ABOUT ARROYO PACIFIC ACADEMY
Our school is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory middle and high school from grades 6 through 12 located in Arcadia, California. The academy is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Welcome from the President/Principal
Welcome to Arroyo Pacific Academy. I hope you find the information that you are looking for on our website. I invite you to discover the Arroyo Pacific Advantage. We help our students develop the knowledge and skills to communicate, calculate, create, research, and reason. We encourage our students to build a foundation of responsibility, respect, cooperation, and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of others.
We are committed to supporting students as they strive for excellence in a personalized college preparatory curriculum that incorporates character formation and the academic competencies and skills necessary for lifelong learning. We provide a rigorous, meaningful and challenging educational program for all students.
Our school provides a student-centered curriculum and schedule that meets the needs of young people from many educational backgrounds - from the traditional college prep student, to the unique and gifted student who learns differently, to the international student looking for an American education. The advantages of a personal approach to education bring results that can positively impact a lifetime. The advantages of a local and global campus community best prepare our students for the college and career environments of this generation, as the world continues to become increasingly connected.
I invite you to visit our Academics page to find out more about our college prep curriculum and its accessibility to a wide spectrum of students who share a desire for a small class setting. I also invite you to visit our Student Life page to get a sense of the co-curricular activities our students have developed. Education of the whole person is essential to success in college and in life. I look forward to meeting you in person at Arroyo Pacific Academy.
Founded in 1998 by Philip Clarke, Arroyo Pacific Academy was opened to meet the needs of local parents who felt their sons and daughters were not best served in the traditional large-scale school setting.
These parents felt their children would be better served in a smaller school environment where they would receive greater attention and a personalized program that fit particular needs unique to the student. Students of various backgrounds, from those focused on traditional college prep, to those with learning differences came together to form a learning community committed to individual achievement and growth.
APA first served students from 6th to 12th grade. As the school grew, many students from local schools transferred to APA to take advantage of this environment, finding academic and personal growth they had not found previously. APA outgrew its original campus on Live Oak in Arcadia and moved to Santa Clara Street in 2003, where it remained through 2017. In 2006 APA graduated its last 8th grade class, and expanded its high school program.
In 2009, Arroyo Pacific Academy welcomed its first international students, meeting the needs of those students wishing to receive the benefits of an American high school education. These students enhanced the experiences of our local students by creating a school environment more closely matching the global nature of college and career communities as the world has become more interconnected. The advantages of a multicultural high school experience are significant in today's world. To date, international students have joined APA from Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.
In 2012, APA opened its second building, the Clarke Center, on Rolyn Place near the main school building, to provide additional space for visual and performing arts programs. A theater, music room, visual art studio, Mac lab, film/TV production studio, dance studio, and fitness room comprise the Clarke Center.
In 2018, APA opened new buildings on Santa Anita Avenue in a single, unified complex which includes the Clarke Center. The new campus has expanded science and technology facilities. With the opening of the new facility, APA has reopened its middle school program and now teaches students from grades 6 through 12.
Our Mission and Philosophy
Arroyo Pacific Academy is a learning institution where academic attainment has the highest priority within a learning environment that is supportive and encouraging.
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Priority is given to success in academic achievement. Academic programs are offered to middle and high school students.
Recognizing the value and uniqueness of each student as a person with artistic, emotional, imaginative, intellectual, physical, religious, and social potential, the teacher endeavors to lead the student to seek the fullest development of his or her talents, concentrating on intellectual and academic potential.
The Academy is a coeducational institution, open to local and international students.
Our teaching and learning community is committed to supporting our students as they strive for excellence in a college preparatory curriculum that incorporates character formation and the academic competencies and skills necessary for lifelong learning. These concepts remain the embodiment of the Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, which form the basis for the educational program designed to meet the needs of all students.
We help our students to develop the knowledge and skills to communicate, calculate, create, research, and reason. We encourage our students to build a foundation of responsibility, respect, cooperation, and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of others.
We recognize that the process of thoughtful choice and change can best occur in a nurturing environment, one in which students schooled in a shared body of knowledge come to possess a lifelong passion for learning as collaborative workers, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens.
The school consistently works to serve the needs of students from local communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the County of Los Angeles. In addition, we welcome students from international communities who wish to experience education, culture, and language in the United States.