What Sets APIS Apart
APIS is not the first school to recognize the importance of global mission and vision in education. While almost all schools teach about matters beyond their boundaries, most schools do not operate in any meaningful way outside of them to provide an authentic, contextually global educational experience. APIS is different.
Moving away from the traditional educational paradigm, APIS has created a global network of campuses under one school — our East Asia campus in Seoul, Korea, and our campus of the West in North Shore (Hauula), Hawaii — offering a unique educational opportunity to draw from the advantages of both the East and the West.
- Two campuses, strategically located to offer students exposure to and benefits of both the East and the West.
- A distinguished and passionate teaching staff recruited from the finest universities in North America and the world.
- An intimate, family-like learning environment with a 1:10 teacher-to-student ratio.
- A rigorous, international curriculum.
- A commitment to nurture students’ unique talents through opportunities in the arts.
- In-school and afterschool support for students who need extra academic assistance.
- A loving and caring Christian environment, where students from all religious and cultural backgrounds can be nurtured together to work toward intellectual, spiritual, and personal maturity.
- A resource-rich learning environment, including highspeed wireless access and the most up-to-date tech tools in every classroom, Environmental and Agricultural Science Center, and a 97-acre Hawaii campus that provides numerous outdoor learning opportunities.
The backbone of achieving the APIS vision is a coherent, comprehensive, and spiral curriculum based on standards and benchmarks.
The middle school curriculum addresses the intellectual, physical, and social growth that defines the early adolescent years. Through core classes and explorative electives, instruction is aimed at promoting academic rigor and excellence while accommodating students with diverse talents and levels of maturity.
In our high school academic program, our goal is to prepare our graduates to become confident, independent scholars who are enthusiastic learners with a passion for knowledge. We place a particular emphasis on humanities in our curriculum, focusing on developing analytical minds and effective verbal and written communication skills. We expect and require consistent hard work by all students as a fundamental trait leading to growth and success. We also offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses and interesting electives.
APIS Literacy Program
A key strength of the APIS educational program is our commitment to build strong literacy skills in students. The school’s elementary and middle school curriculum features a balanced literacy program that includes the Writing and Reading Workshops (based on the work of Lucy Calkins of Columbia University). Our focus on literacy is continued in high school through a rigorous humanities program with an emphasis on academic and creative writing.
Project/Problem Based Learning Opportunities
APIS’ emphasis on project/problem based learning provides opportunities for real-world applications of knowledge and skills, and the development of skills, such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication in a variety of media, and collaboration. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
Global Citizens Program
The Global Citizens Program (GCP) at APIS is a valuable component of our school’s mission to foster an ethic of service to others. By participating in this week-long service-learning program, students develop an understanding of the interconnectedness between individuals, societies, and countries, and are challenged to consider the cultural, environmental, economic, and political dimensions of global issues. Annual GCP excursions are made to locations like Borneo, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Our graduates have been accepted to top colleges and universities, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, NYU, Rutgers, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, Rhode Island School of Design, and Yonsei University (Underwood International College).