Distinctive Benefits to Families

A Queen’s Legacy – 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, Mālama, Kuleana, ‘Imi Na‘auao, and Ho‘omanawanui which are woven into our school traditions and educational curriculum.[1]

Hawaiʻi’s Only Coordinate School – Research indicates that girls and boys learn very differently. St. Andrew’s Schools embraces those differences by offering separate classrooms to enhance the educational experience of both boys and girls. This approach, of having two single-gender schools in one family, is called “single gender coordinate education." The Prep provides a boy-friendly environment that embraces their enthusiastic energy and celebrates their talents and interests. The Priory offers a holistic academic, social, and emotional program specifically designed with girls’ unique needs, aspirations, and interests as the focus.


The Parent Experience – Informed, Involved, Integral – At St. Andrew’s Schools, education is a shared enterprise of home and school. Families play an active and supportive role in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected. The involvement of parents—who organize activities, volunteer at events, and support our students in their academic, athletic, and arts endeavors—enhances our school life.

Inclusiveness in the Classroom – There is a greater sense of shared mission and community at St. Andrew’s Schools than at larger schools, which results in greater classroom participation for every student. Intentionally small, our 10:1 student/ratio allows teachers to have a better understanding of each students’ instructional needs, creating environments where all students are encouraged to participate and take appropriate risks.

Curriculum Without Bounds – Our interdisciplinary program is specifically designed to cultivate knowledge and skills as well as to spark interest and enthusiasm in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). St. Andrew’s is a dynamic, intellectual community where learning is rigorous, student-centered, collaborative, experiential, and applied. These active academic experiences bring learning to life, forever changing a child’s perception of education and of self. With the guidance of dedicated teachers, St. Andrew’s students become drivers of their own learning and empowered seekers of knowledge.


Defining Learning as Doing – Our students are budding scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and programmers. From Kindergarten, our students learn to think like scientists and engineers as they ask, imagine, plan, and create towards collaboratively creating solutions to problems. Whether participating in Engineering Design Challenges, building, robots, or gardening, our students engage in multiple hands-on opportunities that challenge them to think critically, ask good questions, exercise their creativity, and share their knowledge with others.

Career Explorations & Readiness Program – Learning at St. Andrew’s is not limited to the classroom. Our unique school-workplace partnership program with local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies gives students at every grade level the opportunity to connect their studies to the professional community outside their classrooms. At St. Andrew’s Schools, we believe that every student is capable of doing innovative, meaningful, and purposeful work.

[1] Aloha (Show affection and compassion for each other), Pono (Promote goodness and be upright in our actions), Mālama (Tend to the body, mind and spirit of each other), Kuleana  (Demonstrate responsibility of self and toward others) ʻImi naʻauao (Foster joyful learning together), Hoʻomanawanui (Be steadfast and patient in our learning and challenges)