- High School
Become a Leader of the New Pacific Century
At APIS, our people and place allow us to offer an exceptional high school education. We combine rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with a project-based learning philosophy, exploring the rich resources of our islands and those available in our global classroom, which includes international experts, our South Korea campus, and local and global experiences.
In high school, students employ critical thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship skills in each of their core and elective classes, asking questions, devising solutions, and applying content lessons to serve throughout the world.
EnglishAmerican Literature, World Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Literature of Youth, Literature and Composition, Language and Composition
MathematicsAlgebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus AB, Calculus BC
LanguagesChinese I-IV, Japanese I-IV, Korean I-IV, English as a Language (EAL)
ScienceBiology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Astronomy, Agriculture
Social StudiesU.S. History, World History, East Asian Studies, World Geography, U.S. Government, Hawaiian History, Global Issues in Action, Sustainable Development, Economics and Investing
TechnologyTopics in Computer Science, Game Design, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Digital Marketing, Digital Imaging and Video, Audio Technology
Visual ArtsDrawing, Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Band, Guitar, Chorus, Theatre, Dance
- College courses at the University of Hawai‘i, Windward Community College
- Internships with industry experts
- Independent Study with faculty mentors
- ACT/SAT Prep and College Counseling
From Kindergarten to Grade 12, APIS students study Chinese, Japanese and Korean, immersing in the language and culture to become true global citizens. APIS offers a fully-articulated language continuum, building students’ language skills within our personalized, project-based learning environment.
In the middle and high school, students learn guitar, sing in the chorus, and can select an instrument to play in the band, which performs for the community. Visual art across grade levels includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics, while digital imaging and video classes focus on storytelling through media manipulation. Students showcase their performance abilities in regular theatre productions and dance recitals.
The APIS English as a Language (EAL) program provides multilingual students with individualized instructional and social support, enabling and empowering each student to participate fully in APIS’s academic and social activities as well as in local and global English-speaking communities. We offer a comprehensive approach to English proficiency screening, placement, program delivery, and assessment, focusing on targeted skill development in a student’s areas of need.
APIS has a fully-articulated computer science program, which begins with coding and robotics in elementary, advances to app building in middle school, and masters coding languages like Java, C++, and Python in high school. Math students have the opportunity to compete against other island schools in the MathCounts competition. Additional science, technology, and engineering projects include construction, digital and video imaging, and architecture exploration. Our STEM program is supported by one-to-one computer access, a maker space, and IT infrastructure.
Beyond being an integral part of planning, planting, and sustaining a working farm, students experience the systems involved in producing healthy food while encouraging respect for the ʻāina (land), collaboration, and creativity. Living on an island rich in culture and history provides a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation for traditional Hawaiian farming methods and to raise awareness about each students’ ecological footprint.
Through service trips to the taro patch or fish pond, integration of Hawai‘i-focused texts into language arts courses, or exhibitions of hula or oli (chants), students explore the rich historical and cultural context of our campus.
APIS’ outdoor education program explores our rich resources within our 97-acre campus and in our neighboring and global community. Through camping trips on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands, hiking, survival training, and team-building activities, students gain leadership skills and take steps to become sustainable stewards of resources.
Through the application of physical and life science concepts, our Hawai‘i environment becomes the ultimate laboratory for exploring living and nonliving environments of the Pacific ocean as well as local rivers and lakes. Students apply critical thinking and citizenship skills to address ethical and social issues, including coral depletion, fishing practices, and the global climate.
Throughout this course, students compete in The Stock Market Game, investing $100K and competing against other schools to have the greatest returns. With this Wall Street-based curriculum, students build a fundamental understanding of investing through real-world skills practice in math, English language arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.
The Global Issues Network (GIN) is an internationally-recognized group that allows students to tackle the twenty most pressing challenges to create a better future. With an interdisciplinary lens, students investigate real-world issues affecting our communities, nations, and world and are then challenged to examine, propose, develop, and act on solutions.
Courses (Juniors and Seniors)
Advanced high school students have the opportunity to take actual college courses offered in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, Windward Campus. These courses count for dual credit, meaning APIS credit and college-level credit,which may be transferred to other universities.
All juniors do a month-long internship in a local business, gaining real-world lessons in fields of interest and creating relationships with industry experts. The final exhibition of the internship includes students sharing a project they completed and reflecting on lessons learned.
(Juniors and Seniors)
What are you passionate about? This question has led our students to pursue studies in social media marketing, kinesthesiology, English language teaching, advanced digital imaging, Native Hawaiian plant conservation, and more. Students design their course description and then are matched with a teacher or mentor to guide their learning, including exhibitions and internships.
History lessons come to life as students explore the United States’ capital, visiting museums, the Capitol, and more. Students also tour universities in the area, including George Washington, Georgetown, and the University of Maryland.