No, and you can see that in Punahou's student population. Punahou is looking at kids who have different interests, different talents, different skills. That's what makes it a more vibrant community. Punahou admits students who might not have the highest test scores, but because of their work ethic, have been very successful and have become leaders at the school.
What is Punahou looking for in students?
The answer isn’t simple because no child is simple. Punahou considers each applicant fully and looks for the kind of learner who sees school, life and the world as one big classroom, open and waiting to explore, to connect and to enjoy.
Previous school performance and text scores factor into decisions, but students’ interests, their passions, their abilities and personalities are valued. It is important to know who each child is, how children interact with others, how they observe and interpret the world.
Punahou is not looking for anything specific because it's looking at the total child. It's not all about test scores. It includes a combination: the school performance; the test scores; how that school performance correlates with the test scores. For grades 6 - 12, it's good to see that students are involved in other activities in addition to their academic responsibilities. Punahou also looks at an applicant's character, citizenship, personality, and how they get along with other kids. Punahou is looking for diversity, both economic and ethnic. The child's unique abilities, interests and learning styles are also considered and respected.
No. Punahou admits applicants from all schools. In kindergarten, which is the largest entry point, 150 admitted students typically come from more than 50 schools.
None whatsoever. Admission and Advancement are two separate departments. There is no correlation between gifts to Punahou and the admission process. Admission to Punahou is based on the match between the child and the school. It is a process managed separately from a family's giving to Punahou.
No. Many families use the summer school program as an introduction to Punahou, but enrollment in summer school is not a requirement for admission.
No. A family's financial status is not part of admission criteria. The Financial Aid Committee grants aid on the basis of Punahou's calculated financial need.