Academic Profile

Punahou School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Punahou was most recently given a full, six-year accreditation in Spring 2016, the maximum period given by WASC.

Grade Point Average

The GPA is computed annually and cumulatively. Only courses taken at Punahou that receive a letter grade are used to determine the GPA. Citizenship and Physical Education grades are included in the GPA. Advanced Placement and Honors courses are not given additional point values. Punahou School does not rank its students. GPA is based on the traditional 4-point scale (A = 4.0, A- = 3.667, B+ = 3.333, etc.)

Cumulative GPA % of Students
4.000 – 3.8 27.1
3.799 – 3.6 28.5
3.599 – 3.4 21.5
3.399 – 3.2 14.4
3.199 – 3.0 5.7
2.999 – 2.8 1.2
2.799 – 2.6 1.7
2.599 – 2.0 0.0

Class of 2017

Median GPA of 3.638 for 424 students. (Data shown in chart is current as of June 2016.)

SAT Reasoning Test (Class of 2016)

Score
Critical Reading
(% of Students)
Math
(% of Students)
Writing
(% of Students)
750 – 800 6.5 14.7 8.2
700 – 740 13.6 17.1 14.3
650 – 690 17.5 27.8 22.0
600 – 640 22.7
21.3 22.7
550 – 590 21.0
10.3 16.8
500 – 540 8.6 6.5
10.3
450 – 490 7.2
1.6 4.0
400 – 440 2.6 0.7 1.6
350 – 390 0.2 0.0 0.2
300 – 340 0.0 0.0 0.0
Number of Tests 428 428 428
Mean 617 660 631
Range of Mid-50% 550 – 660 610 – 720 560 – 690

National Merit Scholarship Program

27 students (6.3%) of the Class of 2017 have qualified as National Merit semifinalists.

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

Punahou offers more than 40 Honors and/or AP courses in:

  • English (Honors only; Punahou does not offer AP English)
  • Language (Japanese, French, Spanish, Mandarin)
  • Mathematics (Geometry, Algebra/Trigonometry, Calculus, Computer Science, Statistics)
  • Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science)
  • Social Studies (U.S. Government, U.S. History, European History)
  • Psychology, Studio Art, Music (selective enrollment by audition)

Note: Students are advised not to take more than two Advanced Placement courses simultaneously.

  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

    Punahou Communications Staff
    Posted September 13, 2017

    Twenty Punahou seniors were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The students earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top one percent of high school seniors nationwide.

Presidential Scholars

Punahou has been well-represented among the two Presidential Scholars chosen from Hawai'i each year and among the 20 Scholars in the Arts chosen nationally.

  • 2017 - Carter Nakamoto
  • 2016 - Michael Chen and Eileen Liu
  • 2011 - Kimberly Schaefer
  • 2008 - Christopher Burniske 
  • 2006 - Scott Seki 
  • 2005 - Julia Ogilvie (Scholar in the Arts) 
  • 2004 - Will Jacobson and Avery Cavanah, Chris Schmicker (Scholar in the Arts) 
  • 2002 - Kara S. Tabor-Furmark 
  • 2001 - Magali A. M. Fassiotto 
  • 1998 - Elizabeth K. Nguyen 
  • 1996 - Jeffery Chung 
  • 1995 - Matthew Passion 
  • 1993 - Stacy Uyekubo 
  • 1992 - Miki Anzai and Brian Koh 
  • 1991 - Scott Keller 
  • 1986 - Kristine Tanno 
  • 1985 - Allegra Goodman 
  • 1984 - Janyce Mitchell and David Blume 
  • 1982 - Chau Tseng 
  • 1979 - Jonathan Selinger 
  • 1978 - John Lie and Margaret Garties 
  • 1975 - Eric Howell 
  • 1971 - Mike Sayama 
  • 1970 - Allan Chinen 
  • 1966 - Randall Ming Au 
  • 1964 - Wilbur Chun