Anchorage Junior Academy

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Lower Grades

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AJA guides 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 beginning elementary program is perfect for children who have successfully developed a positive attitude toward learning and are ready to focus on becoming strong learners who master the building blocks of reading, writing, and math while fostering a positive growth mindset.

Learning focus         

In these beginning years, school becomes more structured and students have increased ownership in the learning experience and their growth. Social studies and science are taught through hands-on activities. Drama, art, and music are integrated thematically across the curriculum. Students participate in process writing and read a variety of literature. Students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” in these middle grades. Math skills are developed through practical applications, cooperative learning, manipulatives, and games.


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 America Division of SDA
  • Mathematics: Saxon Mathematics Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Reading/Phonics: Saxon Phonics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Reading/Writing: Pathways, Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears
  • Technology: Typing Pal
  • Physical Education: Spark Physical Education
  • Science: By Design Science, Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • Social Studies: Networks 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:
8:00   Morning Welcome & Worship
          Reading & Language Arts Instruction
          Physical Education
          Math Instruction
12:00 Lunch time and recess
          Read-aloud & Writing Instruction
          Science & Social Studies Instruction
          Specials (French Class, Music Class, Art Class)
          Bible Instruction
3:15   Dismissal


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: attending the children's theater, walking the Alaska Zoo, visiting the Great Harvest Bakery, and exploring at the area nature/science centers!

Outdoor education

Our beginning elementary grades' outdoor education takes the form of day trips out into God's nature where students examine different habitats and how people can affect the environment.  


Our students enjoy a structured music class twice a week with our music teachers. They learn about different types of music and instruments. Our students have explored instruments like the piano, guitars, recorders, ukuleles, and more. In music class, they often sing and learn about musical notation and musicians. Our students prepare performance pieces to showcase at school programs, community events, and local constituent church visits. 


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