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FAQ (2019)

How long are classes?

Kindergarten – grade 3 courses are 4 hours long. Each grade 4 – 8 courses run approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, unless otherwise noted in the catalog. Academy classes vary.

How much does Summer School cost?

Total summer tuition is dependent on the courses your select. Course fees range from $200 to $2,500. Most courses are between $475 and $1,100.

Will my child get a report card?

Students will be provided with a Student Report for Summer School Junior School classes at the end of the term. We do not give letter grades. Punahou students who take Academy credit courses will be graded.

My child is attending from an out-of-state/International school. Are there any further documents required in addition to the waiver?

Students who are attending school for the first time in Hawai‘i (which include International, continental U.S. residents, and home schooled students) must meet the State of Hawai‘i assessment requirements and provide a TB clearance that has been done within 12 months prior to the start of Summer School.

Students who have a TB form on file with Punahou School from a prior summer session need not provide a new clearance form.

All other applicants must have a U.S. licensed physician, NP, APRN, or PA complete and sign the Punahou Summer School 2019 Tuberculosis form provided in the online Summer School registration packet to confirm that the student is free from TB. The Hawai‘i Department of Health Form will also be accepted.

The following are acceptable forms of TB screens or tests:

  • Negative Risk Screen – for students who have been residing in the U.S. only.
  • Negative TB skin test (Mantoux) – This test must be performed in the U.S. by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.
  • Quantiferon Gold blood test – This test can be performed in the U.S. and in most foreign countries. If the test is not performed in the U.S., results can be submitted to any Hawai‘i Department of Health Public Health Clinics or to a U.S. licensed physician who will provide a U.S. issued TB clearance.
  • Positive TB test and Negative Chest X-Ray – The chest x-ray must be performed in the U.S. by a U.S. licensed physician, APRN or PA.
Do you have an all-day program?

Registration for courses is done a la carte, allowing parents to build their own custom schedule. If you need your student to be in school all day, there are course options throughout the catalog which will allow you that opportunity.

Do you provide lunch?

We only provide a lunch option for students enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment from noon – 5:30 p.m. All other students must bring a sack lunch and a drink each day. Snack bars are located in the Academy (Grades 9 – 12 only) and fronting the Summer School Office in Bishop Hall (7 a.m. – 1 p.m.) They are not designed to feed all students enrolled in our summer program and students should not rely on them for lunch.

What does my child do from noon – 1 p.m.?

Students in grades K – 5 not enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment whose morning class ends at noon and afternoon class begins at 1 p.m. will be directed to a supervised area to eat lunch. Students in grades K – 3 will be picked up by their 1 p.m. teacher/TA. Students in grades 4 – 5 will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. and allowed to walk to their 1 p.m. class on their own. Afternoon Enrichment students will eat lunch with their Afternoon Enrichment class.

My child is not a Punahou student. Will he/she be walked to his/her classes?

Students in grades K – 3 will be walked to their classes by teachers/teaching aides. Students in grades 4 and up will be escorted to their classes for the first week only. After the first week, students in grades 4 – 5 are allowed to travel across campus on their own. If your child needs help navigating around campus, there are teaching aides (TAs), identifiable by a Punahou Summer School shirts and ID badges positioned around campus during the transition periods to assist.

How do I know which dance class is appropriate for my child?

Parents are encouraged to register for the course they think fits their child’s grade and experience level. Students are evaluated during the first week and schedules may be adjusted accordingly. Punahou Dance School students, please refer to the course recommendations sent to you in the spring. 

How do I know if my child’s classes are confirmed?

Once you have electronically submitted your registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your registration and other required forms. Your courses are confirmed and all fees will apply. Final, hard copy confirmations with room assignments will be sent out in May.

My child attends an international school. For which grade should I register?

Students must be registered for the grade level they are entering in the fall of 2019. If children are in the middle of their school year during the summer session, they should be registered for their current grade.

My child is new to private music lessons and was waitlisted. When will I know if he/she will be placed?

New students are place on the wait list while prior music study experience and instructor compatibility are reviewed by the Music School Director. Parents will be contacted directly by an assigned music instructor to arrange for the student’s lesson appointment. New students are placed after schedule availability is confirmed. 

May I register my visiting student when I register my current Punahou student?

Yes, current Punahou families may register all their children at the same time.

2020 Summer Enrichment Registration is now closed. Please contact the Summer School Office with any questions.

2020 Summer Enrichment Catalog

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

Academy Summer School Office
9 – 12 Academy Credit Bearing Courses

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.