IPA enrolled its first students in September 2004. Under the leadership of the Founding Headmaster, Dr. Daniel White, the school has grown from 200 original students to a current enrollment of approximately 525, and graduated its first class of 45 seniors in May 2010. IPA’s current Head of School is Gerald Teramae.
A rigorous academic program, which prepares students for college success is fundamental to the school’s purpose. From the beginning, an important part of the school mission has emphasized character and cultivation of core values such as kindness and a generosity of spirit. Visitors to the campus readily sense a school culture defined by friendliness, inclusiveness, and mutual respect.
IPA gained provisional accreditation at the end of its first year, and is fully accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). IPA is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School with authorization for all three of the IB programs: Primary Years Program (PYP) grades JK-5, the Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10, and the Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11 and 12.
In 2004 and 2006 the school completed construction of its two large and well-equipped classroom and office buildings. In Fall 2009, IPA completed negotiations that resulted in purchase of the campus land. Future plans call for a third phase of construction, which will include a gymnasium, performing arts space, additional classrooms and offices, and a parking structure.
The school is governed by a self-sustaining independent board of trustees which meets monthly to address policy and fiduciary matters. In addition, the Island Pacific Academy Foundation was formed in 2009 to address major funding initiatives and foster financial support.