All teachers employed at AGA are certified by the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists.
The school utilizes a curriculum as identified and approved by the Education Office of the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. This curriculum meets the National Standards and the NAD Journey to Excellence. Our classes include Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Computers/Keyboarding, and Physical Education.
Report cards are sent home at the end of each nine-week period. Final report cards and 8th grade diplomas are not released until tuition accounts are paid in full.
School-wide Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled twice a year during the first and third quarters. Additional conferences may be scheduled at other times as necessary. While we have regularly scheduled conferences each year we encourage parents to contact teachers in between those times, as necessary, to foster a partnership for the student’s spiritual and academic future.
An Open House will be held at the beginning of the school year as a way to introduce families to the new school year.
Homework is used at AGA to practice, maintain, enrich, complete, or make-up classroom activities. Homework is to help develop independent study habits and appreciation for learning. Homework may include special assignments, research projects, reading and/or writing assignments or other assigned tasks directly related to a particular subject, we consider homework as an extension of, and reinforcement to, classroom activities and is to be done on the students’ own time, outside the regular classroom environment.
Students may be assigned homework, including their nightly reading expectations, on a regular and consistent basis. The following guidelines indicate an average expectation, although this will fluctuate according to the individual student:
Grades 1-3: approximately 30 minutes maximum daily
Grade 4: approximately 45 minutes maximum daily
Grade 5-6: approximately 60 minutes maximum daily
Grades 7-8: approximately 90 minutes maximum daily Students who are making up work from an absence may have one day for each day absent to complete and turn in back work. Please note that this will mean a student will spend more time in completing those assignments.
Eligibility for extracurricular activities:
Student must demonstrate good citizenship and attendance.
Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Eligibility for sports (see the Sports Policy for complete details):
Maintain a “C” grade minimum in all classes.
Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Maintain satisfactory attendance and citizenship in all classes.
Eligibility for holding office:
Student must not be on probationary status.
Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.3, with no F’s and no more than one D.
Eligibility for holding an office is determined quarterly.
The cutoff date for students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade is September 1. Due to the nature of our program philosophy, we do not do placement testing for students younger than this age.
At the end of each school year, students who have mastered the appropriate knowledge, skills and concepts for his/her grade, and exhibits readiness for work at the next level will be promoted to the next grade.
Acceleration is rarely considered. AGA believes that students need to gain not only the academics of each grade level, but need to gain maturity and social skills that each grade level can provide.
In exceptional cases, a recommendation may be made to retain a child in his/her present grade. When the possibility of retention exists, the parents shall be notified as early as possible and a meeting will be arranged to discuss the situation.
In matters of acceleration and retention, the decision of the principal, in consultation with the Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Education, shall be final.