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Postgraduate Year (Year 13)
Profile of a Post-Graduate Year Student
- Age 17/18/19 and a secondary school graduate (i.e. you received your diploma from your current school).
- An ambition to pursue a university degree in the United States.
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.