Resources and tips for students and parents with post-secondary education goals. Going to college is more than a decision — it’s a process. Here are helpful resources to guide students and parents as they prepare for college applications, acceptance and success.
The Federal Student Aid website has an exceptional Preparing for College site with valuable tips, checklists, calendars, connection to scholarships and aid programs, and the College Scorecard for students and parents.
Academic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii’s public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition, with information about the Personal Transition Plan that is required of all students.
High school graduation requirements in Hawaii public schools set a rigorous standard of learning that enables all students to:
Students who demonstrate proficiency in academics and General Learner Outcomes in the required courses shall receive a high school diploma.
A requirement for all high school graduates, the Personal Transition Plan (PTP) is each student’s plan of action to transition from high school to college and careers. Student, parent and school personnel have a shared responsibility in the development and execution of the PTP during high school. The elements are:
Guidelines: Understanding that each high school is provided the latitude to implement the PTP for each student, the following guidelines were developed:
As a guide, these Career Technical Education Model benchmarks were developed for students by grade levels:
Awarding of Credit: 0.50 credit shall be issued at the end of the first semester of the terminal year and noted on the student’s official transcript as either credit or no credit for meeting the elements of the PTP.
The ePortfolio is a secure web environment that enables students to manage and collect their work over time as evidence of what they have learned, care about and are able to do. Upon graduation, students will be able to download their ePortfolio in digital format to include in their resume or college application. Schools may use the ePortfolio system, traditional paper/folder portfolios, or purchase their own electronic portfolio system.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, one of the six credit electives for graduation may include 1.0 elective credit for the Senior Project. The essential components of the senior project are:
For more information see your school counselor.
Our partners at Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education help to manage the State of Hawaii’s GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP Hawaii is a $22 million, seven-year matching grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (2011-18) with the mission to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college. The program is made up of a consortium of partners including the Department, the University of Hawaii System and community partners. Between 2011 and 2018, GEAR UP Hawaii will provide services to nearly 21,000 students statewide. The program inspires hope and improves futures by increasing Hawaii students’ access to and success in higher education. Connections to local college resources are also available.
This college/career search tool is available to students, parents and adult learners with a simple registration process. It’s a joint project of the Department, the University of Hawaii and P-20 Partnerships for Education.
Going to college? Click here to help you find financial resources you may need for college.
Click on college-enrollment.com to help you find high school competitions in Hawaii that will facilitate college applications and scholarships.