After looking at and being accepted to multiple schools our daughter and ourselves (parents) all agreed that La Pietra was the fit for her. We as parents were not really interested in an "all girls" education because of the experiences we had with our older daughter's experiences at another school. But after visiting La Pietra's open houses multiple times we all agreed to apply. This choice has brought us only great results. Upon entering the 6th grade our daughter miraculously had no problems with doing her homework assignments and loved to be in school. Ever since starting La Pietra we as parents have only needed to show her support for her efforts but never having to prod and push her to complete her responsibilities as a student nor perform to her best ability. It has and still is a great ride for her and we as parents are looking forward to see what more this La Pietra education can provide her. I suggest you visit an Open House and see for yourself.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Cross country
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Water polo
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Our daughter attended LP from 6th to 12th grade. We looked at 3 private schools; LP was not our 1st choice. We enrolled her into LP after the first 2 schools fell through. Our daughter came from a good public school; unfortunately it did not prepare her for the rigors of private school teaching and learning. We almost pulled her out after 6th grade since she was not showing any interest. But her 2 teachers convinced us to keep her in; they said it would take some time before our daughter and many others like her would adapt to the LP curriculum become responsible and grasp the importance of school work. We are thankful we listened. Our girl blossomed from a restless student to a mature and confident woman. Not only did she excel in high school she played sports for 7 years became a peer leader school delegate NHS candidate; participated in student government sang in the select choir. Yes we hear about drama and bullying; but that happens at all schools. My daughter confronted the negativity and turned it into a positive. LP allowed her to develop her skills and hidden talents; in her senior year she was accepted into 12 colleges. Give LP a try.
I couldn t help but notice several posts here repeatedly bullying La Pietra School therefore I have decided to add my comments. As a proud dad of a La Pietra girl; and no this is not a robo-writer I can only attest to how my daughter is learning to be an independent woman who will be strong but kind resourceful and empathetic. The academic curriculum has a lot of variety and is oriented towards college education and the teachers are dedicated and passionate about what they teach. And once in a while when she has a bad day at school (yes she has those although less frequently than a bad hair day ) I commend her for waking up the next day and being positive again. That picture-perfect school on the slopes of Diamond Head makes sure that my girl is in a safe surrounding can express who she is and learns for life! I m a believer!
My daughter is in middle school at La Pietra. (FYI She scored in over 90 percentile on the SSAT and is an athlete). She got in all the schools she applied but she chose La Pietra because she liked the day she visited. She didn't feel welcome at the larger schools. We let her choose. I'm so glad she picked LP- and so is she! She has been there 1.5 years. She feels part of a family there. Her teachers all know her challenge her and they care. The classes are small and personal. Her homework is balanced with her after school sports. She traveled for a competition last year and wasn't punished for missing some days. She was supported so she could be her best. She had to write an in depth report on her destination before she traveled and got more out of the trip from that insightful assignment than any of her teammates. She likes school. She has many nice friends. Even though she is shy she feels included and I see her breaking out of her shell. I know the strong college prep program will lead her to whatever university she chooses. She won't be limited by her education. If you send your daughter for a visit then she can choose for herself.
This school has been a godsend. After six years of mediocre results at my daughter's elementary school she entered La Pietra School in the 6th grade and has blossomed into a different person. Her grades have improved dramatically she has thrived in extracurricular activities and she has a broad circle of close friends that she never enjoyed in her previous school. Even though she's a few years' away she is already nagging me to start visiting colleges and take SAT prep classes. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the positive affect this school has had on my daughter's life. I would not consider having her at any other school.
Our daughter chose La Pietra and stayed there for all 7 years. She truly thrived at this school and looked forward to going there each day. Some of our favorite things about La Pietra the uniquely beautiful and peaceful school environment the all girls education and "vibe " the block schedule the small school and very small classes and especially the wonderfully engaging teachers. Thanks to the small class size and block schedule (only 4 classes per quarter) the girls get individual attention have lively classroom discussions and pursue in-depth projects. Like any small school La Pietra does not have the variety of classes/facilities that you may find in a bigger school but we found that to be more than off-set by the personal experience offered and the opportunity for girls to shine in their chosen areas - be it academics sports arts etc. And for a small school La Pietra does have a remarkable spectrum of courses with a strong emphasis on college prep and college counseling. La Pietra girls are also very involved in school activities outside the classroom - including sports student government leadership clubs and the school play.
If I could give this review zero stars I would. It is amazing how similar the five-star reviews are to the La Pietra advertisements; no doubt the staff is writing these reviews. This school has a SERIOUS bullying problem but instead of addressing it the administration unnecessarily enforces stricter rules for the school dress code. It angers me that despite me sacrificing everything they wouldn't listen to me and my daughter continued to be bullied relentlessly. As the school year passed I became more and more unimpressed with the academics and administration; send your daughter to a public school for a much better education.
La Pietra has been a positive experience for our daughter. The small class size along with attentive teachers has really improved her out look on her education. She is more empowered to try different clubs and activities in an all girl setting and feels more confident not only in school but life in general. She loves La Pietra and would not want to go anywhere else.
When my daughter attended this "school" and it was nothing but a negative experience for the both of us. My daughter was severely bullied by a classmate while the dean sat there and pampered the bully. She had anxiety and the dean would get mad at her for coming into her office while trying to get help. The head of the school would not listen to the either of us and she would often get angry my daughter for having panic attacks which she cannot control very well. My daughter would beg me to let her switch to a new school so we made a smart choice by leaving in the middle of the school year to go to a nearby public school and she could not be happier. Ever since she left she felt more challenged in school made friends and no longer comes home crying. We are satisfied with the public school she attends. This school is a joke and a waste of my time and money. I would NOT recommend this school to anybody.
