College Preparatory Program and Career and Work Based Learning Program

HSDB has two options for for high school students

  • College Preparatory Program
  • Career and Work Based Learning Program

At HSDB we believe it is essential that Deaf and hard of hearing obtain a high school degree. For this reason, students in both programs pursue a high school diploma.

Students in the College Preparatory Program take state required classes and elective classes that are needed to pursue a postsecondary education. For example, instead of the required three credits of math they take four credits. Instead of the required three credits of science they take four credits. Students in the College Preparatory Program have the option of taking classes at Kalani HS and at Kapiolani Community College. Some students also take the STEM Capstone Project to receive STEM Honors. Students in the College Preparatory Program usually complete their studies in four years and pursue a post-secondary education at Gallaudet University, Rochester Institute of Technology, or Kapiolani Community College upon graduation.

Students in the Career and Work Based Learning Program also take state required classes but they are spread out over 5 – 7 years. Students in this program receive intensive instructions in reading, writing, and soft job skills to successfully take, and pass, the classes required for a high school diploma. These students also receive 2-4 years of job experience and can then pursue a career upon graduation or a post-secondary degree at a community college to continue with their chosen field of study.

Prior to entering high school, the IEP Team (consisting of school personnel, student’s parents, and student) recommend which high school program meets the needs of the student. Students have the option of switching from one program to the other with the approval of the IEP Team.