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Upper School Courses (Grades 9-12)

2017 Class offerings

Periods 1 and 2: 8 a.m.-Noon

A Mindful Exploration Into the Natural World

Non-Credit

In this four-hour seminar, students will build an awareness of natural systems while engaging in food production and processing in HPA’s campus gardens and through conservation-related projects around Hawai‘i Island. This two-part class will begin with an intensive, hands-on introduction to sustainable food systems. Students will use both the food created and ecological literacy gained in the first half to fuel the work of the second half of the course as they partner with community organizations that serve to preserve Hawai‘i’s precious ecosystems. Nature awareness and mindfulness are major themes interwoven throughout the course.

Marine Science Seminar

Earn Semester Credit

This four-hour seminar is a scientific, hands-on discovery of the unique Hawaiian marine environment. Students gain a basic understanding of Hawaiian marine biology and ecology and the fundamental role marine ecosystems play in the world as a whole. Classes include exploration through field trips, experiments, and lectures. Digital imaging and computer technology are applied to produce lab and classroom projects. Students earn a half elective credit upon successful completion of the course.

Required: Basic swimming skills, a set of snorkel gear, and enthusiasm for the sciences are required.

Open Water Scuba Certification with an Introduction to Hawai'i's Coral Reefs

Earn PADI Certification and Semester Credit

In this four-hour, 19-day class, students will earn their open water diver certification and use their underwater expertise to study Hawaiian coral reef ecology. During the first two weeks, students will complete the course and water skills necessary to complete the PADI Open Water Dive course. Following this, students will be introduced to coral reef ecology focusing on the common inhabitants of Hawai'i's coral reefs and their interactions through the use of scuba, student projects, photography, and class presentations. Safe diving practices will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will need to complete a swim test, be comfortable in the ocean, and complete a medical statement form prior to commencement of the course.

Period 1: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Endemic Hawai'i: Design Thinking and Print Making

Introductory Design

Create your own unique limited edition print design inspired by nature, tradition and craft of the Hawaiian culture. Students will learn visualization skills, creative process documentation, stamp carving, natural dyeing and traditional printing methods inspired by the ohe kapala style. Students will observe and document inspiration for their print designs, which they will collect from excursions and visitations with local experts. Students will create exhibition quality prints and a creative process book that will be displayed at HPA’s Isaacs Art Center during the final summer exhibition.

Introduction to VR/AR

The Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) course will introduce students to the fantastic world of VR/AR. Students will research both VR and AR to discover the differences and similarities, and the potential application of these technologies to the educational environment and other areas of society. Students will be building their own VR viewers out of recycle materials. The course will be comprised of hands-on experiential learning opportunities, research components, and presentation preparation.

Mixed Media Ceramics: STEAM Energy

STEAM is the energy of invention. Artistic inspiration for students in Mixed Media Ceramics will come as we investigate the biographies of the inventors and creators of our time. Personal characteristics, the inventions, artwork, ideas, microscopic and telescopic objects of study, and objects used for study will be our source material. Our creative work will know no bounds as amoebas turn into spaceships and clay turns into glass. All manner of hand-building techniques will be explored such as coil and slab. Students will spend another portion of the class testing their skill and determination to master the art of the wheel-thrown vessel. In this way wheels will reinvent the future as each student’s original creative life is explored and expressed.

Period 2: 10 a.m.-Noon

Creative Writing, Creative Wonder

Ever wonder how many stars are in the sky, or why the grass is green and not purple? Would you like to make the grass purple, or yellow, or pink? Would you like to count the stars? Creative writing will accept your questions and recreate the world through the magic of metaphor, simile, sound, silence and you. Working in all manner of literary form: poetry, haiku, spoken word, memoir, short story and the short-short story we will write our way into mysterious places. At times we will change our form and explore what it feels like to be blind, or deaf, or not a native speaker in a new land. In this way, the words you choose, discover and collect will carry the stories you want to tell while you listen for news of the journey you don’t even know about yet. This is the wonder of creative writing.

CSI and Forensics: Not Just Digging Up Bones!

Have you ever thought about being a Crime Scene Investigator? What about a Forensic Pathologist? A Ballistics Specialist? Learn about the science behind crime scene investigations! Students will explore many of these topics through case studies, films, hands-on labs, reading, guest speakers, and field trips. Topics will include evidence collection, fingerprints, DNA profiling, blood and blood spatter, drug toxicology, handwriting analysis, bite analysis, soil examination, forensic anthropology, cause of death, glass evidence, and much more! This class will help you look at science in a whole new way!

Digital Photography/Summer Yearbook

Dive into your passion for photography as you find inspiration amid the rolling green hills of the Kohala Mountains, the crystal blue water of Hapuna Beach or the cowboys and cowgirls of Kamuela! In this class, students will be armed with digital cameras and shown the magic of Hawaiʻi Island for them to capture and share. Together we’ll take plenty of candid shots to create a yearbook of Hawaiian memories the students will carry with them long after they leave the island.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Endemic Hawai‘i: Experience Traditional Craft

Advanced Course

Experience making your own Hawaiian kapa, ohe kapala bamboo stamps, and other traditional Hawaiian craft. In this course, students will investigate traditional processes, working alongside fiber artist and expert Roen Hufford on her wauke and flower farm. Students will also discover and document inspirations to develop print designs through excursions and experiences around the Hawai‘i Island. Students will display their kapa designs and a creative process book at HPA’s Isaacs Art Center during the final summer exhibition. This course is for those who have experience in printmaking or those who took the Endemic Hawaiian Printmaking Course last summer.

Foundations in Test Prep

Grades 9-10

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

Robotics

In this course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

SAT and ACT Prep

Grades 11-12

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from Best SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

Period 3: 1-3 p.m.

Capture the Big Island/Summer Yearbook

Dive into your passion for photography as you find inspiration amid the rolling hills of the Kohala Mountains, the crystal clear water of Hapuna Beach, and the rainbow of colors of Hawai'i Island! Under the guidance of a professional photographer, students gain a basic understanding of techniques such as angling, centering, framing and exposure. Together we’ll capture candid shots to create a yearbook of summer memories and personal projects the students will carry with them long after their tans have faded.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Food, Fun, and Culture: Foodie Tours Around the World

Hawai‘i is an amalgamation of many cultures, and through this class, students get a glimpse into different parts of the world. Students will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of music, language, art, and food. Each week students will explore a new theme and culture. Students will experience the culture and cuisine of Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Hawai‘i.

Foundations in Test Prep

Grades 9 and 10

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

Mixed Media Ceramics: STEAM Energy

STEAM is the energy of invention. Artistic inspiration for students in Mixed Media Ceramics will come as we investigate the biographies of the inventors and creators of our time. Personal characteristics, the inventions, artwork, ideas, microscopic and telescopic objects of study, and objects used for study will be our source material. Our creative work will know no bounds as amoebas turn into spaceships and clay turns into glass. All manner of hand-building techniques will be explored such as coil and slab. Students will spend another portion of the class testing their skill and determination to master the art of the wheel-thrown vessel. In this way wheels will reinvent the future as each student’s original creative life is explored and expressed.

Robotics

In this course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

SAT and ACT Prep

Grades 11-12

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from BEST SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. BEST SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

Variety Stage Performance

Students will have the chance to gain confidence and skill on the stage through drama, dance, and music. A large portion of our class will be spent exploring various acting techniques through acting games, improvisation, and scene work. The unique gifts and talents of each student will be polished and showcased in the end of summer variety show.

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