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

Specializing in Programs for At-Risk Youth

Pinnacle's College Prep Private Academy, Virtual School and Professional Development are among the programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. which is based in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2006, Pinnacle Behavioral Health has opened doors for thousands of students from across the country. Many of these students did not fit into the mold of a traditional classroom and risked failing or dropping out of school altogether. Pinnacle's personalized approach to learning provides students with the ability to reach their educational goals at their pace without distractions of the traditional classroom. This flexibility allows students to earn credits and return to their school of choice, or finish their high school courses and earn their high school diploma. 

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.

All academic programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health are AdvancED/SACS accredited and all programs are 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. Among our staff are mental health professionals that can provide services to full day students as well. 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.

Virtual School - Pinnacle's Virtual School provides school systems with options to assist at-risk students that otherwise would fall through the cracks. Students enrolled in Pinnacle's Virtual School avoid the stigma of needing additional help in difficult subjects, yet can progress through lessons that come easily without waiting on fellow classmates.

Professional Development - Pinnacle has a proven record of success in developing and implementing programs that significantly improve dropout rates, raise student GPAs and lower discipline referrals. Pinnacle raised graduation rates by 81% while partnering with a public school system as its alternative school. Pinnacle 

Our model alternative school program provides students with individualized learning programs that include behavioral health services as needed. The staff-to-student ratio is customized to address the needs of each classroom. A positive school culture must be developed and maintained by school administrators, Highly Qualified and State Certified teachers and support staff of Behavioral Interventionists (BI). BIs 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.

Pinnacle's credentialed and experienced educators and support staff can customize a Professional Development Program for any size school district from training existing staff to developing an entire alternative school or private school program.

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