The study of other languages opens up the world to students. Language is an important element throughout the K – 12 curricula. Whether classical or modern, languages have been the endowment of a truly cultured person and an integral part of a sound education. Language reflects the traditions, values and beliefs of the people who developed it and who speak it.
Starting with the early grades, many languages are integrated into the curriculum. The first-grade curriculum focuses on Chinese language and culture. In the second grade, Japanese is taught and in the third grade, students learn Hawaiian language and customs. Young students not only learn basic language skills, but they are immersed within that culture for the duration of their studies.
Beginning in the seventh grade, Punahou provides a broad spectrum of language choices, including:
- Classical (Latin) (two years provided only in grades 7 and 8)
- Modern European (French and Spanish)
- Asian (Japanese and Chinese)
In the Academy, students need a minimum of two consecutive levels of a single language to fulfill graduation requirements. Course offerings include French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Recognizing that studying in international environments can be both academically and personally enriching, Punahou offers Academy students a wide array of globally focused programs both on island and away.
Junior Year Abroad
China, France, Italy and Spain
Punahou is a member of the School Year Abroad consortium, which provides high school Juniors a full year of living with a European or Asian family while earning high school credits and receiving rigorous preparation for U.S. colleges and universities. Every year, approximately 60 American students study at each site: Beijing, China; Rennes, France; Viterbo, Italy; and Zaragoza, Spain. More information is available at www.sya.org. Apply through the Wo International Center by January 5, 2013.
Travel Study Programs
These travel study programs are preceded by classes at Punahou. Most students participate after the Sophomore or Junior year. Generous need-based financial aid is available to students.
Deadlines for these programs vary because of required travel arrangements. All deadlines precede regular course programming with the deans, so students must plan ahead. More
The purpose of the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) is to develop a community of international youth leaders who understand and are engaged in shared global challenges and who galvanize positive social change. SGLI explores leadership development characterized by creativity, a capacity for problem-solving, collaboration, communication and multicultural perspectives.