Thank you for considering ‘Iolani School.

We welcome applications from home-schooled students. You may apply online or through the mail for the 2016-17 school year.

Here are step-by-step instructions for completing the application process. If you have questions, please 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 formsComplete 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 at (808) 943-2222 if you miss the Dec. 1 deadline.


All candidates to grades 6 – 11 take the SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST. Register online at www.ssat.org 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

In place of traditional school records, the adult(s) responsible for home-schooling should submit the following by Jan. 31.

  • Philosophy:  What philosophy guides your approach to home-schooling? How long has the candidate been home-schooled? Are there other siblings or students involved?
  • Curriculum:  What texts and resources have been used last year and this year in the candidate’s home-schooling experience? Please provide syllabi, if available. What subjects have been covered in the last two years?
  • Transcripts:  Please submit grades for last year and this year to date. Grades may be in alphabetic, numeric or narrative form. Please include grades for any classes being taken at other academic institutions.

Recommendation forms for teachers and mentors

It is appropriate for the parent to complete the Teacher Reference Report if he/she is the teacher. Please submit additional recommendations from adults, other than the home-school teacher who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability.

Download the forms listed below or use those mailed to you in your application packet. Read the directions carefully. If someone, other than the parent, is completing the form, sign the release statement and ask that person to return the completed form directly to us between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.

Provide a stamped envelope 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

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 parents are encouraged to attend the activity session/interview.

  • Activity sessions for grade 6:  November 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, one will not be scheduled.


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.