Postgraduate Year (Year 13)

Profile of a Post-Graduate Year Student

You are...

  • Age 17,18,19 and a secondary school graduate (i.e. you received your diploma from your current school).

You have...

  • An ambition to pursue a university degree in the United States.
  • A desire to build your personal and academic profile.

And so, you...

  • Attend a boarding school for one year before attending a university.

Why a Post-Graduate Year?

  • You want an additional year of challenging university-preparatory work to obtain admission at a more selective university.
  • You seek the advantages of a year of skilled university counseling to assist you with applications to universities of the highest quality, suited to your talents and needs.
  • You need a year of intensive English instruction in a fully English-speaking environment to improve English proficiency scores, such as the TOEFL / IELTS.
  • You would like a year of immersion in the American educational system prior to attending university to increase the potential for a more successful academic transition to an American university.
  • You are a younger secondary school graduate who might benefit from an extra year of study to gain maturity and self-confidence in a secure and caring environment before attending university.
  • You wish to gain a broader, international perspective to compete successfully in the global marketplace.
  • You have an ambition to travel, study, and live abroad, while meeting new people and visiting new places.

A Post-Graduate Year

  • Offers students the option to explore a wide range of challenging courses that suits diverse interests and abilities.
  • A full range of courses are open to 13th-year students, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Each conducted within the supportive atmosphere of a boarding school and with the faculty guidance for which boarding schools are renowned.
  • One great advantage is that many of these AP courses give students university credit while in the post-graduate year.
  • Students benefit from working with the university counseling office at the boarding school.
  • University counseling offices work with you individually and help you select universities that are a good fit for you. Most importantly, they help you with the entire application process.
  • Most universities visit boarding school campuses, so you can meet someone from their admission office face-to-face.
  • Students enroll in an English course, either English IV, AP English, English-as-a-Second-Language, or maybe an English elective, such as an introduction to Twentieth Century Literature.
  • Students can either focus their studies with specific disciplines, or they can continue to follow a liberal arts curriculum to strengthen their foundation for university. For example, a student with strong interest in the sciences might include AP Biology, Physics, and upper-level math courses.
  • Allows you to earn university credit while in the safe environment of a boarding school.
  • Helps you explore courses and interests so your university years are more meaningful.
  • Helps you to enter highly selective universities instead of attending community colleges or less-selective universities.
  • Boarding school graduates are consistently the world’s great leaders. They are the undisputed political and corporate trailblazers as well as pioneers for social causes and justice around the globe.

NOTE: Hawai’i High School State Athletic Association (HHSAA) regulations prohibit post-graduates from competing in interscholastic sports. Post-graduates can work out with the various school teams, enroll in a conditioning program, or participate in an independent sport.

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