Academy of the Pacific to close after 52 years

Published On: Jun 10 2013 01:44:28 PM HST   Updated On: Jun 10 2013 07:12:15 PM HST

The Academy of the Pacific's Board Chair Barron Guss announced Monday to its current students and faculty that the school will cease academic operations effective for the 2013-2014 school year.

Guss said, "Due to declining enrollment and increased financial pressures on families leading to greater need for tuition assistance, the school can no longer financially sustain itself nor continue to offer our students the very best in 21st century education."

The school's Board of Trustees decided that it is in everyone’s best interest that the school close while the Board explores a variety of future possibilities.

The Academy of the Pacific, formerly known as Honolulu Junior Academy, was established to work with students whose unique needs and abilities were unmet in conventional classroom settings.

"Since 1961, the school has fulfilled that purpose and is proud of the role we have played in helping generations of students reach their potential," said Guss.

"The AOP administration and faculty are working diligently with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools in order to help appropriately place our currently enrolled students and to suitably address constituent concerns such as document retention," said Lou Young, Head of School.

After personal phone calls were made to all current families on Saturday, Guss wrote a letter sent by email and posted on the website and on the school’s Facebook page.

In the letter, Guss said, "Academy of the Pacific would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have supported Academy of the Pacific over our rich 52 year history.  As a proud alumnus myself, I hope you will join me in celebrating the lives that have been touched by this unique school."

The school is located in Alewa Heights.


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