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Island Pacific Academy

Private | PK-12 | 528 students

We teach core values, are IB, and strive to be a place where everyone is family.

 
 

Living in Kapolei

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $400,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,230.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
Based on 29 ratings
2012:
Based on 16 ratings
2011:
Based on 11 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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?


Posted 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.


Posted October 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 46% 8%
White 27% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 34%
Black 7% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 34%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Japanese
Spanish
Tagalog
Hawaiian
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Benjamin Feinstein
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (808) 674-3575

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kayaking
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • bowling, air riflery, cheer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kayaking
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • bowling, air riflery, cheer,

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$14000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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909 Haumea Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
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Phone: (808) 674-3523

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