Admission
Application Process

Requirements and Testing

Thank you for your interest in Punahou School. We are looking forward to working with you through the application process.

Please find a general overview of our process by grade level below. Please note, the application process may differ slightly depending on what grade level you are applying for.

Application Due Dates
• Kindergarten: Oct. 1, 2020
• Grades 1 – 3: Dec. 31, 2020
• Grades 4 and 5: Oct. 31, 2020
• Grades 6 – 12: Nov. 15, 2020

Supporting Documents Due Dates
Current Year Report Cards, Teacher Reference Reports, Test Scores (if applicable), etc. are due by the following dates:
• Kindergarten - Grade 5: Feb. 15, 2021
• Grades 6 – 12: Jan. 31, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact us at admission@punahou.edu.

List of 9 items.

  • Kindergarten

    There are 150 openings for the incoming Kindergarten class, which will include 6 classrooms of 25 students each (some variations occur).

    Applicants for 2021 – 2022 must have been born within the following dates:
    • Boys: June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
    • Girls: September 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016
    Kindergarten application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • October 1, 2020: Application due, along with birth certificate and previous year report card or progress report
    • February 15, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card or progress report and teacher reference report)
    After submitting your application online through the Enrollment Management System, your child will be scheduled for an in-person individual session, required of all candidates. These sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday between September through January. During this session, an assessment specialist will conduct an online individual assessment. If you have any questions regarding scheduling, please contact Adele Uyehara at auyehara@punahou.edu.
     
    Your child will also be scheduled for a language activity session on a Saturday in October or November. Your child will be read a story and asked to respond to questions from the teacher.

    A teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current teacher. Applicants will also be asked to submit a report card or progress report from the previous school year and the first semester of the current school year. If your child’s school does not have any written reports, please contact the Admission Office so we may note this on your child’s application.
     
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to schedule classroom group sessions at this time. 
  • Grades 1 – 3

    Openings in grades 1 – 3 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year). Applications for grades 1 – 3 are only accepted from applicants who were placed in the previous year's wait pool (those who qualified the previous year, but were not placed). Wait pool applicants must submit a new application and complete testing for the current application year.

    Grades 1 – 3 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • December 31, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • February 15, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card and teacher reference report)
    Only those who qualified for the Kindergarten wait pool may apply.

    Begin by submitting your application online. A teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current teacher. Applicants will also be asked to submit a report card or progress report from the previous school year and the first semester of the current school year.
     
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to schedule classroom testing sessions at this time. 
  • Grade 4

    There are 50 openings to join the fourth grade class, which is comprised of roughly 200 students, in 8 classrooms of 25 students each (some variations occur).

    Grade 4 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • October 31, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • February 15, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card, teacher reference reports and EL SSAT scores)
    Begin by submitting your application online. Your child must register for and take the Third Grade Elementary Level SSAT (EL SSAT). The results must be sent to Punahou by SSAT.  You may download or order the Official Guide to the EL SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the EL SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Note: Due to COVID-19, testing dates and locations are limited on Oahu. We strongly encourage you to explore the SSAT website for more information, and we recommend that you schedule a test date as soon as possible.

    Score range averages of successful applicants are:
     
    READINGVERBALQUANTITATIVE
    530 – 550535 – 555520 – 540

    These are not cut-off points, but guidelines for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, some applicants with lower scores may be admitted.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to schedule classroom group sessions at this time. 
    teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current English and math teachers. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to have your child take the test on O‘ahu, please register for the November 21, 2020 test at Punahou. We are not aware of other O‘ahu schools offering the test this season.
  • Grade 5

    Openings in grade 5 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year). Applications for grade 5 are only accepted from applicants who were in the fourth grade wait pool. Wait pool applicants must submit a new application and complete testing for the current application year.

