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5 Private Schools on Oahu


These days, many families are choosing private schools for their children's education. Private schools offer many benefits such as smaller class sizes, high levels of parental involvement, high teacher qualification standards, religious teaching, and a greater variety of classes. Oahu is home to about 30 private schools scattered around the island. These schools offer top-notch education as well as an active and vibrant athletics and extracurricular department. Here we present our top five private schools.

1. Punahou School

Known as the school of President Barack Obama, Punahou School is the premier private school on Oahu. Over 3,750 students are enrolled in this kindergarten through 12th grade school which makes it the largest independent school on a single campus in the United States. Punahou is known for its top-notch facilities and highly educated and qualified teachers. The school offers the Advanced Placement program. Because of its reputation, Punahou has a hefty annual tuition of $18,450 and often has a waiting list. 11% of students receive financial aid which is aided by the $183.8 million endowment.

Punahou School
1601 Punahou Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

2. Kamehameha Schools

Founded by Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, Kamehameha Schools is a private school for students of native Hawaiian ancestry. The current policy on enrollment states that the school gives "preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law". The current school system has 30 preschool sites and three main school campuses located on the island of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.

Kamehameha schools has over 5,000 students enrolled throughout its campuses and offers the Advanced Placement program. Tuition is around $3,700 for commuter students and $7,000 for boarder students. Over 60% of its students receive financial aid which is backed by its $9.06 billion endowment.

Kamehameha Schools
1887 Makuakane Street
Honolulu, HI 96817-1887

3. Saint Louis School

Founded by the Catholic Mission in 1846, Saint Louis School educates young men from 6th grade to 12th grade. Enrollment is limited with approximately 600 students comprising the student body. The young men are educated in the Catholic Marianist tradition with an emphasis on spiritual, academic, physical and emotional maturity. The school emphasizes counseling and college planning to ensure the success of graduates. Students do not need to be Catholic to attend the school, and only 50% of the students are Catholic. Tuition averages $12,000 for high school students with approximately 37% of students receiving financial aid.

Saint Louis School
3142 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816-1579

4. Mid-Pacific Institute

Founded in 1908 as a school serving the children of missionaries, the Mid-Pacific Institute currently serves as a college preparatory school for students from preschool through 12th grade. With a fully developed International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement program, Mid-Pacific Institute is dedicated to providing top-notch education to its diverse student body. Because of its reputation, Mid-Pacific Institute charges a high annual tuition of $18,300 with financial aid awarded to approximately 26% of students.

Mid-Pacific Institute
2445 Kaala Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2299

5. Iolani School

Named by Queen Emma to mean "Heavenly Bird", Iolani School was founded in Honolulu in 1870 as a mission school for young men. In 1979, girls were admitted and today Iolani school has a diverse student body of 1,800 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school teaches following the Episcopal Church tradition but accepts student of any religious background. The school offers Advanced Placement courses and maintains an average class size of 17 students. Annual tuition is $17,000 with financial aid available to qualified students.

Iolani School
563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

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