Course Spotlight: AP Environmental Science

Open to students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, Advanced Placement Environmental Science is one of Punahou Academy’s most popular science courses. The one-year interdisciplinary course covers natural systems, human influence on the planet, and environmental issues. The course uses the standardized AP curriculum, with the addition of lessons about Hawai’i’s unique ecosystem. Students also discuss current events and are inspired to become good stewards of the planet.

“There is renewed concern for the future of the planet,” says Paraluman Stice-Durkin, a science professor at the Academy. “Students want to create more change than just recycling, and they want the science behind what they see in the media. It gets complicated, but it’s the children who will solve these problems.

“I took the Advanced Placement Environmental Science course because I know I want to dedicate the rest of my life to helping and caring for the environment,” said 24-year-old Sabina Funasaki. “I mostly wanted to take it in my sophomore year so I could use what I learned throughout my high school career and beyond.”

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