Academics form the core of the ‘Iolani School experience.

The term "academics" covers an incredible range of experience ... everything from kindergarten to advanced calculus, student publications to library access.

At ‘Iolani, academics come first.  High grades bring not only self-respect, but also the respect of teachers and classmates.  Making the Honor Roll, winning academic contests, and gaining admission to good colleges make students feel happy, successful and competent.

'Iolani offers a complete K-12 educational experience and a broad spectrum of academic activities from pumpkin patch visits and third grade musicals, to senior orchestra trips to Carnegie Hall and Australia. Roughly a quarter of the senior class began its education in 'Iolani's kindergarten.

Students in the Upper School may earn college credit for their work in Advanced Placement courses in English, mathematics, science, history, foreign language, psychology, computer science and art.

Small classes are essential to the 'Iolani academic experience.  We maintain a 12:1 student to teacher ratio, with an average class size of 17 students. We also recognize that academic demands vary according to the age and ability of the student.  Extra help from teachers, counselors and peer tutors is always available.


“‘Iolani students are compassionate, intelligent, perceptive and full of energy. Learning takes place in and out of the classroom on all levels: academic, athletic, artistic, social, emotional and spiritual. Day after day, the students amaze me. These exceptional young people are passionate about life and committed to reaching their potential.”