College Guidance

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IMG_4756We are a school that serves bright students with neurodiversity (with a focus on gifted and/ or dyslexic youngsters), so there is no such thing as the typical Assets High School student. For this reason, the postsecondary planning process at Assets is individualized to meet student needs. All students at Assets High School are given the opportunity to explore a variety of postsecondary options that may fit them, and learn about college options, including four-year colleges and universities. Historically, the majority of our graduates attend a four-year college immediately after graduation and many are pleased to discover that they are scholarship candidates. Some choose engineering colleges, two-year community colleges, trade and art focused institutions. Others choose alternative paths to success such as military, work, internships, and gap year programs. All Assets graduates walk across the stage to pick up their diploma with a clear transition action plan, knowing their next steps and carrying with them a toolbox full of strategies that will help them succeed.  Here is a list of college attended by our graduates (not comprehensive). The variety of programs is reflected in the diversity of our student body.

Though separate from the mentorship program, the postsecondary planning builds on student experiences in mentorship as students enter junior year with strong career awareness, having experienced two mentorship placements prior to junior year. Typically in junior year, but sometimes in senior year, students take the required guidance course which allows them to explore themselves more deeply as learners and study the various types of postsecondary options that are available and more clearly develop criteria for their search. Students prepare for the application process by creating relevant pieces such as their personal statement and an updated resume or portfolio. Students also practice advocating for the supports they will need in college by identifying those supports, and making contact with a support office.

Seniors are supported through our advisory program and through individual and small group counseling with Ms. James. In lieu of a final parent/ teacher conference, through advisory, seniors prepare an end of year presentation about their learning journey that incorporates their transition plan and a clear understanding of their strengths, challenges, interests, and needs.

Parents and guardians are important partners in the postsecondary planning process, and are provided workshops about college financial aid as well as the college search and application process. Juniors are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Ms. James with their parents during Spring of the 11th grade year. Assets High School parents and guardians are encouraged to contact Ms. James any time they have questions regarding the post secondary transition process.

College and Career Corner is a Google Website created and maintained by Ms. James that provides more detailed information for Assets families during transition including detailed timelines, college financial aid, scholarship search tools, college entrance testing (SAT and/ or ACT), resources for college search, and more.

Contact Ms. James via email:

By Mail:
Attn: Ms. Farris James
Assets High School
913 Alewa Drive
Honolulu, HI 96817

Phone number – 808-423-1356
Fax Number – 808-422-1920

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