Pacific Academy is a private preparatory co-ed school that offers small class sizes, a 1:10 teacher/student ratio, monthly progress reports, exciting extracurricular activities, individual college counseling and educational planning based on their personal goals.
Pacific Academy takes pride in being able to assist students who have a unique talent achieve a higher standard in education while fostering their individual talents.
Pacific Academy is accredited by WASC. The Pacific Academy curriculum is driven by a focus on creativity, cross-disciplinary studies, new course offerings, school events, and student-led activities.
Faculty and students collaborate on new initiatives, new electives, and new ways of connecting concepts across the curriculum.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) serves as a cornerstone of Pacific Academy's educational methodology.
With PBL, students acquire knowledge through immersive, hands-on activities. Our Service-Learning program allows students to experience the impact of community service on every facet of life and to understand the social issues behind the necessity for service. Students will have the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally to live with and within communities they serve. Beyond the demands of our college preparatory classes, students ultimately learn to harness their talents and use them creatively, compassionately, and courageously in every aspect of their lives.
Since 1997, Pacific Academy has had 100% college acceptance and among those colleges include: Columbia University, University of California Irvine, U Penn, and Stanford University.
Pacific Academy is an international school and accepts students from all over the world.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,600
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Pacific Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded
1997
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
150 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Guitar, Advanced Painting and Drawing, Advanced Yearbook, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program, AP Government and Politics United States, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP World History
Average SAT score
1273
Average ACT score
32
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Polo Shirt)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
International Tuition: $29,000/per year
Admissions Director
Angell E. Beckwith, MS
Admissions Associate
Sarah Chan

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
American Cancer Society, Angel Heart, Art Club, ASB Leadership, ASTC (Association of Student Tutoring and Counseling), Eco Friendly Club, Future Business Leaders of America Club, Guitar Club, Hip Hop Club, Literature Club, MAKE-A-WISH, National Honor Society (NHS), National Honors Society, Pathfinder, Rocket Club, Science Club, Science Olympiad, Service Club, Student Ambassador Club, Theater Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber String Ensemble, Choir, Film & Video Production, Screenwriting, Wind Instruments

School Notes

  • What do a professional, award-winning classical pianist, the first junior from the U.S. to receive a medal at the World Championship for Taekwondo, a semi-finalist for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Competition, and the #1 ranked 15-year-old female golf player have in common? They all attend the prestigious Pacific Academy. Pacific Academy is small by design. It is one of the rare schools today where every student is known by name and receives individualized attention. Pacific Academy prides itself on being an academically rigorous school, while helping students focus on their talents and mastering their capabilities. In addition to the school`s challenging academic curriculum, PA provides students with community service opportunities, monthly outdoor education, and domestic and overseas service-learning trips. With a 1:10 teacher to student ratio, PA is able to fully support students with talents in music, sports and the arts by giving them the flexibility to immerse themselves in what they love to do. Kelly Chu, the company`s visionary says, "Pacific Academy is a school that gives students the opportunity to embrace their talents and achieve academic excellence." Excellence is exactly what they have achieved. Pacific Academy has celebrated 100% college acceptance to many top universities such as Stanford, Columbia, U Penn, Harvard, Yale, and UCLA.
