About Us

To Succeed in College and the Workforce, Hawai'i's Students Need to Prepare in High School.

Step Up, an initiative of Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, is a statewide campaign that promotes college and career readiness for Hawai‘i’s high school students.

To succeed in today’s information age and to prepare for a dynamic and ever-changing future, Hawai‘i’s high school students are encouraged to earn the Hawai‘i State Board of Education’s (BOE) "Step Up" Recognition Diploma. This diploma, available for the graduating classes of 2013-2015, is different from the regular high school diploma. It includes more challenging classes in math, science and writing, and it also includes the completion of a senior project.

Upon graduation, students who earn the BOE "Step Up" Recognition Diploma are eligible for incentives for stepping up to this challenge such as special consideration for scholarships, admission into Hawai‘i colleges, and job application advancement with various employers. Plus, they are better prepared to succeed after high school, whether they choose to attend college or choose a career.

There are over 14,200 students statewide from the Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 that signed a Step Up pledge form, along with their parents, to signify their commitment to earn the BOE “Step Up” Diploma and become Step Up Scholars. Step Up Scholars will receive a number of benefits including information on college preparation and financial aid and invitations to college prep events throughout their years in high school.

For more information on the Step Up Campaign, please contact 808-956-3879 or stepup@hawaii.edu.

About Hawai‘i P-20

Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education is a statewide partnership led by the Early Learning Council, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System that is working to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve college and career success. Hawai‘i P-20’s partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i’s educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy, and have established a goal of 55% of Hawai‘i’s working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit our website at www.p20hawaii.org.