Thank you for your interest in The Pinnacle School. We enable students with language-based social and academic deficits to thrive by offering small class sizes and differentiated instruction, with an emphasis on active problem-solving and relationship building. Our school integrates a strong academic and social cognition curriculum and social-emotional support services. It is through this approach that we empower our students to reach their true potential.
The Admissions Office works closely with each family (and school districts) because we understand that while there is no best school for every child, there might be a best school for your child. We'll help you get to know Pinnacle by explaining our philosophy and our strategies for success, as well as how we partner with you during your child's education.
Our admissions process includes a thorough review of each student's learning profile. This helps us to ensure we enroll students who will thrive in our program. For the current 2017-18 school year admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. For the 2018-19 school year, priority will be given to applications submitted by April 2, 2018.
To learn more about the school and admissions, we begin with a phone conversation and review of each student's educational profile before scheduling a tour. Please email or call (203) 409-0068 x 226. We look forward to learning more about your child, and to working with you.
Director of Admissions
How To Apply for Admission
For admissions for the 2018-19 school year, priority will be given to applications submitted by April 2, 2018.
Admissions for the current school year is decided on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants for whom there is no space will be placed on a waiting list.
Step 1: Initial Review
- Informational phone conversation between parents/guardians and the Director of Admissions.
- Submit documents for an initial review:
- neuropsychological evaluation conducted within the past three years
- most recent IEP, if applicable
- reports from school and specialists (e.g., speech and language, therapist(s), academic tutor(s), etc.)
The admissions committee will conduct a first round review of the documents and determine if Pinnacle is potentially a good match for your child’s needs.
Step 2: Tours
- Parent tour and meeting with the Director of Admissions and the Head of School.
- The goal of this meeting is to help parents/guardians deepen their understanding of our school, and how we teach and support our students. This appointment also helps us to determine how we can potentially meet your child's needs, as we will delve further into his/her educational history.
- Student tour and meeting with the Director of Admissions and the Head of School.
Step 3: Student Shadow Day(s) and Application
Student shadow day with a student ambassador
Submit the application packet (distributed at the parent tour):
Application with Parent Statement and Student Statement
Release of Information Form: previous school(s), outside therapists & service providers
Submit School Records & Transcript Release Form to your current school:
Academic records (3 years), including an official transcript, grades, standardized test results, academic evaluations, neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluations
Other evaluations – e.g., Speech and Language
Writing Sample: recent work from school; optional, creative/personal piece
Confidential academic recommendation, completed by a teacher or administrator
$75 Application fee (waived for school districts)
Once the application is complete, the Admissions Committee will convene to determine if Pinnacle is able to meet the student’s needs. Admissions are on a rolling basis until the school is fully enrolled, at which time qualified students will be placed on a waiting list.
Pinnacle School does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including but not limited to intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by CT state and or federal nondiscrimination laws. Pinnacle School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and equal access to Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Inquiries should be directed to GEG’s Title IX coordinator, Robyn Whittingham, COO, 44 Commerce Road, Stamford CT 06902, 203-661-1609, firstname.lastname@example.org.