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2017 Hawai‘i Private School Guide

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What Are You Looking For?

You and your child will want a clear idea of exactly what you’re looking for in a private school before you begin the search. Here are some general areas you might consider.

 

1. Accreditation

Has the school been approved by a recognized accrediting body?

 

2. Affordability 

What’s the tuition? What about other costs? Are there general fees? How much are books, other activity fees, general student costs?

 

3. Before- and After-School Programs 

Can younger children be dropped off before, or stay after, regular school hours? 

 

4. College Acceptance Rates 

How many of the school’s graduates go on to higher education? What’s the college counseling department like at the school?

 

5. Curriculum 

Are there advanced-placement or International-Baccalaureate classes? Does the school have cocurricular, athletic, art, music and drama programs? Is a specific educational program followed, such as the Montessori or Waldorf method? How about year-round, block or modular scheduling?

 

6. Entry Points 

The most common entry points are preschool/kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades; however, each school’s entry points vary. Do many children transfer into the school at a certain grade? Are there ages at which the school does not accept new students?

 

7. Extracurricular Activities 

Is there a variety of extracurricular activities? Sports teams, a drama club, a school newspaper? How about opportunities for community service?

 

8. Financial Aid 

Is financial aid offered? How many students benefit from financial-aid programs? When must you apply?

 

9. Location 

How long will your morning commute be? What is the physical campus like?

 

10. Mission & Philosophy 

Have you looked over the school’s mission statement and seen how it is incorporated into the school? Why was the school founded and how has its mission changed over the years?

 

11. Type 

Do you want a coeducational school or an all- boys or all-girls school? Which would work best for your child?

 

12. Religious Affiliation 

Does the school have religious ties? Is it independently governed or overseen by a church organization?

 

13. Selectivity 

How difficult is it to gain admission into the school? If you apply to selective schools, make sure to apply to several.

 

14. Size 

What’s the total school size? Class size? Student-to-teacher ratio? How does the school fit with what you know about your child?

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Message From First Hawaiian Bank 

 

A Message from HAIS’ Executive Director

 

Re-imagining Schools

Many independent schools in Hawai‘i and across the nation are rejecting traditional teaching styles to focus on new skills and project-based learning. Some parents worry this shift away from standard methods and tests puts students’ chances of getting into good colleges at risk. But educators say today’s constantly changing, technology-driven society requires different skills to survive college and beyond. Here’s how.

 

Applying to Private School: A Timeline

Thinking about private school for your child? Finding the right school for your child and getting her or him enrolled can take at least a year. Here is a 12-month timeline to make sure you don’t miss a crucial deadline along the way.

 

Catching Up 

You’ve missed a deadline in the application process; does that mean your child has no chance of getting admitted? Not necessarily. Here’s why there’s still a chance. 

 

What Does Accreditation Mean for Your Child?

You’ll notice schools claiming accreditation from an alphabet soup of organizations—AACS, ACSI, WASC, WCEA. We explain who these groups are and what their approval means.

 

What Are You Looking For? 

You and your child will want a clear idea of exactly what you’re looking for in a private school before you begin the search. Here are some general areas you might consider.

 

How to Ace the Interview 

The last, and often most dreaded, step of the application process is one that only your child can do: the personal interview.

 

Financial Aid FAQs

Commonly asked questions about financial aid.

 

Exploring Your Potential New Campus

Get a real sense of your child’s private-school options by digging deep into a campus visit.

 

Common Myths 

We debunk some of the most common rumors about private school admission with help from the folks in charge of who gets in. 

 

A Complete Directory to HAIS Independent Schools 

Information on 107 schools and two colleges.

 

2017 Listings of Private Schools 

   

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