"As an alumna, my husband and I donate to St. Andrew’s because it provided both myself and our daughter with an excellent foundation. The Priory is a supportive school community where one can grow and thrive."
St. Andrew's Schools:
Three Schools, Two Campuses, One Mission
All Girls School, Kindergarten to Grade 12
All Boys School, Kindergarten to Grade 6
Queen Emma Preschool
Coed Preschool, Ages 2 to 5
Mission: To bring out the best in each student and empower them to Kūlia i ka Nuʻu -- Strive for the Highest.
Vision: A world where all children are given the opportunity to learn, grow, and lead with their hearts, mind, and spirits to make their communities more humane and just.
Founded in 1867 as St. Andrew's Priory Schools for Girls, today St. Andrew’s Schools is the living legacy of the vision of Queen Emma Kaleleonālani: To offer a high-quality education to girls in Hawaiʻi, in a place where they felt they belonged. Today, that transformational vision has expanded to include our boys’ school and preschool.
An outstanding educational program is the core of our mission and our everyday practice. As a Christian school in the Episcopal tradition, we are dedicated to respecting the dignity and worth of every human being. Interacting with compassion, love, and integrity is embedded in our culture. Our Hawaiian heritage is reflected in our traditions, throughout our curriculum, and most importantly by our values that are purposefully expressed as aloha, kuleana, and mālama.
Because of the way we educate, our students learn deeply, stay curious, are hopeful about the future, and understand how to lead themselves and others with a compassionate and courageous heart.
The Priory and The Prep are located on hallowed, historic ground on Queen Emma Square in vibrant downtown Honolulu. Queen Emma Preschool is located just minutes from downtown on Pali Highway, on a beautiful property with ample, shaded outdoor play space.
The first step in personalizing our students’ learning experience is single-gender education. Having a girls’ school and a boys’ school on the same campus makes St. Andrew’s Schools truly unique and affords our students more opportunities to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Developing our students’ strong sense of self gives them the confidence to take on the many leadership roles available to them both inside and outside the classroom. They learn by taking action, through an educational framework that challenges them to investigate the world, recognize multiple perspectives, and communicate their ideas. Rigorous classroom learning is balanced with real-world experiences through internships and educational travel opportunities.
Founded by a courageous, faith-filled queen, our school deeply values our Hawaiian and Episcopal heritage, purposefully cultivating the mind-body-spirit connection. In this nurturing environment, our students uncover the gifts and talents that will make a difference in the lives of others. We know that as children increase their understanding of their connection to others, they are ultimately inspired to make positive contributions to the world throughout their lives.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is woven into the curriculum and the life of our school through the RULER program, a systemic approach to SEL developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. From kindergarten to Grade 12, our school community shares a common language to learn and practice the five skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating.
"I’m grateful for the quality education I received at The Priory and the continued camaraderie with my classmates. Programs available to today’s students are exciting because they empower them on their path to reach their highest potential.”
"Our class still shares the sense of community nurtured by our shared experiences at The Priory - our classes, our dedicated teachers, daily chapel, lunch under the ylang-ylang tree, Ascension Day - and, because of The Priory, we had the confidence, determination, and ability to make our world a better place."
"We have felt such authentic care and aloha throughout the years our kids have been at St. Andrew’s Schools, starting their educational journeys at Queen Emma Preschool and growing from there. The educators and administrators care for our boys with the affection of aunties and uncles, while looking after their developmental needs and academic progress. They take a personal interest in our boys' success."
"Our son Quinn is a member of The Prep's 1st graduating class of 6th graders, the Class of 2027. For the past 7 years, St. Andrew's Schools has provided him a safe place of learning, academically, socially, and emotionally. As a parent, there is no greater feeling of knowing that your child will be well cared for when you drop them off at school every morning."
Schools located minutes from downtown Honolulu
Student to teacher ratio
Years of excellence in education
Of seniors complete internships by graduation
Tuition assistance awarded
The Priory Theatre program strives to give girls in grades 7-12 an appreciation and understanding of themselves and others through the exploration of stories with universal themes. Like in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, the protagonist goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, and becomes transformed through newfound knowledge.
Students find promise and satisfaction in the work they choose to do backstage as well as onstage by writing, designing, acting, dancing, and singing, creating stories that bridge individual differences and reflect human truths. Students gain an appreciation for diversity as they build self-confidence, self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills through commitment, resilience, communication, focus, teamwork, listening, and sharing.