Pacific Academy

  • Pacific Academy is a private preparatory co-ed school that offers small class sizes, a 1:5 teacher/student ratio, monthly progress reports, exciting extracurricular activities, test preparation, 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 amoung those colleges include: Columbia University, University of California Irvine, Upenn, and Stanford University.
  • Please note that Pacific Academy is an International School and accepts students from all over the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1997
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students130 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced 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,
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Polo Shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$17,600
Tuition NotesInternational Tuition: $29,000/per year
Admissions DirectorAngell E. Beckwith, MS.
Admissions AssociateSarah Chan


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
American Cancer Society, Angel Heart, Art Club, ASB Leadership, ASTC (Association of Student Tutoring and Counseling), Guitar Club, Hip Hop Club, Literature Club, MAKE-A-WISH, National Honor Society (NHS), National Honors Society, Pathfinder, 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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Clu

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 13-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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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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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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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