Academy of the Pacific and Assets School Merger Finalized

June 2014

Dear Academy of the Pacific Ohana,

The merger between the Academy of the Pacific and Assets School has been finalized, Assets is the surviving entity. Both AOP and Assets have a long history of serving students who have not been well served in other school settings, through alternative, individual approaches to education. By combining their resources, Assets will be able to better provide educational opportunities and services to Hawaii students in need of a non-traditional educational environment. Assets plans to move their high school to the AOP campus in the summer of 2015.

“Over the years, AOP and Assets have each provided high quality educational opportunities to Hawaii students with unique educational needs,” commented AOP Board Chair Barron Guss. “Through this merger, we can celebrate AOP’s rich history and the many lives that have been touched by this unique school throughout its 52 years of service to the community. We are also confident that this transition will ensure that the needs of children requiring a creative alternative to traditional learning environments can be met.”

As part of the transition, Assets will form an integration team to collaborate and share knowledge of both AOP and Assets to ensure that the legacy of AOP is honored and remains strong. In addition, Assets will invite two existing AOP Board Members to join the Assets Board of Trustees.

“Both AOP and Assets have been very important to me and my family,” said Assets Board of Trustee member and AOP alumni McD Philpotts.  “Barron [Guss] and I went through high school together at AOP. That small school had a big impact in our lives, as it has for so many others in the community throughout the years. Both my sons went to Assets and are now at Cal Poly and we know Assets was key to making that possible for them. So you could say, like father like son, finding the right learning environments have been the key to our success. The two schools have been educating a similar population for generations. This merger will ensure that the spirit of AOP lives on and will continue to benefit those in this community who are gifted and/or learn differently. With this new campus, Assets greatly increases its capacity to serve these students for generations to come.”

The Alewa Heights campus will be named: Assets High School: Academy of the Pacific Campus. Assets will honor the naming of the buildings on the campus, Dorothy Douthit Courtyard, the John Mason Young building and Damon Hall by ensuring that the naming remains the same.

AOP alumni will be invited to participate in all Assets events. In the near feature, a link will be added to the Assets website specifically for AOP alumni and donors. The site will include legacy information and will explain how the vision and services of AOP have been combined with Assets to ensure that these important educational opportunities and services continue.

“This gracious gift of a new campus is a gift of a new beginning for so many children who need an individualized, integrated learning environment, “ Paul Singer, Head of Assets School. “On this beautiful campus, children will continue to become empowered and will maximize their potential just as they had for many decades before.”

Assets School has been transforming students’ lives since its inception in 1955. The vision of Assets is to create a community in which all children thrive and realize their own potential, so that society benefits from their unique talents and abilities. Assets provides premier educational services to gifted and dyslexic children by providing model, integrated learning environments and professional outreach programs. Committed to “learning that transforms lives,” Assets is guided by a mission to sustain a supportive setting for students with learning differences “that empower these children to find their place as lifelong learners in school and society.” For more information, visit Assets School website.

End of the Year Events and Schedule

Wednesday, May 22 Thursday, May 23: Athletic Banquet,  5:30 pm (Damon Hall)

Friday, May 24: Last day of school for Middle School, grades 6-8

  • Middle School Awards and 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony, 8:00 am (Damon Hall)
  • Middle School Bowling trip 9:00 am
  • Middle School Dismissal 12:00 pm
  • High School Final Exams Begin 7th period, regular 2:50 pm dismissal for grades 9-12

Monday, May 27: No School – Memorial Day

Tuesday – Thursday, May 28-30: Final Exams 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Students are not required to attend (but may attend) final exam periods in which they have a Study Hall from May 28-30

  • Tuesday, May 28
    8:30-10:00 Exams period 1 classes
    10:00-10:30 Break
    10:30-12:00 Exams period 2 classes
  • Wednesday, May 29
    8:30-10:00 Exams period 3 classes
    10:00-10:30 Break
    10:30-12:00 Exams period 4 classes
  • Thursday, May 30
    8:30-10:00 Exams period 5 classes
    10:00-10:30 Break
    10:30-12:00 Exams period 6 classes

Wednesday, May 29: Senior Aloha Event to Secret Beach at Kualoa Ranch. The Bus will leave from AOP at 10:00 AM and return to AOP at 4:00 pm. (Seniors only)

Thursday, May 30: Senior Lunch/Graduation Rehearsal, 12:30 pm. Seniors must attend this event; failure to come to rehearsal means graduates cannot participate in Friday’s graduation ceremony.  The Senior Lunch is a chance for graduating students to say aloha to their teachers and classmates in an informal setting. This event is intended for students and teachers; parents are not expected to attend.

Friday, May 31: Graduation, 5:00 pm (AOP campus).  Graduating seniors should plan to arrive at 4:00 pm and report to the weight room under Damon Hall to prepare for graduation.  Faculty will be there to assist students with their cap and gowns.

  • Parent/Family Reception at 4:00 pm: While seniors are preparing for graduation, parents and families of graduates are cordially invited to a reception at Head of School, Lou Young’s home on campus to celebrate the achievement of their children.


