Island Pacific Academy
|Island Pacific Academy|
United States of America
|Type||[private, independent, college-preparatory]|
|Motto||I Mua Me Ka Ha'aheo (Go Forward With Confidence)|
|Established||September 13, 2004|
|School district||Kapolei, Hawaii|
|NCES School ID||A0509228.|
|Head of school||Dr. Daniel White|
|Age range||4–17 years old|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Silver, Gold|
|Athletics||Cross-country, Swimming, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Bowling|
|Website||Island Pacific Academy|
Island Pacific Academy (IPA) is a private, independent, college-preparatory school operating in Kapolei, Hawaii. The school was founded in 2004 and enrolled its first students in September 2004. school year. The school now enrolls about 680 students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade. The school has graduated three classes of seniors beginning May 2010. There are over 90 staff and faculty at Island Pacific Academy. IPA is also part of ILH Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The school motto is "I Mua Me Ka Ha'aheo", which translates to English as "Go Forward with Confidence".
The school currently has two buildings: one for the elementary division (grades Jr-K to 5th), and one for the secondary division (grades 6-8 and 9-12). Construction of a gymnasium is planned for the near future.
 Lower School
The elementary building encompasses 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) on two floors, and includes a science room, music room, recording studio and visual arts studio as well as academic classrooms, all with wireless connectivity. The lower school opened its doors to students on September 13, 2004. The building housed grades from preschool to eighth grade though 2005. With the completion of the second building in 2006, the elementary building now only supports Jr. Kindergarten (4-years) to fifth grade, and the building includes a Mac Lab, art studio and music room. The academic program stresses inquiry based learning and the curriculum includes art, music, science, world languages, technology and PE.
 Middle and Upper School
The Middle and Upper School building has approximately 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2). In addition to classrooms and the main office complex, it includes two art studios, ceramics studio, recording studio, music classroom, a multi-purpose room used as a cafeteria and auditorium, middle school science lab, three upper school science labs and a library/resource room. All classrooms have SmartBoards and wireless internet connectivity.
The school is now authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, and also on track to become authorized for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Primary Years Programme (PYP). Ultimately, it will be one of only two schools in Hawaii offering the IB curriculum across all grades, JK through 12. The curriculum stresses critical thinking, learning through inquiry and collaboration, creativity, and application of skills and knowledge through problem solving - all important skills to develop for success in the 21st century.
 Mission statement
The mission statement as stated on the school's official website is as follows:
Island Pacific Academy has grounded its educational program in a mission to provide an environment where students develop
- Strength of character, based upon such core values as respect for others, generosity of spirit and the power of human kindness, and become good citizens of their communities;
- Commitment to become involved citizens of their communities and the world who understand and practice democratic values;
- Confidence to maximize the use of their intellectual, academic, physical, artistic and creative gifts in preparation for college and as lifelong learners;
- Recognition of each individual's value. 
The school stresses the importance of kindness, generosity of spirit and helping others. Occasionally, headmaster Dr. Daniel White says at the end of assemblies, "Whenever you can..." then the students reply, "Help!"
 The Five Pillars of Community
From the start, the school has cultivated a social environment which stresses mutual respect, kindness and a generosity of spirit toward others. The guidelines for student and adults alike are summed up in a list of Five Pillars as part of a social "contract" with one another:
- Mutual Respect - Showing respect and kindness toward each other
- Attentive Listening - Each student is expected to attentively listen to teachers as well as other students
- Appreciations/No Put-Downs - Each student is expected to appreciate the value of each person and not put others down
- Right to Participate/Right to Pass - Each student has a right to participate in group discussions and events, as well as the right to pass when applicable
- Take Care of Each Other/Take Care of This Place - Each student is expected to treat the school environment and physical space with respect and to help others when needed
 Extracurricular activities
IPA students compete in many different ILH sports at Intermediate, JV and Varsity levels. While IPA fields its own teams in most sports, some students participate through Pac-Five and Westpac (groups of smaller schools that make one team).
The boys varsity basketball team took the ILH league title in 2011, and 4th place overall in the state tournament. Since the 2010/2011 season, an IPA senior has been awarded the ILH Player of the Year Title.
Sports in which IPA students compete include the following:
- Air Riflery
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
Other extracurricular activities include Student Government, Rotary Interact Club, Newspaper and Yearbook, Haumana nona 'Aina (an environment-oriented club), and the LIFE program. In addition to these are four honor societies in the upper school: The National Honor Society, the National Japanese Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and the National Arts Honor Society.
 Reviews and Critiques
Island Pacific Academy has been earning great reviews by parents and students alike. The first college-preparatory school located in Kapolei, it saves many parents from the morning rush to downtown Honolulu, where most of O'ahu's other college-preparatory schools are located. Island Pacific Academy has a strong curriculum overall. PSAT and SAT scores are consistently above the national average. Grades 3 through 8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills each spring, and average scores place students in those grades as performing 1.5 to 3 grade levels higher than their current grade in school.
- "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Island Pacific Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Sep 25 2012.
- Island Pacific Academy, Kapolei, Hawaii
- Island Pacific Academy - Official Website
- Island Pacific Academy - Google Listing
- Great Schools - Parent and Student Reviews