MAUI PREP LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAMS, TUITION RESETS, and SCHOLARSHIPS

by Dr. Jonathan Silver, Head of School on February 16, 2017

Maui Preparatory Academy, West Maui’s only private and secular preschool – 12th grade college preparatory program, has several important announcements to share with the community about the upcoming 2017/2018 School Year.

Preschool students helping build a worm hotel for the school garden.

Preschool students helping build a worm hotel for the school garden.

First, Maui Preparatory Academy announces the reconstitution of its early childhood program into the Early Childhood Discovery Center (ECDC). The ECDC, which includes preschool and kindergarten, will be offering flexible attendance options in the preschool and new competitive pricing in both preschool and kindergarten for the 17/18 School Year. The preschool is now accepting applications for its 2-day and 3-day options, with limited spots available, as well as its traditional 5-day program. Furthermore, without sacrificing the quality and breadth of Maui Prep’s programs and curriculum, tuition for both preschool and kindergarten in the ECDC is being reset for the 17/18 School Year to be more in line with other West Maui options. (Prices are now $6,950 for 5 day preschool, $4,800 for 3-day preschool, and $3,200 for 2-day preschool.)

To inaugurate these developments within the Early Childhood Discovery Center, Maui Prep will host an Open House for families interested in preschool and kindergarten next year. This will take place on Saturday, February 25, from 9 AM-11 AM, on the Maui Prep campus at 4910 Honoapiilani Highway. Families can meet the teachers, tour the classrooms and campus, and enjoy light morning refreshments. Maui Prep will waive its application fee for any new families who attend the Open House, and there will be a special drawing for those new families in attendance for one 5% Tuition Remission award for the 17/18 School Year.

Looks like a win!

Looks like a win!

Second, Maui Prep announces that it is adopting a much more substantive, needs-based multi-child financial assistance program for qualifying families. Maui Prep is doing the very best it can to support Maui Prep families who wish to enroll all their children at Maui Prep.

Third, contingent on demand, Maui Prep will be inaugurating morning transportation service from Ma’alaea, Launiupoko, and Lahaina. We recognize how challenging and long the commute to and from Maui Prep may be for families residing south of Lahaina, and this service is intended to remove the challenge in the mornings. The Maui Prep bus has fourteen belted passenger seats; transportation service will be available on a first come-first served basis.

Fourth, Maui Prep announces the return of its very popular Pueo Pilot Scholarship Program, a merit-based, four-year full scholarship geared toward new, incoming high school students. The application deadline is February 22. All applicants will also sit for a formal, in-person interview with the Pueo Pilot Scholarship Committee.  Interested families and students may contact admissions@mauiprep.org, or call 665-9966.

An unparalleled view

An unparalleled view

In its twelve years of operation, Maui Prep has grown from a “little, sleepy day school on a hill” into one of Hawaii’s best college preparatory institutions. In its first few years of operation, Maui Prep was recognized as a “Leading School of The Future.” Since then, Maui Prep has established its Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CCIE) out of which Maui Prep now produces, among other things, county and state champions in science and robotics. Maui Prep has firmly established itself as a global educational organization with the opening of its international boarding program in 2014, for students in grades 8-12. And, most recently, Maui Prep has taken steps to become the leading K-12 organization on the island for marine studies with the establishment of its Moana Institute.

With Maui Prep’s new initiatives in early childhood education, morning bus transportation option, and the Pueo Pilot Full Scholarship Program, the 2017/2018 school year is the perfect time to become a member of the Maui Prep ‘Ohana.

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Carnival – Maui Style!

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on February 12, 2017

Carnival Maui style!

Carnival Maui style!

Did you attend Maui Preparatory Academy’s Winter Gala Carnival? If you didn’t, you missed out on the party of the year!

The Gala is one of the school’s premier fundraising and “friend-raising” events held each year to raise funds benefiting Maui Prep’s financial aid and scholarship fund. This is an important event for the school because, without significant contributions to this fund, Maui Prep would not be able to make a difference in the lives of over 40% of its current student body.

Brian Graham and Chuck Bergson getting into the spirit.

Brian Graham and Chuck Bergson getting into the spirit.

Winter Gala Carnival 2017 was a hallmark year for fundraising and brought in record-breaking amounts. This effort was successful, not only because of all the generous donors at the event, but also because of the Graham Family Foundation’s matching grant campaign. The ballroom that evening was alive with many donors bidding on packages – Chef Jojo and a handcrafted meal was the highest bid package (twice) – as well as simply, generous friends and ‘Ohana of Maui Prep supporting the school and all it represents to this community. The evening was only a success because of all who donated, and Maui Prep is deeply grateful.

