering quality education. The teachers are wonderful. My child has received caring and individualized attention and is excelling in the demanding IB curriculum. True, there have been some change at the administrative level, but a lot of the "problems" have left the school, thankfully. We look forward to the new administration and another great school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
The school provides a wonderful, top education. Our daughter has received an excellent education from grade 1 - 9 and has ranked extremely high on national test scores. She loves the IB program and looks forward to receiving her IB diploma and attending a top university! Great value for the money; individualized programs and attention; excellent teachers; wide range of course offerings in the upper school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
I do not usually post on forums like this but after seeing the negatives I felt i needed to speak up.I am a parent of 2 kids at IPA and am very pleased with the state of my children's education. Both are excelling both academically and socially.I had a problem with the past admin but the Board seems to have seen the issue and taken steps to correct. I read all of the comments and I believe the negative comments in my experience are not valid and the product of a disingenuous campaign to smear the school for personal reasons. Even in my most frustrating moment as an IPA parent I NEVER thought my kids education was anything but top notch and believe its getting better under the current administration. As with any online anonymous forum there is a tendency to see both very bad and very good ratings and few in the middle. I believe IPA deserves the Very Good but that's something you should decide for yourself not solely from an online posting that could be vindictive. Go visit and see for yourself. JMHO

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
The teachers and staff at this school work so hard and the students are amazing; however the administration at all levels have turned this school from a loving, caring, place to work and learn to a hostile environment. Sadly the parents don't have their eyes open to how badly the teachers are treated so they will be blindsided when they figure out how many amazing teachers are leaving the school. Over 20 highly qualified educators that love the students at ipa are leaving because the administration has created a hostile environment for them to work. The students will suffer, programs will suffer, all because the egos of the people on the administration team. For the students I hope they find qualified replacements for the teachers that have left or are leaving but if I were a parent, especially of a 6-12 student I would be worried!

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
At first we liked that IPA was lowering its tuition for 2014-15. By lowering the tuition costs the school is hoping to increase enrollment. Our concern is that by charging less tuition, IPA may have less tuition income to help cover the increasing costs of educating students, making it more difficult to provide a top notch educational program. With less tuition income, it will be more challenging to offer many things like competitive salaries to attract and retain great teachers, maintain state of the art facilities, offer strong academic, athletic and arts programs, professional development opportunities, & technology enhancements. In the case of education, cheaper is not always better.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
Island Pacific Academy has changed my son in ways that I will never be able to repay. The international baccalaureate education is excellent, but the fact that he comes home from high school every day with a curious, caring, and mature worldview, and a desire to succeed and to make the world a better place...now that is priceless. Thank you, IPA!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
I have read the other reviews and I really do not understand the angry/negative comments. This is our ninth year at IPA and both of our children attend the school. I could not be more grateful to have such a great school just 10 minutes from my home. My daughter is now a senior and was just accepted to a great university on the mainland. The director of admissions at the university told her that the International Baccalaureate gives applicants a significant advantage when applying for college. IPA is obviously teaching the students well academically in addition to teaching them to be good citizens. I would recommend that any family that is planning to place their children in private school in Hawaii, go to the IPA campus and have a tour. Then, wherever your children attend, get involved in the school community and make the effort to build relationships with the faculty and staff, not because you might receive special treatment or be a part of some perceived "clique", but because it is important to take an active and positive role in your children's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
If you are looking for a great school for your children on the Westside, IPA is the place for you. The faculty and staff are hard working, caring and provide a great education to the students. The school is small enough so students get personal attention. Students also have art, PE, music, and technology classes. Parents, grandparents and family members are welcomed as volunteers and members of the IPA community. One of the nicest parts about IPA is how students are taught about community service and how everyone, students and adults, give back to community.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2014
IPA has been a great school for our two kids. The atmosphere is caring, friendly and we love that the families are like an extended family. The teachers that my kids have had really make a difference in our kids education. Thank you IPA.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
If I can turn my selection of 1 star into a trash can I would that's the value of education we received at this glorified day care center. If your seriously considering this school for your children you really need to reconsider, save your money for tutoring and send your children to another school. Your not going to receive the education that your paying in tuition at this institution.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
IPA's IB diploma program is first rate and gives students a leg up when applying for colleges and scholarships. Also, integrated within their philosophy is "Generosity of spirit," as well as "The power of human kindness." This says a lot when you can meld both academics and building character. I'm proud that my kids attend that kind of school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
IPA is a wonderful school that is just getting better. The teachers and staff work so hard on behalf of the students and their families. IPA offers a safe and caring environment where students are supported and encouraged to be individuals.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2013
There is so much favoritism in this school, it's unbelievable! I miss out on a lot of opportunities the school offers because I'm not quite in the "incrowd" and don't have connections to the unfriendly staff in the office. Most teachers are moody, I feel like I always have to watch my back at all times when approaching them. The teachers I had a great connection with who encouraged me to succeed all got laid off.. IPA was once a friendly, warm place a few years ago.. what happened?

