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Frequently Asked Questions


About Admissions

Q: When do most students enter La Pietra?

A: Majority of girls will enter during the middle school years (6-8) or 9th grade. Depending on each girl’s situation, we will consider applications for girls entering into all grades (6–12).

Q: What are your application deadlines?

A: We strongly recommend families meet the preferred February 10 deadline before the desired admission year. La Pietra accepts applications throughout the year depending on the number of spaces available as part of our rolling admissions process. Rolling admissions allows us to accept students for Term 1 (August start), Term 2 (mid-October start), and Term 3 (January start) when spaces are available.

Q: How much weight will my daughter’s SSAT test score, academic record, or teacher recommendations carry in her application to the school?

A: La Pietra is committed to the education of the whole girl and as such we consider all portions of the application equally (teacher recommendations, report cards/grades/comments, SSAT scores, and interview). There is no “magic” number that automatically qualifies or disqualifies any student for admission.

Q: Where do La Pietra students come from?

A: La Pietra students come from private and public schools in the state of Hawai‘i and out of state. We also have a number of international students, and offer an International Diploma option for them.

Q: May we visit the campus during the admissions process?

A: Absolutely. We welcome families to attend an Admissions Open House event, schedule a personalized campus tour, and especially to arrange a School-In-Session visit, during which prospective students in grades 5-11 may come for a half-day visit. Please click here to learn more.

Q: What does a School-in-Session visit entail?

A: During a School-in-Session (SIS) visit, your daughter will spend a half-day attending classes with our students here on campus. She has the chance to sit in and participate in several different classes and get a feel for the “day-in-the-life” experience of a La Pietra student.

Q: Do we have to submit a full application for our daughter before she can come in for a School-in-Session (SIS) visit?

A: SIS visits are completely independent of the admission process, so families are not required to submit an application to schedule a School-in-Session (SIS) visit for their daughters. We actually encourage families to set-up an SIS visit early in the admissions process to learn more about the school.

Q: Will applying for financial aid jeopardize our chances for admission?

A: No. The financial aid process is completely independent of the admissions process. Our admissions decisions are need-blind, so financial circumstances do not enter into the admissions equation.

About Life At La Pietra

Q: Does La Pietra have a religious affiliation?

A: No. La Pietra is Hawai‘i’s only independent, all-girls' school for grades 6 through 12 that is not religiously affiliated.

Q: Does La Pietra require that girls wear a uniform?

A: Yes. Our girls wear a uniform Monday through Thursday. Fridays are “free-dress” days, during which students are not required to wear their uniform, but must dress within the free-dress guidelines. Families may purchase uniforms at any time through our uniform vendor.

Q: What is the faculty to student ratio and average class size?

A: Our faculty-student ratio is 1:7 and the average size of instructional classes in both our middle and upper school is 10 to 14 students.

Q: Does La Pietra offer Advanced Placement Courses?

A: La Pietra offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses on-site as well as through the Online School for Girls. In addition, students in our Level 5 World Language programs (Chinese, French, and Spanish) and those in Calculus are eligible to take their respective AP exams.

Q: How does La Pietra prepare my daughter for college?

A: The journey for college preparation begins in 6th grade with our unique block schedule then into 8th grade with parent/family meetings and continues through high school. For more information about La Pietra’s college counseling program, visit the Academics section above.

Q: What is the block schedule?

A: To promote greater depth of understanding and maximize student learning, La Pietra employs a block schedule consisting of four terms in the school year. Each term is equivalent to one semester in a traditional schedule. Each day consists of four, 85-minute blocks of instruction time.

Q: Do the Middle School & Upper School share the same campus?

A: Our entire school is on the same beautiful campus on the slopes of Diamond Head. Each grade level has its own designated area for lockers, and while some classrooms are designated for our middle school students, all students will have classes in different parts of our campus.

Q: Does La Pietra provide boarding for international students?

A: La Pietra is not a boarding school. All of our international students manage their own living arrangements, usually by staying with relatives who already live on the island of O‘ahu.

Q: Does La Pietra provide a bus service?

A: La Pietra does not provide a bus service; however, many of our parents have self-organized carpools and make arrangements with relatives.

Q: Does La Pietra offer a school lunch service?

A: Yes, we have partnered with The Daily Lunchbox. Their lunches include an entree, starch, fruit, vegetables, and choice of beverage. You must pre-order lunch for a daily cost of $6.00, which is served daily in the courtyard kitchen.

Students may also purchase snack cards from the Main Office to be used to purchase snacks before and after school in the courtyard kitchen.

Once a month, particularly on Fridays, parents prepare lunch for students, faculty and staff. Lunches alternate between pasta, baked potato, and the famous La Pietra taco salad. (Note that there is a fee for this lunch.) Girls may also bring a lunch from home. Microwaves and refrigeration are made available to students.


Notice of nondiscriminatory policy: La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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