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Profile last updated: 08/23/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
Not only did my son have a meaningful and memorable high school experience at Pacific Academy (PA), but he also enrolled at the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU last year. I am so proud of the effort my son dedicated to his studies, but so much of his success is the result of Pacific Academy and their educational standards. I am pleased to share our story here for families who are evaluating academic options for their children, just as we did. My family moved to America in May 2017. Our community's public school placed my son in the 11th grade because of his age. We began searching for a private school because we thought that a more personalized, intimate environment would better help our son adjust to life in a new country. We visited every private school in the area, but, unfortunately, found that most private schools had closed their applications in January. Pacific Academy alone remained open, seeming like our only choice. I was so upset at that time, worried that PA was too small and had many international students. When I talked with Mrs. Kelly, the CEO of PA, and Mr. Corpus, the Principal of PA, I was impressed by their passion for and positive attitudes towards education. They gave me confidence in PA, and now it is clear that our decision was the correct one. PA was the best school for my son. Everything has two sides. We worried that PA is too small. Because the school is small, my son consistently received individual attention. First, my son felt welcomed from his first day, when almost all of PA's faculty and staff knew him and could address him by name. Second, he received close attention and substantial support from his teachers. For instance, when his math teachers (Ms. Catherine and Mrs. Kile) recognized my son's strength in math, they encouraged him to establish a Math Club to help students needing assistance in math, which allowed my son to develop self-confidence as well. PA also arranged a special fast-paced math plan for my son that allowed him to complete all the high school math courses in the10th grade and then study college-level math, such as multi-variable equations and online courses through Johns Hopkins, from the 11th grade. This demonstrated my son's math ability and made him a more competitive student in pursuing STEM majors. When his English teacher, Mrs. Green, realized that my son was interested in logic games, she inspired him to design his own game and helped him establish a Murder Mystery Club. He worked together with the club members to create murder scripts, edit games, and organize events where teachers and students played the games together. This activity not only enhanced the relationship between teachers and students but also helped my son strengthen his writing and leadership skills. Finally, I must recognize the outstanding faculty and staff at PA. They are committed not only to helping students build a strong academic foundation but also to enriching their study experience. My son benefited tremendously from PA, and the skills and knowledge he learned there continues to help him in his current college studies. No doubt, Pacific Academy was instrumental in our son's success, and we were lucky to make the best choice for him.
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Choosing Pacific Academy is one of the best choices I have made! When I first moved to the U.S. three years ago, I attended another private school in my neighborhood. Everything seemed awkward and unfamiliar to me. I felt lonely and depressed almost every day, and did not feel like I belong here. Then everything changed when I came to PA. I noticed that teachers cared about and remembered each student on my very first day. What really helped me was PA`s small-size class, usually 5-10 students per class, allowing teachers to provide personalized attention to students. In terms of academics, PA focuses on what you can do, and not what the stipulations dictate. PA provided me with tailor-made curriculum plans that perfectly fit in my strength and needs for my future academic path. PA teachers are also willing to use their free time to help the students and provide extra sessions, which was never the case in my previous schools. The class environment at PA allows students to find smooth and strong bonding, and the support from teachers enables students to try different things while being exceptional academically. Regarding extra-curriculums, I had the opportunities to take part in the Science Olympiad and Math Club. Additionally, I established the Murder Mystery Club from scratch, drafting stories and making clues by ourselves, which turned out to be one of the most anticipated events at school for both faculties and students each year. I also organized a benefit concert for Moringa for Love, in which I planned all the performing details and donated all the profits to help Haitians in the aftermaths of a natural disaster. Without the support of PA, none of these would have been possible and I would not have created memorable moments during my high school life and get into Computer Science major at New York University. I`m so thankful for having attended PA when I came to the U.S. PA gave me so much support in both my academic and personal interests, and it is like a second home to me. PA helped me rebuild my confidence and pursue what I love, which eventually got me into NYU majoring in Computer Science. I thank PA for who I am today!
