In 1908, two visionaries began planning what would become the American Academy Larnaca
The American Academy Larnaca is one of the nine oldest schools in Cyprus. It was founded in 1908 by two missionaries of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Rev. McCarroll and Mrs McCarroll, who had originally arrived on the island in charge of an elementary mission school. The McCarrolls secured permission to open a secondary school for boys and thus the American Academy Larnaca was founded. Within a year the school had 60 students enrolled.
The purpose of the Academy was to provide a Christian education , which encompassed not only academic training, but also a focus on a Christian way of living. Students graduating from the Academy were taught to be tolerant, respectful and to serve the community whilst upholding high ideals and morals. Similar values underpin our ethos today, with a strong focus on character building and conduct, embodied in our school motto “To Grow and To Serve”.
Although the Academy was originally intended as a boys’ school, a girls’ department was opened in 1916 using the mission chapel. The initial experiment was short-lived and the girls’ department closed in 1919 but re-opened ten years later. The boy’s section continued to grow as did the number of buildings on the present site. During the Second World War, the school was temporarily transferred to the village of Lefkara where it was housed in various buildings between 1941 and 1943.
The present school began to take shape in 1954 with the completion of the Weir Hall, with the auditorium added four years later. The original Memorial Hall was pulled down and the New Memorial Hall began to take shape from 1983 onwards.
In 1975 the control of the School, and all its facilities, was handed over to the American Academy Alumni Foundation, since which time it has been run as a non-profit making organisation with charitable status by its own graduates. Governance is undertaken by 11 elected members and two representatives of the original mission church.
To Grow And To Serve
To develop responsible citizens who contribute positively to the community.
To remain the leading private school in Larnaka by offering superior, holistic, education to young people aged 2-18.
Student focus, demonstrated by:
- Enabling each student to reach their full potential.
- Enriching the life of every student.
- Preparing every student for the challenges of life.
Educational excellence, demonstrated by:
- Delivering excellent academic results.
- Using 21st century skills.
- Creating an engaging learning environment.
Personal responsibility, demonstrated by:
- Going beyond what is required.
- Making good decisions.
- Being accountable for the result.
Respect for others, demonstrated by:
- Respecting the rights of others.
- Being tolerant and accepting of others.
- Actively serving the community.