Queen Emma Kaleleonālani’s foresight and understanding that Hawaiian girls needed to have access to a high-quality education was the underlying base for the development of St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls. Since the founding of The Priory 150 years ago, St. Andrew’s Schools has grown to include a Boy’s School (The Prep) and a Preschool (Queen Emma Preschool).
Today, St. Andrew’s Schools honors Queen Emma’s legacy by teaching and perpetuating her values of Aloha, Pono, ‘Imi Na‘auao, Ho‘omanawanui, Mālama, and Lokomaika‘i, which are woven into our school traditions and educational curriculum.
Honoring Tradition – Embracing Innovation
In honor of our founder, our vision is to help children learn and grow — to be their personal best; engaged in the world and inspired to making it more humane and more just.
St. Andrews Schools provide the children of Hawai‘i with challenging academics, competitive athletics, thriving arts, and dynamic extracurricular programs. Our students are guided by deeply committed faculty in a diverse school community across two campuses: our main campus centrally-located in Downtown Honolulu for Priory girls and Prep boys, and our lush Nuʻuanu campus for our youngest students in Queen Emma Preschool.
“Embracing Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u, the productive lives of our graduates are the living legacy of Queen Emma. Continuing her extraordinary leadership, they are at the forefront of efforts to create and sustain a kinder and more caring world,” states Head of School, Dr. Ruth R. Fletcher.
Queen Emma Preschool begins the whole-child foundation for learning in the early years with joyful play through hands-on, constructive and developmentally appropriate experiences.
O‘ahu’s only K-5 all-boys independent school, St. Andrew’s Prep extends individualized learning to boys and builds on their strengths in spatial-mechanical and task-oriented skills. Students learn through active and expressive work and play. Always mindful of boys’ social and emotional development, The Prep includes co-ed activities with The Priority girls.
St. Andrew’s Priory continues its long practice of transformative education, where students find their confidence and voice as they mature, becoming role models, community leaders and global innovators. With 100 percent of its graduates college-bound, the class of 2017 received more than $3.3 million in merit-based college scholarship funds.
A St. Andrew’s Schools education cultivates the mind, body and spirit. We ask students to develop a full range of skills, to expand their sense of possibility, discover their passions, and make an indelible impact on the world.