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Strategic Plan Priorities

1. Design and implement a rigorous, inquiry-based learning experience integrating core academic skill acquisition with robust multi-disciplinary project experiences to promote and assess 21st century skills.

We have an ethical responsibility to prepare our students to thrive in a world they and we cannot yet imagine. This means students need skills not only to earn a living but also to solve increasingly complex challenges. More than ever, our students will need to be innovative, flexible, and critical thinkers; clear and effective communicators; and compelling collaborators and partners. Well-crafted project experiences at culminating grade levels will assess and give reliable feedback to our students on their abilities in these critical areas. A well-aligned K-12 skills curriculum will prepare students for the exciting experiences their lives will bring. Our ultimate goal is to graduate visionary, ethical global citizens.

Strategies Include:

  • Systematically train faculty in project development and implementation.
  • Conduct the simultaneous and systematic work of developing, documenting, and implementing a sequential skills curriculum across all grades, part of which is the incorporation of rigorous rubric assessments for each of the critical skills “tested” by the project experience.
  • Implement capstone project requirement for every student in 5th, 8th, and 12th grades (graduation requirement for class of 2020) to allow for the highest level of secondary school work in the world in one’s selected academic subject.
  • Continue to develop and grow the OurWorld cultural immersion experiences to support language learning, internship opportunities, and comparative research.
  • Continue to develop and integrate the Outdoor Program into HPA’s formal academic program to serve as a vehicle for leadership training and education about and in Hawai’i.


2. Build on the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity represented in our students and our community to develop deeper understanding of each other and our world. We will also embrace the richness of Hawai‘i’s cultural and environmental resources to create unrivaled learning experiences for our students.

HPA provides one of the more culturally diverse environments to which any student could belong, and we intend to explore and unlock the value of that diversity for our students. We will become more intentional about what our students can and should gain from the mix of diverse backgrounds represented in the HPA student body and in the population

of our island with its unique cultural history. In tandem, we will strengthen our connection to the globally significant natural resources of our island and this region of the Pacific to provide educational opportunities that are available nowhere else. Through our unique location, HPA students will engage in critical issues that bridge culture and ecosystems and in questions that are deeply important to our island, our world, and the future of our global society.

Strategies Include:

  • Initiate a school-wide conversation about the value of diversity for HPA students.
  • Apply conclusions from the conversation to curricula in all three divisions.
  • Create place-based learning experiences and community partnerships that will permeate the academic and co-curricular offerings of all three school divisions.
  • Increase financial resources for faculty and staff to carry out this vision


3. Ensure access to an HPA education for students of all economic backgrounds.

At Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, we are committed to providing life-changing experiences in and out of the classroom, academic preparation for higher education, and the tools needed to live meaningful and happy lives. Given that we serve talented and promising students from around the world, we will strive to eliminate the financial barriers to attaining an HPA education. HPA’s individual financial aid award currently provides up to 45 percent of a family’s demonstrated need. We wish to ensure an affordable HPA education to students of potential regardless of economic background.

Strategies Include:

  • Significantly increase endowment in order to meet the financial needs of our enrolling families.
  • Explore sustainable strategies to reduce the gap between a family’s demonstrated need and the HPA financial aid award.
  • Publicly recognize scholarship recipients for their extraordinary contributions to our community to augment appreciated value of the financial award
  • Clearly define the HPA student profile informed by market research, including education and demographic trends, in order to ensure long term accessibility.

4. Launch the long-range campus master plan, first to upgrade our facilities and then to consolidate our campuses in order to provide living and learning spaces that enhance our educational objectives.

The HPA experience is intimately tied to the physical environment embodied by our campuses. We must preserve the natural beauty that defines and inspires our community, as well as the priceless architectural legacy of Vladimir Ossipoff. Moreover, we must ensure that HPA’s facilities will support and advance our vision for academic innovation and co-curricular learning. The HPA campus is well-loved and also well-worn. After decades of service, many HPA buildings stand as obstacles because they are too small, inflexible, out-of-date, or some combination of all three. Through thoughtful construction and renovation, we must and will solve this challenge for all three school divisions.

