Amazing Grace Academy

Educating Alaska's Pre-K through High School Students for Today and Eternity


Mission Statement

It is our purpose to inspire our students to develop relationships for now and eternity with Christ and each other, to help our students to develop life skills based upon moral values, and to encourage our students to pursue one’s educational best.

“For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”

Philippians 4:13

History of Amazing Grace Academy

Amazing Grace Academy was founded in in 1958 one year before Alaska became a state.  The school was called Mat-Valley Adventist School and had one teacher in a small building behind the church. 

By the early 1960s, the Alaska Mission president, Elder Zumwalt, procured material from a military base to help build the still standing school building on Maud Road.  This building had three classrooms, a kitchen, and a small gym area became the school building for the next 40+ years.

In 2005, the Palmer Seventh-day Adventist Church, which had recently built and move into a new large church building, took out a loan to build a new, large school building adjacent to their new church. 

When the school moved into the new building (in it's current location today), they also changed the name of the school to Amazing Grace Academy.  The building was built with growth in mind with 8 classrooms and was step in faith. 

By 2014, Amazing Grace Academy (AGA) and the Palmer SDA Church, had paid off their combined construction debts, raised significant capital and began to build a gym to complement their growing 75 student school. 

AGA had grown to be a Junior Academy and was also offering 11th and 12th grade classes as a Griggs International Academy APLE school.

In 2020, Amazing Grace Academy was granted Senior Academy status which meant that all high school classes were endorsed and taught by local credentialed teachers on site. 

Each year, there are new projects, new students, and new growth within our vibrant school community.  If you are looking for a school environment that is more than just an academic setting, give us a call to set up a tour!  We love to talk about our school!

Wander through any classroom in our school and you'll probably see exactly what you expect: desks, textbooks, and an enthusiastic teacher and eager students - essential ingredients of a quality education. But what you won't see is just as important.

Beyond the classroom walls, each school is connected to and nurtured by the global Seventh-day Adventist Church’s education system – the largest of any protestant denomination.  More than 65,700 committed Christian teachers in more than 6,700 schools seek to train and inspire at least 1.25 million students each day.

Religious Affiliation

Since its founding in the mid-19th century, the 14-million member Adventist church has invested heavily in the future through education.  Amazing Grace Academy benefits from this commitment through modern facilities, innovative curriculum, professional development support, and quality measurement processes.

Though separated by oceans and continents, all Adventist schools are bound together by a sense of common mission and purpose - to prepare young people for happiness and success on this earth and a glorious life in the world to come.

The school curriculum is based on the comprehensive requirements of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist and is aligned with both National and State standards. 

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