Upper 9-12

Students raising the flag at school
T-shirt with "where values matter"
Polynesian star compass
Front of school
Students giving knuckles

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 the Elementary school through the 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 from 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 the 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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Chloe Davis ʻ22


IPA Premieres a Student-Written Play

It was a first in the history of the IPAs theater program. The premiere of Crossroads, a short play written and directed by senior Chloe Davis ‘22, was a highlight of IPA’s annual Spring Theater production in March.

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Student sitting around conference table


IPA Student Leaders Meet with CEO of the Year, Ray Vara

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY students had an invaluable opportunity to spend an hour with Hawaiʻi Business Magazine's 2021 CEO of the Year, Ray Vara, at the Hawaiʻi Pacific Health offices on December 9, 2021.

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Interact Club members receiving award


IPA Interact Club Awarded Youth Service Club of the Year

Interact Club of IPA was awarded the 2020-2021 Youth Service Club of the Year award for their outstanding community service this past year.