School and Community

Kwajalein High School is located on a secure Army installation dedicated to supporting the missions of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. The school is a private institution operated by Kwajalein Range Services (KRS), a logistics and engineering support contractor with the SMDC.
The school is accredited by the North Central Association/Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI). Curriculum is designed to equip students to become life-long learners, effective problem-solvers, responsible citizens, and caring contributors to humankind.
Approximately 100 students are enrolled in grades 7-12. Most are dependents of U.S civilian and U.S. military personnel working on the island. Many private companies and government entities participate in supporting school operations including: MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, KRS, Boeing, NASA, and the U.S Army. Most parents have professional and technical backgrounds.

Academic Program

The four-year college-preparatory curriculum requires the following course minimums for graduation:
English - 4 credits
Social Studies - 4 credits
Mathematics - 2 credits
Laboratory Science - 2 credits
Computer Science -  0.5credit
Health/Physical Education - 2 credits
Electives - 9.5 credits.
Most students exceed the 24-credit graduation requirement. There are seven 47-minute class periods per day with 180 student contact days in the school calendar.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in Calculus, Statistics, English Literature, and English Language.

Grading

Kwajalein High School uses a 4.0 grading scale. The lowest passing percentage is 60%. All completed courses (with the exception of any high school courses taken in 8th grade) where a letter grade of A through F is given are used in computing a student's GPA. One additional quality point is added to the GPA calculation for grades received for AP courses. The school is on a semester system with the first semester ending in January and the second semester ending the first week of June.

Faculty

The staff consists of a full-time principal and school counselor and the equivalent of 17 full-time teachers.
The classroom student-teacher ratio is approximately 10-1.
Most full-time faculty members have Master’s Degrees.

College Placement

In recent years our graduates have been accepted at

Auburn MIT UC-Santa Barbara
Cal Tech Northwestern University of Colorado at Boulder
Carnegie Mellon University Notre Dame University University of Denver
Chapman University Penn State University of Michigan
Claremont-McKenna College Pepperdine University of Minnesota
Clemson Princeton University of Texas - Austin
DePaul Purdue University of Wisconsin - Madison
Drew University Rice US Air Force Academy
Drexel University St. John’s University US Coast Guard Academy
Georgia Tech St. Olaf College Vanderbilt
Gonzaga Stanford Vassar
Harvard Texas A & M Virginia Tech
Harvey Mudd College UC -Santa Cruz Wake Forest
Johns Hopkins UC-Berkeley Wentworth
McGill UC-Irvine

 

Extra Curricular Opportunities

School Band, Yearbook, Honor Society (HS), and the Student Government Association (SGA) are some of the school-sponsored activities offered at Kwajalein High School.
The Marshall Islands Club is also an effective student organization that works to bridge relationships between Kwajalein School students and the Marshallese citizens on the neighboring island of Ebeye.
In general, our students are well-traveled. The staff and students take pride in being globally aware and experienced in other cultures. The particular requirements of remote island living have prepared Kwajalein students to be self-reliant and effective problem solvers.