Course Catalog

What’s New for Summer 2020
Each year we strive to improve our summer programs to better address school initiatives, students interests, family needs, and enrollment trends.  The summer of 2020 is no different, with new course offerings at almost every grade level in areas from sustainability to food and foundational skills to virtual reality.  We are proud of the range of offerings we are able to provide and hope you take a few minutes to browse the catalog for courses new and old that may interest and meet the needs of your students.

Grades 2-3 Program
One of the priorities of the Junior School Summer School program is to create a safe environment in which students can expand their learning and continue to explore. Last year, in order to address the developmental needs of students and to be mindful of transitions within the school program, the second and third grade course offerings were limited to a single course which offered exposure to experiences within relevant themes of learning, including global awareness, environment & sustainability, STEM, and design.  This year, the second grade program will remain the same.  In an effort to continually evolve to meet the needs of the students, for Summer 2020 grade 3 will now be offering expanding levels of age-appropriate choice.  During the morning, the third grade program will include a menu of grade-specific courses from which to choose.  The broad range of selections will allow exploration in many areas of interest, including global awareness, STEM, financial literacy, cooking, art, music and more.  More information can be found by searching for grade 3 courses in the online course catalog.

Based on parent and faculty feedback and to be in greater alignment with the curriculum of the school year, in the summer of 2020, we are pleased to offer a course called Foundations.  Offered to students in grades 3, 4, and 5, this grade level specific strand is designed to reinforce and strengthen the mathematical and literacy skills of the previous grade level and assist with a smooth transition to the next.  The curriculum will be aligned with the approach in the Junior School at Punahou utilizing techniques from the Teachers College Reading and Writing project from Columbia University and enVisionMath.  In previous years, this course was offered as two separate two-hour courses such as Math Workshop and Reading Workshop which was in a multi-age setting in some cases.  By combining them into one class, our goal is to provide more targeted skill development for students and greater opportunities for course selection by families during the morning program.  For those interested in a deeper dive into literacy and math, multi-age enrichment courses will be offered in the two-hour format. 

One-Week Camps
This year we are pleased to announce that we will be piloting one-week camps that will run throughout the summer.  Offered from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily with optional extended care, these topical camps are designed for families that travel or have other plans during part of the summer session.  Each week will have a different theme to provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a topic or engage in all seven discrete experiences.  Please note that children enrolled in a camp experience may not also be enrolled in a 5-week course.  For more information, please see the “Camps” section of the online course catalog.

For students in K – grade 5, please review and consider policies in the Summer School Handbook regarding Escorting and Lunch Supervision before selecting and registering for courses.

K – 8, Academy Non-credit and Adult Courses

The complete catalog includes complete descriptions, dates and times for each course, and is searchable and filterable.

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Academy Credit Courses

The Academy Course Catalog includes complete descriptions, dates and times for each course, and is searchable and filterable.

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Quick Guide

This list (below) offers a quick reference to course titles and grade levels for K – 8, Academy non-credit and adult courses. Use the search bar to find a specific course, or click the column headers to sort the list by a particular grade (try clicking a grade header twice).

Summer School
Registration Open!

Current Punahou families: Registration is open now.

Visiting families: Registration begins on March 6, noon.

Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. See activities offered at Summer School Catalog.

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At this time, we are not accepting registrations from China, South Korea, Japan and Italy due to the coronavirus situation. All of these countries are designated Level 2 or 3 by the CDC, which recommends against all non-essential travel.

Punahou Health

Punahou is carefully monitoring the latest developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit our Health page for the latest updates.

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Summer School Program Office
K – 8 and noncredit Academy courses
Bishop Hall
808.943.3693 Fax

The admission of any student in the Summer School programs is at the sole 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.