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COVID - 19 / Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Students,

At last we are being permitted to reopen for full in-person learning.  We have made our application for all grade levels to return to school after the spring break –April 1, 2021. This means we will have a complete quarter of instruction before the end of the school year. We have taken all the precautions necessary for us to re-open with plans for disinfecting the school, requiring masks and providing plexiglass shields where requested. We will educate our students on proper distancing requirements and the specific requirements for lunchtime eating and playing.


Because we respect your responsibilities as parents with regards to the safety of your child, you may choose to keep your student at home and continue to learn remotely by Zoom. However, this is not freedom to choose which days to come to school or stay home - it is either/or. Make the decision before March 25 and let us know by way of e-mail or Jupiter message if you intend to keep your student home for the quarter. Otherwise I will presume the student is coming to school each day. Our faculty and staff have been encouraged (but not mandated) to be vaccinated and almost all will have accomplished this before they return.


All rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-related behaviors at school are now on our website under the COVID-19 tab.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. Essentially we will be adopting best practices from other schools. In order to keep our groups separate and apart (“Stable groups”) we will divide the campus into Middle/High school and Elementary school. Each group will have dedicated classrooms and restrooms and different cafeteria schedules. Food will be available but served individually to each student (i.e. no shared pizza!).  We have an outside dining area (under cover) for students to eat outside if they wish.


All parents and students will be asked to verify that they have completed the COVID pre-check each morning before signing in and having temperature scanned. The procedures for dealing with students who appear ill are on our website. Parents should not enter the school unless meeting by appointment, wearing a mask and being temperature checked. Parents are asked to drive through and drop off/pick up as quickly as possible. Please do not hold up the line. So, if a student is not ready for you, please pull over and park out of the driving lane until the student shows up. High school and middle school students enter by Santa Anita reception area. Elementary students enter by Rolyn St. (back) reception area.


The only thing that can disrupt our re-opening will be a huge surge in infections related to new strains of COVID.  We will abide by LA Co. Health Department (LACDPH) guidelines. Please see the “waiver of lawsuit/liability” on our COVID tab. Please print it, sign it, and send it to school with your returning student. We need to demonstrate that we have fully explained returning requirement with all parents and students and you accept any risks involved.


I look forward to seeing our students (and you the parents) again!


Be safe and stay well.



Philip Clarke


March 19, 2021


Arroyo Pacific’s Full Accreditation Reaffirmed by WASC


Arcadia, CA, February 2020: The 2019-2020 academic year has special significance as Arroyo Pacific Academy’s Middle School and High School successfully completed the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) self-study with the reaffirmation of our six year accreditation. This process is an important part of our on-going efforts to assure the highest quality educational experience for our current and future students. Student learning occupies the central focus in our pursuit of academic excellence, and therefore, student and parent participation in the accreditation process was essential, most beneficial, and greatly appreciated.


The WASC accreditation process aids Arroyo Pacific Academy as a private, independent college preparatory in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that our accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.


“I am very pleased with the outcome of this mid-cycle review,” said President Philip Clarke. “Since our last evaluation, the academy has made significant progress on many of its important objectives. We have expanded the campus and re-established our Middle School. We have added Middle School courses to our curriculum and welcomed new teachers and staff.”


Arroyo Pacific Academy will continue working in many ways to improve our programs and increase student achievement of the Schoolwide Learner Outcomes. The administration is thankful for the dedicated faculty and staff for helping keep Arroyo Pacific focused on student learning and success.


“The mission statement of the academy commits Arroyo Pacific Academy to helping students realize their educational goals,” Philip Clarke said. “The WASC report is a strong confirmation that we are on the right path. Now, we need to build on our past success and use it as a steppingstone to provide an even better education for our students in the future.”

Dec 19 - Jan 3
Jan 4
Jan 12 - 13
Jan 14 - 18
Jan 19
Feb 15
Mar 15 - 16
Mar 17 - 31
Apr 1
Apr 26
May 3 - 14
May 26 - 27
May 27
May 28
June 14
July 5
July 16
Winter Break - School Closed
Classes Resume
Final Exams
Semester Break - School Closed
SQ1 Class Schedule Rotation Begins
President's Day – School Closed
Final Exams
Spring Break - School Closed
SQ2 Class Schedule Rotation Begins
Mid-Quarter Holiday – School Closed
AP Exams
Final Exams
Graduation of the Class of 2021
Final Day for Textbook Return
Summer School Begins
Independence Day Holiday
Last Day of Summer School

Arroyo Pacific Academy

325 North Santa Anita Avenue

Arcadia, CA 91006

Tel: 626.294.0661


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We are a private school in Arcadia, California from grades 1 through 12. We offer a personal approach to education and welcome students from our local communities and from around the world.  Our small class sizes and distinct educational environment best prepare our students for the global and collaborative college and career environments of the 21st century.