​​Important Dates

Monday, June 23, 2022

  •   Last day of instruction for Early College, Summer Session I (9:30 am - 12:45 pm and 12:45 - 3:30 pm)


June 20-24, 2022

  • Open period to nominate or self-nominate for 10 Ivy League Club Officer positions via Google Form link.

Friday, June 24, 2022

  • Elections of SY 2022-2023 Ivy League Club Officers (cohort 2024, 2025, & 2026) using Google Meet from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

Friday, July 9, 2020

  • PTK & Ivy League Retreat at UH West Oahu  (pending suspension of shelter in place restrictions)

Aspire Higher:
Discover the Rewards of the Waipahu High School Ivy League Club



The primary purpose of the Ivy League Club is five-fold:  1) to motivate and inspire students to apply to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, as well as other “Top Tier” and nationally competitive research universities; 2) to better prepare students to achieve competitive scores on the ACT and SAT through annual and routine practice of such standardized tests; 3) to develop competitive portfolios, personal statements, interview skills and resumes for Ivy League applications; 4) to develop extraordinary research and scholarship documentation,  leadership skills, and a history of extraordinary service; and 5) to promote fellowship, peer mentoring, collegiality and esprit de corps.


The term Ivy League school commonly refers to eight schools associated with the American collegiate athletic conference and is up of eight private universities in the Northeastern United States.  These schools include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.  The term “Ivy League” is also synonymous with academic excellence and highly selective admissions criteria.


The term “Tier One” commonly refers to colleges and universities that are ranked by different criteria and vary widely depending on the organization conducting the survey. For example, US News ranked the top 20 US National Universities as follows: 1) Princeton, 2) Harvard, 3) Columbia, 4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 5) University of Chicago, 6) Yale University, 7) Stanford University, 8) Duke University, 9) University of Pennsylvania, 10) Johns Hopkins, 11) Northwestern University, 12) California Institute of Technology, 13) Dartmouth College, 14) Brown University 15) Vanderbilt University, 16) Cornell University, 17) Rice University, 18) University of Notre Dame, 19) University of California – LA, and 20) Washington University in St. Louis.


Need-blind admission is a term used in the U.S. that means college and university admission policy does not consider an applicant’s financial circumstance when considering admission.  Examples of U.S. institutions that are need-blind for U.S. applicants and meet full demonstrated need included, but are not limited to the following:  1) Barnard College, 2) Boston College, 3) Bowdoin College, 4) Brown University, 5) California Institute of Technology, 6) Claremont McKenna College, 7) College of the Holy Cross, 8) Columbia University, 9) Cornell University, 10) Dartmouth College, 11) Davidson College, 12) Duke University, 13) Georgetown University, 14) Grinnell College, 15) Harvey Mudd College, 16) Johns Hopkins University, 17) Middlebury College, 18) Northwestern University, 19) Olin College, 20) Pomona College, 21) Rice University, 22) Soka University of America, 23) Stanford University, Swarthmore College, 24) University of Chicago, 25) University of Michigan, 26) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27) University of Notre Dame, 28) University of Pennsylvania, 29) University of Richmond, 30) University of Southern California, 31) University of Virginia, 32) Vanderbilt University, 33) Vassar College, 34) Wellesley College, and 35) Willams College.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Need-blind_admission

Guest lecturers who have graduated from an Ivy League school


Peer-to-peer research and presentation of findings on a specific Ivy League school


Resume and/or portfolio building


Student Development classes will be held every Friday after school during the university academic calendar and will cover strategies known to be effective in getting into an Ivy League or Tier One school.The class will also involve practice using standardized tests (e.g., ACT, SAT) as guided by SAT study guides and online practice.



Strategies on how to build a history of extraordinary leadership and service

Practice writing personal statements for university admissions


Strategies for Success