    After submitting your application online, your child must register for and take the Fourth Grade Elementary Level EL SSAT (EL SSAT). You may download or order the Official Guide to the EL SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the EL SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid  Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Grade 5 application due dates for the 2021 - 2022 school year are as follows:
    • October 31, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • February 15, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card, teacher reference reports and EL SSAT scores)
    Only those who qualified for the fourth grade wait pool may apply.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to schedule classroom group sessions at this time. 

    teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current English and math teachers. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to have your child take the test on O‘ahu, please register for the November 21, 2020 test at Punahou. We are not aware of other O‘ahu schools offering the test this season.
  • Grades 6 & 7

    There are 88 openings to join the sixth grade class, which is comprised of roughly 288 students, in 12 classrooms of 24 students each. There are 80 openings to join the seventh grade class, which is comprised of roughly 368 students, in 16 classrooms of 23 students each. Some variations occur.

    Grade 6 and 7 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • November 15, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • January 31, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card, teacher reference reports, SSAT scores and interview; optional: extracurricular reference forms, additional standardized testing results)
    After submitting your application online, your child must register for and take the August, September, October, November, December or January Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The results must be sent to Punahou by SSAT. You may download or order the Official Guide to the SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Note: Due to COVID-19, Punahou will not be hosting any Middle and/or Upper Level SSAT test events on campus this year. The SSAT is offering a variety of testing options and we encourage you to explore them on the SSAT website.

    Score range averages of successful applicants are:
     
    GRADEREADINGVERBALQUANTITATIVE
    6615 – 635620 – 640620 – 640
    7615 – 635625 – 645625 – 645

    These are not cut-off points, but guidelines for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, some applicants with lower scores may be admitted.

    Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview. All interviews will be conducted over WebEx.

    In addition to favorable SSAT test results, applicants need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.

    teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current English and math teachers as well as either science or social studies. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year.

    Two extracurricular reference report forms may be submitted by the leaders of two activities in which the applicant participates, e.g., scouts, music lessons, sports. Participation in activities may date back two years, pre-COVID-19. These forms are optional.
  • Grade 8

    Openings in grade 8 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year.)

    Grade 8 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • November 15, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • January 31, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card, teacher reference reports, SSAT scores and interview; optional: extracurricular reference forms, additional standardized testing results)
    After submitting your application online, your child must register for and take the August, September, October, November, December or January Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The results must be sent to Punahou by SSAT. You may download or order the Official Guide to the SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Note: Due to COVID-19, Punahou will not be hosting any Middle and/or Upper Level SSAT test events on campus this year. The SSAT is offering a variety of testing options and we encourage you to explore them on the SSAT website.

    Score range averages of successful applicants are:

    READINGVERBALQUANTITATIVE
    675 – 695660 – 680670 – 690
     
    These are not cut-off points, but guidelines for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, some applicants with lower scores may be admitted.

    Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview. All interviews will be conducted over WebEx.

    In addition to favorable SSAT test results, applicants need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.

    teacher reference report must be submitted by each of your child’s current English and math teachers as well as either science or social studies. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year.

    Two extracurricular reference report forms may be submitted by the leaders of two activities in which the applicant participates, e.g., scouts, music lessons, sports. Participation in activities may date back two years, pre-COVID-19. These forms are optional.
  • Grade 9

    There are 72 openings to join the ninth grade class, which is comprised of roughly 440 students.

    Grade 9 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • November 15, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • January 31, 2021: Supporting documents due (current year report card, teacher reference reports, SSAT scores and interview; optional: extracurricular reference forms, additional standardized testing results)
    After submitting your application online, your child must register for and take the August, September, October, November, December or January Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The results must be sent to Punahou by SSAT. You may download or order the Official Guide to the SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Note: Due to COVID-19, Punahou will not be hosting any Middle and/or Upper Level SSAT test events on campus this year. The SSAT is offering a variety of testing options and we encourage you to explore them on the SSAT website.

    Score range averages of successful applicants are:
     
    READINGVERBALQUANTITATIVE
    650 – 670655 – 675670 – 690

    These are not cut-off points, but guidelines for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, some applicants with lower scores may be admitted.

    Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview. All interviews will be conducted over WebEx.

    In addition to favorable SSAT test results, applicants need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.

    teacher reference report must be submitted by your child’s current English and math teachers as well as either science or social studies. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year.

