Grades 6 - 12

Grades 6 - 12

Thank you for considering ‘Iolani School.

The deadline to apply for admission to 'Iolani for the 2016-17 school year is Dec. 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact the 'Iolani School Office of Admission at (808) 943-2222 or email us at admission [at]

Here are step-by-step instructions for completing the application process. Please review the application checklist before you proceed, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Apply by Dec. 1, 2015, for the 2016-17 school year

Apply online or through the mail:

  • We recommend applying online. Applying online allows you to create a user account to check on the status of your application.

  • If you prefer receiving an application packet by mail, you can call us at (808) 943-2222, or you can click HERE to download and print the application forms. Complete the application and mail it with the appropriate documentation and the $125 application fee to:

                                               ‘Iolani School
                                               Office of Admission
                                               563 Kamoku Street
                                               Honolulu, HI 96826


Photos are not required, but we appreciate receiving them.  If you submit a paper application, you may include a photo with the application.  If you apply online, you can upload a photo to your application.

Late applications are considered on a rolling basis depending on space availability.  Please contact us directly if you miss the December 1st deadline.


All candidates to grades 6 – 11 take the SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST. Register online at and arrange to have the scores sent to us. Our school code is 4144.  To make sure that we receive the scores in time for consideration, candidates must test on one of the following sessions:

  • October 2015
  • November 2015
  • December 2015
  • January 2016

Candidates for grade 12 submit a copy of their scores on the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT college entrance exam.  They do not take the SSAT.

Report cards and school records

Please make sure that we receive the following school reports:

  • By Jan. 31, 2016
    • The final 2014-15 report card
    • The first quarter/trimester report card for 2015-16
    • The first semester report card for 2015-16
    • A copy of the most recent standardized test scores (i.e. HSA, ERB, ITBS, Terra Nova, SAT etc.)
    • If applying to grade 12, a transcript from grades 9 and 10

* 'Iolani School reserves the right to require additional documentation for students with learning disabilities.

Recommendation forms for teachers, mentors and administrator

We require two Teacher Reference Report forms from academic teachers (English, Math, History, Science). We do not require the Mentor Reference Report, but we encourage students involved in extra-curricular activities to ask their coaches, music teachers or club leaders to submit them. A rule of thumb: one reference report should be submitted per activity. The reference report for administrator is given to principal or counselor at current school.

Download the forms listed below or use those mailed to you in your application packet.  Read the directions carefully. Complete and sign the release statement on each form, and ask the teachers and mentors to return the completed forms directly to us between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.

Provide the teachers and mentors with stamped envelopes addressed to:

                                 'Iolani School
                                 Office of Admission
                                 563 Kamoku Street
                                 Honolulu, HI  96826 

Click below to download forms:
Teacher Reference Report for Grades 6 - 12
Mentor Reference Report
Administrator Reference Report

Saturday activity session or interview

Candidates for grade 6 attend an activity session on campus, and candidates for grades 7 – 12 come to 'Iolani for a personal interview.  Parents receive notification at least two weeks prior to the scheduled appointment, and both parents are encouraged to attend the activity session/interview.

  • Activity sessions for grade 6:  November 2015, December 2015 or January 2016
  • Interviews for grades 7 - 12:  November 2015, December 2015 or January 2016

Off-island candidates

If you do not live on O'ahu, you are not required to come to campus for the activity session or interview.  Instead, we encourage you to submit a personal statement in which you describe yourself and your reasons for wanting to attend 'Iolani.  The personal statement should be submitted by Jan. 31, 2016.

Please be sure to indicate on the application if you are willing to come to campus for the activity session or interview.  Otherwise, you will not be scheduled for one.


If you meet all the deadlines, you can expect to receive a decision letter from us no later than March 30.  If offered admission, you have until April 15, the HAIS Common Reply Date, to respond.


‘Iolani School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability in areas of admission, financial aid, athletics or other school administered programs.