The Best Public and Private Schools on the Big Island

If you’re thinking about moving to the Big Island, it’s likely important to you to find good schools where your children will receive the educational support that they need to continue to thrive. These days, many parents find themselves searching for school districts first and then choosing a suitable home in the neighborhood. Understandably, you’ll want to do your due diligence on Big Island neighborhoods, school districts, and more before you settle on your family dream home.

To help you assess where the best schools on the Big Island are located, we put together this list of both public and private school. While it is certainly not exhaustive of all the options available, it is a snapshot you can use for further evaluation. Each of these schools was rated highly over the past five years by one of the sources included at the end of this post. We’ve also included a list of research sites used below so you can continue your research.

Top Private Elementary Schools

Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Parker School
Le Jardin Academy
St. Joseph School
St. Anthony School
Makua Lani Christian School

Top Public Elementary Schools

Kaelepulu Elementary School
Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School
Innovations PCS
Konawaena Elementary School
Kahakai Elementary School
Holualoa Elementary School

Top Private Middle Schools

St. Anthony School
St. John Vianney Parish School
Hawaiian Mission Academy
Kailua Christian Academy
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Parker School

Top Public Middle Schools

Konawaena Middle School
Waiakea Intermediate School
Waimea Middle School
Innovations Public Charter School
West Hawaii Explorations Academy Public Charter School
Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School

Top Private High Schools

Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Parker School
Kailua Christian Academy
St. Joseph School

Top Public High School

Kealakehe High School
Kalaheo High School
West Hawaii Explorations Academy Public Charter School
Waiakea High School
Pahoa High & Intermediate School

Resources for further research

School Digger

We hope this list helps inform your research as you choose a school for your children! If you have any questions about good neighborhoods, we’d be happy to help. You can contact us at (808) 217-8500.

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Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker
Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker

"Everything Annette did for me was from the heart"

As someone that has spent her whole life feeling lucky to work with people in customer service, I vowed then and there to help people like you and me have the experience they deserved when moving to The Big Island. Because let’s face it, this should be the start of the happiest, proudest, and most peaceful period in your life!

For 15 years I have been helping people make the most out of life and real estate on The Big Island and I would be honored to do that for you too. I look forward to meeting you!

Warmest Aloha,
Annette Mejia

Live On The Big Island