Anchorage Junior Academy

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Grades 5-8

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AJA supports our students along their educational journey by making sure that each child is prepared for the next stage in learning.  Our multi-grade classrooms allow flexibility in making sure that each child experiences a continued perfect placement. Our upper grades program is perfect for children who have successfully mastered the basic building blocks of reading, writing, and math; are becoming more independent learners; and are thinking critically about who they want to be.

Learning focus      

The goal of the upper grades program is to help students successfully make a smooth transition to high school with academic success and a positive self-image. This goal is met through a four year program of content areas including math, language arts, science, history, Bible, and study skills development. Students complete in-depth research projects, write persuasive essays, build algebraic thinking, and work on developing important 21st century skills.

Curriculae        

Because it is our mission to provide an excellent school program in which children are able “To increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man;” we have chosen to use only high-quality curriculae that meet or exceed the NAD Education Standards and state standards.

  • Religion/Bible: Encounter Bible, North American Division of SDA
  • Mathematics: Go Math and Larsen Big Ideas, Houghton Mifflin
  • Reading/Writing: Pathways, Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • Technology: Typing Pal
  • Physical Education: Spark Physical Education
  • Science: By Design Science, Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • Social Studies: Newtworks Social Studies, McGraw-Hill
  • Art: ArtsAttack

Hours and daily schedule

The school day runs from 8:00-3:15 Monday-Thursday, and until 12:15 on Friday. Here is a typical schedule: Coming Soon

Field trips

Field trips provide experiential learning that is not ordinarily available in the classroom. Field trips are integrated into the curriculae to support learning objectives. Several field trips include: [update field trips]

Outdoor education

AJA incorporates an active outdoor education program into our yearly curriculum. We believe that students benefit from a more intimate knowledge of the natural world, and that such knowledge can best be gained from first-hand experience. Such experiences will enlarge one's understanding of God and held establish an appreciation of the wonders of nature.

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Music      

An education in music provides an opportunity for cognitive development that no other school subject offers. Music uniquely combines right brain and left brain activities resulting in total brain development. Upper grade students participate in weekly music lessons with our music teachers and sing in classroom choir and small groups in addition to daily worship.

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