HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
Assets High School has opened its new doors on the first day of school of the former campus of Academy of the Pacific School in Alewa Heights for students and faculty.
August 18 marked the first day of school for the students, but for 132 high school students and 29 faculty members, it was their first day together on the new campus. The opening of the new campus coincides with Assets' 60th anniversary year.
"The beautiful campus provides a unique village style learning environment that complements our highly customized curriculum," said Paul Singer, Head of Assets School. "Moving our high school program to a separate campus allows us to grow and better serve our adolescent population."
Assets provides premier educational services to students who learn differently, such as those who are gifted, dyslexic, or those struggling in school. The unique school creates a learning environment for those who faltered in typical, mainstream settings and need an alternative approach.
"More than 95 percent of our high school graduates pursue higher education. Not only is this percentage comparable to other top college preparatory schools, but our students also attend the same colleges and universities as well," said Singer. "Because of Assets, these kids who would not have had the skills, confidence and self-awareness to pursue higher education, go on to colleges and universities and succeed."
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, its theme, "60 Years of Learning that Transforms Lives," is meant to create a community in which all children thrive and realize their own potential.
Future plans for One Ohana Nui Way location include building a new campus for its K-8 program.
Last year, Assets completed the purchase of the three-and-a-half acre site that the school had been leasing for the past 21 years.