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February 23, 2021

'Iolani School Hosts Exciting In-Person Summer Program for Hawaii Students

After nearly a year of distance learning and with testing protocols being a possible deterrent for family travel this summer, ‘Iolani School is excited to announce an in-person summer option for kama‘āina families across Hawai‘i. With its 32,890 square-foot Residence Hall which opened in 2018, ‘Iolani School announced it will be providing an in-person summer camp experience, where students will have the rare opportunity to attend summer classes in person, create social connections, and experience a wide variety of activities through the ‘Iolani Summer Residential Program. As part of the experience, students will have the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of academic course offerings, extracurricular activities and off-campus field trips with friends from across the island and around the world. The best part, participants will be able to swap out Zoom classes and blue light glasses for masks and face shields.

“For this entire academic year, `Iolani has safely managed our on-campus boarding program    with zero COVID-related incidents. Our safety measures have proven to be very effective and this summer we are excited to open residential life opportunities to students from across our state,” said Dr. Timothy Cottrell, ‘Iolani Head of School. “In addition to in-person summer course offerings, participating students will experience teamwork, meet new friends and grow beyond the classroom from many aspects of this rich boarding experience. In a year when education has been compromised and students have been separated from friends, this program offers a way to be academically prepared for the coming year and rejuvenated by the in-person peer relationships that are so essential to young people. `Iolani’s summer residential life team is looking forward to a great summer that renews the mind, body and spirit of the students as we work together to move beyond the restrictions of the global pandemic,” he added.


‘Iolani’s Summer Residential Program includes options ranging in duration, offering everything from a two week session all the way up to a full summer eight week program. Each program provides students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning through classes designed for review and enrichment, along with a wide array of social and extracurricular experiences. In addition to elective courses such as ceramics, robotics and web design, ‘Iolani School will also be offering a diverse selection of review courses designed to close educational gaps associated with learning during the pandemic. The goal is for students to be well equipped for the coming school year while having a summer camp-like experience with peers. 


In addition to the standard course offerings, ‘Iolani School’s Summer Residential Program will also offer an exclusive 2 week STEM program where students can immerse themselves in the curriculum and facility of the 40,000 square foot world renowned Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. ‘Iolani School is currently ranked as the #1 Best High School for STEM in Hawai‘i by NICHE.COM for the 2021 school year, and their STEM camp in the summer is expected to be on-par with their curriculum throughout the year. ‘Iolani’s summer STEM camp focuses on the development of 21st Century learning skills, providing unique opportunities for students to utilize the cutting edge resources available throughout the building including exposure to drones, laser cutting, computer programming, video game design and more. Within this program, students will learn all about drone design, building and racing, have an introduction to laser cutting and video game design. 


Applications for ‘Iolani’s Summer Residential Program are now open and available to students ages 11-16. Space is limited. Hawai‘i residents are eligible for a 25% discount off of all program fees. Enter the promo code ALOHA at checkout. For additional information or to enroll in the program, visit www.iolani.org/srp


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