U.S. News and World Report Ranks Nation's Best High Schools
(Report released May 8, 2012)
Best High Schools in Hawaii
University Laboratory School - The Education Laboratory: A Hawai‘i Public Charter School is recognized as a 2012 U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal School.
U.S. News and World Report reviewed 21,776 U.S. public high schools; 14 Hawaii schools made their rankings. High school graduation requirements in Hawaii call for a minimum of 24 credit hours, including a half credit in modern Hawaii history, and two credits in a world language, fine arts, or career and technical education. Honors graduates must take specific courses, including Algebra II, and complete a senior project. All Hawaiian students are assessed via the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education. There are 14 bronze medal schools from Hawaii included in the 2012 rankings of U.S. News Best High Schools.
Kimiko M. Matsuda-Lawrence Named 2012 Presidential Scholar
May 2, 2012 - Hawaii Congressional Delegation Congratulates Hawaii's 2012 Presidential Scholars
Kimiko M. Matsuda-Lawrence’s Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Bill Teter, will also be honored in Washington, D.C. June 16.
Kimiko M. Matsuda-Lawrence from University Laboratory School and Kyle Y. Matsuda from Hawaii Prepatory Academy are Hawaii’s 2012 Presidential Scholars, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced today.
Matsuda-Lawrence and Matsuda are two of 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars, selected by the U.S. Department of Education.
Since its creation by Executive Order in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions.
Each year this unique program invites more than 3,000 students to apply for recognition based on outstanding scores on the College Board SAT or ACT assessments.
Applicants are further evaluated on the basis of school reports and transcripts, leadership activities, and contributions to family, school and community.
“I would like to congratulate Kimiko and Kyle for their hard work, focus, and dedication in the classroom. Not only did they excel academically, they are active, productive members of their community. A special thanks to their families and teachers who support these fine students and provide them the means to succeed. Their recognition is further proof that education is the greatest investment we can make in our future,” said Senator Inouye.
"As a former educator, I am heartened to see students excel in their studies," said Senator Akaka. "It makes me especially proud to see two bright and motivated students from my home state receive this high recognition for their hard work and dedication to scholastic achievement. Kimiko and Kyle have excelled in their studies, campus leadership, and community service. I commend them for this recognition, and wish them the very best for their bright futures."
“Academically strong and well-rounded, Kimiko and Kyle excel inside the classroom and out. Congratulations to these student leaders, their teachers, and their families as Kimiko and Kyle now represent the State of Hawaii with distinction. I am honored to recognize Kimiko’s selection as I consider her parents, Charles and Mari, dear friends. And I am impressed by Kyle’s selection as he’s not only a fine young scholar, but also an accomplished jazz pianist. As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I am proud to recognize these newly named U.S. Presidential Scholars and wish them great success in the next chapters of their lives,” said Congresswoman Hirono.
"Hawaii is proud that our students stand with the finest in the nation, representing the success our state can achieve in public and private education,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa. “I take these awards as proof that our investment in education has paid dividends, and that we must continue to support our students so others like Mr. Matsuda and Ms. Matsuda-Lawrence can move closer to fulfilling their dreams."
The lists of all candidates, semifinalists and Scholars will be posted on the Department's website at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/awards.html
For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/141-students-across-country-named-2012-us-presidential-scholars
Education On Air Conference 5/2/12
This Wednesday, ULS has been invited to participate in the first ever Google Education On Air Conference to be streamed live over Youtube.
Four of our students and Mr. Brendan Brennan will be talking about the ways students are leveraging Google Apps to drive their own learning. The event will be streamed live so you can access it through Mr. Brendan's Google+ profile found here:
If you are unable to see it at 12:00pm local time, feel free to come back later and check it out recorded on Youtube (link to follow). Hope to see you there!
2012 ULS ‘OHANA PA‘INA FUNDRAISER!
Pa'ina was truly a great event! Mahalo to all for the help, contributions, and support of the Pa'ina...of the school! It was so exciting to see everyone having a wonderful time! The fellowship of family, friends, alumni, faculty and students was genuine and filled with aloha!
This Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:00p.m. - 9:30p.m
Our ULS 2012 ‘Ohana Pa‘ina Fundraiser is proudly sponsored by the ULS Booster Club and the Lab School. We appreciate your continued support.
Click here for the 2012 ULS ‘OHANA PA‘INA Flyer.
Click here for the Up-to-Date Entertainment Schedule.
Maunalua…Hoku award winning group of the year!
Jeff Rasmussen…Recording Artist & ULS Graduate
other special surprise guest recording artists!
Student Performances: K-3 Students singing …Ukulele with our 4th-5th graders… Select Chorus… Hula & Chant Halau & ‘Olelo Hawai‘i Haumana & our ULS Talent Showcase Students!
Click here to view the NEW* up-to-date Silent Auction Item List, which includes a copy of Maya Saetoro-Ing's recent book, "Ladder to the Moon", a one-of-a-kind stand up paddleboard, an 8 GB iPod Touch and many, many more incredible items.
We would appreciate your continued support by volunteering to work one or more 2-hour shifts during the ‘Ohana Pa'ina.
Click below to access our handy Volunteer Form:
Foliage & Flowers Needed!
National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to University Laboratory School Senior Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence who qualified as a FINALIST in both the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program by her distinguished performance on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). We are extremely proud of Kimiko's achieving this level in both of these very rigorous national competitions.
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists approximately 16,000, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.