High School

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

At Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind, our high school program ensures that students will not only be admitted to colleges that best suit them, but also that they have the skills and confidence to thrive once they get there. The path to this destination varies for everyone; therefore, we offer myriad opportunities to delve deeply into subjects supported by a broad-based foundation in the liberal arts.

Surrounded by a caring community of faculty and peers, students feel safe socially, emotionally, and physically, and consequently, take measured risks necessary to support academic achievement, develop passion, and build character. The high school curriculum is designed to be an engaging experience that intentionally integrates many of the same demands and opportunities that students will find in college.

Teachers create an environment in which students are excited to show up early, happy to stay late, and eager to participate in class. Direct education in American Sign Language drives classroom discussions in which teachers and students push each other to take learning further. The common thread among our entire faculty is a profound commitment to each child and relentless optimism in their potential.

The result: a quiet confidence that serves our graduates well in college and the rest of their lives. This confidence allows them to assert themselves in their first step outside the HSDB campus; to raise their hand anywhere; to live on their own for the first time; to meet with and question their professors/superiors; and to lead among their peers — Aloha traits that will also serve them well in life.