Summer STEM Program


Academy of the Pacific’s Summer STEM Program
June 10 – 21, 2013

Mr. Probert (

Course Description: The 2 week course designed for students in grades 6 -9 will focus on developing 21st Century skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills as they explore computer programming, game design, hands-on chemistry, physics labs, and the core concepts of Algebra I.

Course Schedule: The program will run from Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 21 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Monday through Friday).

Cost: $400 for non-AOP students
$300 for students enrolled at AOP for the 2013-2014 school year.

Contact: Click here to register or for more information please contact Kelly Zastrow (808-595-6359 or

Space Limited…Register by Friday, May 17

Dr. Ed Catmull, President of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, Addresses the AOP Student Body…

Dr. Ed Catmull, current President of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, spent the afternoon at the Academy of the Pacific to address the student body. In an all school assembly, Dr. Catmull spoke about what it means to allow yourself to make mistakes in the creative process. “Mistakes aren’t thought of as bad, they are just learning,” says Catmull. “If you say it’s very important not to make any mistakes, you’re saying it’s not very important to do something new. It’s better to fix mistakes than to prevent all of them”.  Read more about Dr. Catmull and his inspiring advice to AOP students…
Dr. Catumull Addresses AOP Students at Assembly

Dr. Catmull

AOP Admission is Coming to Your Neighborhood…

Join us at the home of one of our current families for an admission information reception for prospective students to learn more about
Academy of the Pacific and the unique program we offer to each of our talented and creative 6-12th grade students.

East Oahu Admission Reception 
Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 – 7 pm (Kuli`ou`ou)
at the home of Leslie and James Foster, Parents of Travis ’16

Windward Admission Reception
Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7 pm  (Kailua)
at the home of Lorraine and Geoffrey Wadley, Parents of Brent ’13 and Mark ’16

Central Oahu Admission Reception 
Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-7 pm (Mililani)
Co-hosted by Lauri Alo, parent of Justin ’17 and Jane Amano, AOP staff member

Family, friends, counselors & referring professionals welcome!
For more information and to RSVP, please contact or 808-595-6359.
For a printable version of the reception dates, times and locations click here.

AOP Golf Tournament

Join us on Friday, May 10, at the exclusive oceanside Klipper Golf Course on Kaneohe Bay for
AOP’s Second Annual Golf Tournament benefiting AOP Athletics and student activities

athletics golfAOP’s Second Annual Golf Benefit Tournament
Benefitting AOP Athletics and student activities
Friday, May 10 at Noon
KBMCB Klipper Course
AOP Golf Tournament Entry Form 2013
AOP Golf Brochure 2013

Check out our unique sponsorship opportunities and register your team of three for a fun day of
food, drinks, networking, golf and an opportunity to win some exciting prizes including:

Brand New Crysler donated by Cutter Crysler for the Hole In One Contest
4 night Las Vegas Vacation Packet including air and hotel

Hawaiian Airlines Golf Package
Rounds of Golf at the Hawaii Prince
Hotel Stay at the Aston Sunset Waikiki
Roger Dunn Gift Cards

Its for the Kids!

Prom: A Party at Gatsby’s

Gatsby flierThe classiest night of the year is just around the corner…

The 2013 AOP Prom:  A Party At Gatsby’s
April 20th at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki
5:30PM – 10:30PM

Tickets Price: $70 All-inclusive:
Access to the Prince Court Buffet
A professional DJ with special effects
Party favors
Awards for best dressed to theme, best dressed couple, and prom king and queen

All school rules apply and students may not leave the event unless a chaperone speaks to a parent.

Any questions? please contact Mr. Hogue at or 595-6359.

AOP Donations for Homeless Family Make a Huge Difference

AOP Middle Schoolers initiated a collection of gifts and supplies for a family in temporary housing at the Institute for Human Services (IHS). This very patient family was placed in a spacious, freshly painted and air conditioned apartment. Because one family member is disabled there was a very long wait period for them until a handicap accessible housing to become available. Move-in day was all the more exciting as a result of the AOP donations which made it possible for them to make their new house a home. In addition to household items, AOP students bought and wrapped gifts for each of the family members.

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Catch the Excitement at AOP’s Gala, Friday, March 15 2013

Gala Invitation

The Board of Trustees of Academy of the Pacific
cordially invites you to attend

2013 Gala: “Catch the Excitement”
Ride our Wave of the Future

Friday, March 15, 2013
The Pacific Club, Honolulu, Main Dining Room
5:30 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner, Program with Live Auction to Follow

Formal Aloha Attire (Sixties Surfing theme encouraged, Main Dining Room Dress Code Applies)
RSVP by February 28: or call (808) 595-6359

Admission Open House February 28, 2013

Find out why AOP may be the perfect fit for you.

Join us on Thursday, February 28th from 5-7 pm for an engaging evening with AOP students and faculty and discover how our small school can make a big impact on you.  Take a student-guided tour of our tranquil hilltop campus, speak candidly with students and parents about student life, borrow an iPad and experience first-hand the AOP 21st Century approach to learning and learn how performance character is infused in an AOP education.

View our invitation and RSVP to Kelly Zastrow, Director of Admission at or 808-595-6359.