Strategies Include:

  • Ensure detailed facility designs that reflect intended use and community input. For example, learning spaces conducive to collaboration and collegiality.
  • Develop a plan for sustainable progress on deferred maintenance to include funding and scheduling of maintenance of campus buildings, building components, and infrastructure.
  • Upgrade learning spaces immediately for all school divisions while ultimately working toward relocating the Middle School to the Upper School campus.
  • Partner with visionary donors who share our sense of urgency about how HPA facilities must elevate and advance our academic and co-curricular programs.

5. Enhance and develop a school culture reflecting our core values of Integrity, Respect, Pursuit of Excellence, and Wonder.

The HPA Board of Trustees approved these core values on April 23, 2016 and members of the HPA community—students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents, and trustees—strive to model and incorporate the core values in their daily lives. Providing clarity and focusing on what we stand for as a school and as a school community will create a clear identity for HPA, enhance demand among prospective students, families, board members, and employees, and provide the school community with a shared definition of success at HPA and beyond.

Strategies Include:

  • Develop a consistent, values-based approach to recruiting and onboarding students, parents/families, board members, and employees.
  • Incorporate core values in all school materials, including policies, handbooks, and internal and external communications.
  • Continuously align our character education program with HPA’s school culture and core values.
  • Continue to celebrate and recognize excellence in the school community.


6. Fully embrace boarding as a critical asset. Secure, enhance, and expand the boarding program.

HPA’s multicultural and geographically diverse student body is one of its most important and distinctive educational features. Our community is proudly local and international. Thanks to the mix of day and boarding students from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and 25 nations, HPA is able to offer synergies in learning and living that no other school can currently offer.

A key to those synergies is the contribution made by our boarding students, which we believe enhances the learning, personal growth and development, maturity, and independence of all students. We must ensure that our boarding program remains strong, so HPA can continue to provide the transformational, multicultural experience that defines us. To maximize boarding-related or boarding-driven opportunities for all our students at HPA, we are fully committed to enhancing the boarding program in a number of critical areas.

Strategies Include:

  • Build additional residential life facilities and renovate existing structures to create more desirable student/community living environments.
  • Renovate current faculty living spaces to create flexibility and allow for recruitment and movement within the program.
  • Continue the current enrollment strategy of a balanced cultural representation within the dorms, supporting local and global inter-connectedness.
  • Commit an increasing amount of funds to build up residential life programs, curriculum, support and professional development.
  • Design enrollment management and student services systems to enhance the boarding experience.
  • Study the potential of returning to middle school boarding at the upper campus.

7. Integrate environmental stewardship and dedication to service in our curriculum and residential life programs

Environmental stewardship and dedication to service are hallmark components of the HPA experience. Through examining the cultural, environmental and economic conditions of our island location, our students become specially equipped to make connections to understanding our global system as an island. We aspire to find new levels of meaning and depth in each of these ideas, for the long-term benefit of our students.

Strategies Include:

  • Continue to weave institutional sustainability initiatives into our day-to-day practices and into the curriculum through capstone projects and independent study opportunities, in addition to regular coursework. Initiatives include zero waste, garden programs, environmental monitoring, and energy conservation, production and storage.
  • Create connections to the curriculum ensuring that opportunities to learn from service are embedded in the classroom/advisory experience as well as in the activities program.
  • Develop interdisciplinary capstone project opportunities with themes exploring environmental stewardship, the value of cultural diversity, and a deeper understanding of service.

8. Attract and retain exceptional faculty, staff, and administration members who are aligned with HPA’s mission, vision, and core values

Qualified, passionate, caring, and committed employees are the heart of HPA. The school’s faculty compensation aligns with NAIS/HAIS ranges and attrition rates are low across all employment categories. To attract and retain the best employees, HPA must regularly assess its compensation and benefits program, consistently implement a more comprehensive employee evaluation system, and communicate with employees about these systems and programs.

Strategies Include:

    • Conduct a comprehensive study of employee compensation and benefits.
    • Develop a tool for objective, core value-based employee evaluation that includes recognition of excellence, accountability, and support and monitoring for
    • new employees.
    • Continue to focus on facility upgrades and additions—academic and residential—to improve employee morale.
    • Improve communication protocols to maintain transparency, increase awareness and generate understanding regarding issues affecting faculty and staff.

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