Students in Arizona have a wide variety of options and choices in terms of their educational environment. They can choose from traditional public schools, private schools, and charter schools. Finding the right fit for a particular student is often challenging. Private schools can be expensive and may not accept students who are behind on credits or who have academic challenges. Public schools deal with large numbers of students and may not be able to provide the individual attention that some students need to be successful. Charter schools can be a good option for students who cannot afford private school or struggle with the social environment at a traditional public school, but not every charter school is the right fit for a particular student. Pinnacle provides a variety of options to meet the needs of many students.
Many Pinnacle students enroll at one of the campus sites located throughout Arizona. Pinnacle currently operates campuses in Tempe, Mesa, Casa Grande, and Nogales, and more sites are planned to be up and running soon. Each site offers students access to an academic program delivered through a web-based portal, MSTAR that provides instruction in core subjects such as Language Arts (English), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Health & Fitness, as well as a wide variety of electives. Campus-based students have the additional advantage of working one-on-one with experienced, onsite intervention specialists who can help students understand concepts and work with them to complete assignments. Pinnacle campuses have two major advantages over other public, private and charter schools:
- Technology skills prepare students for the future. Technology skills are important for learner success in school and in life in an increasingly competitive world. At all sites students use desktop and laptop computers to access curriculum and to communicate with teachers.
- Self-paced learning system allows students to progress as quickly as they wish. Students who want to move quickly can complete multiple lessons in a single day, rather than waiting for other students to progress to the same level. Also, students who miss a day or two due to illness or other personal situations do not miss valuable lessons and can pick up where they left off and catch up quickly.
Another popular option for students is the virtual environment of Pinnacle Online. Students enrolled in the virtual program access the same curriculum as site-based students on their home computers. Students work directly with experienced instructors in all subjects, and they can work at their own pace, without the pressure of “keeping up” with a class. They can work at home in an environment free from the social distractions and peer pressure of traditional public schools, allowing students to focus on academics. Students can contact an instructor by phone or email anytime, and they also have the option of visiting a local site-based campus to get additional tutoring and help from site-based instructors and intervention specialists. Pinnacle Online has several significant advantages over other virtual high schools:
- Pinnacle offers a virtual homeroom. Participation in the virtual homeroom of an online course offers the unique chance to gain an in-depth understanding of classmates’ views. In a live classroom, it is sometimes hard to hear thoughts from introverted classmates who typically shy away from speaking up. Pinnacle’s online program provides a richer and more interactive virtual homeroom.
- Pinnacle allows students to develop a set of sophisticated virtual communication skills. Pinnacle’s virtual program utilizes the power of MSTAR to help students remember what they learn and to use advanced virtual communications skills effectively.
AZ College Preparatory Academy Campus
AZCPA (AZ College Preparatory Academy) is the newest entry in the Pinnacle Charter Schools lineup and will serve as the site for our forthcoming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. This program will offer a variety of technology-related courses that will give students a head start for careers in these fields. The AZCPA Campus also utilizes a unique system to help build a sense of community within the school. One of the key aspects of this sense of community is that students wear a school uniform to create an atmosphere of belonging to the AZCPA team. The essence of unity can positively affect a child’s attitude toward school and can lead to better learning and improved attendance. A child excited about school is a child ready to learn! Hurrah for school pride! MGRM Pinnacle Schools also plans to start Technology classes during the 2017-2018 school year. After graduating from our technology program, students will be prepared to earn a reasonable income that they subsequently can spend toward their future goals.