“As we celebrate these milestones – Punahou’s enduring commitment to need-based financial aid and the 25th anniversary of Wo International Center – we affirm their impact upon our students whose purposeful lives will shape and improve the world.”
As we reach the midpoint of this school year, we are celebrating milestones that affirm two important strategic directions.
First, we believe that a family’s finances should not deter talented students from applying to Punahou or continuing their education at Punahou. We believe that attracting students of promise who are talented and accomplished – and who bring economic, cultural, ethnic and intellectual diversity to the campus – will help foster a rich learning environment for all Punahou students.
Since 1994, we have increased the percentage of Punahou students whose families receive some level of tuition assistance through need-based financial aid from 8 percent to 19 percent. Nearly 50 percent of the Punahou graduating Class of 2017 currently attend college with the support of need-based financial aid. Thanks to the noble vision and continued fundraising efforts of our trustees, the Punahou student body has never been more economically diverse. This has helped to sustain Punahou’s high demand and selectivity, while creating a diverse and vibrant learning community.
Second, in 2018, Punahou School will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of Wo International Center. In 2018, we will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Punahou’s partner school relationship with Keio schools in Japan. This is the longest lasting partner school relationship between an American and a Japanese high school.
For the past 50 years, Punahou has been a leader nationally and internationally in educating students for a global perspective and for enlightened global citizenship. We are indebted to the visionary leadership of former Punahou President Rod McPhee and former Punahou Trustee Jim Wo ’43. And we are grateful for the early energetic influence of a beloved retired teacher, administrator and founding director of the Wo International Center, Siegfried Ramler.
Through the wonderful generosity of the C.S. Wo family and the K.J. Luke family, in 1993 Punahou established the first international center within an American K – 12 school. For 25 years Wo International Center has thrived as a hub for global educational opportunities. The staff of the Center has expanded international travel and exchange opportunities for students and teachers, and the Center has actively supported the work of Punahou faculty in their development and dissemination of global education curriculum.
To fulfill the global education mission of Wo International Center, we actively recruit teachers to Punahou who have previous international experience. And by establishing active Punahou alumni chapters in Asia and Europe, we are expanding a valuable global network for our graduates.
All of these efforts are at the heart of the Aims of a Punahou Education. We believe that exposure to multiple and diverse perspectives will develop the skills and qualities of critical and creative thought, problem-framing and problem-solving, and effective collaboration and communication. Ideally, we hope to instill within our students a deep sense of social responsibility and a lifetime of civic engagement.
As we celebrate these milestones – Punahou’s enduring commitment to need-based financial aid and the 25th anniversary of Wo International Center – we affirm their impact upon our students whose purposeful lives will shape and improve the world.
James K. Scott ’70