Upper School Grades 9-12

Welcome To The Upper School

At ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY, we support the development of the whole child – academically, socially, physically, and emotionally – from Elementary school through Secondary school and on to commencement. In the Upper School, students are supported in a nurturing and engaging environment that values authentic learning opportunities, rigorous scholarship, and continuing social and emotional support. Our Upper School program focuses on empowering students to define and navigate their own pathway to success, with the support and guidance of a caring faculty, counseling, and administrative team.

Students continue to develop research skills, writing skills, and critical thinking in all of their coursework and participate in active and authentic learning opportunities throughout their four years in Upper School. One hallmark of our Upper School program is the 10th grade Passion Project in which students have the opportunity to pursue a year-long project of their choice, based on their interests and passion. This project not only leverages student passion to drive learning but supports students in the development of self-directed learning skills. Advanced Placement courses are also offered.

Students also have many opportunities to participate in clubs and honor societies and to take part in service-learning activities within the community. Students work with faculty advisors to focus their efforts and document the number of volunteer hours that they participate in. Many students also participate in varsity or junior varsity sports each year. ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY has had many successes in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and PAC-5 leagues.

IPA’s Upper School program and supportive faculty focus on providing students with opportunities to develop both cognitive and non-cognitive skills necessary for navigating college, career and life beyond IPA.

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Haley Nakamura, National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist, sitting at computer


Senior Selected National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist

Haley Nakamura '19 was selected as a 2019 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. These academically talented students, representing less than 1% of US high school seniors will compete for some 7500 scholarships worth more than $31 million.

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