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Mānoa Academy increases college access and success by providing a platform for participants to complete a semester or more of transferable University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) credits.

In Hawai‘i, Early College is an initiative that allows high school students to take college classes on their high school campuses for dual credit. Mānoa Academy goes beyond this model and provides diversified learning opportunities for our students. Regardless of the mode of delivery, the Academy honors the Memorandum of Agreement in place between UH System and the Hawai‘i DOE. As part of the Early College mission, partnering institutions are encouraged to promote this program to students who are underrepresented at UH and/or unlikely to attend college.

Modes of Delivery

In the Fall and Spring semesters, courses are most frequently delivered in the high school setting. Students attend classes taught by UHM instructors on their respective campuses during the school day or after school.

During the summer terms, partnering institutions are encouraged to have their students participate in courses taught on the UHM campus. While courses are exclusive to Academy students, attending classes on the UHM campus provides students with a taste of the college experience and helps them get acquainted with the campus and its resources.

Online courses can be offered year-round.

Program Development

The Academy will work with partners to determine the best course offerings for their students. While we highly encourage our partners to select courses that satisfy General Education requirements, we understand that some UHM courses that do not carry General Education credit may better suit students in furthering their journeys along a career pathway. We are committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue with our partners to create a plan that makes sense for them and their students.

Current Partners

Mānoa Academy proudly partners with the following schools and programs:

  • Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program, Punahou School
  • Farrington High School
  • Honokaʻa High School
  • Kalani High School
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Kapaʻa High School
  • Kapolei High School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Maunakea Scholars Program, Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope Corporation
  • Pearl City High School
  • President Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Project Ho‘oku‘i III: Na Kumu Alaka‘i
  • University Laboratory School
  • Waiakea High School

New Partners

Please review the Academy admission criteria to determine if a partnership with Mānoa Academy is right for your school or program.

The Academy also requires each school or program to designate a lead point of contact who will work closely with students and assist them with questions. This is usually a counselor (e.g., Early College, College and Career, etc.). It is beneficial for this person to participate in the initial consultation along with other members within school leadership.

Interested in becoming a partner? Contact Mānoa Academy at