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State Policies in Hawaii  

Hawaii does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

No state policy; up to LEA to determine.

Children who are 5 years old by July 31 must attend kindergarten, according to Hawaii Revised Statute Kindergarten

Early entrance to 1st gradeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Whole-grade accelerationInformation about programming that may be available in Hawaii can be found here.
Early high school graduationHawaii offers two types of diplomas for high school graduates. Students can earn the standard diploma by completing the standard requirements, or they can work toward the Board of Education (BOE) Recognition Diploma with honors if they meet the course and credit requirements and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The graduation requirements can be found Graduation Requirements
Early entrance to collegeSeveral Hawaii colleges and universities offer early admission programs that are intended to supplement the student's high school curriculum. 

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits dual enrollment beginning in grade 10. State policy specifically allows students to receive high school credit for college courses. Several options for Dual Credit are listed here.  The University of West Oahu participates in the Running Start program, but also offers an Early College program that is intended to supplement a student's high school curriculum.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

No state policy; up to LEA to determine. 8th Graders ma opt to take the ACT Explore Exam Middle School
Advanced Placement®More information available at High School.
Talent SearchThe Hawaii Department of Education encourages students in grades 2-8 who meet application criteria to apply to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search.
Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether proficiency-based promotion is permitted.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Hawaii Gifted and Talented Program
Hawaii Department of Education
Hawaii Gifted Association

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2020-2021 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.