2016 Private School Guide
(page 12 of 34)
Photos: ‘Iolani School
Timothy Cottrell, Head of School
“If you build a wonderful, 21st century learning center, they will come.” Indeed, ‘Iolani’s Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership teems with activity as students try to realize creative solutions for real world issues by using knowledge gained in classes, guidance from dedicated teachers and the center’s advanced tech tools. This Place of Dreams is part of the 150-year-old K-12 school’s ongoing commitment to an education that inspires for a lifetime. Together with ‘Iolani’s outstanding academics, arts and athletics programs, students are challenged to think, communicate and work with others to prepare them for a world that desires such skills from them.
“Our great legacy of educational leadership comes from being at the forefront of programs that educate for the future,” says Head of School Timothy Cottrell. “When the exceptional quality of our experienced faculty and curriculum are combined with our traditions of honoring One Team, striving for excellence, working hard and displaying humility, ‘Iolani stands on the firmest of foundations on which to grow.”
Experiential learning at ‘Iolani pushes the envelope to create “borderless” classrooms and relational education for students to work with partners on campus and in the community to tackle real world problems. Enhance that with amazingly diverse tools—from 3D printers, robotics and water-jet cutters, also video, film and anime software to time-honored library books all housed at the Sullivan Center’s four floors—then all that’s needed are curiosity, imagination and hard work.
Nearby Ala Wai Canal encouraged students to become citizen scientists by collecting and analyzing water quality samples through research collaborations with the University of Hawaii and area public schools. Working with teacher-mentors, students also helped design and construct a remote controlled boat at the Sullivan Center to avoid falling into the canal and are now experimenting using native plants, with the help of a sustainability expert, to clean up the canal.
In the Religion and Social Justice class, students chose to research and address the statewide issue of early childhood education, which is not equally available to all preschool children in Hawaii. ‘Iolani students teamed up and collaborated to create the KA’I Keiki Summer Learning Program in Palolo Valley, a pilot program this summer for children 3 to 5 years old.
For even ‘Iolani’s youngest students, experiential learning gave them new lessons, friends and games to play. After kindergartners learned about soil, worms and sustainable gardening by growing squash, corn and beans, they took Upper School friends in a Computer 1 Java programming class for a garden tour that inspired the older students to create games for their young friends. But the novice programmers also learned that games had to be playable and attractive to their clients.
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