Openings in grades 1 – 3, 5, 8, and 10 – 12 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 and 5 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.
The deadlines to apply for the 2020 – 2021 school year are as follows:
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 also required to participate in a one-on-one interview.
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.
A 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.