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The College Readiness & Academic Success Hawaii (CRASH) program began in the school year of 2009-2010 with the goals of increasing the number of students applying to college, increasing the number of students enrolling in college and promoting a college going culture at Waipahu High School. 


Waipahu High School's theme for SY 2021-2022 is The Marauder Legends, based off of the Nickelodeon series, Avatar: Clash of the Elements. Each year, our program incorporates the school theme and we are excited to journey with you as we master all elements of CRASH:

  • Life After High School

  • Apply for College

  • Financial Aid

  • Apply for a Job

FAQ'S (Frequently Asked Questions)

A: Previously, CRASH always opened at the WHS Cafeteria. The breakout sessions were held in various parts of the WHS Campus. This year, CRASH will be hosted virtually (through Google Classroom and Google Meet) or non-virtually (through hard copy worksheets of the modules).

A: In previous years, CRASH sessions began at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with check-ins starting at 5:00 - 5:30 pm. 

For this year's CRASH:
Virtual CRASH
- Live sessions start at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- Google Classroom assignments are to be completed asynchronously, following a deadline

Non-Virtual CRASH
- Students can pick up the worksheets before the first CRASH session
- The worksheets in the packet are to be completed asynchronously (on student's own time) and returned at the beginning of 2nd semester.

A: Through CRASH you can learn: 

  • How to pay for college

  • Which college is right for your child

  • Your child's life and career goals

  • How to prepare for college and scholarship applications

  • About volunteer/internship/work opportunities

  • Opportunity to apply for the CRASH scholarship

    • Eligibility requirements available here: 

    • Open to all grade levels

A: For virtual CRASH participants: Yes, we highly encourage CRASH participants to RSVP for each event. The RSVP form will be available at least one week prior to each session. 

For non-virtual CRASH participants: We welcome you to join us on our live sessions. 

RSVP Forms will be available on the Waipahu High School website, under the Events page, and in Google Classrooms (for virtual participants).

A: Students from ALL grade levels can apply for the CRASH Scholarship if they meet the requirements. The requirement information can be found here. 

A: Completing an evaluation form will help us hear your feedback based on your experience of our program. Your feedback can help us improve the program, make changes where necessary, and even include topics that we may not offer - but can, in the future. 

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