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2013
Tuition is not worth what the school has to offer. This school is definitely NOT for everyone. I was forced to attend this school upon IPA being the only private school on the west side that my parents have heard of at the time before. Yes IPA provides a small safe environment, but there is a lot of favoritism and cliques that this community is just to small to have. Also there have been many teachers that have come and go, and a few teachers that don't have teaching skills worth paying for. Though some teachers are great, it's not worth the money overall. Other than that, because our absence of a gym or football field, and such, opportunities of a homecoming event isn't even possible. I won't be getting a full high school experience at my own school and that saddens me. Academics wise I feel I'd be getting a better education at kapolei highschool. Parents, though private education seems nice, do your research and really talk it out with your kids.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
I pulled my children from the local public school to attend IPA. They have gone from crying everyday to running into school with smiles on their faces. Academically the school is International Baccaleaurate, not the US Core Curriculum. The US program does not follow appropriate developmental guidelines and is teaching our children rote memorization. IB teaches problem solving and inquisitiveness. My children are asking questions all the time. My second grader is designing science experiments at the pool and telling me about her hypothesis. Everyone is friendly and we are happy and my children are learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This school was a waste of time and money for our family. We took out loans and borrowed money from our parents' retirement to pay the tuition. Now our children are enrolled in a good public school and we are finding out that they have big gaps in their academics. While at IPA, we were told they were doing great. Now, we find out that our children are behind in basic language arts and math skills. On the positive side, IPA did have a friendly atmosphere. But for the amount of tuition we paid, we expected a strong curriculum as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I previously went to IPA for 6 years. I am now a freshman at a private school in town and I can definitely say that I am finally learning something. When I first attended IPA, I was a 3rd grader. I did enjoy the teachers and the fact that we never had any homework. As I got older, I realized that I needed to start learning some new material to get prepared for high school. Last year, I had multiple study halls, and I barely learned anything. After taking the same foreign language for 3 years, I was only able to get into a second year class at my new school. According to IPA's grading system I was doing outstanding. When I got to my new school I realized that I was unprepared for high school. I wasn't used to all the homework and I also wasn't used to learning in every class. The IPA curriculum is confusing and it is weak. You have no idea what your actual grades are. At the end of the year, all of the 8th graders were expecting a grade graduation like any other "great" school. We didn't have one because of IB. As I got to my new school I was happy to find a gym and a cafeteria. I definitely do not recommend IPA to anyone that is looking for a great school and a great education.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2013
Everyday I see the passion and commitment of the teachers and staff at IPA! We are having an awesome first year experience and are blessed to have our son thoroughly enjoying everyday at school. Love that the Headmaster, Principal, and other staff are out there greeting the families every morning. Happy 9th Birthday IPA!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
The location is great! Parents are awesome but this school has serious problem with favoritism. Your child will not have much recognition and important roll of school activities if you are not a member of IPA faculty. Most cruel experience that I had was watching teachers kids received award While my kid was sitting on the cold ground. That was break my heart.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My son has attended IPA since its opening. Over the past 9 years, I have watched him grow into a confident young man who is excelling in his classroom studies, has run for class office, and tried new sporting activities. He has had truly exceptional teachers along the way, who not only cared about his school work, but about him as a person. In fact, I can also say this about all the staff that work at the school - they care. The list of colleges and universities that IPA's graduates have been accepted into is quite impressive, and the IB curriculum will only strengthen this. Although a smaller school, there are still many opportunities for sports and other extra curricular activities. In fact, my son is able to participate in sports at IPA, which might not be possible at a larger school with rigorous tryouts. Yes, there is no gym, but there are still many opportunities. The students are celebrated for academics, community service and extra curricular activities (music, theater, sports). Lastly, the school teaches as principles the power of human kindness and generosity of spirit. These are wonderful principles to teach young people, and what everyone should strive for.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
My two children attend IPA. I have come to fully respect and admire the amazing talents, commitment, and drive of the teachers and staff there. Everyone from admissions, leaders, teachers, and even the security and maintenance people are friendly and competent individuals. I have yet to have a negative experience with anyone at that school, including the other parents and students. The older kids even mentor the younger ones. This school has a very community atmosphere where everyone feels safe in being who they are. I have zero relationship to anyone at this school other than my experience as a tuition paying parent. I wouldn't change a thing about how the princples they teach here or the way they so it.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
All I can say is my daughter never wants to come home. IPA is a great school. They are moving forward with a wonderful new principal in the elementary. The teachers and staff are very friendly. Most importantly my daughter is above average in all subjects, and I can surely thank IPA for that. You rock IPA keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
We attended this school and finally decided that we needed to leave. The tuition is too high for the education we received and the very very few extra curricular activities. There is no gym, no high school band or orchestra. This school has no grades. There is way too much "flex time" so on some days students do not even have an academic class. The school seems to emphasize personal development and Hawaiian culture over reading and math skills. Also there seems to be a disconnect between the administration and the parents. The promised gym never materialized while our tuition kept increasing at an unprecedented rate. There seems to be a high attrition rate of teachers and students. The tuition does not warrant what you get. There are other schools with much better value. Please do your research before attending this school or any school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Our daughter is in the 2nd grade and has been going to this school since Junior Kindergarten. We feel blessed to have a school like IPA on this island and couldn't be happier with the experience we have had thus far. We value education highly and I don't believe any other school in this state can match what IPA has to offer. The community, the quality of teachers and staff that are committed to continuing growth and excellence of this school is amazing. We are looking forward to enrolling our 2nd daughter into JK next year. We will do whatever it takes financially to send our kids here until they go to college. Just for those comments about financial difficulties of the school--at least they are being transparent about things and trying to make things right. The right leadership is in place the parents are committed as are the staff and teachers. Let's move forward. Please take a tour!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Our children have been students at IPA for 5 years, and we could not be happier! Not only do they provide a safe, loving environment with high moral standards, the education our keiki receive is second to none. Our 4th grader tested above 6th grade while in 3rd grade on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, a NATIONAL achievement test, What more can one say? Go forward with confidence, IPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
IPA will be my child's school until graduation day! I have to agree with the last post in saying that VALUES matter! When our child is sick, we have to force her to stay home - that's how much she loves school! The IPA staff and teachers are caring and friendly. Our daughter does well academically. Contradictory to some of the other posts, she was fortunate to have had highly qualified teachers that taught standards and the basics. I know students in both the middle and upperschool, and the work is quite challenging so I don't understand the negative posts. Although IPA has had some obstacles along the way, we are really feeling that this year will start a positive change to the difficulties they may have faced in the past. Thank you, IPA, for your awesome teachers and the environment that you provide for my child!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
This is our daughter's 3rd year at IPA and we have been more pleased every year with the WELL-ROUNDED education she is getting due to the school's IB curriculum and the wonderfully trained teachers she's had. Where else can your child get art, music, foreign language, engineering & design, and computer (she was taught to use a PROGRAMING program in 2nd grade...same program is taught in 4/5 grade public mainland schoolshclasses all 2 times a week?! When touring 4 different public schools we were informed our child would be lucky to touch a computer once a month! Also, my daughter reads 3 grade levels above her own and now has much more confidence in math and actual understanding of how math works and why. And above all the IPA motto, Whenever you can, HELP! The students are taught kindness, generosity of spirit and to consider others in their decision making. THIS, to our family, comes before standardized test scores! IPA will never "teach to the test" and this is why we love it here so very much.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
