High School Mission And Curriculum

High School Mission


Our mission is to equip students to achieve personal, educational, and professional goals.


Accomplishing the Mission


In order to accomplish our mission we have created a unique program, different from other high schools in American Samoa. what makes our program different is our approach to education. Recognizing that our biggest challenge – our small school size – can also be our greatest strength, we have designed a program that takes advantage of our small size. We are able too include elements in our program that can be more difficult to include in a larger school setting.


Full integration of technology into the curriculum.

Rigorous courses with high standards.

Independent student opportunities, including online courses.

Potential for earning high school credit through extra-curricular activities.

Longer class periods to maximize instructional time.

Close working relationships between students and teachers.

Student assessment based on both traditional and performance standards.


Independent Study Courses


Since Pacific Horizons High School is a small school, we are limited in our course offerings. Students wanting or needing to take courses not offered by the school during a current school year may take advantage of an independent study course, typically online. School approval is required before doing this. Students doing independent studies will be assigned a teacher to supervise and help them through their independent course.

Pacific Horizons High School will provide a basic core curriculum of six subjects each term. If a student needs a course that is not being offered in the current year, then the school will provide the student with an independent study course at no additional charge. However, if students choose to take additional courses or different courses than the ones offered by the school, they will be required to pay for these extra courses.


Credit for Extracurricular Activities


The school can award credit for extracurricular activities in which students are involved. These activities may include dance classes, music lessons, or even some sports. In order to receive credit for an extracurricular activity, the activity must meet certain criteria. A student seeking credit for an extracurricular activity will need to discuss the situation with his or her advisor. Final approval for receiving credit must be granted by the school director.