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5  
As a student at Pacific Academy ever since 7th grade all the way to my senior year in high school, I can certainly say that it was a life changing decision to come to this school. As a competitive golfer that has played in national as well as international events, balancing athletics and academics is a struggle that all athletes can relate to. Pacific Academy has enabled me to travel the world while giving me leniency to complete my assignments. They also provide me with a flexible school schedule that allows me to pursue my golf practice and fitness every single day. This school has really given me a platform to thrive and pursue my passions in sports and academics. Without Pacific Academy, I would never be able to commit to Stanford as a D1 collegiate golfer and come out as Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2019.In addition, all of this wouldn't be possible without the PA staff and teachers. The CEO Ms. Kelly, the principal Mr. Corpus, as well as all my teachers and office staff have really contributed to help me excel in my academic foundation. Missing school is tough, but everyone in PA has cared and gone above and beyond to help and make sure I could handle my work.Last but not least, I have to say that the PA environment is simply amazing. There are so many well rounded students who are amazing at what they do. From music to tennis to dance and so much more, these students become lifelong friends that have your back and you can always learn from them. This school is not just a small private school, but everyone is a family who has passions and love for what they do. All in all, for anyone who wants to develop their talents in sports, music, art, or prefer a small school, and want to build a strong academic foundation, I highly recommend Pacific Academy.
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5  
As a student at Pacific Academy from all of middle school to all of high school, it has been completely life changing for me. They have provided me with a foundation of academic excellence as well as a flexible schedule in order to pursue my golf career. The entire staff as well as the teachers do everything in their ability to provide you with the best quality of teaching and education. Not only does the private school enable one to follow their passions and dreams outside of school, but the entire community is amazing as well. All the students and classes are able to know each other well and really makes the school environment enjoyable and comfortable for any new or incoming student.
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5  
This review is long overdue (the student got admitted in Oct 2016).I wanted to really thank you PA for the quick and seamless process of getting my (international student) nephew's paperwork completed within a very short amount of time to bring him to PA. Every questions got answered, every email got responded, and every call got picked up. Three other private schools did not want to accept new student during the semester, but PA had this option and helped us get our student admitted - a special thank you to Ms Laura who helped us every step of the way.PA is a safe, encouraging, and educationally cultivated environment. My nephew got fit in, blended in, and became part of PA within the very first week. The staff play a big part of making our student feel comfortable and at home.Thank you PA for all the detail effort to cultivate such an environment for the future of our students.
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5  
Education and friendship enriches one's life, and we wanted both for our children. After researching several private schools in Orange County, our family enthusiastically decided on Pacific Academy in Irvine. The teachers there are very friendly, and highly motivated with advanced degrees. For those students seeking accelerated studies, PA offers numerous AP classes with homework support. Since August, our kids began building life long friendships through club participation, chamber orchestra, outdoor camp, and traveling. If your family share the same values, come and join us at Pacific Academy. I'd highly recommend it!James and Joyce P.
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5  
I would recommend this school to any parent who has the word "excelllence" in mind. Pacific Academy nurtures each student's natural ability to excel. I knew that my son was not excelling in the public school system simply because sometimes, not all students require the same amount of attention. I felt my son needed a bit more guidance and help since he gets very distracted by socials and sports. PA gave him the room to be able for him to explore what he was good at. The small student population also allows teachers to pay close attention to their students performance. I could see the change in my son's behavior and performance. He now enjoys going to school, he studies on his own, he feels more independent yet accountable for his work. I cannot thank PA enough for allowing my son to explore a higher level of academic performance in a very well balanced manner. They also have a lot of social and community activities on the weekends which is great. As a parent, I could not be happier. I know my son is in good hands.
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The staff here are really great because they care so much about the students. If a student is falling behind, the amount of effort that they put in to help that student get back on track is amazing. I cannot emphasize enough about how much the teachers care about the students. Also, the small classes increases the anount of attention that each student receives. The normal class size is only around 7-8 people. Overall, the amount of care and attention that the school provides is what makes this school so great.
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I feel that one of the school's greatest strengths is the amount of flexibility that they provide for students who are often out of school due to concert tours or who need to go to the occasional international sports tournament. The teachers there really try to help you stay on track so that while you're out traveling, you don't get behind. Also, the students there are all really nice there. It's not uncommon to see students say hi every time they pass each other in the hallways. This may seem like a small detail but it just shows the general friendliness of all of the students at the school.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,600
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Orange County, CA is $11,625 for elementary schools and $18,474 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orange County, CA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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