We are an Air Force family who moves around quite a bit. In fact, this is my daughter's fourth school and she is only a 3rd grader! Though I was worried about the schools in Hawaii, we are thrilled with the IB program at Island Pacific, the caring staff and the talented and enthusiastic teachers. I highly recommend that any parent wanting the best education experience for their child on Oahu check out Island Pacific.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Please do your research before you enroll your child at this school. We had a positive impression of IPA when we first toured the school last spring. Then we started talking with some other families who have left the school in the last year. They explained some shocking things about the school. There is a huge amount of student and teacher attrition which makes us think people are dissatisfied with many things at the school. There is no real curriculum or accountability for what students are learning. Students do not receive the support, academic or personal, that they need to find educational success. Also, tuition is expensive. Because the school is struggling financially, has no endowment, and is carrying a huge debt to cover the mortgages for their classroom buildings, tuition revenue goes to service the school's debt, not to fund outstanding academic programs for students or to fund faculty salaries. We are happy with the school we chose in town. The tuition is also expensive, but our tuition dollar is being used to provide an amazing program at a school with outstanding facilities and teachers. Please do your research before selecting this or any private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Just went to Elementary Meet and Greet today. The principal was welcoming and the teachers are so friendly. I am hopeful that there will be many POSITIVE changes this year. Good luck to the new principal and headmaster. What I do know is that my child loves going to school and is excited to start. Way to go, IPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
After reading some negative comments, I felt compelled to post my own review. My child attended IPA's Upper School and was a member of the first graduating class (2010). She was accepted by UCLA, Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis, and numerous other prestigious universities. The only university that declined her was Stanford. (I see that a brand new IPA grad was accepted there!) Today, my daughter attends the University of Southern California on a merit scholarship and will graduate in 2014. Obviously, the folks at IPA are doing something right! Furthermore, my sons attended 7th and 8th grade at IPA. The military moved us to Northern Virginia since then, and my sons were quite prepared to enter a top high school in our new community and have been excelling, thanks at least in part to their years at IPA. IPA was a great fit for my family and I will always be grateful.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
We wasted a lot of money at IPA! Our child attended IPA Middle School and was very bored. All of the students are put in one math class, for example, and then they teach to the lowest level. The academically stronger students are not challenged. They use a lot of "study halls" which are just excuses to watch movies on their computers because they have nothing to do. We moved our child to public school and was below Hawaii public school standards in math! The public school quickly remedied that thank goodness. They also do not discipline some very bad behavior. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this school. The public school is much better.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
IPA is a great smaller independent school that offers a wonderful, well rounded education. Both of my children will be attending IPA this coming school year. My oldest child has gone since 6th grade. He scored well above average on the independent schools standardized test IPA gives, is nurtured and looks forward to finishing High School here. The school is an IB school - things are taught differently. I'm surprised by the negative ratings given by parents whose children have attended for several years...you could have pulled them out at any time.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
I've sent my children for past 5 years to IPA. This private school wasn't worth the money for us. Most parents expect strong academics from a private school but their standards are lower than public school. Unfortunately, the principal doesn't believe in test or homework. Some of IPA staff aren't certified in their area and some of the teachers don't have teaching credentials. There are some positive aspects like AC building, small classes, family events like May Day, winter concert. Also, if you visit their website, they still have many photos of students who are no longer attending the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Like several of the other parents, I am very concerned about the direction that IPA is headed. Financially, the school is facing difficulties. This year, some teachers and staff have been laid off, others were asked to take pay decreases, and enrollment is down. The tuition keeps getting more and more expensive. I agree with the other parents that posted that they have concerns about the high rate of turnover among some of the key leaders at the school. We are choosing to stay for one more year, but I am cautious about what the future holds.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I agree with the parent 100% when she/he said that they felt they had to post something. I am aware of many families that have left IPA and never looked back. We are taking our child out too!! Constant change in staff (at least four or five midle school principals in six years), the school admits anyone (behavior problems and learning disorders welcome) and my child has been bored all year. Teachers are busy with behavior and poor academic issues. With the amount of money that parents pay we can expect solid academics, and a school that disciplines children for misconduct. Some children get away with everything because of their last name! Anytime we have brought up a concern, the response is "IPA is not for everyone and we are proud of what we do here"!!! Wake up IPA and open your eyes and ears......people are leaving every year and your ship is sinking. Good luck to the NEW headmaster!!! We are making the drive to town. Save your money people and find a better, cheaper alternative or do what others do.....leave IPA for the public school only to find out that after all that money your child cant meet the Hawaii standards!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
Our family has been an active IPA family for several years. We were very happy the first 5 years however, we have grown so disappointed in the past couple of years. There once was a feeling of warmth and kindness & now whenever we inquire about the ever changing curriculum & "IB" program we are received with debate & negativity. The elementary administration is poor at best & shows clear favoritism towards children of staff members & the in crowd. We have supported the many bumps in the road of a new school and have paid FULL tuition for multiple children yet feel as if we walk on egg shells with the administration. There is a clear "if you don't like it you can leave" attitude from administration. We have seen many families leave over the years with the same complaint of poor administration. The office lady is rude and has poor people skills. Many of the teachers are great however there are several who are unprofessional and speak to parents disrespectfully. The principal tells you what you want to hear and has no follow though. We hate to leave IPA with such a sour taste in our mouth however we can't take another year of such poor leadership at such a high price!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2013
I had two elementary school children attending IPA during 2011. After their first year at IPA, we decided that IPA was NOT the place for our kids. Education - the curriculum is substandard. Although my son had completed third grade in the middle of his IPA class, he FAILED the entrance exam at three other elementary schools. IPA touts a fluffy IB program but neglects to teach the basic foundations of education - so the children learn the "Zones of the Ocean" but not the names of the fifty States!!. The school does not believe in Testing nor Grades... Next, Cost - the school has one of the highest tuitions in the state considering that there are few if any facilities; no playground aside from a parking lot and an over crowded jungle gym, no cafeteria etc. The focus of the school appears to be learning a new song for assembly each week at the expense of any meaningful learning. The teacher turnover rate is very high, the administration is focused on For Profit opportunities, the academics are of poor quality and the expense is unjustifiable.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
This is our first year at IPA. I have a child in the Elementary School and we love it! My child looks forward to coming to school every day, and especially loves the specials classes like computers, engineering, music, and art. When we were first applying to the school, Megan in the admissions office gave us a personal tour of the campus and helped us to learn all about the school. The teachers and staff are friendly and welcoming. The only reason I gave the school 4 stars instead of 5 is the cost of tuition. As much as we love IPA, $14,000 per year is very expensive. I really hope we can stay next year, but it is a stretch for our family financially.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
So happy to be a new member of the IPA 'ohana. The teachers and staff really do care about everyone at IPA. It is wonderful to see the great learning that happens in the classrooms and the happy faces on the students and teachers. What a great place to be a part of!

