What is an Independent School?
Independent is the key word. An independent school is free to develop and carry out its own philosophy of education, free to choose those students it can serve best, and free to employ as teachers those it deems best fit to instruct and to lead their students.
Independent Schools are private, non-profit elementary, middle and secondary schools, governed by a self-selecting board of trustees. They are funded by tuition, endowment, private gifts, grants and annual giving. Independent schools have no religious affiliation or backing, and do not receive any tax dollars.
Pacific Northern Academy was founded in 1995, and are affiliated with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), which awards accreditation to those meeting rigorous standards for curriculum, program, facility, finance, and employee procedures.
Why Independent Education in Anchorage? A Compass piece in the Anchorage Daily News