reach your true potential
The Pinnacle School enables students with language-based social and academic deficits to thrive through small class sizes, differentiated instruction, active problem-solving and relationship building.
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The Pinnacle Program
At The Pinnacle School, social cognition and executive function skills are the foundation of our program. Together with a challenging hands-on, multi-sensory curriculum, we meet students where they are and carefully raise the bar to ensure they are met with success while simultaneously teaching them how to overcome challenges.
We focus on rebuilding self-esteem, resilience, and an enthusiasm for learning by identifying students’ strengths, creating opportunities for small successes, and building on those daily. Students begin to see their own potential and gain confidence.
We include our students as insightful members of their team. By doing so, they learn the important role they have in their own problem-solving, and we teach them the strategies to make meaningful strides forward. This individualized and scaffolded approach enables our students to reach their true potential, and flourish.
Pinnacle’s program is comprised of a number of different facets that come together to help support the “whole student”. Core Academics, Emotional Regulation Training, Executive Functions, Social Cognition, Related Services, Enrichment Opportunities, and College and Career Preparation are all equally important aspects of our program. Depending on the needs of the individual student, emphasis or added support may be directed towards one or more areas of the program.
Pinnacle’s academic program is designed to support student’s diverse intellectual, social, and emotional needs through small class sizes, modified curriculum, and differentiated instruction. Research based strategies and instruction drive our educational approach and enhance our ability to individualize each student's education plan, meet them where they are,
and slowly raise the bar.
Pinnacle’s academic program includes:
- English Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Visual Arts
- Electives *depending on student interests*
Pinnacle’s Social Cognition Program focuses on helping students interpret the social world around them. Our goal is to help students get the “whole picture” and understand the hidden messages behind both verbal and nonverbal actions and intentions. Students gain insight into social reciprocity—the give and take of communication—and learn ways to build and maintain friendships. Our curriculum integrates the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, Jeanette McAfee, Ellen McGinnis, and Jed E. Baker, among others. Our program promotes positive, effective social interactions through both direct and indirect instruction. We also provide our students with ample opportunities to utilize these skills in natural social settings.
Key components of our program include:
- Friendship Building
- Respecting Others
- Expected vs. Unexpected Behavior
- Social Problem Solving
- Interpersonal Negotiations
- Reading the Room
- Reading Between the Lines
- Perspective Taking — Theory of Mind
- Interpreting Abstract Language (Idioms, Sarcasm, Humor, etc.)