2016 Private School Guide


(page 13 of 34)

Island Pacific Academy

PhotoS: Island Pacific Academy 


Gerald Teramae, Head of School

Located in the heart of Kapolei, Island Pacific Academy is West O‘ahu’s premiere choice for a quality independent school experience.  


“At Island Pacific Academy we hope to instill in our students a vision for the 21st century and beyond, to ‘Go Forward with Confidence’ or Imua Me Ka Ha’ aheo. We work diligently to fulfill this vision through our school’s mission and core values,” says Head of School Gerald Teramae. “Our students are challenged to become well-rounded individuals to prepare them to be productive, contributing and successful citizens in an interconnected and international world.” 


With 500 students, IPA is West O‘ahu’s largest independent, accredited college prep school. The International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School offers IB classes to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It will also offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes this year.


Small classes offering traditional bookwork, hands-on experiential learning, and advanced technological resources enable caring and passionate teachers to know how each individual student can learn best.   


World language instruction begins in the elementary grades. Inquiry-based learning, including science, engineering, exploration and design (SEED), begins in Kindergarten and continues to graduation in state-of-the-art facilities with university-level equipment. A wide variety of visual and performing arts nurture creative expression across all IPA grade levels.


Offering 33 teams in 15 sports in the ILH, student athletes can opt to play on a full school team, a combined team, or on a Pac-5 team. IPA’s teams and several individual athletes have advanced to and won many league and state level championships.


An award-winning robotics program is home to the 2014 and 2015 Hawaii VEX IQ State Championship teams that are currently ranked first in China and second in the world for Robotic Skills.


“We provide our students the opportunity to see themselves as part of a larger global community with a variety of service clubs and activities at an early age,” Teramae says of IPA’s emphasis on value awareness and character development. “Our annual Trike-a-thon introduces our youngest students to doing good for the greater community while teaching them that every person, even as young as they are, can make a positive difference in the world.”


With its first graduating class in 2010, IPA alumni are attending or have now graduated from state schools, Ivy League institutions, military academies and private colleges and universities around the world.


IPA’s parent association works to encourage a sense of community involving students, faculty, staff and families to ensure the school’s educational excellence.


“We provide our students with an academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate educational experience led by talented and caring faculty and staff in a nurturing and supportive teaching and learning environment,” says Teramae. “Our goal is to graduate young men and women whose academic performance matches their abilities and talents, and reflects the fundamental values of the power of human kindness and generosity of spirit.” 


909 Haumea Street, Kapolei, HI 96707, (808) 674-3563, islandpacificacademy.org


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