Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are designed to address the complexity of technology and the dynamics of life and work in a complex world. The objectives of career development and guidance instruction are to: (1) provide students the information, understanding, attitudes, and skills to make choices and decisions that facilitate their personal and social growth and adjustment, and (2) provide information and skills to facilitate lifetime planning and development for education and careers.


Career and Technical Education is a distinct but integral component of a quality education system. While all education has vocational aspects, comprehensive career and technical education programs help students develop the technical, academic, employability, and life skills needed for post-secondary education and skilled careers. CTE programs help students to understand their technological culture, enabling them to make rational decisions about their own lives and provide a positive contribution in the increasingly technological world. 


The AFJROTC program is designed as a 4-year CTE program that teaches students Aerospace Science, leadership, and citizenship skills. Although participation in the entire program is encouraged, students may take one to four years as desired. No military service obligation results from participation in the AFROTC program. Further, the AFJROTC program is not a recruiting platform for the U.S. Military Services. However, upon graduation, students with two or more years of AFJROTC, and who are otherwise qualified, may enlist in a branch of the military with advanced rank and pay. Students going on to college may qualify for two, three, and four-year senior ROTC college scholarships, which pay for tuition, fees and textbooks, in addition to providing a tax-free stipend ($300-$500) each month at nearly 1,000 colleges.

The mission of AFJROTC is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” Each course is divided into two categories: Aerospace Science and Leadership. Aerospace Science subjects include astronomy, aviation history, science of flight, and exploration of space. Leadership studies include citizenship, character, life skills, career opportunities, study habits, time management, communication skills, and leadership and management studies. Students can participate in field training activities and community/school service projects for extra credit.

Classes are fun, active, and challenging and meet with the same frequency as other full-credit classes. Uniforms are not required for the first-year Integrated Science course, but can be worn for extra credits. Upper classes (TJA2000, TJA3000, TJA4000) require uniform wear once each week and for appropriate cadet functions. All uniforms are issued free of charge, but must be maintained and cleaned by the student. Trips to various military facilities are taken throughout the year to observe military operations first hand. Supervised orientation flights aboard military and civilian aircraft are offered when available. The cadet corps color guard, drill team, and adventure team compete against other JROTC units throughout the state and perform at school and community events. Returning cadets are offered an opportunity to attend a Summer Cadet Officer Leadership School for further school credit. Corps’ activities and class work are designed to build camaraderie among the cadets. Students are given the opportunity to build on their social and leadership skills in a variety of challenging and enjoyable activities.

TJA2000, TJA3000, and TJA4000 course content will rotate through a 3-year cycle so students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of JROTC will have classes together without ever repeating the same course subjects. Course content will be one of those respective courses as described below. 


SAH2003  |  1 CREDIT

Special Notation: This is the entry-level course for JROTC (AFJROTC 1) and meets the graduation requirements for a lab-based science credit.

Description: Grades 9-12. Integrated Science curriculum provides instruction in Astronomy and Earth Science related to our place in the universe. Detailed studies include Earth's characteristics and the processes which created and drive our planet and the analysis and application of those processes to other solar system objects.  In addition, students are introduced to the concepts and benefits of leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, and the development of strong interpersonal characteristics through the Air Force JROTC program to stimulate student interest for careers in aviation and space-related fields.  This course provides science credit for graduation.


TJA3000  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of SAH2003 and TJA2000. Instructor may grant waiver for those students who have successfully completed only SAH2003 Integrated Science.

Description: Grades 10-12. Aviation history covers the legends of flight through present day. This course emphasizes the evolution of technology, and the birth and development of aviation and aerospace power. The Leadership education portion includes training in life skills, job search, resume preparation, job and college application process, financial management, and career progression in a chosen field of endeavor. The student will assume greater responsibility for the Corps Leadership and will guide other cadets in the traditions of the Corps. Weekly uniform wear is required. 


TJA2000  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of SAH2003 Integrated Science/AFJROTC 1.

Description: Grades 9-12. In this course, students will study the Aerospace principles and concepts involved with the Science of Flight, including the principles and physics of flight, operating in Earth’s atmosphere, human physiology in flight, and aerial navigation. In addition, students further their knowledge and practice of leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, and the development of strong interpersonal characteristics such as respect, responsibility, and attitude through the AFJROTC program. Students will learn communication skills and demonstrate intermediate drill techniques and citizenship responsibilities. Weekly uniform wear is required and participation in extra-curricular events is highly encouraged.  


TJA4000  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of SAH2003, TJA2000, and TJA3000. Instructor may grant waiver to students who successfully completed only two years of AFJROTC.

Description: Grades 11-12. The Space Exploration course brings space down to Earth by introducing the student to the concepts of the space environment, rocket/missile orbits and trajectories, spacecraft and launch vehicles, and space operations. Leadership education is focused on the Principles of Management. Cadets are selected for leadership positions based on their previous successful participation in cadet activities, demonstrated leadership, and personal discipline. Cadets develop basic oral and written presentations while studying individual and group behavior, leadership characteristics and principles, and executing drill and ceremonies. 


