Program areas at Punahou School
Academic curriculum - Punahou School is a coeducational college prepatory day School offering educational excellence. More than 96 percent of Punahou graduates go on to attend college. Currently, Punahou is divided into the junior School, kindergarten through grade 8, and the academy, grades 9-12. The junior School (k-8) is composed of three sections with a principal and five supervisors overseeing approximately 2,000 students. These smaller, self-contained sections for k-2, 3-5 and 6-8 are designed to meet the special needs of these groups of children. Supplemental education, such as outdoor and camp experiences, are also offered in the junior School. The case middle School was completed in 2005 for grades 6-8. This expanded area of campus was designed to support an education program designed specifically to meet the intellectual and social needs of early adolescents. The learning environment recognizes this developmental period through more intimate organizational structures, facilities more open to the environment and classroom and gathering spaces designed to encourage collaboration and integrated learning. In the academy, college preparatory graduation requirements include credits in english, science, social studies, mathematics, foreign language, physical education, performing arts, and community service.
Co-curricular activities are an essential part of the Punahou experience, helping students develop a sense of responsibility, commitment, confidence and leadership. With a focus on experiential, hands-on, and collaborative learning, the curriculum is supported by a wide variety of media services, technology resources and a well-rounded arts program.
Summer School offers a varied and enriched program in academics, sports, music and dance. The programs stimulate interest, creativity and enjoyment in special areas that are not always covered during the regular School year.