Punahou School

1601 Punahou St, Honolulu, HI 96822

Established by New England Congregational missionary families for their own children, Punahou was the first American college preparatory school west of the Rocky Mountains. For over a century, the school served descendants of the early missionaries, as well as island children of various races and religions and, later, arrivals from the mainland. Today, Punahou serves as the largest independent, coeducational college preparatory school in the United States. The student body reflects Hawaii's ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. Located on a 76-acre campus, the school maintains a particularly well-developed school plant. The junior school (grades K-8) comprises three smaller, self-contained sections designed to meet the specific needs of children of different ages. Outdoor and camp experiences provide supplemental learning opportunities during these years. In the academy (grades 9-12), pupils fulfill requirements in English, science, social studies, math, foreign language, physical education and the performing arts. In addition, seniors fulfill a 26-hour community service requirement. Boys and girls participate in a modular system in which classes vary in length and size according to the needs of instruction, allowing for significant individualization in scheduling.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1601 Punahou St, Honolulu, HI 96822
Year Established1841
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorJames K. Scott
Total Enrollment3,743
Day Students3,743
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