The Punahou Journey


The Principal, Assistant Principals and two Deans per grade level oversee Academy students. Each dean pair moves with their class of more than 425 students through the four years in the Academy. Classroom size averages 18 – 22 students, with some smaller seminars and labs, and larger lectures. 

Academy students have increasing levels of choice during the four high school years. They select courses from an extensive catalog, personalizing the mix of classes in a modular schedule.

With the student at the center of the Academy curriculum, the goal is to provide students an environment and variety of experiences that will enable them to develop the skills and attitudes necessary for success as lifelong, independent learners prepared to contribute to their community and make a difference.

College preparatory graduation requirements include credits in English, language, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and visual and performing arts. Each year, 99% of graduates go on to college.

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  • Grade 9

    Each year, 72 newly-admitted students join Punahou to help form a freshman class of around 425 to begin their journey in the Academy.

    The curriculum is largely pre-set, with some elements of choice. Students take at least five academic courses including English, math, language, biology and social studies courses, but may opt for additional courses in arts or PE, all of which are required for graduation. Students who fulfill requirements in summer school naturally have greater flexibility to exercise choice.
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  • Grade 10

    Following a transitional freshman year, a student’s sophomore year at Punahou continues with a similar curricular experience, but with a bit more choice and a new focus on personal growth. With more freedom in their schedule, students rely on, and further develop, their study skills and time management practices.
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  • Grade 11

    The junior year at Punahou is both fun and challenging, with a focus on leadership development and preparation for college. Compared to their sophomore year, a student’s choice of courses grows significantly, as do the academic rigor and expectations.
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  • Grade 12

    While a students senior year is focused on graduation and preparation for college, it is also a time of reflection and celebration of their journey at Punahou.
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