Private K-12 Schools
Hawai‘i offers a wide variety of private schools for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 (the pre-college school years). Private schools are located on all major islands, in urban and rural environments, with curricula that range from the Arts to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus. There are gender-specific private schools, schools with different religious affiliations, and schools offering boarding and home-stay options for out-of-state and international students. The options are diverse, and opportunities for international students are abundant!
Local private schools offer students a challenging education in the classroom, the opportunity to connect with other students through social activities, and a variety of extracurricular activities where students can pursue interests from athletics to theater to sustainable energy and technology. In addition to standard classes where students develop a knowledge of reading, writing, math and science, many private schools offer intensive language programs, Advanced Placement (AP) classes where students can earn college credit, and classes specific to Hawai‘i teaching the Hawaiian language, Hawai‘i’s history and culture.
Hawai‘i’s private schools, while diverse in teaching styles and affiliations, are all focused on preparing their students for the next level. Whether it’s an elementary student preparing for middle school or a high school student preparing for college, the teachers and administrators at private schools in the Islands are committed to helping students get accepted into their school of choice and making sure they have the tools to succeed. Indeed, students at Hawai‘i’s private high schools and prep schools have been accepted to the highest-ranking colleges and universities in the nation!
For more information about Hawai‘i’s private schools, please look through the Pre-College pages in this publication, or visit www.hais.org.
Hawai‘i’s Public School System
Hawai‘i’s public school system is made up of hundreds of K-12 (pre-college) schools located across the Islands. The state-funded school system is managed by the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) and provides students of all levels resources to enrich their education, from Early Childhood education programs and Gifted and Talented programs to Honors and Advanced Placement classes.
The goal of Hawai‘i’s public schools is to create lifetime learners and prepare each student to succeed after graduation, whether the next step is entering the work force, learning a trade or attending a college or university. To this end, the public school curriculum revolves around the Common Core standards, Career and Technical Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. With these learning standards and guidelines, teachers and school faculty are able to give students the knowledge and foundation they will need to be successful as they work and study after graduating.
Students have a variety of opportunities to jumpstart careers and college education through Hawai‘i’s public schools. For example, the Running Start program allows qualified juniors and seniors to take college courses through the University of Hawai‘i system, where they earn high school and college credits. The Career and Technical Education program gives students an opportunity to explore career paths through the practical application of academic and technical skills and knowledge. Through this program, students gain experience through the involvement of local businesses and industries.
Hawai‘i’s public schools also offer traditional sports programs, clubs and other extracurricular activities that allow students to engage with faculty and fellow students and enrich their overall school experience!
Visit www.hawaiipublicschools.org for more information about programs and individual schools.