About This School
In 2010, Island Pacific Academy had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Hawaii average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Island Pacific Academy Reviews
Not worth the money, wish I could rate lower than a star...
Don't expect a full high school experience, a gym, football field, track field, or academics worth now almost 20k, you are better off at a public school.
What a joke. I read all the reviews before signing my kid up and now I'm kicking myself for not having taken them seriously. Awful, awful, awful the teachers don't teach anything and administration will freak out if you even so much ask a question. Run as fast at you can.....
IPA is a wonderful school providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum in the elementary school. The teachers are committed and supportive. The special classes students attend are amazing. The school is filled with wonderful art projects. The children attend PE, Music, Science, Technology and a foreign language each week, with regular Hawaiiana instruction. So lucky to have such a wonderful school on the west side.
What standardized tests? IPA does not provide SATs until the 3rd grade. This school still hasn't gotten their act together. For the first few years they've been excused as a new school that was still working out their kinks. This was the reason for everything that didn't make sense, and everything that made students & parents unhappy. Well they are nearing a decade, and their academics are below what you'd expect from a private school. Especially at $14,000 a year. The lower grade levels do nothing but color and play. When I asked my kid what they did in Science, I was told they colored the covers of their workbook. One of the required school supply was a flash drive for Computer Lab. When I got the flash drive back at the end of the year, there was nothing but a few pictures of my kid on it. Pictures! Movies in Music class, coloring on plain pieces of paper using crayons in Art.. need I say more? IPA is more like a Preschool than a private school. Don't send your children here. You're better off sending them to a public school where they'll actually learn a thing or two compared to what they'll get at IPA. Use your $14,000 that you would've spent at IPA and hire yourself a tutor.
This school has a dynamic learning environment, solid teachers and a focus on mutual respect. The school is working to become an IB World School; one of the few in the country. The small school environment and smaller class size are a plus. A negative is there are only a few foreign languages offered and students do not always get their choice of classes. Overall, students seems to be fairing well on national standardized tests; some excelling with the scores; the first two senior graduating classes have been accepted into top colleges across the country.