American Academy of Larnaca

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The American Academy, Larnaca
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Coordinates34°55′02″N 33°37′41″E / 34.917152°N 33.628139°E / 34.917152; 33.628139Coordinates: 34°55′02″N 33°37′41″E / 34.917152°N 33.628139°E / 34.917152; 33.628139
MottoTo Grow and to Serve
Colour(s)Maroon, Navy Blue

The American Academy Larnaca is a non-profit private school in Larnaca, Cyprus offering pre-school to University entrance education. It is a selective, co-educational, independent school, registered under the Private Schools’ Law, 1971, of the Republic of Cyprus.

Aerial view of the school grounds.

The school was founded in 1908. The school motto is "to grow and to serve". It is an extension of the culture and/or ethos of the school referred to as "the Academy spirit" which is characterised by a democratic and positive climate, respect for each other, understanding and co-operation between students and staff as well as student and staff involvement in humanitarian, social, cultural and other activities for the welfare of the people and the community. The school was always a multi-communal[citation needed] school with student enrolment and faculty from Greek Cypriot,Turkish Cypriot, Maronite, Armenian and Latin communities along with foreign nationals. It organises a special event every year co-operating with DOE in which the students has to go through Cyprus' mountains.

The school celebrated its centenary in 2008 with a new negative energy building[citation needed] (a first of its kind on the island) and a series of special events.


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 Pano 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. More about the school's history


Every year, the school's year 6's students plan events in order to collect money for the school's remarkable trip to Greece! This custom has been known to take place in the American Academy for more than 30 years! Classix was 2016's year group to plan events and collect money for the trip, followed by VIkings in 2017. Top class show is the highlight of each year with the senior students preparing a satirical play inspired by the 'hot' topics every year both from school and in the world generally. You can enjoy some minor plays of the various Top Class shows over the last years in youtube with the best one being the Top Class show of 2016 or TC16.

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