Academy of the Pacific closing after 52 years

Academy of the Pacific

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Academy of the Pacific has closed its doors.

The school, located in Alewa Heights, had been in operation for more than 50 years.

The private school started operation as the Honolulu Junior Academy in 1961. The name changed in 1981 when the school began graduating seniors.

However, declining enrollment in recent years has forced the school’s backers to rethink the long-term goals of the school.

“This year, we actually had 63 students. The year before we had 85 students. At our zenith, maybe 14, 15 years ago, we had about 140 students. And if we opened up right now, with next year’s students, we’d open up with 30,” said Lou Young, the head of AOP.

With that in mind, school administrators decided to close down the campus for at least one year.

Other private schools are cooperating to find a place for the undergraduate students.

There are no immediate plans for the property. It will be maintained as it is until the next school year begins in 2014.

For more information, visit the school’s website.

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