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2012
Terrible school. Who knows what the kids are learning at IPA. The environment is not a friendly one unless you belong to one of the popular cliques. Being a local boy, I felt like an outcast here. I tried to mingle, join in on, or start up conversations with the other parents while waiting to drop off or pick up my son, but it never got anywhere beyond my efforts. But these cliques have no problem talking with each other as they lounge around in the lobby area of the building. I felt the same impersonal vibe coming from many of the teachers and office staff. If I felt this way, imagine how my son felt. I hope the students weren't as prejudice as the parents and school's staff are. No returns for good reason. I couldn't subject myself, but more importantly, my son to this poor treatment again.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
I am a satisfied parent AND a happy employee at Island Pacific Academy, so much so that I choose to have both of my children enrolled at this school though I could make a different choice. My oldest child is currently in the secondary (6-12) program but started at IPA in the first grade. My youngest is in the elementary (JK -5) program. I am so impressed with both of my children. The work ethic, curiosity and creativity of my oldest is evident in the work submitted at the current level. While my youngest struggles a bit more with academics, the curiosity, enthusiasm for school and creativity are still intact. While IPA doesn't look like a traditional program with "textbooks" and A-F grading, it shouldn't. Education is changing because our world is changing, so that means the education we knew growing up doesn't rise to meet the challenge of a changing world. It must look different. Every teacher my children have had are exceptional not only in pedagogical practice, but also in the care they have had for my children. As long as I am able, I will keep my children at IPA because it is truly a place that practices what it preaches.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. This school is an empty box wrapped in pretty paper. I heard about the this school before moving here, how it was the ONLY school to go to because the HI public schools are so terrible. Our teacher was beyond stifling and lacked professionalism. She knew and watched my son be bullied all year by 2 other boys and did NOTHING. When I approached her, she said, "Oh, that's been since day one. They just don't get along." Pushing, hitting, name calling, and mean spirited teasing beyond normal behavior, witnessed at least 2 adults. When I informed the school we would not return, I was told, "That's good. We don't have what he needs here." Further, there are no text books. All class and homework is from a easy teacher link you can pay for at home for $20 and home school your child. Why pay the extra $13,980 in the coming year? To further exagerate the situation, it's Desperate Housewives drama between parents and staff. I have seriously heard, "Did you see what she was wearing?" conversations while dropping my child off. To be fair, some of the families are wonderful people and we have become friends. The school, however, is a waste of time and money.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
I find it hard to believe that IPA has top notch students. Most of the students were the staff's children. I had my son enrolled here for a few years and we've finally come to our senses to remove him. What a shame too! All the money put into this school that we couldve put to better use and all the years that we cant get back. He wasnt challenged here and he seemed bored with the type of work he was given. Nothing was done about this even after speaking with his teacher about it. At the end of each school year I would look through his workbooks and find so many incomplete pages, and the pages werent completed in any specific order. It appeared to have been done at random. IMO IPA puts more emphasis in their upper grade levels than they do with their elementary levels. When I think back to when he was (supposedly) tested to get into IPA I remember him being done in a short time. I found that to be unusual considering that other private school's tests took longer. I don't believe they have a real entrance exam. I truly believe they will accept anyone who can squeeze out the $ to pay. As for employees of the school having their children there, it's probably for the enrollment numbers

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
My daughter is finishing her fifth year at IPA and I continue to be impressed with the quality of her education. I have experience with public schools as well as one of the largest and oldest private schools in the state, and I believe that IPA can hold it's own against the finest schools in Hawaii. IPA isn't perfect, and they're still experiencing some growing pains, but I don't know of a school that isn't, including ones that have been around for 100+ years. Issues that arise are not discounted, but are dealt with earnestly and fairly.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
We have had a student at IPA since 2005. We are very happy with the education our child is receiving at IPA! Educating the whole child is very important to us. Our child is not only learning academically but also learning to help others, respect each other and grasp each others differences. IPA students learn not only how to make a difference in their community, state and world but also how to implement the things they have learned. We also like the family atmosphere of IPA. It is a community within the Kapolei community. Volunteer participation is a must in this size of a school and we have over the top parents and grandparents will endlessly give of their time and effort to help. We highly recommend IPA to anyone seeking private school education for their children! We are blessed to have such a wonderful school so close to home!!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
My son has attended the school since the doors first opened. We couldn't be happier with the education he is receiving. The schools IB program is a different way of teaching and learning, but I can see that he has such a broader perspective of the world. An IB diploma also gives him a 6% to 10% better chance in getting into ivy league school. I really don't understand the negative comments by other reviewers since our experience has been so different. Yes it is expensive but we find it is worth every penny. I find it amazing that in such a short time how this school academic reputation has grown and is really the only alternative on the West side of the island.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
Come this August we will have three children enrolled at IPA and we couldn't be happier. The academics in the middle and high school is both rigorous and engaging. There is a strong emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Teachers are readily available to help in any way. Just the other day, my daughter stayed after school because her English teacher scheduled a optional Skype meeting with his dad ( who is a professor ) to get another perspective on the book "The Prince" by Machiavelli. She said it was amazing! That mix of technology, dedication, innovation and opportunity takes place on a regular basis. Yes, we will have to tighten our belts this year but we view their education as a priority. We have found the best match for our family in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My kids are finishing their seventh year at IPA and we continue to be very pleased with the school. I have always been impressed with the academics. Now that the school is implementing the International Baccalaureate program, I am even more confident that my kids are receiving a state-of-the-art, rigorous education. I have talked to numerous parents whose kids have graduated from IPA who happily report that their kids felt they were amply prepared for college. The performing and visual arts departments are outstanding. IPA places significant value on the arts and encourages the students to be creative and to try new things. Finally, I believe that what sets IPA apart from ANY other school is the focus on values. Our students learn from their first day in Junior Kindergarten, that "whenever you can, HELP!" Not only do our students learn the importance of making a difference in their community, they learn the skills to make it happen. The kids develop a passion and a sense of responsibility to help others and to make a difference. I could not be more grateful for the amazing education and opportunities my kids are receiving at IPA.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
