Lower School (K-6)

Lower School (K-6)

The Lower School is situated at the Diamond Head end of the campus and encompasses the primary (K-3) and elementary (4-6) grades. The focus and direction of ‘Iolani Lower School is to make learning engaging and meaningful for all students and in the process develop a community of inspired learners.

Students enjoy a nurturing environment with low pupil-teacher ratios.  Much personal attention and positive reinforcement help to promote healthy self-concepts and sound educational foundations.

The 'Iolani experience allows students in all grades to develop and refine 21st century skills such as problem-solving, creativity, persistence and teamwork, as well as traditional characteristics such as humility and spirituality in a learning environment that is rigorous, yet caring and nurturing.  Our "One Team" motto further exemplifies our school philosophy that students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and staff work together to develop a well-rounded student who will be able to function successfully as a productive and contributing 21st century global citizen.  

In all grade levels, students proceed at rates appropriate with their academic achievement. In collaboration with their colleagues, teachers establish grade level academic objectives and goals for all students.  To support these goals and objectives, teachers provide students with a wealth of learning activities and present lessons in a manner that addresses the different learning styles in their classes.   Frequent assessments, quarterly evaluations, mid-quarter reports and conferences apprise parents of their child's progress.

Primary Grades (K-3)

Curriculum in the primary grades include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, technology literacy, religious education, dance (creative movement), library skills, and physical education.

Additional programs: 

Grades K-3 attend chapel services once a month on Wednesday mornings and every Friday morning with the entire Lower School.  Students have opportunities to be readers or speakers in chapel.

The hours of the after-school program are 2:30-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year.  For further information please see the After-School Special Programs link.

Elementary Grades (4-6)

Grades 4-6 core curriculum areas include language arts, math and social studies.  These curriculum areas are departmentalized within their specific grade levels.  Curriculum in the elementary grades includes language arts, mathematics, social studies, art, science, music, technology literacy, religious education and physical education.   The faculty and staff emphasize good citizenship, high moral standards, sound study habits, and basic skills and concepts.

Additional programs:

Grades 4-6 attend chapel services once a month on Wednesday mornings and every Friday morning with the entire Lower School.  Students have opportunities to be readers or speakers in chapel.

The hours of the after-school program are 2:30-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year.  For further information please see the After-School Special Programs link.

Performing Arts:

Students in grades 4-6 are eligible for chorus, contemporary jazz, hula, and beginning and advance orchestra. Fourth graders may choose to join Suzuki beginning violin.  Sixth graders may also elect to take Orff Ensemble, band or musical theater.  Classes meet three times a week, and the children perform in various programs. 

For further information, please explore the Performing Arts link. 

Lower School Library

The librarian works in partnership with classroom teachers to teach information retrieval, explore interdisciplinary units, and encourage the love of reading. Reference service is provided on a one-to-one basis, as well as in regularly scheduled classes. Students may use the Upper School Library when the need arises. Parents are welcome to borrow from the "Parents Section" as well as the regular collection.

The Lower School Library welcomes donations through the "Birthday Book" program, which facilitates the growth of the collection.

Hours-- Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Collection-- 14,000 books, magazines and audiovisual resources.

Equipment-- computers with Internet access.