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Dr. Timothy Cottrell
To prepare students for futures yet to come, ‘Iolani pursues educational excellence that encompasses both time-honored values and innovative approaches. For 158 years, the co-ed, college prep school for grades K-12 has offered outstanding teachers and challenging and rewarding learning environments to educate innovators for the next generation.
A Safe, Responsive and Forward-thinking Place to Learn
During the recent global pandemic, ‘Iolani became the educational gold standard for their early foresight and quick mobilization to a distance learning plan, including academic and social engagement, that enabled students in all grades to carry a full academic course load from home. To date, there are zero cases reported of on-campus transmission and faculty and staff are 98 percent fully vaccinated.
Recognizing their role in preparing students to be effective change makers, ‘Iolani emphasizes education for a lifetime that invites student creativity, curiosity and participation in academic, spiritual, social, aesthetic and physical endeavors. Learning is personalized in small classes of 10:1 student teacher ratio. ‘Iolani’s state-of-the-art Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership engages students to find creative solutions for real world issues, including fabricating and donating over 17,000 face shields for frontline workers during the pandemic.
One Team Values
Begun in ‘Iolani athletics and universally valued throughout the school community, One Team stresses working together as one through humble leadership and persistent teamwork to achieve success. It shapes an ‘Iolani education by imbuing knowledge with character, passion with discipline, humility in success and resiliency in failure. It endures in the global alumni community who make compassionate choices to give back and solve significant problems.
Service to Community
Since 2010, ‘Iolani’s KA‘I (Kūkulu Alaka‘i ‘Iolani, meaning “the creation of leaders”) programs, a community partnership to empower Pālolo Valley youth, has served over 300 young scholars from two-year-old preschoolers to 22-year-old college students. During COVID, KA‘I’s summer program instituted free distance learning programs with donated iPads, and organized food distribution and guidance to families. In addition, ‘Iolani is the creator of the ‘Āina-Informatics Network, a program available to high schools across the island to introduce genome science.
From generous donors and a strong endowment, ‘Iolani provides $7 million in fi nancial aid, with an average award of $12,000 to recipients. 28% of the student body receives financial aid.
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