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Challenging Academics

Middle School at Pacific Northern Academy is comprised of 5th through 8th grade students. In an integrated studies approach, PNA Middle School students learn to dive deep into complex topics rather than skim the surface of knowledge. The curriculum is challenging and incorporates student generated investigations.

Learning is enhanced by the use of iPads in 7th and 8th grades. The Middle School follows a block schedule where concepts and discussions have time to fully develop. Elective and Intensive Study opportunities allow students choice and build investment in their education.

Leadership Opportunities

Middle School students are given multiple opportunities to build leadership skills including serving on Student Council, mentoring in Lower School classrooms, leading all-school assemblies, producing and performing in Fall Concerts and Spring Musicals, and designing and publishing the school yearbook. 

Positive Social Climate

At PNA, Middle School students are able to learn and socialize in a safe, age-appropriate environment. Each fall, Middle School students and teachers go on a retreat to emphasize team building and to get to know one another as individuals.

The World Outside

Middle School end-of-year field trips take progressive steps beyond South Central Alaska. 5th and 6th grades alternate years going to Kodiak Island to study Aleut culture and WWII history, and going to the San Juan Islands on the Salish Expeditions for marine and eco-biology, leadership and sailing experience. 7th graders go on a week long trip to Washington, D.C., to study government, and the 8th graders culminate their time at PNA with a trip to Costa Rica, where they do a home stay, study the local ecology, and emerse in the culture. Pacific Northern Academy's field trip program is designed to both challenge and ignite students' curiosity. 

 

 

Pacific Northern Academy

9251 Lake Otis Parkway     Anchorage, Alaska 99507     Phone: (907) 333-1080     Contact Us     Site Map

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