Please feel free to review our frequently asked question. If you have a question you don’t see here, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!
How is social and emotional health supported at PNA?
Social and emotional development is actively nurtured, along with academic, creative, and physical development, supporting the whole child. Our Responsive Classroom program is embedded into the curriculum and daily classroom activities in every grade. PNA students develop strong morals, ethics, and social skills as a rock-solid foundation for future exploration and growth with this integrated approach and exemplary teachers and staff as mentors and guides.
What is Project Based Learning?
Science and social science curriculum is taught with Project Based Learning methods and enhanced by creative, in-depth projects, hands-on experiments, constructive critique and feedback, and presentation opportunities.
What specialty subjects are included at PNA?
At PNA, we know a child’s mind is open and active, and that’s exactly why we integrate Performing Arts, Studio Arts, Physical Education, and Spanish into the core curriculum and school-day. We want children to fully access their talent and creativity by having opportunities to engage in everything from the arts to athletics.
What kind of extra-curricular activities are provided at PNA?
PNA’s Enrichment Program provides stimulating classes after school for interested students. Recent Enrichment classes have included Science Explorers, 3D Printing, robotics, running club, band, and basketball. We will be starting the year with Chess Club and Cross Country Running. New classes are run each Trimester.
Does PNA have a school uniform?
Yes. We have a regular Dress Code for all students (preschool through grade 8) from Monday to Thursday, and Friday is “Dress Down Day.” We require Dress Attire for school events and off-campus field trips. The entire school enjoys extra Dress Down Days for special occasions. There are many positive reasons for a school dress code, including encouraging students to express their individuality through personality and academic achievements rather than fashion sense or brand-awareness.
PNA has a uniform exchange with slightly used, cleaned uniform pieces that are updated regularly. Clothing can also be purchased at Old Navy, Target, or Land’s End.
Are there opportunities for parent involvement?
There are many ways to be involved at PNA. You can help with events, drive for field trips, volunteer in the classroom, or help with the annual gala. There’s plenty of opportunity to fill your 20 hours of parent volunteering. If you have more time available and would like to be more involved, the Parent Association is a terrific place to start, and you are automatically a member! Volunteering is a great way to get to know your fellow PNA families, support our faculty and join in on the fun!
Do Preschool families attend school events?
Preschool is fully integrated with our school community, and Preschool families are invited to attend all community events and gatherings.
What does PNA mean by the term "fully potty-trained?"
The independence of a “potty-trained” child is a prerequisite for the PNA Preschool. Independence means that a child must have the awareness to use the bathroom without reminders, be able to clothe without assistance, and be able to wipe or clean themselves appropriately to maintain clean hygiene.