Frequently Asked Questions
With our new registration system, there are two places to create accounts.
At checkout, you will have the option of creating an account on our new payment gateway. This account is optional, but will allow you the convenience of saving your purchaser information.
When you begin the online registration form, you will be asked to create a new account or login to your existing account. If you are a returning Summer Programs family, this is the same account you used to register in the past. This account will also grant you access to the Parent Portal on our website. Starting in mid-May, we recommend that you check the portal often for announcements, view activities for your child’s classes, read weekly newsletters, and more.
There are no prerequisites to enroll in any of our classes. Students are not expected to have any previous knowledge of the subject to participate.
Listed grade levels are for students entering that grade in the fall.
Our courses are intended for school-aged children who are able to behave age-appropriately in a classroom setting. The youngest age courses are designed for students who have completed Kindergarten and are entering Grade 1 in the fall.
Listed grade levels are for students entering that grade in the fall.
Grade levels are suggestions to help parents select courses. Course work is aimed at the grades listed, but students may register for any class as long as they are able to keep up with the class activities and are socially prepared to be with students who are not their age. We do not recommend registering for a class more than 2 years above or below your child's grade level.
There is no penalty for missed classes. If you know in advance that your child will be missing a week or more consecutively, we recommend contacting us first. Some of our classes are structured to accommodate missed classes better than others.
There are no partial refunds for missed classes.
During the registration period, contact our office at any time to switch classes to another open course or to add additional classes.
Once classes start, students may request to switch to any open course during the first week of Core Programs or the first day of Summer Adventures with parent or guardian approval.
Classes will close once they reach maximum enrollment. If space becomes available due to cancellation or switching courses, we will open the class online for new registration. Check our registration website or contact us for the current class status.
International students are welcome to sign up for Summer Programs as long as they speak and understand English well enough to participate in class activities. We recommend students have completed at least 2 years of English language classes or equivalent experience. Some of our classes will be more difficult for students who are not fluent in English. Contact our office if you have specific questions or concerns.
No additional documents are required for international students.
Welcome information will not be mailed to international addresses. International students will receive their welcome packet by email and may need to pick up additional documents from our office when they arrive on-island.
Meal Plans include a daily hot lunch each day of your child's registration. See our course registration site for pricing and details. Meal Plans are available to purchase at time of registration. You may also call our office to add on a Meal Plan at any time. If you purchase a meal plan just before or once the program has started, it can take 2 to 3 days for the plan to start.
Full-day students will have a supervised lunch break and recess between their morning and afternoon class, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. Students must purchase a Lunch Meal Plan or bring home lunch daily. Refrigerators and microwaves are not available for student use. Water fountains are available for students to refill water bottles. Half-day students are welcome to join us for lunch, but morning-only students must be picked up by 12:25 pm.
All students will have a lunch break. Exact times will vary depending on the daily schedule. If a class is off-campus (field trip) during their lunch break, meal plan students will receive a bagged lunch to take with them.
Yes! Many of our morning Core Program classes go on at least one field trip. Hawai‘i Nature Study classes generally go on field trips at least once a week.
The shorter class period means most of our afternoon Core Program classes will not be able to go on field trips.
Our Summer Adventures classes generally go on at least one field trip each week. The Challengers students go on almost daily adventures.
All field trip locations in our catalog are tentative. Confirmed field trips will be posted to the calendar on the Parent Corner as they are finalized.
There is no required uniform. We recommend students dress comfortably and appropriately for school. Some classes may require specific dress on certain days, such as athletic shoes or swim wear.
Students must wear the official Summer Programs t-shirt and covered shoes on all field trip days. Every student will receive one free Summer Programs t-shirt on their first day of class. Additional t-shirts may be purchased online or from our office.
Detailed information can be found in the Student Handbook that will be available for download on the Parent's Corner in May.
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF
Detailed information is included in the Student Handbook that will be posted on the Parent's Corner in May.
- Core Programs
- Students will be dropped off inside the College of Education parking lot at the curb beside the Multipurpose building. Look for staff in orange safety vests. Students will head directly to the supervised cafeteria and sit at their assigned class tables. If you choose to walk your child to campus, you can drop them off at the cafeteria. Teachers will meet them at their class tables and escort them to the classroom daily.
- For pick-up, students will be escorted to the supervised pickup zone on Dole Street in front of the UH Children's Center.
- Summer Adventures, students will be dropped off and picked up inside the College of Education lower parking lot. All students will wait in the supervised classroom beside the drop-off/pick-up area. If you choose to walk your child to campus, you can drop them off at the classroom.
- After-School Program, parents may pick up their children from the Cafeteria during Core Programs and Castle Memorial Room 119 during Summer Adventures. Parents must sign out their child(ren) with the After-School Program teacher.
Parking is not necessary for standard pick-up or drop-off.
Only vehicles with an assigned UHM Zone 1 parking pass are allowed to park in our lot. If you park illegally, you may be subject to a $40.00 parking ticket.
Limited parking is available at the in the green marked pay-to-park stalls in the Zone 1 parking lot. After 4pm, all non-reserved marked stalls may be used as green pay-to-park stalls. Parking may also be available in the UH parking structure for a daily fee, in the metered stalls along Metcalf Street, and on the streets in the surrounding neighborhood.
Morning drop-off starts at 7:30 am. Students who arrive earlier may wait in the courtyard area, but will not be supervised.
Afternoon drop-off starts at 11:50 am. Students who arrive earlier may wait in the courtyard area, but there may not be supervision available until Morning classes are dismissed.
Morning-only Core Program students must be picked up by 12:25 pm. Afternoon/Full-Day Core Program and Summer Adventure students must be picked up by 3:45 pm. Students enrolled in the After-School Program must be picked up by 5:30 pm. Fees will apply for late pick-up.
If your child is still here after the pick-up time, we will attempt to call the contacts listed on your child's registration form. Your child will be supervised until an authorized person is able to pick them up. Late pick-up fees may apply. Refer to the Student Handbook for more information.
On the online Registration Form you may specify whether your child is allowed to sign-out and leave on their own at the end of their day. Once your child signs out, they are no longer the responsibility of COE Summer Programs.
Regardless of their age and authorization status, students will not be allowed to leave campus on their own during class hours unless we receive prior notification from parents/guardians. Be sure to contact our office if your child needs to leave early.