While a students’ senior year is focused on graduation and preparation for college, it is also a time of reflection and celebration of their journey at Punahou.
Students take English and European history, and select from a wide variety of other courses to fulfill their graduation requirements and pursue their particular passions. This includes a required senior Capstone course, with themes of social responsibility, economics, the environment, empowering deeds of service and sustainable solutions. Students may opt for a science-focused Capstone course or international travel-based courses in the summer (preceding their senior year).
In September, seniors begin the college application process. During the fall, students have the opportunity to attend sessions and personal interviews with admission representatives from any of the roughly 200 colleges that visit Punahou.
After placement auditions in the fall, in January, rehearsals begin for Variety Show, the senior class’s primary contribution to the school’s annual carnival in February. After Carnival, students prepare for a series of memorable traditions including Senior Chapel, Senior Sing, Senior Skip Day, Baccalaureate, Commencement and their first Alumni Lū‘au following graduation.