Elk River Treatment Program

A short-term therapeutic intervention program, promotes character building through intensive therapy and comprehensive academics.

Elk River Academy

An individualized transitional therapeutic program with a flexible length of stay up to one year.

Elk River Healthy Lifestyles

A weight management program that provides intensive therapeutic services to help teens address the underlying physical and emotional issues that contribute to obesity.

The Pinnacle Schools is a Joint Commission-accredited and certified organization and has received it's Gold Seal of Approval

Help is here — for your troubled teen.

When you realize your teen is in trouble, the hundreds of options can be daunting, even frightening.
When you don't know where to turn, help is here. Our caring and trained staff is here to listen, assess
and assist you in finding the best program to meet the needs of your troubled teen. Our programs
are accredited by The Joint Commission in Behavioral Health Care and we are licensed by the Alabama
Department of Youth Services. The programs of The Pinnacle Schools provide diagnostic, assessment, education
and intervention services for ages 12-18. Our programs are situated on a base campuses with 24-hour medical/nursing care available.

News Feature — Karen Lee interviewed by William Shatner

Karen Lee, Founder, President and CEO of The Pinnacle Schools, is a featured guest on a patriotic program launched by William Shatner called “Moving America Forward.”

Ms. Lee was selected as a result of her entrepreneurship in founding a residential adolescent treatment program that is short-term, yet provides a full academic curriculum in addition to meeting the medical and therapeutic needs of troubled teens. The program was recognized in 2011 by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.

The show uses a TV news format with Mega-star William Shatner, along with veteran TV anchor Doug Llewelyn, introducing and interviewing entrepreneurs along with their products or achievements. The show is headquartered in Malibu, CA and produced by MAF Productions. The mission of the show is to help move America forward by giving American’s entrepreneurs the recognition they need to succeed.

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Education is essential — TPS academic programs.

We believe "no child left behind" also applies to teen residential treatment programs. The Pinnacle Schools pioneered the use of year-round individualized academics in the short-term residential setting. Because of our flexible length of stay, students can complete a quarter, semester or full academic year. Continued medical and psychological therapies, along with education, ensure long term success.

Our Academic Administrator works closely with parents, students and counselors to design an individualized program of study that best supports each student's specific goals. Our academic program is designed to support students in grades 6-12 therapeutically by providing a safe learning environment in which their self-esteem is positively impacted by success in school.

The Pinnacle Schools Huntsville Campus

Located in Huntsville, Alabama, this campus specializes in educating students in grades 6 - 12 and offers a college resource program.

Typical student profile — common behaviors we treat.

Our programs are designed for struggling teens that are experiencing one or more of the following behavioral issues:

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Anger
  • Poor Peer Relationships
  • Defiance
  • Truancy/Poor School Performance
  • Impulsiveness
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Reactive Attachment