History

2017

High Point's Junior High remodel is completed. A significant technology infrastructure upgrade is completed. High Point continues to implement its Strategic Plan. A Parent Education program is launched and Community Service programs are implemented at all grade levels.

2016

High Point dedicates and buries a time capsule that will be opened during HPA's 75th Anniversary in 2041. High Point implements its new collaboratively minted five-year Strategic Plan (2016-2021). High Point launched a 1:1 laptop program in 4th-8th grades and a 2:1 iPad program in kindergarten-3rd grade. High Point implemented a community service/engagement program with service learning projects at each grade level. High Point is voted "Best of Pasadena" Private School.

2015 

High Point Academy underwent CAIS re-certification and is awarded the maximum certification of 7 years.  Gary Stern was appointed High Point's eighth Head of School (2015 - present). High Point celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the theme Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Imagining the Future.  
 

2014

John Higgins retired after 21 years as High Point Academy’s Headmaster. He left a strong legacy and a sound school. In his honor, the athletic field was renamed “Higgins Field”.  Timothy M. Burns was appointed High Point's interim, seventh Head of School (2014 - 2015).

2013

Enhanced the school’s entry way with a new façade, outdoor seating, and climate-friendly vegetation. 
 

2012

The New Year arrived and so did coveted iPads, to selected classrooms. The junior began its one-to-one laptop program.
 

2010-2011

Over these two years, High Point Academy was able to grow what was previously a small endowment into a respectable one that will support the Academy's long-term financial sustainability. At the same time, the installation of Smartboards in every classroom on campus was competed, the school's digital library was markedly expended, and netbooks for student and faculty use were introduced.
 

2009

The interior of the new building was completed and fully utilized for instrumental music, special tutoring, extended care, evening meetings and special class presentations using the SmartBoard in the large multi-purpose room.
 

2008

The primary yard for kindergarten and first grade students, was completely re-designed and beautifully landscaped.
 

2007

A new building housing instrumental music, a resource room, some extra office space, and an amphitheater was complete. A new rooftop playground with a Space Net [, some great "monkey bars", and a rock climbing wall] were unveiled. The blacktop was resurfaced with Sport Court material and two glass and four fiberglass backboards were installed. The court area was completed with a High Point eagle in the center.

2004

Garage band started. High Point's invitational battle of the bands.
The stadium seating was built. This necessitated replacing the septic system, building a massive, buried retaining wall, and resurfacing the athletic field.

2002

The bathrooms that were used between the Eagles nest and the Library were removed, allowing for an expansion of the math classroom. A new two-story structure near the athletic court was built, with the upper half containing both student and faculty restrooms, and the lower half containing storage space on the field.

1999

An art/music room and a science laboratory were added. This ended an era of shared space between art/music and science. The large art/music room provides space for full classes to work. The state of the art science laboratory includes lab tables, laptops, and a dark room for any photography work.

1998

A small service room and two handicapped accessible restrooms were added to the lunch patio while two undersized classrooms were enlarged. The administration wing was reconfigured and enlarged providing a separate sick room, faculty kitchen and lounge, faculty work room, and offices for the administrative staff. These changes also gave us space for a foreign language classroom.

1997

A new first grade classroom was added, allowing grades kindergarten through second to be in the same area by the primary playground.

1994

A computer room was added and the library and locker rooms were renovated as school enrollment reached our capacity of 350 students.

1993

A major fire in Altadena burned down to the fences surrounding the school, but the buildings were left untouched, but sooty and dirty. Only the storage on the athletic field was replaced. John Higgins is appointed High Point's sixth Head of School (1993 - 2014).

1990

312 students were enrolled with a faculty of 29 and three administrators. High Point Academy celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

1989

The HPA Highlights newsletter was started. High Point sweat suits were introduced and students were allowed to wear them on cold days.

1987

The kindergarten building was completed.  Betty Cowan is appointed High Point's fifth Head of School (1987 - 1993).

1986

Noel Wilson is appointed High Point's fourth Head of School (1986-1987).

1984

Four classrooms were added and six computers were installed on campus.  Vatche Hagopianis appointed High Point's third Head of School (1984 -  1986)

1977

Two new classrooms were built and the bank loan for the land was paid off. The High Point Academy Board of Trustees focus was on keeping tuition low to allow families of moderate means access to a quality education founded in strong fundamental academics. The school also supported the collaboration of family and educators and feels that this is critical to the success of the child. These tenets drove parents to donate time and money to the school , which enabled High Point Academy to pay off the original bank loan for the school land and structure in five years. A time capsule was sealed into the wall of the new science building. It contains a time line depicting the growth of the school, mementos, and messages from the students on what they thought the future would be like. It will be opened on June 6, 2028. 

1976

The library was opened and a junior high science department was developed.

1974 

High Point moved to its current location and Mae Carden, creator of the Carden Method taught in the lower grades, visited the school for the flag raising ceremony. 230 students were enrolled with 15 faculty members. The sports field was planted. School uniforms were instituted. A $10 donation to the building fund was included in the monthly statements and was continued through at least 1990.  

1973

Construction began on a new campus at 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road in Pasadena. The land cost $100,000 and the building, built by Shephard and Morgan, was $250,000.

1970

Helen de Petra is appointed High Point's second Head of School (1970 - 1984) 

1967

The school grew to 75 students and eight faculty members. Another space was leased to accommodate grades 3 - 9.  

1966

One year after its founding, enrollment for the school year jumped to fifty students. The campus was located at 216 S. Chester Avenue in Pasadena. 

1965 

High Point Academy is founded by a group of parents with sixteen students in school. The initial staff used the Carden Teaching Method, focused on building strong phonics and language arts.  Although modified for the needs of today's students, the Carden Method is still in use at the school today in kindergarten through second grade. Millicent Wilson is High Point's first Head of School (1965 - 1970).