Maui Prep’s Upper School program seeks to provide students with challenging, thoughtful and creative coursework that meets their particular needs and interest levels as learners and individuals.
The Upper School program includes Advanced Placement instruction along with college level coursework. Each discipline provides students with the tools to be independent learners, critical thinkers and compassionate individuals. In addition to coursework in the major disciplines of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Foreign Language, students elect to take classes in visual and performing arts, technology, health, environmental science, PSAT/SAT preparation and various other specialized courses. Students in grades 9 and 10 follow a sequential program in the major disciplines, with differentiation occurring in math and language placement. They are able to choose their own elective courses. Students in grades 11 and 12 possess greater flexibility in choosing both their core and elective courses. This flexibility enables students to select courses that meet their individual interests and ability levels. Twelfth grade students are required to participate in a year-long Senior Project and Essential Knowledge course that provides them with the opportunity to fully integrate their years of classroom learning into a tangible product that includes research, an internship, extended service learning opportunities and a public presentation of their work.
As Maui Prep believes that athletic competition and organized sports equip students with essential life skills, all students are required to participate in two sports seasons every year. In addition, students are required to participate in a number of annual volunteer activities and events. In this way, Maui Prep students are able to give back to the community that has nurtured and supported them. Upper School students also have the opportunity to form and participate in a number of clubs and activities including Student Senate, Honor Council, Yearbook, and Drama. Students possessing an outstanding academic and co-curricular record are eligible for election to the National Honor Society. Likewise, students with outstanding performance in visual art are eligible for election to the National Art Honor Society.
As communication between student, school and home is critical to the individual success of each student, several methods of communication exist within the Upper School. Student grades and overall performance are monitored by class advisors, the Academic Dean, and the Upper School Principal. Parents and students can monitor grades and homework as well as contact faculty members through TeacherEase. In addition, the College Counselor works one-on-one with every student – guiding them through test preparation for the ACT, PSAT and SAT tests, assisting them in building college profiles, working with families to select appropriate colleges, leading tours of mainland schools, organizing on site college representative visits, and working with students to complete their college applications.
Overall, Maui Prep’s Upper School program encourages students to gain self-esteem and self-discipline as they are awarded increasing levels of responsibility for their own growth both inside and outside of the classroom. The highly qualified faculty utilize a myriad of teaching approaches that promote inquiry, creativity and independence of thought. By equipping students with a multitude of curricular and co-curricular options, Maui Prep’s well-rounded program encourages students to grow as intellectuals, artists, athletes and humanitarians.