The Academy Language Department offers a range of language choices such as Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, French and Spanish. The department supports the Mission and Aims of Punahou School and the proficiency standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The goals for our students are the following:
- To develop proficiency in an additional language and culture.
- To foster positive global perspectives.
- To promote empathic, compassionate and responsible global citizenship.
A minimum study of two consecutive levels of a single language in the Academy is required. It is usually recommended students continue studying the same language until he or she obtains the highest level of proficiency possible.