Students are permitted to enroll in specified courses on a Credit/No Credit option basis. The objective of this privilege is to encourage students to extend their academic horizons in courses of interest, which will benefit their general education, without the pressure of letter grades.
Students may elect Credit/No Credit status in any course if graduation requirements have been met in the subject area for which they wish to declare CR/NC. In order to earn a credit (CR), students must meet the teacher’s expectations, which shall be no less than a C (2.00) grade, unless otherwise announced. Advanced Placement courses may not be taken CR/NC.
Some independent study and teaching assistant courses must be taken for CR/NC, but they still count toward the credit requirement for graduation.
In addition, all PE courses may be taken CR/NC. In any semester, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of five or a maximum of six half-credit courses, excluding PE. Four of the courses must be taken on a graded basis. Declaration of CR/NC status by students must be made by the deadline stated in the Academy Daily Bulletin each semester.
At class assemblies, the deans brief students about graduation requirements and course offerings.
From early February until mid-March, deans meet with individual students to enroll them in courses. At the end of the third quarter, a list of the selected courses is sent home with third quarter grades. Changes from that point on will depend on availability; some courses will be closed and changes will not be possible.
Although students may choose from many courses, they must choose carefully. With as few exceptions as possible, Punahou programs, schedules, and staffs courses according to demand. This accommodation rarely happens in other schools, and it requires that the course request counts be accurate.
Course offerings depend upon sufficient enrollment and available staff. Some combinations of courses may result in scheduling conflicts and in some cases students may have to alter their course selections.
Registration for online courses offered through GOA is done during general course registration with the deans. Students may enroll in only one GOA course per semester and, due to limited class size, selection may be by lottery if necessary. Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
In order to make the necessary travel arrangements, the application deadlines for these programs vary. Please read the Travel and Study Abroad section in this catalog for specifics. Students may contact their deans or Wo International Center, depending on the program, for more information and an application.
Students must also register for the related Summer School course as described for each program in the relevant academic department section. This is done during course programming with deans.
Each rising freshman may register for one Summer School course only (English, Math, Science, Social Studies), with the following exception: freshmen may register for two Art courses, or an Art course and a PE course.
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may register for a total of one (1) credit during the summer. For example, they may take a ½ credit course in Art or PE along with an English or Social Studies course. However, they may not register for both an English course and a Social Studies course. If they enroll in a one (1) credit Math or Science course, they may not sign up for another Summer School course.
Summer School registration for credit-bearing courses takes place during course programming in February. Registration for non-credit courses, including SAT Prep, Driver Education, Music School and Dance School courses, is completed through the Summer School Office.
Summer School courses may sometimes be overenrolled and, because of limited space, students are not guaranteed their first choice in course selection. In such cases, priority is given to seniors first, then juniors and so on. All things being equal, a lottery may be held to determine which students are placed in a particular course.
All course offerings are subject to sufficient enrollment.
Please check the Summer School section in this catalog for the dates and times courses will be offered.