Located on the Big Island of Hawaii in the town of Kamuela, Hawaii Preparatory Academy is one of the top boarding schools in the…
Hawaii was the last state to join the United States, and it did so in 1959. It is the only state not located in the Americas and the only one made up entirely of islands. Hawaii has a tropical climate and only two seasons: a dry season running from May to October and a wet season running from October to April.
Hawaii has eight main islands and many smaller ones, all of which are located in the central Pacific Ocean. The islands were formed by volcanic activity several million years ago. In terms of area, Hawaii is the eighth smallest state, and it is home to roughly a million and half people. Honolulu is both Hawaii’s capital and largest city.
Hawaii has one boarding school, the Hawaii Preparatory Academy which serves grades K -12, with a majority being in high school. It is a private co-ed school in Kamuela on the so-called Big Island, and it is in the country. The school has 611 students and over 60 teachers. The Academy has an academic year of 180 days and its students are in class for seven hours every day.
The Academy is divided into a lower school, a middle school, and a high school. The lower and middle school share one campus, and the high school has its own campus.
Hawaii has the highest percentage of multi-racial and Asian-Americans of any state, and it also has the lowest percentage of white people of any state. Consequently, about 50 percent of the students at the Academy are multi-racial. Whites make up about 40 percent of the student population, and Asians make up most of the rest.
The Academy’s best-known sports teams are its cross-country running teams. Its students have also successfully taken part in Botball competitions, in which teams of school-age participants design and build robots. In 2009, the Academy’s Botball team won the state championship.