In Honor of Dr. David Beal


“Students striving and pushing themselves to be better is what I believe great education should be.” Dr. David Beal

A true visionary, Dr. Beal quickly recognized the need for an alternative to public education during his service on the Mayor’s Education Task Force in the early 90s, understanding that this change was imperative for the thriving future of Anchorage. Not only a private school but one that combined a rigorous academic curriculum with character development. Through this vision, PNA was born, and in 1996-97, PNA opened its doors to 64 students.

Twenty-eight years later, PNA continues to educate exceptional learners and independent thinkers, and PNA graduates continue to rise to leadership positions in our city and make a difference within and outside our state. 

We thank Dr. Beal for his vision, courage, and integrity in his unwavering support of PNA from the beginning through today. Dr. Beal’s legacy through PNA remains unparalleled, leaving a lasting impact on students, families, and the Anchorage community.

PNA is honored to host the Celebration of Dr. Beal’s Life on Saturday, January 13th at 2:00pm at the PNA campus.

In lieu of flowers, his wife Sue has asked that donations be made to Pacific Northern Academy in his honor.

A Gift in Honor of Dr. David Beal

Your Participation Matters

Your gift, whatever the size, is needed and appreciated. Each year our goal is 100% of our parents, faculty, staff, and board to the PNA Annual Fund.

Give to the Annual Fund

Click here to make a donation online. For other ways to give, visit Ways to Give.

What is the annual fund campaign?

The Annual Fund Campaign is our fall fundraising effort that makes up the difference between tuition and the actual cost of operating the school. Our budget is set so that tuition remains as low as possible and the cost of tuition does not cover the full cost of a PNA education. Every year, PNA seeks 100% participation from all current parents, faculty, staff, and the board. We also seek support from the entire PNA community including alumni families, adult graduates, and community members.

Why should I consider a gift to the annual campaign when I already pay tuition?

Annual gifts make up the difference between the income provided by tuition and the actual cost of operating the school, including classroom resources and teaching tools, educational technology, equipment, and continuing education for staff. Your gift to the Annual Fund campaign directly influences the educational experience all students have at PNA. The availability of more resources equals access to more educational tools and opportunities.

Why is 100% participation so important?

When PNA applies for foundation and corporate grants, and when we look for community partnerships, our Annual Fund campaign participation rate is one of the factors considered as those organizations make decisions. This year is especially important as we are seeking accreditation and they want to see a strong showing of support from those closest to the school. Accreditation is important as it helps PNA retain and attract qualified staff.

How much am I expected to give?

Any amount, even a $5 donation is meaningful. The Annual Fund campaign is so important to PNA that a generous donor has agreed to double the impact by matching your donation. Although your gift will be twice as much, it will be worth more than you know!

How are annual fund gifts used?

The money you donate to the Annual Fund is used within the fiscal year in which it is received and supports a portion of PNA’s operational needs. This includes hiring and retaining outstanding faculty members, enhancing academic and extracurricular programs and maintaining facilities.

Charitable giving is a necessary part of independent schools financial profile.

If you would like to make a gift by cash or check, please send to:

Pacific Northern Academy
Attn: Development Office
2511 Sentry Drive, STE 100
Anchorage, AK 99507

Please make checks payable to: Pacific Northern Academy


If you have any questions or inquiries, please reach out to:

Annie Graff

Director of Development & Outreach
Phone: (907) 333-1080

Many Thanks to,

Ral West and John Hardwick