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Why PBA?

Opened in 2003, Pacific Buddhist Academy (PBA) is the first college-preparatory Shin Buddhist high school in the United States. Accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges, PBA offers students of all faiths and spiritual traditions an inclusive learning environment to foster leadership, intellect, and spirit in the service of peace.

At Pacific Buddhist Academy, we believe all things are interdependent. When subject areas are integrated, students realize that the fields of language, math, history, and science affect each other. This concept of interdependence animates our academic philosophy – we prioritize inquiry, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning.  PBA’s curriculum is based on universal values like compassion, gratitude, and interdependence. 

The Advantages of the Small School Environment

PBA’s small school environment is beneficial for students on multiple levels. Students receive the individualized attention they seek from their teachers.

With a student to teacher ratio of 6:1, teachers can adjust their curriculum to fit student needs.

Students also receive one-on-one mentoring from teachers when they struggle with the level of academic challenge, social environment, and difficulties they inevitably face as emerging adults. Teachers build deep, productive relationships with students, challenging them to think independently by going beyond textbook, lecture and classroom. We view our students as equals and ask they work with us to forge an intentional community. We encourage students to use PBA as a foundation upon which they can chart pathways to peace and contentment. 

PBA College and Career Pathways

Since opening its doors in 2003, all but one PBA graduate has gone on to higher education, and the single exception joined the Marines, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and family tradition. Hand in hand with PBA's College and Career Counselor on campus, students receive the necessary mentoring to explore and select the right college and get a head start on unveiling their first career pathway. The College and Career Counselor builds strong relationships with students beginning in the 9th grade. West Coast college tours are available for PBA students during the Spring Holiday.

PBA’s Unique Academic Schedule: the Cycle System

PBA’s offers block scheduling so that a student can focus on 2 core subjects during a 6-week period instead of the conventional 4-6 core classes a semester. A sample of the block scheduling below:

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6

Core 1

Pre-Algebra, Algebra OR Geometry (by placement)

Core 1

Conceptual Physics

Core 1

Language Arts: Oral Traditions & Origin Myths

Core 1

Pre-Algebra, Algebra OR Geometry (by placement)

Core 1

Conceptual Physics

Core 1

Language Arts: the Advent of Writing in East & West

 

Core 2

Peace Core (Science-Based): Theory of Knowledge

Core 2

Social Studies: Area Studies (East Asia)

Core 2

Japanese 1

Core 2

Peace Core (Humanities-Based): Theory of Time

 

Core 2

Social Studies: Area Studies (the New World)

Core 2

Japanese 1

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Afternoon Electives

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