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Special Programs

Special Programs

For students requiring greater challenge, Leilehua High School offers the Gifted & Talented Program, Honors and Advanced placement courses.

Gifted and Talented (GT) Program: Gifted and Talented (GT) students are those who, by virtue of exceptional abilities, are capable of high performance in various areas; Leilehua High School addresses the academically gifted. Students are welcome to apply for the program. After the screening process is completed, a selection committee determines whether GT placement is appropriate. The following courses are offered to our academically gifted students:
English 1 (09), English 2 (10), World History & Culture (09) U.S. History & Government (10)
Modern History of Hawaii/Participation in a Democracy (11) Biology (09) Chemistry CHEMS (10)

Honors (H): Honors courses are advanced courses with higher expectations for students who have maintained at least a 3.6 GPA, received only A’s and B’s in the current as well as previous marking period, been recommended by either a teacher, a parent, a counselor, or an administrator, and maintained a STAR reading score of at least his/her current grade level. Interested students must apply for acceptance into the program before signing up for the Honors courses. Also, all students who qualify for the Honors program must maintain the entrance criteria mentioned above in order to continue to remain in the program. The Honors courses available at Leilehua High School are as follows:
English 1 (09), English 2 (10), Biology (09), Chemistry CHEMS (10), World History and Culture (09), US History and Government (10), Modern History of Hawaii/Participation in Democracy (11)

Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level courses based on the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. They are rigorous with very high expectations. The student is required to take the corresponding AP exam. The AP courses available at Leilehua High School are:
English Literature & Composition
English Language & Composition
U.S. History
Calculus AB
*Grades for AP courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale.

The English Language Learners (ELL) program is designed to assist non-English and limited-English speakers to acquire basic English language & “real life” skills so they can adjust and function successfully in regular classes. The main objective is to increase basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, & writing. Classroom activities focus on helping students feel good about themselves and others, to learn about their community, Hawaii, the United States and other world cultures.

The Special Education program is designed to provide a free and appropriate educational program that will enable students with special needs to achieve their fullest potential. All students in the program must be certified by the Hawaii State Department of Education. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is created specifically for each student; along with courses that are designed to meet the needs of the special education certified students.

Army JROTC is a four-year elective program of instruction emphasizing leadership development, citizenship, self-discipline, character development and basic military subjects. It provides an orientation to the military as a career option and an opportunity for practical career and vocational educational experiences. Completion of JROTC may qualify students for a higher rank when they enlist in the armed forces or may lead to advance placement in the senior division ROTC at the college level. The JROTC program introduces students to all branches of the military without obligation to enlist.

The Agricultural Learning Center at Leilehua High School is open to all interested students within the Central Oahu District and is designed for students who have an interest in the exploration of Agriculture. Tillage of soil, propagation, animal science, welding, masonry, small engine repair, and hydroponics are covered in-depth including practical applications. Students attend the Learning Center after school hours.

The SWANS (Students Wanting a New Start) Learning Center is an on-campus option which serves students who are alienated and unable to cope with the traditional classroom setting. In addition to individualized educational programs to improve academic proficiency and experience, social and personal development are emphasized. Grade level counselors coordinate this program.

Effective September 1986, students must maintain a 2.0 or “C” average and pass all courses required for graduation in order to participate in athletics or other co-curricular activities.