The first Aspire school was founded in 1998 by Don Shalvey and Reed Hastings in Stockton, California. Aspire continued growing in Northern and Central California, positively impacting the lives of many children. To furher reach its mission, Aspire decided to expand to Southern California.
The first Aspire school in the Los Angeles area opened its doors in the Fall of 2005 to grades 4th-6th in the city of Huntington Park, under Antonia Maria Lugo Academy(AMLA). The following year, Aspire opened Centennial College Preparatory Academy(CCPA) to operate as a Middle School, where students continued until their 9th grade year. In the Fall of 2010, Aspire Pacific Academy(APA) was founded, serving 9th and 10th grade students, leaving CCPA as a 6th-8th grade Middle School. That Fall 320 students began instruction on 6410 Rita Avenue in the city of Huntington Park and moved in to APA's permanent building on November 29, 2010 at 2565 E. 58th Street also in the city of Huntington Park.
Some of the same students who first started as 6th graders at AMLA made up the first Senior Class of Aspire Pacific Academy, and graduated on June 21, 2013! As of the 2014-2015 school year, APA expanded the grade levels we serve and is now on a path to be a complete secondary school with grades 6th through 12th.
Since 2013, Aspire Pacific Academy has celebrated its alumni being accepted into and enrolling at many four year colleges and universities, such as UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cal State LA, Cal State Fullerton, New York University (NYU), and many others as we fulfill our commitment and promise of College for Certain!