They are supposed to be a college prep school but they don't emphasize academics. They even say academics come after morals. I don't know about the upper levels but in the elementary school, they don't seem to teach the basic fundamental skills they need. They attempt to produce a more well rounded student by making them take different languages, computer lab, and music. That sounds great, but the exposure to languages are minimal. They teach 1 language per year, but it's only 1 hr per week which is not enough to even teach the basics. This is at the expense of more important classes such as Math (not a daily class). I was horrified when I found out that my child who is and always has been, a strong reader was assigned books that were 7 levels below what my child truly was. The teacher had my child reading at a late Kindergarten level, when it should've been 2nd grade level books. Math..What can I say about math other than it didn't seem to exist. Worksheets would be sent home occasionally for homework with no clear understanding on how to do the work. We found ourselves teaching our child things that wasn't being taught by the teacher. For $14+grand! IPA stole my money & our time.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
We did our research before attending this school, but decided to give this school a try and we are GREATLY disappointed. Our child was NOT challenge academically enough and watched lots of videos, had no real homework. If they did, it was ridiculously easy and pointless. We do not like that our child is NOT getting the academic she deserves for $13,000+ a year. Next year tuition will be 14K! There are high teacher turn overs, teachers are not accountable, you can have 2 different results on the same grade levels depending on the teacher you get. We got lucky and got the good teacher, but my friend was not so lucky. Administration has to be stronger to make sure weak teachers are accountable. I am a parents on the Leeward side and we have very few options when it comes to a private college prep type of schools, so being that IPA is the only few schools out on the Leeward side, we feel we had no other options and gave IPA a chance. Unfortunately for us, we did not find out how much work this school needed and wasted time that we can NOT get back for our child and of course money as well. School has no gym, kids play in a public park across the street and school parking lot.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
I am currently a middle school student at IPA. I am very happy with the rigorous classes that the middle school has for us. I'm quite sure that I'm not the only one who likes to constantly be challenged. I, however, see a flaw in the education system. In elementary school, which I started in 3rd grade, is a bit easy, even in 5th grade where they started to teach things that were much more complex than before. But, the transition from 5th to 6th grade is very hard. In 6th grade, there is much, much more homework and overall work. They don't put much emphasis on how much different middle school (6th to 8th grade) is than elementary school. I feel that this should be worked out. Other than that, it's definitely smooth. Even though the transition from elementary school to middle school is tough, I find that as we are slowly moving to high school (I am now in the 8th grade), they are putting a lot of emphasis on how tough high school is and how you must mature, rather than just dumping us into high school and expecting us to do what is well, expected.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2012
Little time is spent teaching the kids anything specific. For example, measurements. Their exposure was just a couple of days worth. Not merely enough for the kids to grasp the concept. We had to supplement our child w/tutoring just to bring our child's math skills up to grade lvl. How could someone who was 2 grade lvls ahead in reading & up to par in math suddenly be behind in both subjects w/the school yr nearly ending?! W/school coming to an end, our child was now a grade lvl or 2 behind their current grade. This was the final straw. We pulled out. Our child is now enrolled in a new school of which our child is flourishing & the tuition is only 1/3 of what IPA charges. I also want to add there was never any real homework. The homework was short (completed in 5 min) & ridiculous (take pics of yourself picking up trash). There were many occasions when I asked my child what they did in school that day & I would be told they watched movies like Lion King or Fantasia. Not worth the price. We feel ripped off, but not so much with the money lost. We were ripped off of the few short years spent there. Those years are irreplaceable. We can never get those back. Just got to move forward.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
I cannot believe the tuition for elementary is going up to $14,000! This school has a nice campus and caring teachers but their academics in the elementary school is not that great so I don t know how they can raise the tuition that much. Parents who have been at the school for a long time know that there are some grade levels that know what they are doing and have it together and some that just do whatever they want. Talk to the parents because they know which grades are good. I thought they had a spelling and math program but this year it doesn t seem like I saw any spelling and the math was jumping all over the place. I don t know if standards seem lower because of that new IB thing but the principal doesn t seem to see that there is a problem with the academics and she just brushes it off. I like the teachers and the families that go there but I wish they would do something about their program. They can t use the excuse that it s a new school anymore!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
I'm a Senior in the class of 2012 at IPA and I would just like to say IPA is a great school. I haven't attended school here for very long but my experience has been positive. The teachers provide a welcoming environment for students and effectively ensure no student is falling behind. My only complaint is the size of the school. Having such a small school is good in terms of the teacher:student ratio but it doesn't feel like a full school to me. Also, with the school being so small, it lacks a gym, a pool, a large field, and a track. Athletes and PE students need to walk over to Kapolei Park in order to work out which is a setback. Nonetheless, IPA is a good school and more or less prepares students to be active members of the community and leaders.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2011
My family's experience with IPA over the past 7 years has been universally positive. With one graduate who has gone on to a prestigious college and another in the Upper School, the school has exceeded our expectations. Despite a smaller physical facility and lack of formal sports arena, the opportunities for athletics have been wonderful. Academic standards are high; set by high expectations from teachers. The atmosphere has been positive and nurturing. The students appear to be happy and engaged. The educational experience is equivalent to the older, more established private schools in Honolulu and well worth the price.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
I'm perplexed by the "former parent" who wrote a review saying the school lacks academic emphasis. The facts suggest otherwise: All students in grades 3-8 take a nationally standardized test each spring, and consistently the AVERAGE scores at all grade levels are 1 to 2 grades above grade level. Upper school SAT scores are equally strong. IPA is well on the way toward becoming an International Baccalaureate World School, only the second in the sate. Anyone who knows IB standards know that they are rigorous. Our graduates have been admitted to selective colleges and universities across the country. Please visit our website to learn more.

