Physical Education

Physical Education

‘Iolani School provides a complete physical education program for boys and girls in all grades. The goals for students are to acquire a wide variety of basic skills, practice teamwork, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and appreciate the benefits of physical activity.

Students have a multitude of facilities at their disposal: two full-size gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized swimming/diving pool, a soccer/football field, a baseball diamond, the One Team Fieldhousea mat-covered room with a climbing rock wall, and a rubber-surfaced running track.


In grades 7-12, the students’ activities derive from aquatics, lifetime activities, individual and team sports. Most classes are co-educational with a low student-teacher ratio. The department provides an enjoyable, educational experience exposing each student to a variety of physical activities geared toward an active, physically fit life.

In the Upper School, students who participate in Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) sports may be excused from part of the obligations of their required courses in Physical Education.


The elementary years emphasize basic knowledge of movement and games with activities involving running, throwing, kicking, striking and swimming. Fitness, coordination and appreciation for physical activity are the goals of Lower School physical education.

In kindergarten, emphasis is placed on fundamental movement patterns and personal space. There is application of basic concepts to locomotor skills and activities such as running, jumping, hopping, leaping, galloping, skipping, and sliding. Object handling and eye-hand coordination activities are also introduced. Children learn non-competitive games, demonstrate how to listen and follow directions, and participate cooperatively with others.

The goals for first and second graders are to develop and refine body movements and fundamental skills. Emphases are placed on learning the basics of each skill, following directions, and working with classmates in organized activities. Skills include: throwing and catching, kicking, jumping rope, swimming, and tumbling.

Third grade students are prepared to participate in team sports; football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, paddleball and water polo are introduced. Students are taught the fundamental skills of these activities and offered opportunities to develop and use them in lead-up games. There is a short physical fitness check at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the third quarter. Students discuss their results and determine where and how improvement can be made.

In grades 4, 5 and 6, the basic goal is to develop skills that pertain to team activities.  Students are taught specific skills, which correspond to each sport. They learn the rules and are expected to know them before any games are played. Teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized. Physical fitness checks are conducted at the start of the first quarter and end of the third quarter.

In addition, there is a voluntary after-school intramural program offered to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. A variety of team sports is scheduled throughout the year.