We have been impressed with what La Pietra has to offer girls in their middle school program. Even before enrolling prospective students have the opportunity to visit for a half-day school-in-session visit. This gives students a chance to experience a typical day at La Pietra make some new friends visit a variety of classes and meet some teachers and administrators. Because La Pietra's student to teacher ratio is so low (10 1) girls new to middle school do not "fall through the cracks" academically or socially. They are supported by a loving and caring group of teachers who are truly committed to all-girls education and helping each student find their voice and provide them with the tools to success. The school is located on an extremely beautiful campus near Diamond Head and it is a great place for young women to learn and grow during this important time in their development. La Pietra offers financial aid to families which makes it more accessible than some schools due to the tuition expense. We highly recommend La Pietra for families looking for a great middle or high school for their daughters.
I went here in eighth grade thinking it was going to be my chance to thrive. Nope. There are so many girls who came from families of high income aren't very smart very spoiled rude passive-aggressive hypocritical are slackers and yet they are very aggressive and will hate and bribe any teacher who doesn't give them an A in the course. I wasn't one of those girls- I came from a family of average income I got really good grades and I would never blame the teacher if I didn't do well on an assignment. Everyday I would get bullied from school and the dean would never listen to my mom or me. One time I told a teacher and the girls did get in trouble then they started picking a fight with me and saying things like "How dare you tell on us we didn't do anything to you!" I would beg my mom day after day to be absent from school and then the girls would ridicule me because I was absent. It came to a point where I couldn't take it anymore and I begged my mom to never take me to the school campus ever again and I started completing all the work at home. I did really well with no bratty girls involved and this school year I started doing Mizzou K12 and I couldn't be happier.
these reviews sound like something the La Pietra staff wrote. I spent 6-7th grade here. I had a choice between LP and Iolani. After visiting the school it seemed so warm and welcoming. so i chose LP. Yes LP over IOLANI. Seems pretty stupid right? The DAY I walked onto campus i was bullied. Of course theres bullying in every school. But usually someone does something about it. Apparently this school has "no problems" with bullying and students should know better according to the dean and no one did anything about it. Well i guess they're not paying attention at ALL because there was bullying going on all the time. I attended public school for 8th grade because my mom didn't like me coming home crying everyday. Public school was ok less traumatizing than la pietra but public school work was more challenging for me than la pietra. i've had my about 10 of my moms friends ask me if their daughters should attend La Pietra and i said NO to every single one of them.They have lost about 20 kids (almost $300 000 in tuition) who WERE once interested in La Pietra until I told them the truth. To sum it up this school is perfect for kids who want to be bullied/become bullies.
This school is excellent. I highly recommend it. The teacher go above and beyond. The students become well spoken confident leaders. They have a strong peer leadership program that creates a family feel. Each girl receives the tools she needs to succeed. Math classes are small like 10 girls to 1 teacher the individual attention makes a huge difference.
horrible school. they take $17 000 from our tuition. what do they do with the money? I don't know definitely not on our education though. plus they try and force EVERYONE to donate money. What? What kind of a horrible school forces parents to donate? What do they even need the money for? Theres less than 300 kids they take $17 000 from us we buy our own textbooks and uniforms + makes tries to make everyone pay an extra $100 for donations. why do they need that much money? If it's a big school with lots of students i understand but la pietra? are they using our money for themselves? if you're considering your child to go to this school try going to a public school instead same quality education for free plus better lunches and less drama.
I went to this school from 6-7th grade and I had the worst time in my entire life. The upper class were rude and thought they were better than everybody else (especially seniors). This school will give you a detention for everything unless you are smart or rich. I have gotten a detention for being in the bathroom for more than 3 minuets when i had horrible cramps and another for leaving a textbook in my locker which was strange since class didn't even start and I still had time to grab my textbook. Overall this school was the worst school I've ever been to (and I've been to a total of 8 schools in Hawai'i and California public and private ) La Pietra claims that it is too small to have cliques or any drama but this school was the worst. I am now a Junior and to this day i still regret attending this school and wish I have gone to a different school.
Our daughter will soon graduate from La Pietra. Every year has been excellent and worth every penny. La Pietra is a wholesome supportive learning environment that is attentive to what each girl needs individually to be successful. Our daughter was able to participate in music theatre art public speaking and several sports. La Pietra doesn't limit students to 1 or 2 areas like other private schools. The teachers and administration are truely exceptional. If you want your daughter to be a well spoken confident leader with a healthy self-esteem who is prepared to excel at top university's we highly recommend La Pietra!
La Pietra is an amazing school. My high school daughter thrives there -- academically and socially. It is a safe and beautiful campus academically challenging and fosters girls' creative and artistic side as well. If you want your girl to turn into a well-rounded vibrant and smart young woman then definitely check this school out. My daughter wants to get there early and stay late...all this from a teenager!
They celebrate each individual girl's artistic and academic strengths. They also make sure the school feels like a family.
They provide an education that emphasis development in intellectual physical moral and spiritual areas. The girls are encouraged to develop their own talents and personal interest.
i am a student at LP and i can honestly say I LOVE IT HERE! the atmosphere is great quite and peaceful. the teachers are warm and the classes are small so we can get more time to talk with the teachers if we dont understand something. at my previous school i wasnt doign good in math but in my first year at LP my math grade was an A. i HIGHLY suggest this school... it is PERFECT!! (there is some drama between people but not everyone gets tied into it and if you know the people you hang out with you wont get tied in.) because it is an all girls school there IS drama over guys (primarily from St. Louis because the middle school has a dance with them.. but thats ok). OVERALL... THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL! i love it -Class of 2014 student