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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I have attended this school since the beginning and looking forward to receiving my IB diploma and attending a great college! The education at IPA is excellent. My national test scores have been extremely high and I know they are doing things right! They offer honors programs; plenty of athletics and a great learning atmosphere! I have been happy with this school!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
My 8th grade child has attended IPA since the 4th grade. I do not work at the school, nor does anyone in my family. My child has received an excellent education and preparation not only for academic, but life-long success. The teachers and administration have always been responsive to my inquiries and my child's needs. The teachers care about the students - not just their grades, but their development as individuals. I have always felt that my child receives the best from each teacher and counselor at the school. I am impressed that IPA graduates have been accepted to some fine colleges and universities. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is the future of education and will help graduates get in to good colleges with college credits for their IB courses.
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.
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!
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