- submitted by a teacher
March 03, 2011
I am the parent of two students at the school and am continually impressed on how the school just keeps getting better and better. Communications from my daughters' teachers comes via email for the older one (and I can check her grades on line) and via email and a daily/weekly folder for my younger one. Their website is outstanding with new stories posted almost every day about what kids and teachers throughout the school are up to. Excellent find in Kapolei and great asset to this side of the island.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
I am a parent of two elementary students at IPA and both have been there for six years. The academic program is strong and the emphasis on educating the whole child is wonderful. Both of my kids have exceeded beyond my expectations. The school also stresses human values which is a nice addition. I would highly recommend IPA to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
As a parent to two former IPA students in the elementary program for 4 years, I must say the school lacks emphasis on academics. After spending four years at the school, I tried testing my children into other private schools and found they were not up to par in math, science and writing. I had difficulty getting them to pass the entrance exams into other private schools. This really blew me away. I assumed that since I was spending so much money on tuition, they were getting the best education possible. WRONG. Don't make the same mistake.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
IPA has an extremely high teacher turnover rate. I found that the teachers were unqualified or lacked the commitment to the school. Many were military who just up and left. Some only hired based on their relationships to others on the faculty and staff. My children were given minimal homework, lacked basic writing skills and math skills. The school doesn't use text books. It lacks structure in it's academics. To much "out of the box" teaching.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
In my opinion, teachers & staff have made great effort in involving the parents in their child's education at IPA. I'm pleased with all the e-mail announcements and knowing what's going on even when I can't get involved as much as I'd like due to my work schedule. So I really appreciate the "head up" on everything by volunteer parents, staff, and the teachers who spend the time sending out the notices, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
We are very pleased with IPA. We are now trying to get our other children enrolled. We have had 2 years to compare IPA Middle to Kapolei Middle, as we have a child in each. The level of commitment from the teachers, scope of learning, and general learning environment is far better at IPA. We highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
My children are in their second year at IPA, and I have finally found a school that we feel very comfortable with, after the public school system and one other small private school that ended up being too small for our needs. I'm very pleased with the facility, the equipment in the computer labs, science labs, and art rooms; the teachers are very decicated and the faculty will bend over backwards to meet the needs of parents and kids. This is the school that I would like to see my children finish all the way through to senior in High School.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
IPA is an exceptional school with caring teachers, challenging curriculum, and offers a sound alternative to the overwhelmed public school system in Kapolei or a long commute to the Honolulu private schools. Despite being less than six years old, it succeeded in obtaining full accreditation and is close to being the second Oahu school that will offer an International Baccalaureate curriculum. In its first graduating class (2011), every senior was accepted to at least 2-3 collleges/universities, a testament to the academic accomplishment, community service, and athletics at this ILH Division II School. Despite not having the large endowment and history of the large private schools, IPA has provided a safe haven for children who are serious about their education and parents who believe in their children. It doesn't have all the "bells and whistles" found at the larger schools but it has everything I want in a private school environment. And my child will be better for the experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
Though i am a former student, i really loved IPA. because it was a small school, the teachers were able to give more attention to individual students. I learned so much while i was there and kids there end up doing things far more advanced than what average public school kids their age learn. IPA is working hard to expand the school (at least that's what i think) and to give students more challenges. I go to public school now and i really miss IPA. The teachers were friendly and getting help was easy. The school provided a safe friendly environment that you can not find at any other schools. The school was like a big family. i recommend this school to all students who wish for school to be more fun, and for parents who want their students to achieve goals the students, or the parents themselves never would have imagined them to.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2010
I go to school at IPA in the middleschool and i think its a pretty good school. Theres one really bad thing about it we have this rule about PDA (public display of affection) were not allowed to hug or hold hands. I dont like the rule because i enjoy hugging. The truth is that us middleschoolers should be allowed to do this its nothing really so i hope they change it.

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2010
I am a middle schooler here at IPA. The middle school is very hand-holding. We don't get much freedom here and it's really small. I'd like to get greater oppertunitys at somewhere much larger. Mabey around 150 students in the middle school, you just don't get the feel of a real middle school. The campus is limited and the middle school is all on one floor. A very tiny field, that we don't use for PE, we go to the Kapolei public park. Where we can't even use the bathroom and it takes time away to get to and from the park. We have no gym, no track, and no field which means most of our sports we have no home field and it's sad that something that costs' so much, is not worth it. Classes are okay, some.

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
I am a high school student of the 2012 class of Island Pacific Academy and am proud to say that I am a part of this school. Our teachers not only teach us what they are required to teach us, but also try to help us to see things from different perspectives and with open minds, and always ask the question: Why? As for the students, though I cannot speak for everyone, a lot of them (especially in the upper classes) are very mature. I don;t look at them and see 16 through 18 year olds; most of the time I see adults in the bodies of 16 through 18 year olds. In their thinking, and through their actions I see the potential of future world leaders, politicians, artists because of how motivated and driven they are. I cannot say if they are like this because of IPA, but cont.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
I know what you mean by feeling horribal by that kind of treatment. My daughter had the same experience at IPA, she is an awsome girl, and IPA lost a great student for their bad behavior.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
My child just completed Pre-Kindergarten at Island Pacific Academy. It was such a wonderful experience. She grew so much, personally, socially, and academically this year, becoming overall a more confident learner. Before coming to IPA, my daughter had been enrolled at a preschool that was really more of just a daycare. I was so impressed with the curriculum in IPA's Pre-Kindergarten, it actually seemed more like a Junior Kindergarten program. The curriculum introduced my child to a phonics based spelling and reading program, handwriting, mathematics, art, music, science, social studies, and Hawaiian. My daughter is so excited and prepared for Kindergarten, thanks to IPA's wonderful Pre-Kindergarten program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 25, 2009
Our 6th graders went for an overnight camp and the kids enjoyed themselves tremendously! Going to Europe?Eastcoast would be great, but places a huge financial burden on our families. I love my students!

