Code of Conduct


Student Expectations

Every student plays an important role in our school community. We expect all of our students to practice good citizenship, maintain their academic standing and act in a manner consistent with our core values to create a culture of care and mutual respect.

Citizenship Grade 

In grades 9-12, a student’s Citizenship grade reflects their actions and behaviors within our campus community. 

Each Academy student starts the semester with an A in Citizenship. The actual Citizenship grade given at the end of each semester represents a student’s adherence to the Academy’s rules and policies and is determined by the number of demerits accrued by a student (see schedule below).  About 85% of Academy students maintain the A throughout the semester. The Citizenship grade is averaged into a student’s grade point average (GPA) at the end of the semester.

Grade Demerits   Grade Demerits
A 0-2   C 10
A- 3   C- 11-12
B+ 4-5   D+ 13
B 6-7   D 14-15
B- 8   D- 16-17
C+ 9   F 18

Students are required to attend 9th Grade Guidance, Assembly, Chapel, Advisor Period and assigned study halls. Cutting any of these will result in one demerit for the first cut, two for the second and five for each cut for the balance of the school year. For example: A student’s demerit history for the year might include one demerit for cutting Assembly in September, two demerits for a cut of Chapel in December and five demerits for cutting 9th Grade Guidance in March. If these were all the demerits assigned, and if the student worked off no demerits, the first semester Citizenship Grade would be an A- (three demerits) and the second semester Citizenship Grade a B+ (five demerits). The greatest number of demerits will also be assigned for any violations of the offenses defined as potentially expellable.

Redeeming Demerits

Students may work off demerits per semester. Chronic offenders may have this privilege revoked. The privilege of working off demerits assigned by a dean or a Discipline Board will be determined by the deans on a case-by-case basis.

Individualized Expectations 

Poor grades, citizenship problems, health issues, excessive absenteeism and/or tardiness and other circumstances can cause administrators to create individualized expectations to be met by a student, and possibly the student’s family, as a condition of continued enrollment.

Parent Expectations

We welcome parents and guardians to play an involved role in their child’s education and experience at Punahou. 

We expect parents to cooperate with the decisions made by the deans, principals, discipline boards and administrators that may involve student behavior or misconduct as well as a student’s academic standing. There are occasions where disciplinary actions may be taken regarding individual students, and parents are expected to cooperate with the implementation of these decisions.  In rare cases, appeals to these decisions may be made to the Academy or Junior School Principals.

Parents are expected to behave civilly in their interactions with school employees, including co-curricular staff such as coaches and advisors, and to respect the policies and functions of the school. In situations where a parent’s behavior disrupts the function of the school, or when a parent harasses, threatens or behaves disrespectfully towards school employees, the parent may incur consequences, including restricted access to campus. In rare cases, the child or children may be immediately released from Punahou. Parents/guardians will be responsible for full tuition in such cases. 

Communication, Questions and Concerns

Open communication between home and school is critical to a successful experience for our students. Punahou relies on a trusting and collaborative relationship with parents/guardians. 

Teachers are available by phone, email and at parent conferences and Open Houses to respond to questions. Administrators, deans and principals are also available to assist with a question or problem.

Parents are reminded that the proper channel for communication is first to the teacher, dean, then to the principal, president and trustees. The school staff appreciates and does its best to listen and respond to recommendations for change.

Gifts to Punahou Employees

While the School wishes to nurture the spirit of goodwill, gifts to teachers, other employees and volunteers must be carefully controlled.

Gifts at any time of the year are discouraged, but may be offered if made or created by students, or if purchased at a small cost as a token gift (not to exceed a value of $25 over one academic year).