Seal of Biliteracy
Waipahu High School is home to hundreds of multilingual students. Our students and their families speak over 25 languages. The five most-common are Ilokano, Tagalog, Marshallese, Samoan, and Chuukese. You will also hear several languages of the Philippines, including Visayan, Pampango, and Pangasinan, and the Micronesian languages Kosreaen, Pohnpeian, or Yapese. Other languages used in the Waipahu community are Hawaiian, Japanese, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Tongan, and Vietnamese.
Waipahu High School leads the state in the number of students earning the Seal of Biliteracy. Over 50 students in the class of 2019 earned the Seal, the vast majority of them current or former English Learner (EL) students. Seventy-four students in the class of 2020 earned a Seal, including thirty-nine who demonstrated proficiency in three languages, for a total of 113 Seals. WHS students earned Seals in the following languages- Ilokano, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Samoan, Spanish, and Tagalog. We are extremely proud of our multilingual students and the assets they bring to our school community.