The Punahou Journey
Junior School

Grade 7

In seventh grade, an influx of 90 new students brings the class total to about 370. Students are each placed on a four-teacher team of 92 students for their core (English, math, science, social studies) classes, housed in Higgins Hall and Yamane Family Hall, in the Case Middle School facility.
Seventh grade is the first year that students receive traditional grades in their report cards. Student schedules include small-group advisory time with advisors including core teachers and language, PE, music and art faculty, to talk about student needs and help make a big school feel smaller. In advisory, teachers cover various topics such as academic issues, the RULER approach to SEEL, resiliency or organizational skills, or activities like community service.

Formal study of a second language (choice of Chinese, French, Hawaiian, Japanese or Spanish) begins, along with continued required physical education, art, music and enrichment courses. Enrichment course offerings vary and may include: Art, Design Technology, Digital Photography or Theatre.

In a typical year, outdoor education experiences in the form of three “day camps” are directly tied to both affective and curricular goals, and provide a relevant context for student learning. Students also have several travel opportunities, including Space Camp and international exchange trips to partner schools in Japan and China.

Seventh grade offers eligibility for intermediate ILH athletics play through 38 teams in 15 different sports. Socially, the year also features three canteens (multi-activity social events on campus).