TJA9010  |  1/2 CREDIT

Description: Grade 9-12. This course is taught either semester of the school year or during the summer as a Leadership Laboratory Activity. It may be on campus or in a field environment. Students are required to perform in an intensive and sometimes strenuous program of drill, physical fitness, and leadership instruction. Content varies, although the ultimate goal of this course is to build cadet confidence by providing a superior knowledge of military drill and leadership techniques. Students will work on projects on behalf of the entire cadet corps including planning and organizing extra-curricular events and running and maintaining cadet operations. During the summer, students will participate in job shadowing opportunities at military installations. This course is repeatable and can be taken simultaneously with any JROTC course or can be taken by itself. This course will be offered in the morning, before school from 7:30-8:10 AM daily. 



TAC2010  |  1 CREDIT

Description: A&C Core is intended for students who plan to pursue careers in the Arts and Communication Career Pathway. Students will be introduced to digital design methods and the historical development of the arts. Using and interdisciplinary approach, the following concepts will be covered: 1) Aesthetics, 2) Creativity, 3) Culture, 4) Current Technology, 5) Customer Service, 6) Legal/Ethics, 7) Management, 8) Impact of Media, and 9) Safety. This course is a prerequisite for students pursuing Career and Technology Education Programs of Studies: Digital Media and Graphic Design. 


TAU2124  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of A&C Core (TAC2010).

Description: This course is built upon the graphic design foundation built in Arts and Communication. This course provides classroom and laboratory experiences in the major areas of graphic design and production. This course includes the study of the fundamentals of elements and principles of design, colors, layering, layout, photography concepts, plagiarism, advertising and production techniques. Emphasis is on the creation of designs and products that meet specifications of clients and industry. 


TAU2210  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of A&C Core (TAC2010)

Description: This course will help students sharpen their skills in digital media as it relates to film and animation. Students will learn the historical content of film and video in our society and learn advanced skills related to developing a narrative, video editing and animation creation. Students will explore personal expression and use their skills to support services for the school and the community. 


TAU2400  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design Tec 1 (TAU2124)

Description: This course is built upon the graphic design foundation built in Arts and Communication and Graphic Design Tec 1. This course provides advanced classroom and laboratory experiences in the major areas of graphic design and production. This course includes an in depth study of the elements and principles of design, layout, photography, legal and ethical issues, advertising, and production techniques. Emphasis is on the creation of refined and targeted designs that serve a defined purpose and audience. 


TAK2930 |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Media Technology (TAU2210) or Graphic Design Tec 1 (TAU2124) or Graphic Design Tec 2 (TAU2400).

Description: This course provides students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge gained in previous courses to real world situations. Students will engage in design projects with a school service focus. 


AVID classes are offered as an elective program that prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges and universities. Students will learn the AVID basic skills of WICR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading). There is an emphasis on analytical writing, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, study skills, test taking, note taking and research.

AVID students participate in motivational activities including college and career research, college and career outreach speakers, field trips to colleges and businesses and other educational opportunities in their communities, and service learning experiences. These activities provide students with the resources they need to learn about many positive opportunities available to them in the community that will impact their futures.

AVID students represent the academic middle that is capable of completing a rigorous college preparatory path with support. These students are often not realizing their full potential academically. In the selection process, a number of criteria are considered, including: achievement test scores, grades, attendance, desire and determination, first in family to attend college, historically underrepresented in four-year colleges, and economically disadvantaged. While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration.

*Application and interview are for consideration into the AVID Program. Applications are available through the college and career counselor. 








Description: Freshman students learn skills such as time management, study skills, note taking, textbook reading, and maintaining the AVID binder. Students are expected to maintain an organized binder that includes an assignment calendar, class and textbook notes, assignments, and homework. Students will also participate in an oral language collaborative activity called philosophical chairs. 

Description: Sophomore students will continue practicing the basic AVID skills of WICR. A heavy emphasis of test taking skills will be implemented during their tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade years. Preparation includes instruction in Math and English concepts frequently seen on college entrance tests, as well as practice on “mock” SAT and ACT exams. 




Description: Career and college research will be emphasized for the junior student. Students will also develop their ability to write well-organized essays that are consistently coherent and logically developed. Students will engage in higher levels of WICR strategies experienced in the prior years of AVID. 




Description: In the senior year, students will finalize their choice(s) of colleges, and ideally, visit college campuses. They will continue to practice the AVID skills of WICR. Senior AVID students are expected to be enrolled in honors or advanced placement class(es). Tutorials in the AVID elective class will help support these students who are enrolled in a rigorous curriculum. 


Community Quest (CQ) is a “school-without-walls” educational program based at Kailua High since 1972. The Board of Education has identified CQ as a “Learning Center of Excellence.” CQ, one of several learning centers on Oahu, is open to interested and qualified students from neighboring schools. Kailua aligns its financial and human resources to the educational theme, career exploration.

