There's something special about Pacific Northern Academy that is best experienced by seeing our programs in action. You will discover our distinctive, nurturing, and diverse atmosphere, where the small classes and individual attention lead each student to do his or her best. You'll see how much our Studio Arts, Performing Arts, Foreign Language, and Physical Education offerings enhance PNA's rigorous academics. You will see a strong community of teachers, students, staff and parents who all contribute to create a vibrant and dynamic learning atmosphere. It would be my pleasure to provide you with a tour, so you may see for yourself our school, faculty, and our students.
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Education for the 21st Century
Beyond basic skills in reading and math, young people today need to acquire 21st-century skills and competencies. At Pacific Northern Academy, the “4C's" of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are at the core of our educational philosophy. The teaching methodology at PNA encourages rich and probing dialogue among students and teachers and opportunities for students to collaborate with one another while at the same time being held individually accountable. The educational experience at our school is not just about facts and figures. It entails higher level thinking such as discussing concepts from different points of view and relating ideas within, between, and across disciplines.
The curriculum at Pacific Northern Academy encourages independent thinking and a global perspective. A real connection is made between school life and the world around them. Students develop sophisticated problem-solving skills, applicable to academics but to life issues as well. Core subject instruction is differentiated, enabling students to reach their full academic potential. Our graduates are well prepared and regularly test out of high school classes and gain entry to advanced placement and other selective options.
One hallmark of independent schools is their excellent teachers. They almost always teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about what they do. With more autonomy in the classroom, teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each student. Pacific Northern Academy has a strong, enthusiastic and purposeful faculty which brings the PNA mission and program to life.
Ideal Class Size
Pacific Northern Academy's class size caps at eighteen students. These small classes allow teachers to provide individualized instruction where students are challenged based on their individual academic ability. Students have more opportunities to be involved and to be held accountable for their work. Often grades pair together to intentionally create learning environments where students can collaborate based upon specific interests and talents. With a smaller class “family" and with interpersonal communication skills heightened, discipline issues at PNA are very rare.
Meeting Social and Emotional Needs
Pacific Northern Academy provides a safe and emotionally supported setting that is responsive to each child, as well as ample opportunity to develop friendships with intellectual peers. The school uses The Responsive Classroom program to help build a supportive and positive classroom community.
Commitment to the Arts
At Pacific Northern Academy, we embrace the importance of the arts in developing students' ability to interpret information, communicate ideas, and construct knowledge in a creative and dynamic manner. We witness the pride and sense of accomplishment participation in a performing arts event or the completion of a studio art project brings.
We support the arts as a way of understanding, and seek to encourage a high level of creativity in our students.
Students at Pacific Northern Academy are asked to think critically about the scope, magnitude and complexity of the world today and are taught to find creative and innovative ways to meet these modern-day challenges.
Our Middle School students develop leadership qualities through serving on student council, participation in a school-wide mentoring program, and leading all-school assemblies and events. PNA also engages with the broader community. Through regular community service projects, students learn the value and feel the satisfaction of contributing to the greater good. Whether visiting a social service agency or cleaning up a park, students and parents are improving the quality of life in Anchorage and beyond.
Parent and Community Involvement
Parents at Pacific Northern Academy are tremendously involved in their children's education, as well as in the life of the school community. The opportunities for parent involvement are as varied as our families. Our students regularly engage with parents and the community which creates a sense of togetherness. The atmosphere at PNA is one of caring, where our actions and relationships matter.
Kids Enjoy School
The students who enroll at Pacific Northern Academy are capable, motivated and enthusiastic learners. PNA students are happy at school. The intellectual engagement, the supportive community, and the atmosphere of respect result in a school experience that satisfies emotionally and socially as well as academically. The love of learning leads to higher achievement and an enhanced sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.
Investment in Your Child's Future
Pacific Northern Academy builds a strong academic foundation by teaching children to inquire and to understand, to tackle challenges with ingenuity and creativity, and to develop strong habits of mind. Research reveals that students' readiness for college improves when they acquire and demonstrate behaviors associated with academic achievement and academic motivation early on in their educational careers.