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2009
We've had children at IPA for 3 years now and see the school as a work in progress. The education available is average compared to other private schools in Hawaii, it's a very new school and lacks opportunities provided at other local private schools. The facility is small and grounds are minimal. No field or gym for sports and PE. Children cross a busy road to get to the Kapolei park for PE daily. P.E. at the park takes place very near sleeping homeless people daily, which is disconcerting. There's no big island trip for 4th graders, or 5th/ 6th grade camp. No middle school trips to D.C. or high school trips to europe, many of the activities that are standard among private schools in Hawaii. The staff is kid friendly and professional. It's convenient for the Leeward community. The tuition is high compared to comparable private schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
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April 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 22, 2009
I am a middle school student here at IPA. I really enjoy coming to school everyday because I always feel safe and motivated to learn new things everyday. There are 16-20 students per class and 1 teacher. It may seem a lot in one class but, it really isn't and I think it is a good size of kids per classroom. I have been at IPA for 4 years and I think it progressed a lot eversince that 1st year I have been here at IPA till now.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
Our 3 children attend this school and we consider them extremely lucky to be afforded the quality education thet receive. We have 2 in elementary and 1 in middle school and they are all thriving academically. The Principals of both divisions are highly qualified to lead their divisions and are very supportive of the students and parent community. This school is definetely student-centered and dedicated to their mission of creating life-long learners. We highly recommend IPA to other families!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2008
We love IPA. Our son is in the 3rd grade and has been there since Pre-K. They have a diverse curriculum, including science, music, art, Spanish, Japanese, in addition to their regular class work. Class sizes are also small and average around 18.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
My son has been attending for two years now and I cannot think of any better school for him. The athletic program has become one of the finest in the ILH. His opportunities in Humanities, where History and English are combined, have been VERY challenging, and wonderful for critical thinking skills. The new Middle School music program has been great, the math, science and other classes have had consistent, caring teachers (no turnover since we've been there) and administration has been very accessable and creative. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
I am a student who attends IPA. Having been here since the first year, I must honestly say that the first year was very comfortable. The elementary building comfortably accommodated everybody. From late 2005 to early 2008, the school experienced many growing pains, and the population exploded. Many times, I see many people getting away with things, and that's especially prevalent with students of faculty members. I strongly believe that this far, this year has gone by much more smoothly. The upper school has grown a lot, and with the freshmen moving in, it's been much more crowded. I noticed that many middle schoolers horse around and disrespect each other. Let's hope that the middle school teachers help to mature them, so when they move into the upper school, we won't have to deal with their obnoxiousness.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 21, 2008
As a parent and veteran of the British private school system as a child, I am very satisfied with the education our son has received at IPA. Granted, it is a new school located in a growing 'second city' but the school/classroom climate, teacher interest, and enforced student values (caring about each other, zero tolerance bullying, etc.) are positive influences that our son has thrived in. The achievement results of the students in national standardized tests and the outcomes of recent national accreditation visits reinforce the school's education value if the student applies him/herself.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
I would like to reposnd to the May 15th posting in which the parent writes about IPA's landscaping deficiencies. IPA s Facilities and Landscape Manager was recently awarded the Kapolei Outstanding Achievement (KOA) Award for his innovative use of Hawaiian native plants, including many species not usually seen in commercial landscaping. As a result of his efforts, our students have the opportunity to study native plants and help to cultivate them. Additionally, the native plants are drought hardy and therefore the campus is helping to conserve water, a precious commodity here in Hawaii. Beauty is surely in the eye of the beholder, but I think most people at IPA understand the significance of our landscape plants. The place is really beautiful and the landscaping team at IPA does a great job. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
It is a shame that the few parents who are unhappy with the school can damage the reputation of a wonderful academy. The parents, teachers, and students at IPA make the school feel like family. Kapolei is a growing community so yes, the area is still being developed. The school has done a fine job of doing what they can to deal with the traffic flow. If you don't feel the warmth of IPA, then it probably isn't the school for you. In the years ahead, IPA will be one of the finest private schools on the island and I am very happy that my children are here!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
There is no doubt that IPA has a warm and fuzzy feeling throughout the campus, furthermore, it's definitely a safe atmosphere for our children. The traffic flow can not be helped until construction in the surrounding area is completed (complaining parents can make things better by just relaxing a little because we are all in the same situation). Assuming all posts are real, it's disturbing to see students feel the academics are below par. This is what is troubling with IPA - there is no real gauge on how well the school is doing nor how well our children are doing in school. I also have to agree that the teachers, staff, and administration's children get away with a lot. Shocking to hear many teachers will not be returning but the school staffs family members of admin doing who knows what. Crazy!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
i have been a student here since IPA had been established. I have to say that the school has changed tremendously from the beginning and that's good. However, i am leaving IPA because their curriculum is really inconsitent. As a student i have tried to accept that it is a good school and they are trying to still put together everything but they cannot blame the newness of the school on their inconsistency because that really aint the problem. IPA needs to be more consistent in creating rules, disciplinary action, and academic choices. I am somewhat sad to be leaving, but only because of my friends. I do not in any way will miss the academics or sports because it is not all that great.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 15, 2008
The Elem School teachers, Principle, staff, and parents are great! That being said ,this school is not without its problems. Dropping off/picking up your child is stressful. There are not enough parking spots for Pre-K and K parents who are required to sign in/out their children. There are no school zone or 10 MPH speed limit signs around the school property. Numerous times I have almost been hit by drivers trying to get around the traffic jam at the end of the school day. Lack of signage & bad traffic flow are definate safety issues. There is not enough room for the kids to play at recess. Major construction of roads/bldgs around the school. 'Landscaping' is embarrassing. You should get more for your money.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
We attended IPA for 1 year. I honestly do not feel that you get what you pay for. The classes are not challenging. The teachers are nice, but the administration is alful. They are very unaproachable.There is no where for the older kids to have recess. They have alot of construction going on around them which leaves even less space. They are constantly asking for more money and you already pay a huge amount to go there. I would be cautious anout recommending this school to anyone else with a child in middle school or above.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
The Middle and Upper Schools were an expensive mistake for our military family. The school is new and looks and sounds good on the surface but the quality academic and athletic programs are not there. There is high teacher turnover, especially in the math department. In Middle School, Social studies and English are combined into one course that is called Humanities. Neither course gets the attention that it should. Discipline is a problem - kids sit in hallways to work on class projects - somewhat chaotic. Our children lost good study habits and responsibility for their work while attending this school. Their standardized test scores went down each year they were here. We do not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
Outstanding school. If you want your child challenged in a safe environment this is the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2008
I'm been a student at IPA for 3+ years and this school has been growing every year. I believe that IPA though has its ups and downs, is a warm, caring, and helpful school. The curriculum here gets us ready for college and the workload is not too much. Overall, IPA is a great experience and will hopefully continue to exceed.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2008
