A Punahou education recognizes the individuality of each
child within a school culture that celebrates diversity and inspires
excellence. Punahou teachers create classroom learning environments which
support self-discovery and the development of the character traits and habits
of mind which will prepare students to make a difference in the world.
The student experience evolves on the path from kindergarten
to grade 12 in developmentally appropriate ways. Teachers and staff collaborate
to attend to children’s needs, creating intimate learning environments that
help make a large school feel smaller. Throughout the school, students benefit
from exceptionally diverse opportunities to learn and explore.
“Ultimately, a person who is self-confident,
optimistic, creative, and compassionate has the capacity to lead a life that
can improve the world.”President Jim Scott
Principals lead the two divisions of the school: the Junior
School encompassing kindergarten – grade 8, and the Academy, grades 9 – 12.
Throughout the Junior School, the integrated experience includes classroom
teachers and specialists incorporating art, music, PE, drama and chapel into
the school day. Academy students have increasing levels of choice during the
four high-school years. They select courses from an extensive catalog, attend a mix of classes, including small seminars, labs and some
larger lectures, and have access to counselors, deans and chaplains. In this
flexible environment with its modular schedule, students build relationships with
teachers and other mentors and develop their talents and passions.
Over the years, Punahou has responded to a rapidly changing
world by identifying initiatives that are woven into the K – 12 curricula,
enrichment programs and co-curricular activities. These initiatives include
global education, public service, social entrepreneurship, sustainability and
technology, which build on enduring themes of spiritual and character
education, Hawaiian studies and outdoor education.