Student Residential Program also to return
‘Iolani School’s Associate Head of School Karen Neitzel said the expansion will help put Hawaii on the map as a destination for college prep education, and it’ll provide more local students with the opportunity to attend ‘Iolani.
“We’re going to be able to take 24 more students than we typically can and that’s an area we have great demand,” Neitzel said.
The school is also bringing back its student residential program, which hasn’t been around since 1959. The new dormitory will house 112 high school students.
Neitzel said, “The opportunity for our students to be exposed to students from all over the world is only going to enrich their experience and make them better prepared.”
To make this dream a reality, ‘Iolani purchased almost six acres of land adjacent to campus back in 2009.
Benefit for Parents
‘Iolani has allowed residents like Jeremy Reyes to move across the street to another building on property for the same rent.
“My daughter’s school is right next door so, that’s why we decided to stay on the lot,” Reyes said.
He said the school has been helpful in making the transition as smooth as possible.
“They’re willing to help us, even when we’re moving. They provide us with the moving company and boxes,” Reyes said.