The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Our Mission Is...

to develop adolescents who are self-directed, educated and contributing members of society

About The Pinnacle Schools

Therapeutic Alternative School and Private Academy

The Therapeutic Day School and Private Academy of The Pinnacle Schools are among the programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. which is based in Huntsville, Alabama and was developed a decade ago to provide a safe, comprehensive alternative to traditional classrooms for students in grades 6 - 12. 

The mission of The Pinnacle Schools is to develop adolescents who are self-directed, educated and contributing members of society. To support this mission, we resolve to provide an environment of respect, acceptance, skill development and challenge which fosters the personal development and emotional growth of our students. We are one component of a continuum of growth for struggling teens and their families.

The Pinnacle Schools (TPS) provides effective, affordable high quality education and behavioral health services for teens that struggle with learning differences or are at risk of dropping out of school. The Pinnacle Schools and all programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health are accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. The curriculum is accredited by AdvancED/SACS.

Programs of The Pinnacle Schools include:

Pinnacle Private Academy - A private year-round college prep school for students in grades 6 - 12. The Academy provides an AdvancED/SACS accredited academic program for students that have fallen behind in credits or struggle with learning differences. Highly Qualified and State Certified teachers provide close supervision and one-on-one assistance when needed. Behavioral health care services provided by licensed mental health professionals are available to Academy students and families. For more information on half or full day options, please contact an adviser by calling 256-536-9515 or submitting the form on this page.

RAISE Program - Instilling Responsibility, Accountability, Integrity, Self-Awareness and Excellence in students since 2012. The RAISE Program is designated as a therapeutic day school and accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission. The RAISE Program serves as the alternative school for middle and high school students of Huntsville City Schools (HCS). Since 2012, HCS has contracted with The Pinnacle Schools to serve as its alternative school for students that need to recover credits before returning to their primary school or students that have been expelled from HCS. The RAISE Program provides a high teacher-to-student ratio in small classrooms. Highly Qualified and State Certified teachers are supported by Behavior Interventionists that are trained to recognize, intervene and de-escalate before maladaptive behaviors erupt in the classroom. To enroll in the RAISE Program, a student must be referred by HCS. Please contact your HCS school counselor to inquire about enrollment in Pinnacle's RAISE Program.

Why Pinnacle Schools?

Our goal is to provide students in grades 6 - 12 with the best possible education along with any needed behavioral health and/or mental health services. Pinnacle students have a comprehensive plan to help them thrive academically, socially and emotionally. To meet the unique needs of each student, Pinnacle uses the following evaluations and assessments before developing a learning plan:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment that helps determine student's proficiencies and areas that require remediation
  • Psycho-social assessment to determine student's mental, physical and emotional health
  • SASSI - Substance Abuse Screening
  • Psycho-educational assessment provides an estimate of student's cognitive abilities and educational achievement levels

Based on results, in addition to the student's academic plan, the following behavioral health care may be incorporated into his/her individualized learning plan:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Crisis Management
  • Behavior Management