Academy students have increasing levels of choice during each of their four years in the Academy. Students will select courses from an extensive catalog, personalizing the mix of classes in a modular schedule. Students in grade 10 and grade 11 will continue to be followed by two dedicated Class Deans. Openings in grade 10 and grade 11 are based on withdrawals (spaces that become available due to current students who will not return for the next school year).Important Dates
|November 15, 2021||Application Due (along with previous year report card)|
|December 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)
|Mid – Late March 2022||Admission Decisions Announced|
|April 15, 2022||HAIS Family Commitment Deadline|
In-Person Applicant Interview
Each applicant is required to participate in a one-on-one interview and complete a writing sample. This year you will have three session options. Information on how to register will be provided via your myPunahou application checklist. Please register for one of these days.
- December 11, 2021
- January 15, 2022
- January 29, 2022
Teacher Reference Report and Report Cards
A teacher reference report must be submitted by each of 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. 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. These forms are optional.
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
As part of the application process, please register for and have your child take the August, September, October, November, or December Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The results of the test must be submitted to Punahou by SSAT.
If you would like to see if you qualify for a need-based fee waiver for the SSAT, please contact the Financial Aid Office
for assistance before registering for the test.
We highly recommend that you schedule your SSAT test date as soon as possible, as space is often limited. For more information on the SSAT, please visit SSAT.org
We are often asked what an average applicant’s score is. Average ranges are not seen as cutoffs, rather a guide for decisions. While the majority of those accepted to Punahou score within or above the ranges listed, applicants with lower scores have been admitted. In addition to SSAT test results, applicants need to have commendable academic records, satisfactory writing skills, and a positive recommendation from their current school.
At Punahou, average scores for a successful applicant have been:
|10||695 – 715||700 – 720||710 – 730|
|11||675 – 695||705 – 725||735 – 755|
Applicants for grades 9 – 12 may be admitted if they will be living with legal guardian(s) who agree to accept full responsibility for the students while they attend Punahou. Legal guardian responsibilities include having the authority to act on behalf of the student in an emergency situation. The legal guardian(s) must have a notarized written authorization from the student’s parents and will be asked to meet with an Admission team member or Class Dean.