    Two extracurricular reference report forms may be submitted by the leaders of two activities in which the applicant participates, e.g., scouts, music lessons, sports. Participation in activities may date back two years, pre-COVID-19. These forms are optional.
  • Grades 10 & 11

    Openings in grades 10 and 11 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year.) 

    Grade 10 and 11 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • November 15, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • January 31, 2021: Supporting documents due (official transcript of all high school work including first semester report card for current year, teacher reference reports, SSAT scores and interview; optional: extracurricular reference forms, additional standardized testing results)
    After submitting your application online, your child must register for and take the August, September, October, November, December or January Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The results must be sent to Punahou by SSAT. You may download or order the Official Guide to the SSAT at SSAT.org. If requesting a waiver for the SSAT fee, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance before registering for the test.

    Note: Due to COVID-19, Punahou will not be hosting any Middle and/or Upper Level SSAT test events on campus this year. The SSAT is offering a variety of testing options and we encourage you to explore them on the SSAT website.

    Score range averages of successful applicants are:
     
    GRADEREADINGVERBALQUANTITATIVE
    10660 – 680670 – 690690 – 710
    11660 – 680690 – 710705 – 725

    These are not cut-off points, but guidelines for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, some applicants with lower scores may be admitted.

    Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview. All interviews will be conducted over WebEx.

    In addition to favorable SSAT test results, candidates need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.

    teacher reference report must be submitted by each of your child’s current English and math teachers as well as either science or social studies. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year. Grading symbols other than A, B, C, etc., should be explained, as should any citizenship grading system.

    In addition to official report cards, an official transcript of all high school work, including the first semester or trimester of the current school year, must be submitted. Grades of C or above are transferable for Punahou credit. Grades of C- or below are not transferable for credit.

    Two extracurricular reference report forms may be submitted by the leaders of two activities in which the applicant participates, e.g., scouts, music lessons, sports. Participation in activities may date back two years, pre-COVID-19. These forms are optional.
  • Grade 12

    Openings in grade 12 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year). 

    Grade 12 application due dates for the 2021 – 2022 school year are as follows:
    • November 15, 2020: Application due, along with previous year report card
    • January 31, 2021: Supporting documents due (official transcript of all high school work including first semester report card for current year, teacher reference reports, SAT scores and interview; optional: extracurricular reference forms, additional standardized testing results)
    Begin by submitting your application online. After your application is processed, your child must provide Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with essay. The limited openings at this level will be filled by applicants with strong SAT scores. Scores of 617 for Critical Reading, 660 for Math and 631 for Writing are guidelines for decisions, but are not cutoff points. Applicants may register for the SAT with essay online at www.collegeboard.com and a copy of the results must be provided to Punahou by the applicant.

    Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview. All interviews will be conducted over WebEx.

    In addition to favorable SAT test scores, applicants need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.

    teacher reference report must be submitted by each of your child’s current English and math teachers as well as either science or social studies. Applicants will also be asked to submit the previous school year’s complete report card, including teacher comments for all reporting periods, and the first semester report card, including comments for the current school year. Grading symbols other than A, B, C, etc., should be explained, as should any citizenship grading system.

    In addition to official report cards, an official transcript of all high school work, including the first semester or trimester of the current school year, must be submitted. Grades of C or above are transferable for Punahou credit. Grades of C- or below are not transferable for credit.

    Along with strong SAT scores, above average grades and exemplary citizenship reports, applicants must have sufficient transferable credits to meet Punahou graduation requirements within one year.

    Two extracurricular reference report forms may be submitted by the leaders of two activities in which the applicant participates, e.g., scouts, music lessons, sports. Participation in activities may date back two years, pre-COVID-19. These forms are optional.
Additional details regarding the application and supporting document deadlines can be found in the Enrollment Management System. You can access these details via your "Admission Checklist" once you have submitted your application.
 
If the applicant has recently completed a standardized test in reading, language or math, the results, complete with the name of the test, level and date, may be submitted. This is optional; it is useful to have this additional data, but it is not a requirement as some students have not been previously tested.
 
Punahou reserves the right to require additional documentation for students with learning differences.