Hawaiian Mission Academyís designed to help serious students of non-English speaking backgrounds become proficient in understanding and speaking English through our supplemental classes in the high school curriculum to help them in pursuing a high school diploma and eventually admission into a U.S. college or university.

Hawaiian Mission Academy is owned and operated by the Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which is a fundamentalist Christian body. The schoolís philosophy, curriculum, and practices are centered on Christian concepts and principles found in the Bible.

Students join the school voluntarily and are, therefore, subject to the regulations of the school, even though they may not personally hold the same philosophy, standard of conduct, or religious beliefs.

Older International students (18+) accepted to Hawaiian Mission Academy will find themselves subject to the regulations designed to guide all students. All I.S. students, are expected to honor and respect the religious concepts and practices of this Seventh-day Adventist school. I.S. students are to follow all regulations found in each section of the SCHOOL BULLETIN.

Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, using drugs, and gambling are not permitted regardless of age or curricular pursuit.


International Students are students who receive a Form I-20 from Hawaiian Mission Academy.

All students are required to live with their family, their sponsor, or in school-operated dorm. It is recommended all students stay in dorm housing for the first year. On-campus housing may be required by the administration if a student is experiencing difficulties in attendance, grades, or lifestyle. Exceptions to housing policies may be appealed.

The sponsor must work closely with the school in matters that relate to the student. The International Student Director will conduct an interview with the sponsor or student prior to admission when possible.


All International students are expected to come to Hawaiian Mission Academy with a sincere desire to learn the English language. Grades will be issued on a regular basis during the quarter. If at the close of any grading period the student has failing grades and a GPA that is significantly below average, the student will be allowed to continue in school on a probationary basis.

At the next grade report the studentís grades are reviewed to determine if improvement has been made. If faculty determine sufficient progress and improvement have been made, the student will continue in the high school program. Otherwise he/she may be asked to withdraw with no refund of tuition!


Grade placement into regular high school classes is based on credits completed toward graduation, previous English studies, TOEFL score, and pre-testing by HMA's International Student Director.

The purchase of textbooks for high school classes is an additional expense. Tuition and fees will not be transferred to any other school (public or private).

Upon completion of the high school program, transcripts will be issued to universities and colleges.


Credits toward a high school diploma are granted for completion of the graduation requirement. Credits which have been earned in grades 9-12 are transferable to HMA. Students must submit official transcripts (signed and sealed on institutional stationary), which have been translated into English. It is recommended that students request an evaluation of transfer credits from the school registrar. A high school diploma will be issued upon completion of all graduation requirements as listed in the school bulletin.


The State of Hawaii requires that all students have complete health and immunization records and a TB test. The studentís immunizations may be completed in the studentís home country or in Hawaii. A physical examination and TB clearance must be completed in Hawaii.  Students will be not be allowed to register without a completed health record.

Students cannot be admitted without the TB clearance. We recommend that students arrive one week early to complete this requirement. It is best to submit health records in advance so that they can be reviewed for any deficiencies. The medical health records must be interpreted into English.


Testing and placement will be conducted for each student upon enrollment during the school year. Testing will be conducted throughout the year to determine grade placement.  New students will be required to take the TOEFL test before registration to determine grade placement.  TOEFL test will be administered by our International Student Director.


The TOEFL test serves both as an entry and graduation requirement for International Students.

Students will need the following TOEFL test scores to meet the minimum English competency requirements. The TOEFL test score and having the required transcript credits will qualify the studentís proper grade standing. Because of language difficulties, it may take a student more than 4 years to complete the requirements for a high school diploma.

The TOEFL scores listed below indicate the respective grade level(s) represented plus minimum comprehension competencies necessary before the student can be placed in the regular high school curriculum program.

TOEFL Score Grade Placement Comprehension

500: Grade 12 And to be able to read and understand English at the minimum rate of 350 words per minute.

490: Grade 11 And to be able to read and understand English at the minimum rate of 340 words per minute.

475: Grade 10 And to be able to read and understand English at the minimum rate of 325 words per minute.

465: Grade 9 And to be able to read and understand English at the minimum rate of 300 words per minute.

TOEFL TEST: Other criteria used

The admissibility of non-native English speakers depends not only on their levels of English proficiency but also on other factors, such as their academic records, what schools they have attended, their fields of study, their prospective programs of study, and their motivations.

TOEFL measures an individualís ability in several areas of English proficiency, but it does not test that proficiency comprehensively. Nor does it provide information about scholastic aptitude or skills, motivation, language-learning aptitude, or cultural adaptability. An estimate of an examineeís proficiency can be fully established only with reference to a variety of measures, including Hawaiian Mission Academyís knowledge of the proficiency needed by the I.S. student to succeed in its academic programs and beyond.

The total score on the TOEFL is derived from scores on the three sections of the test. Applicants may have different section score profiles that could significantly affect subsequent academic performance. The section scores are used to advise students about their options and place them in the appropriate courses.
All students are required to live with their family, sponsor and or guardian.  However HMA provides an on campus dormitory for students, especially our International students who are not able to live with a family member, sponsor or guardian.  It is highly recommended for all International students to reside in the dormitory for at least their first year.  On-campus housing may be required by the administration if a student is experiencing difficulties in attendance, grades or lifestyle.  Exceptions to housing policies may be appealed.


Hawaiian Mission Academy is a closed campus, all students are to remain on campus unless they have received a pass to leave during a pre-arranged period of time. This policy is based on insurance liability and school attendance policies. (See General Guidelines Closed Campus)


An International Studies application packet is available by contacting the school office.  Or you may click here to download a pdf version of the forms.  When all of the application papers, including transcripts and confidential teacher evaluations, have been completed and returned to HMA, a decision is made to accept or not accept the student.  Two forms of confidential teacher evaluation (recommendation) is required. 

All I.S. students who are not residents of Hawaii, are required to have a local sponsor who speaks English to assist in matters of communication for the student and school.

The sponsor is not necessarily financially responsible for the student.

Students may be denied entrance if the transcript issued from his/her home country indicates poor academic performance. "D" and "F" grades may nullify acceptance to HMA.

All applicants must be approved by the I.S. Admissions Committee. A letter of acceptance will be sent to the applicant outlining the steps to take to obtain the immigration document (I-20) to apply for a student visa [See below]. Non-qualifying applicants will be notified by letter. I-20ís will be issued when all financial arrangements have been made and confirmed by the Business Office.


International Student may apply to the school at anytime during the school year with placement being determined by previous credits, TOEFL test scores, and placement test results.