Chef Jojo and one of his dinner package winners!

Chef Jojo and one of his dinner package winners, the Millisor Ohana!

Central Pacific Bank was honored during the evening for providing Maui Prep with a pathway to sustainability and becoming our most valued partner. CEO Katherine Ngo, Kyle Sakamoto, and Brandon Higashi were personally thanked for their attention to our cause, their patience, and support. We now understand the true meaning of a “community bank”.

Thank you to Warren Gibson and Ryan Kirkham, who teamed up again for the LIVE auction event and to our ever-loved photographers Valerie Leon and Ray Chin. A huge mahalo goes out to all the volunteers that spent many hours making the event into a beautiful evening and in particular, Kim Zeigler (Event Chair), Lisa Gibson and Kari Adams (Planning Committee), and the “Gala Girls,” Stacy Casco, Cathi Minami, Michele Pupunu, Lynne Twigg and Jenny Worth. Thank you also to everyone that donated to both the silent and live auction, the table sponsors and the event sponsors; none of this would have be possible without your generosity.

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Maui Prep Brings Home The Hardware

February 5, 2017

Maui Prep students take home the gold…and the silver and the bronze…in multiple events. The Science Olympiad competed in the regional championships on Saturday, February 4, at the University of Hawaii Maui College, and the Middle School team took first place, which sends them off to States! Several medals were also won by our Upper [...]

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The Life and Times of 2029

January 29, 2017

We (Maui Prep Kindergarten Class of 2029) have had various learning experiences this school year to help us gain an understanding of the possible professions that are available on Maui. We began by having a visitor from the Hawai`i Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers come to our classroom, who introduced us to the different [...]

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Maui Prep Welcomes Sacred Hearts 8th-Grade Class

January 22, 2017

Maui Prep hosted some very special guests on our campus last week: the 8th-grade class from Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina. These fifteen students are in the process of determining their ideal location to spend their high school years. During their visit to Maui Prep, they met with the school’s administration and faculty, toured various [...]

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Maui Prep Winter Gala

January 9, 2017

Each year, Maui Preparatory Academy hosts an event in an effort to help raise funds for the financial aid program. Last year, the committee decided to spice things up a bit and change the “ball” into a “gala,” and what a gala it was! Maui Prep family and friends celebrated the school’s 10th Anniversary in [...]

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An Immersive Marine Science Education Experience

December 11, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy is proud to announce a new educational arm of the school: The Moana Institute. The Moana Institute caters to a global audience and leverages Maui’s beautiful and varied ecosystems to provide “hands-on, feet-wet” learning experiences for students interested in marine science and marine studies. In short, we make Maui our classroom. The Moana [...]

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Learning Outside of the Classroom

December 4, 2016

Hands-on activities are an important part of learning, particularly in science. Ms. DeMott and her science classes have had several opportunities in the last few weeks to put that learning into practice. Ms. DeMott teaches several different science classes, among those, 8th-grade Physical Science,  and 11/12 grade Environmental Science. Learning about and participating in the [...]

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Project-Give-a-Gift 2016

November 30, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy will be delivering gifts to children in Child Protective Services on the Island of Molokai on December 8, 2016. This delivery is made possible through a partnership between volunteers at Maui Prep, the Goodfellow Brothers, Better Together Photography and generous donations from the West Maui Community. Maui Prep would like to support Molokai families with two significant efforts [...]

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#MauiPrep #InternationalDay

November 27, 2016

International Day at Maui Preparatory Academy has become a tradition of Olympic Competition. A tradition that extends to the entire school body and one of the only school held events that bring the Lower, Middle, and Upper School together. Though the team divides once the competition starts, they meet during the week leading up to [...]

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SON’Z Steakhouse Fundraiser

November 20, 2016

Join Maui Preparatory Academy at SON’Z Steakhouse on December 3 for an unparalleled culinary experience. Proceeds will benefit the school. RSVP to Lynne Twigg by November 3o. It will be a great evening; we look forward to seeing you there!  

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The Middle and Upper School Present Camp Rock

November 17, 2016

Buy your tickets now for the must-see performance of the year! Tickets are available from any budding thespian, as well as from the Maui Prep front office. The performance will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19, at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there!

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