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

Pinnacle's Therapeutic Day School and Private Academy 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. 

Our mission 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.

Our programs provide personalized, quality education and behavioral health services for teens that struggle with learning differences or are at risk of dropping out of school. Our education programs are AdvancED/SACS accredited and are also accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting rigorous performance standards. 

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 as needed. Our behavioral health services are supervised by licensed mental health professionals and are available to full day Academy students. For more information on half or full day options, please contact an adviser by calling 256-518-9998 or submit your questions through the confidential inquiry form on this web page.

Alternative School - Pinnacle partners with public schools to serve as an alternative school for middle and high school students that have been expelled or need to recover credits before returning to their primary school. Pinnacle's alternative school provides students with individualized learning programs that include behavioral health services as needed. Our classrooms are typically smaller than in public schools and the staff-to-student ratio is customized to address the needs of each classroom. Highly Qualified and State Certified teachers are supported by Behavioral Interventionists that are trained to recognize, intervene and de-escalate before maladaptive behaviors erupt in the classroom. For more information, please contact one of our enrollment advisers at 256-518-9998 or submit a confidential inquiry by completing the "Contact Me" form on this web page.

Why Pinnacle Schools?

Pinnacle was founded by a group of medical professionals that recognized the lack of services for students that were not performing well in traditional school settings. Their research revealed that students with learning differences often have co-existing mental health challenges - or vice versa. In 2006 Pinnacle Schools was opened and grew from a small private school to several programs that assist adolescents with academic or mental health disadvantages. 

Pinnacle provides students in grades 6 - 12 with a comprehensive academic program that is AdvancED accredited, as well as behavioral health and/or mental health services as needed. Our qualified staff develop learning plans that set our students on a path to success 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