PORTRAIT OF A
PNA GRADUATE

Portrait of a PNA Graduate

Watch a group of PNA graduates, and a compelling composite emerges. It’s the picture of a whole human being. A person prepared to function at their best on all levels: intellectual, emotional, social physical. A person ready to participate fully in the world; a willing and able contributor; a self-motivated life-long learner. How do you recognize a PNA grad?

They are comfortable in their own skin!

PNA’s nurturing culture encourages self-confidence, independent thinking, the courage to take on life’s challenges.

They are lifelong learners: Taught to learn, they love (and never stop) learning. The result is unusually strong academic performance long after they leave PNA. Gaining knowledge does not feel like a chore; rather, it is the natural, rewarding result of their curiosity.

They are fun to be around: Their enthusiasm, civility, and respect for others is contagious. Much of their education is built on social skills like getting along with all kinds of people.

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“The transition from PNA to high school was a little intimidating, coming from a small school to a really big one, but I knew I was academically prepared. Socially, through public speaking and talking to people [through] public service, such as our Ruth Arcand park project, I was really confident and ready.”

IRIS, Class of 2019

They have good character: What is valued most in a PNA classroom? Responsibility. Cooperation. Compassion. Ethical Behavior. Stewardship of their community, the environment, the world.

They are PNA kids for life: Most PNA graduates stay in touch with their PNA “family.” They understand and are happy to talk about their education’s gifts – self-confidence and resourcefulness: enduring relationships; constructive work habits – lessons that never stop shaping who they are and who they hope to be.

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