Students are required to take a minimum of six and a half (6.5) credits each year. A maximum of eight (8) is possible with the current master schedule. Credits are awarded on a semester basis with each semester of work providing 1/2 credit. Twenty-five (25) credits are required for graduation. They must include the following:


Christian Life
credit for each year of attendance
Social Studies
credits (including a class in the junior year)
Fine Arts
credit (1/2 credit in Art and 1/2 credit in Music)
Physical Education
credit (1/2 in grade 9; 1/2 in grade 10)
To bring total to 25 credits
View the Courses of Study in our Student Handbook for course descriptions.






Christian Life


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The Christian Life curriculum at Lutheran High School of Hawaii provides the cornerstone to the LHS experience. Focusing on Bible study, discipleship, relationship-building, and real-life application, each year provides spiritual maturation.

Christian Life 9                                

The first year of Christian Life class focuses on building community between classmates as students are exposed to a variety of topics about the Bible and to what the life of a Christian person looks like.  The main emphasis of the course is to explore how Jesus Christ’s life and teachings impact and relate to students’ daily lives. Additional topics include:

• Bible study
• Effective communication
• Decision-making
• Discipleship

Christian Life 10

The second year of Christian Life 10 focuses on exploring the history of God’s plan for the world by reading through the Old Testament.  Students will discover not only the “small” Old Testament stories and characters, but also how God’s “big” picture plan of salvation for the world through his Son Jesus is present in each Old Testament book.  The main emphasis of the course is to discuss how the history of God’s plan for the world and the lives of the Old Testament characters impact and relate to students’ daily lives.

• First semester: Genesis-Joshua
• Second semester: Judges-Books of Prophecy

Christian Life 11

The third year of Christian Life class focuses on exploring the New Testament, centering on the climax of God’s plan of salvation: Jesus and His death and resurrection. The main emphasis of the course is to discover how Christ’s sacrifice, resurrection, and the gift of the Holy Spirit impact believers and the world, both in the early church and today.  This impact is also emphasized in relationship to students’ lives as they explore a relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Christian Life 12

The final year of Christian Life class focuses on exploring major world religions, secular worldviews, and Christian apologetics.  The main emphasis of the course is to prepare LHS seniors to critically analyze belief systems and the behaviors that spring from them; thereby giving them the tools to be able to assess their own worldview and compare it with Biblical truth. Opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ are given by seeking a Biblical perspective of these topics, having students lead class Bible study, and delving into the facts and the why of Christianity.

• First semester: World Religions & Secular Worldviews
• Second semester: The Case for Christ and The Book that Transforms Nations




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Social Studies Department

The mission of the Social Studies Department of Lutheran High School of Hawaii is to ensure that students become life-long independent and collaborative learners who can make informed, reasoned decisions and take action for the public good as a Christian citizen in a diverse, democratic society and in a dynamic global community.  Students will gain a broad perspective and deep appreciation of the different cultures, governments and societies of the world.

The department offers Hawaiian Studies and American History (Junior High), European History (9th grade), World History (10th grade), U.S. History (11th grade), American Government (12th grade) and several electives:  Life Skills, Principles of Economics, Psychology, Twentieth Century History.

Students can choose to participate in History Day where they research a topic of their choice, develop research skills (uncovering primary sources, building historical context and forming historical interpretations) and become experts on their research topic presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians.

Students enrolled in classes at Lutheran High School of Hawaii are required to develop their reading and thinking abilities through a Summer Reading Program.  The novels currently used are All Quiet on the Western Front (European History), Things Fall Apart (World History), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (U.S. History).


Art Department


Lutheran High School of Hawaii offers a comprehensive art curriculum that begins with Basic Art, which serves as an introduction to common media and art vocabulary, and continues through three full-year electives.  An alternate fourth year course of AP Studio Art may be offered to selected students.  Basic Art is a graduation requirement.  Other courses offered are:  Drawing & Painting, 2-D Design, and Studio Art.  All elective courses are designed in a laboratory format with weekly sketchbook submissions used to augment in-class produced artwork.  Approximately 22% of all LHS graduates have been accepted into a variety of art schools including:

California College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts

Otis College of Art & Design

Pratt School of Art & Design

Rhode Island School of Design

University of Hawaii

English Department


Our goal is to assist students as they become college-bound students who can independently comprehend a variety of literature, think critically, and write both analytically and creatively to meet the demands of both college and the work place.


• grammar

• language usage

• sentence structure

• vocabulary

• sentence, paragraph, and essay writing

• editing & revision techniques

• junior & senior year SAT & ACT prep

• Writing assignments include but are not limited to: expository and persuasive essays, narratives, short stories, poetry, research papers, literary analysis, literature response, journals, and other creative writing projects.


• Junior High years: Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Wonder by R.J.Palacio

• Freshman Year: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien; The Pearl by John Steinbeck; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Selections from The Odyssey by Homer.

• Sophomore Year: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

• Junior Year: (American Literature) The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

• Senior Year: (British Literature with supplements of World Literature) Lord of the Flies by William Golding; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Macbeth by William Shakespeare

• Honors Literature (A) – With permission from faculty: Beowulf; Peace Like a River by Leif
Enger; The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; Othello by William Shakespeare

• Honors Literature (B) – With permission from faculty: Lord of the Flies by William Golding; The Plague by Albert Camus; The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde; Oedipus Rex by Sophocles; Medea by Euripedes; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Various other opportunities for poetry, short stories, and independent reading are woven into each course.


Impressions! is a literary art magazine published at the end of the school year. All students enrolled in Art and English may submit artwork, poetry, or other forms of creative writing. The pieces published in Impressions! reflect the high quality of work LHS students achieve inside and outside of the classroom.


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