Students gain learning experiences and earn elective credits by attending work sites located in the richly diverse environment of our island community. Examples of work sites include Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, State Farm Insurance, and Maunawili Elementary. Each semester CQ students explore occupations of their choice by participating in an internship like experience at one of our work sites. 



TBK3910  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Parent consent and interview with coordinators are required. Students must provide own transportation (i.e., city bus, personal car) to and from work sites.

Description: Students earn one elective credit by extending their school day at a work site. Students will have an in- depth career focus experience at worksites by interning a minimum of 4 hours per week; participate in scheduled meetings on campus; and discuss work situations and career options. 





Description: Students will learn effective communication skills in business environments. They will also apply basic office procedures such as filing, answering telephones, and word processing in this course. Students will provide clerical and support services to the KHS faculty; and acquire entry-level skills and attitudes for office occupations. 



THC4010  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Biology.

Description: This is the entry-level course for students interested in the Health Career Program of Study. Through a partnership with Castle Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) University of Hawaii and with other community members. Students will gain essential knowledge and skills about health care systems, ethics, safety practices, legal systems and preventive care. This course is the prerequisite for students pursuing Career and Technology Education Programs of Studies: Clinical Health Services. 


THU4027  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Health Services Pathway Core THC4010.

Description: 2nd level of Health Career Program of Study. Students will learn about health problems, diagnose, treat, and determine preventive care through case studies and problem based learning thru a partnership with HPU, UH- Manoa, and with other community groups. Students will conduct service projects at various sites, and practice good work ethics and communication skills; and participate in college visits at local colleges. Students will need to purchase uniforms. 


THK 4990  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Clinical Health Services (THU4027). Students will have to provide own transportation (i.e. City bus, personal car) to and from volunteer sites.

Description: Students will conduct an independent research project based on their experiences in the Health Services Pathway at their volunteer site and will present in front of a panel of experts. Completion of this course will serve as a Senior Project credit. 



TIC5010  |  1 CREDIT

Description: IET introduces students to the principles of technology education. This course addresses the nature and use of technology as well as the design process through hands on projects and integrated learning with emphasis on math and science. Students will apply technological processes to solve real world problems; develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to design, modify, and use technology; evaluate the effects of technology on the environment and society. This is the entry-level course is a prerequisite for students pursuing Career and Technical Education Programs of Studies: Building & Construction, Designed Environment, and Engineering. 


TIN5814  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Building and Construction Technology 1 (TIU5800).

Description: In partnership with Honolulu Community College, students who complete this program of study may also earn 3 credits towards an Associates degree in Carpentry. This course features advanced study of building construction technology. Learning activities include: layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of structural units; estimating and calculating costs; and quality control processes. This course is repeatable for credit. 


TIU5800  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Industrial Engineering Technology (TIC5010) and current enrollment in Algebra I or higher math. Description: This course features classroom and laboratory experiences that deal with building and construction technology. This course will cover the industry in general, and then focus on a minimum of three trades areas. Learning and activities include site selection, use of various leveling instruments, blueprint reading, use of building materials, foundations, framing, cabinet/millwork, etc. 


TIC5010  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Building and Construction 2 (TIN5814).

Description: Students will engage in independent research and development projects. Students will learn about current technologies while performing school service. 



TPC7010  |  1 CREDIT

Description: This course is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in the Public and Human Service Career Pathway (Human Services, Education, Legal and Protection Services, Social Sciences, Service and Hospitality). Students will learn essential human relation concepts that will provide a solid foundation for further study in preparation for careers dealing in public service. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the following concepts will be covered: 1) Human behavior and relationships, 2) Professional accountability and personal attributes, 3) Legal system and ethics, and 4) Effective use of varied technologies appropriate to their occupation. This course is a prerequisite for students who are pursuing Career and Technical Education Programs of Studies: Food Service and Teacher Education. 


TPU7223  |  1 CREDIT

Special Notation: Lab fee of $20.00 will be charged.

Prerequisite: Culinary 1 (TPU7216)
Description: Students will become qualified for an entry-level position in the food service industry. 


TPU7216  |  1 CREDIT

Special Notation: Lab fee of $20.00 will be charged.

Prerequisite: Public and Human Services Pathway Core (TPC7010)
Description: This is a year course that provides an introduction and orientation to a series of occupations in the food industry. The knowledge, skills, work attitudes and habits developed in laboratory work will enable students to understand basic principles of quantity food preparation; follow safety and sanitation practices; use and care for equipment; and learn about food service organization.


TPU7210  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Public and Human Services Pathway Core (TPC7010)

Description: Students will learn about career opportunities in education ranging from pre K to post high school as well as administration and on campus careers. 


TPN7419  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Explorations in Education (TPU7210) and provide own transportation to and from work sites.

Description: Students will get hands on experiences within the classroom setting. Students will produce lesson plans to use within the assigned level using the standards and benchmarks. 

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