The coordination between advising, the colleges, and within the colleges themselves is a bit disastrous at times, but with the small classes you can bet that the teachers will know who you are when you see them in the street. The classes are more personal and the teachers are very approachable. I don't question the quality of education in at least 95% of the classes I've taken there. Being that it is a private institution however, HPU does have its dictatorial quirks. The Kalamalama college newspaper is filled with censored propaganda, and the President is just as distanced from his students and faculty as was Bush with the rest of the educated public. Eh, hem. . . Retirement? This University has too much potential for certain administrators to be liberally and constantly messing with the programs without actually even seeing the classes happen themselves. For anyone enrolling, I highly recommend planning your entire degree yourself with some leeway for changes in course requirements, as it does tend to happen often. In the end, you have to make the best out of it and not treat college like you're still in high-school. That stuff's for UH.
Our children have attended Cole Academy since they were infants, and we have been very, very pleased. The teachers we had are all well-educated with degrees in education. It was so nice to have such consistency, too -- the same teachers have been with the organization a long time so we've really gotten to know them, and they taught each of our kids as the younger siblings joined on. We've found the curriculum to be very learning-oriented -- our kids learned to read early, and when it came time for kindergarten tests and such, they were well above expectations for their age. The program is very consistent and the ratios are low in terms of not too many students-per-teacher. I also like that the facilities are kept neat and clean. Great preparation for kindergarten, too.
My daughter has attended one of The Cole Academy schools since she was an infant. We've been very satisfied with the nurturing and learning that goes on there. They even have doctorate- and masters-degree teachers on staff. Both my husband and I work really long hours so it helps to have a school open for such a long time each day -- with no extra hidden "after school" tuition fees like one supposedly "cheaper" preschool we'd considered. Get on the waitlist as soon as you're pregnant!
This is a terrific school. My oldest child graduated from there and got into all the private kindergartens we applied to. Our toddler is still there and is very satisfied. They have well-qualified teachers and directors with ample years of experience and longevity on staff.
Med-Assist program is only 9 months long and I was able to earn my diploma and work almost immediately after Externship. The Externship placement is provided by the program and my Externship site hired me. I can also take the National Certification and intend to do so.