As a former student of IPA, i think this school is the best. I was there since the begining and i was a faculty student and believe me, i never got away with anything. I always behaved and followed the rules. I thought this school was very wonderful. I miss IPA very much. -A.S.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
Someone mentioned that if you are a faculty member's student, you can get away with anything. Sadly, this is quite true. Many of the faculty members send their children to IPA, and a good amount of the students get away with saying bad things and acting prematurely. The school's discipline system could use a little work, and many of the students are somewhat spoiled. The academic curriculum is okay, but if a student from Island Pacific Academy were to move away to the mainland, the student would probably struggle because there isn't as much reading in the curriculum as there are in public schools.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2008
My child has attended IPA since it opened. At the beginning, there was a warm close feeling about the environment. Now, there is very high turnover, with the best teachers leaving every year. There is so much negative talk among the parents. This school has a discipline problem. If you are a faculty members child, or a friend of the faculty, you can get away with ANYTHING. The administration tries to sweep everything under the rug. It's like they think parents don't talk to each other, or that we are so stupid. The biggest problem this school has is that it lacks effective experienced administrators. These people make things up as they go along, and it shows. From the top down, these people lack the education and experience needed to run this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
My son attends IPA and is in the Pre-K. He says that he loves his school, enjoys the friends that he has, and loves the array of toy options that are there for him. His teachers are extremely caring and are always open to sharing about his behavioral and educational progress. He seems to learn a lot about science, does a lot of reading and writing, art, and hands on learning (i.e. planting different plants, collecting insects to study, etc.) Because of my son's satisfaction with the school, I feel that our money is well spent, but we are considering other options with the recent tuition increase. They are always asking for money and donations in addition to the already high tuition costs.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
This scool is good, because it has caring teachers and is a good enviroment for my kid whose in 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
island pacific academy is a fantastic school s far as academics, but what this school lacks is the oppurtunity of sports. Many students as well as i are very athletic and we seek the oppurtunity of many sports choices so that we may show that we are athletic and we can show school pride while doing so.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
Island Pacific Academy is an amazing school. My preschooler has learned so much this year. She is thrilled that she can now read! She even uses the copmputer in her classroom and I've noticed she's gotten very good with manipulating the mouse. I also love how the school integrates technology within the curriculum. My friend's daughter is in 5th grade. She said her class has laptops which they can use whenever they need to, especially when she's doing research projects. The feeling around the school is so warm and friendly. The kids all seem to love being there. I look forward to my daughter going through all of her schooling at IPA and one day graduating from there. We are investing in our daughter's future and it's worth every cent!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
I love the warm feeling of this school, teachers and parents. Parents have noticed a drop in what we started with and an increase in tuition. We are supposed to be a technology school, yet the kids hardly have computer class. I question the way the school spends money and some of the staff that's on the payroll. Their supposed need seems like a waste of my $. I also see a decline in volunteers. It's always the same people doing all the work. Many parents talk amongst themselves about the decline, because they have heard they get brushed off from admin. (not the teachers) for bringing up their concerns. This school always seems like they are asking for more $. Whether it be for 1 of their 5 fundraisers, tuition, Annual fund or books for middle and upper. They know it's them or public school. Make your choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
lots of the teachers here pick favorites and they grade you by that and everybody else can tell to and it just makes you feel horribal. my mom said if i wanted to go to a different scool next year then we would move.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
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December 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
IPA is an outstanding school with outstanding faculty and administration. We were lucky to get in and can't imagine how difficult it will be in future years when the word is out. I want to personally acknowledge Mr. Hirstein who is the Assistant Headmaster and helped my family through some tough times financially. He and his staff treat us as family which is a one of a kind experience. We love IPA!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I was in this school for my 7th & 8th grade years, and unfortunately we had to move. I was very happy with the teachers and the staff. It was like a freedom school. You could sit on the floor and do your work or out in the hall. You eat and drink in the middle of class and there was a microwave in every class. This school was a great experience but I feel that for the tuition you pay, they didn't prepare us enough for if we were to leave their school. Now I am trying to excel in an actual public school and it is harder for me because of the way they taught us.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2007
I attend Island Pacific Academy in the Middle School. I love this school because of the great faculty and staff and the different classes available. There are many electives, such as Cooking and Flash Animation. All the students use laptops in the classrooms and there are other great learning tools such as SmartBoards. Also, all students take P.E., Art, Spanish or Japanese, Science, and Music. The teachers are so helpful and great. In addition to everything during school, there are so many activities after school! There are sports like cross country, tennis, basketball, and baseball. There are options like art and clay, as well. I have been at IPA since its founding year, and I have been very pleased. IPA lets all its students shine! I have learned so much and am glad to have a great ohana at Island Pacific Academy!

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
While IPA has beautiful classroom facilities, good academics and some very good teachers, I found the school lacked warmth and consistency. They have many out-of-state teachers, and their turnover is high, whether it be that some teachers choose not to return or are not asked to return. As another reviewer mentioned, IPA, for the most part, has a 'leave, if you don't like it' attitude - it seems more geared for military or out-of-state families - local families seem to be considered second class citizens by the staff, although administration tries to appear to be more politically correct in this respect. Also, for the tuition you pay, your child should not have to play in the parking lot, dodging cars while chasing balls. Although I was impressed with the academics, I withdrew my child - West Oahu needs a good private school - hopefully IPA will grow into one.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
My son attends Island Pacific Academy. We recently relocated to Oahu from the east coast, where he attended a very successful public school. I am more than pleased with the professionalism and skill demonstrated by his teachers and the elementary school principal. As a new school, IPA is growing fast and building a strong reputation around the island. I am excited that my son has the opportunity to learn in this progressive and modern school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
Outstanding program and faculty. My children love going to school at IPA and they are doing very well. The quality of education far exceeds the cost.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
I have a child who goes to IPA. I have been less then impressed with this school. The school price has gone up each year that my child has gone to this school. Most teachers are good but some lack. The staff is some what friendly but there is an attitude that if you don't like it you can leave. Dropping your kid off is a horrendous experience. Hawaii has a horrible public school system and IPA knows that!

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February 24, 2007
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August 23, 2006
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August 06, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 22, 2006
This is the third school our daughter has attended (2 in Hanalani and 1 in Kaleiopuu) and by far Island Pacific Academy excels. The campus is new and the classrooms are nice. The teachers are extremely dedicated. Our daughter excelled here more than any of the other schools and has built up confidence here, something she lacked at the other two schools. Unfortunately we are relocating, because we would love our daughter to complete her entire schooling there.

- submitted by a parent
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Island Pacific Academy
909 Haumea Street, Kapolei, HI  96707
(808) 674-3523
Last modified Island Pacific Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Island Pacific Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 122 reviews. Top