Keeping pace with the fast-growing city of Kapolei is Island Pacific Academy, West Oahu’s only independent, non-sectarian college preparatory school for grades pre-kindergarten to 12. Established four years ago, Pre-K through Grade 11 enrollment will rise to 660 this fall, with the student body growing to 800 when IPA graduates its first senior class in 2010. Students attend classes in two new buildings with superior facilities, including advanced technological resources such as Smart-Boards in most classrooms. Fundraising is underway for a new athletic and performing arts center, to serve the school’s expanding participation in ILH sports and to provide increased space for its music,dance and arts programs. “Our unique location offers families attracted to West and Central Oahu an academically challenging and developmentally appropriate education that is convenient and close to home,” says IPA Headmaster Dr. Daniel White. Nearly half of IPA’s students reside in Kapolei, and over 20 percent in Ewa, with the remainder coming from Waianae, Waikele/Waipahu, Mililani, and Central Oahu.
According to White, families are drawn to IPA for its intellectually stimulating and enriched academic program, which incorporates the rigors of Advanced Placement and honors classes in the upper school’s comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, as well as for its school culture that promotes high moral and personal ethical standards. IPA’s academic curriculum is based on a strong foundation in mathematics, science, foreign language, reading, language arts, and writing skills and utilizes current brain research about how students learn. Talented and caring teachers, hired for their knowledge, enthusiasm and excitement, bring best instructional practices to the classroom.
Science exploration and inquiry-based learning begin in kindergarten and continue on through high school. The school’s state-of-the-art science lab equipment for the upper grades is so advanced that University of Hawaii-West Oahu’s freshman class use IPA’s labs for college level instruction.
Enabling each student’s “personal best” performance and encouraging a well-rounded education, IPA also offers creative expression through art, music and drama and competition in ILH sports including basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf, swimming, and track and field, among other sports.
“Our small classes make learning accessible and emphasize knowing how to learn. We promote important life skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving, but within a values-based context,” says White. “Our goal is to graduate students whose performance matches their abilities, whose curiosity and creativity burn bright, and whose values reflect the virtues of human kindness and a generosity of spirit.”
Island Pacific Academy welcomes parents and students interested in learning more about the school to call the Admission Office at 674-3563 to arrange a personalized tour of the campus, to request an admission packet, to attend the upcoming Open House Saturday, November 15, and to visit IPA’s website.