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Pacific Northern Academy

550 Bragaw Street
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 333-1080


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Pacific Northern Academy we expect students to be active participants in their own education, communicate clearly and respectfully and continually challenge themselves. We balance a dynamic academic environment with developmentally appropriate activities and expectations. From Early Kindergarten through 8th grade, students are taught to use good judgment, to treat others with compassion and to act with honor and integrity as they develop intellectually and personally. Students, teachers and parents at PNA work in partnership to create a community of learners dedicated to education.

We embrace a student-centered approach to learning and we are committed to maintaining low teacher to student ratios that enable students to have meaningful and personalized interactions with their teachers. Having smaller classes allows teachers to challenge students based on their individual academic ability, and affords students more opportunities to ask questions, experiment with multiple solutions, learn from hands-on experiences and engage with other students. Students also have the opportunity to work and learn with students of different ages in activities designed to encourage mentoring and cross-age learning.

In order to teach the whole child, an integral part of our intellectually challenging environment is an emphasis on visual arts, performing arts, community service, and cultural diversity. As we teach students to become critical thinkers we also teach them to embrace their responsibility to become leaders and active citizens in their community. As students and teachers with different experiences and perspectives share their ideas and interpretations with others, everyone in our academic community increases their understanding of the complexities of a culturally diverse environment, and expands their scope of ideas and their ability to confront the difficulties that may face them. Committing ourselves to diversity in our academic programs and cultural environment, PNA strives to recognize the past and promises a constructive approach to the future.

Excerpted from the preschool's website