Extended Learning
Co-Curricular Programs

Language and Culture

Wo International Center offers a variety of opportunities to experience language and culture at an early age.


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  • Language and Culture in the Elementary School (LACES)

    The Wo International Center offers an enrichment elementary language program (French and Spanish) which is open to students in grades K - 5 who are novices to the language.

    Note:  LACES will not offer a distance learning option at this time. 
  • Middle School Language Program

    This Middle School program provides students new to, with some experience, or extensive experience with the language or with a desire to supplement their current studies with additional exposure and instruction. The experience will involve fun activities, instructional lessons, and collaborative opportunities to improve one's language competencies. While the class will not serve as a replacement for the Japanese or Mandarin classes offered during the school day, it can help to supplement a student's curricular or heritage language experience.
  • After School Language Program

    This program provides a cultural and theme-based language environment that challenges students in age­ appropriate ways to become capable and confident communicators through activities and play.

    All communication is in the target languages for significant parts of the period, gradually increasing as students become more comfortable with using the target language.

    Students are placed in small groups under the supervision of a faculty member.

    The program's theme-based curriculum allows students to repeat the program, and is designed to allow students with more experience to deepen their understanding and practice of the target language through small group or individual practice and lessons designed upon some of the students' demonstrated needs.

    Starting in Quarter 1, families can choose to enroll their children into private or small group lessons. Private lessons are designed by proficiency and student goals. Private lessons can be scheduled for weekday afternoons or weekends at the discretion of the teacher.

    Proficiency classes will be offered for Beginning, Intermediate, or Intermediate-Advanced. The Intermediate-Advanced classes are open to students who are heritage speakers or receive a teacher's recommendation. Students may enroll for 1 to 5 classes per week.

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Program Dates for 2020 - 2021

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  • K- Grade 5: After School Language Programs

    Spring Semester: 1/11/21 - 5/15/21
    • Hawaiian
      • Grades K-3
      • Grades 4-5
    • Japanese
      • Kindergarten - Beginning
      • Grades 1-3 - Beginning
      • Grades 1-3 - Intermediate
      • Grades 1-3 - Intermediate/Advanced
      • Grades 4-5 - Intermediate
      • Grades 4-5 - Intermediate/Advanced
    • Mandarin Chinese
      • Kindergarten - Beginning
      • Grades 1-3 - Beginning
      • Grades 1-3 - Intermediate
      • Grades 1-3 - Intermediate/Advanced
      • Grades 4-5 - Intermediate
      • Grades 4-5 - Intermediate/Advanced
  • Grades 6 - 8: Middle School Language Programs

    Spring Semester: 1/11/21 - 5/15/21
    • Beginning Japanese
    • Intermediate Japanese
    • Intermediate - Advanced Japanese
    • Beginning Mandarin
    • Intermediate Mandarin
    • Intermediate - Advanced Mandarin

Additional Information

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  • Days, Times and Fees

    See the course catalog for specific times and fees.
  • Levels

    For students brand new to the language

    For returning students or students with some prior experience

    An accelerated track for higher proficiency students. Students must receive a program teacher recommendation or approval. This is also open to heritage speakers (students who have at least one parent/guardian who speaks the target language at home with whom the student uses the language with) or to students who have lived and gone to school in an area where the target language is spoken.
The admission of any student in the School's after school programs is at the sole and absolute discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws. Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School. Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current. All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.


Wo Center Office

Co-Curricular Programs Office

Bishop Hall
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.