The Pinnacle Progressive Academy is a comprehensive K-12 education program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the Arts, Leadership and Philanthropy at the K-8 level. The K-8 program will be the stepping stone to the 9-12 Pinnacle programs.
To insure academic success, prepare them for the next step and expand the curriculum, all students will be issued a laptop computer. Curriculum will be downloaded on the laptops and staff will support the use of the computer in the classroom as well as at home.
At the 9-12 level, the Pinnacle Progressive Academy will focus on two distinct levels of students interest:
Students interested in college Students interested in a career in technical education
The Collegiate Academy is a dual enrollment, public high school, designed to accelerate the educational process for college bound students. As a charter public school, The Collegiate Academy intends to serve students in grades 9 through 12 who seek the challenge of high academic standards, rigorous curricula, and college-level study at a small innovative high school. This schools philosophy is to provide students with an AA degree upon graduation from High School.Â We will do this by offering credit acceleration through a teacher-directed, mastery-based, and technology-enhanced learning environment integrated with an advisory program. The design of the Collegiate Academy reflects best practices found in increasingly robust research literature on school reform, including the successful Early College High School Initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Links to the world of work in successful programs include goal setting, employability skills, job training, work study, work attitudes and habits, and career counseling. In addition, summer enhancement programs are effective motivators and acceleration opportunities.
The curriculum will be the State approved college curriculum for students to obtain an AA degree upon graduation for high school, accelerating the students academic progress by two years. Instructional Delivery Students will be provided two learning models:
- Tutorial (University Professor teaching in the traditional manner)
- On-line with teacher support in the classroom
Student Needs Assessment
Student needs assessment will include:
- Core and elective course work towards an AA and high school graduation
- Test-taking skills
- SAT/ACT Test Prep
- Reading support
- Math support
- Personal, social and career development
Skills Development Each students advisor will work their advisees individually and collectively in the areas of graduation progression (Individual Graduation Plan), career planning, social and life management skills, and post secondary education options. Online Student Advising System Students will have the opportunity to make informed choices about their education through a variety of online programs offered. Students will be able to:
- Determine career objectives.
- Evaluate collegiate progress.
- Review collegiate course summary and grades.
- Learn about post-secondary opportunities across the nation.
- Apply online to college.
- Choose the right major.
- Access college transcripts and grades.
- Track progress towards college graduation.
Support Services The Academic Coach will serve as the liaison between the student and university to monitor and track the students progress. The academic outcome of the Collegiate Academy will be different from the local school district because the ultimate goal is for students to graduate from high school with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and high school diploma simultaneously. Collegiate high schools are tremendously successful in accelerating degree attainment. While the local dual enrollment partnerships have enabled a few highly motivated students to graduate concurrently, the Collegiate Academy will expand this opportunity greatly. The School will also offer a unique ability to work with underachievers. Beginning in the 10th grade, students will be intensively fortified for success in dual enrollment courses through a highly rigorous curriculum. Students qualifying for the Collegiate Program will provide test scores and other evidence indicating they are prepared to succeed in college level work. Due to its size and location, the Collegiate Academy can focus on rigor, relationships and relevance drawn from college resources. Critical thinking will be embedded in the curriculum, enabling students to assess their own thinking in a cognitive way. The Collegiate Academy students will be enrolled in a broad range of dual-credit college classes to satisfy high school diploma and AA requirements, e.g. organic chemistry, calculus, accounting, creative writing, oceanography, history, humanities, business, education, and the arts. The Collegiate Academy students will enjoy full access to college facilities, activities, and services. Shared academic support services include the campus state-of-the-art learning resource center, and tutoring, remedial, and career services provided through the Academic Success Center. As a public high school, the Collegiate Academy will strive to reflect the local district diversity. High standards will be communicated during the Application process, as the Collegiate Academy will engage students in rigorous, in-depth academic work requiring intellectual inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking. The Collegiate Academy is dedicated to better meeting students academic needs through an accelerated learning process, which allows students to earn an Associate of Arts degree and high school diploma simultaneously. Student learning will focus on an innovative approach, which exposes students 10-12 with collegiate curriculum in a small group homogeneous caring environment. In pursuit of this vision, the local campus delivers programs and services tailored to the needs of its local community. With support from the Collegiate Academy school board, State University System Schools and Pinnacle Development Group presents the following Mission and implementation plan for the Collegiate Academy. The purpose of establishing the Collegiate Academy is to provide a quality academic experience for high school students seeking the challenge of high academic standards, rigorous curricula, and college-level study at a small innovative high school. The Collegiate Academy will distinguish itself as an innovative, academically inspiring, and student-centered early collegiate high school providing equality of educational opportunities open to all, preparation for continued post-secondary education, productive citizenship in a global environment, and graduates who are reflective and skilled in decision-making. The Pinnacle Acceleration Academy mission is to develop positive and productive citizens in our community by providing technical/adult education for all students. This schools philosophy is to provide students with an adult education certification or degree upon graduation from High School. We will do this by offering credit acceleration through a teacher-directed, mastery-based, and technology-enhanced learning environment integrated with an advisory program. We believe:
- All students can learn.
- All students deserve a chance at receiving a first-class education and a successful life.
- All students deserve more than one chance to live up to their potential.
- No one educational organization, philosophy, or program is right for everyone.
- All students learn at different rates and with varied learning styles.
- Students should have educational choices that meet their individual needs, learning styles, and pace.
- Delivering instruction through a teacher-directed, mastery-based, and technology enhanced learning model best fits the individual educational needs of this target population.
As such, the schools students will be provided the tools needed to obtain:
- A high school diploma
- Adult Education Certification or Degree
- Career path goals
- Job opportunities
- Community services as needed
- Post-secondary academic or vocational opportunities
- 21st Century Skills
The school meets the needs of students with its innovative academic design and schedule. This opportunity is potentially a students last chance to be successful in a school environment, therefore, the foundation of our educational program is a teacher-directed, mastery-based, and technology-enhanced learning environment specifically designed to address each student’s unique and diverse learning needs and has a schedule that fits their lives. We design a unique academic plan for each student that has at its foundation the earning and accelerated accumulation of course credits, which result in grade promotion and place the student on track to earn a high school diploma/adult education certification. Through our unique formatting and curriculum, we provide each student the individual attention, foundational skills development, and mastery they need to catch up and address specific academic challenges and deficiencies Some of the specific evidence-based instructional strategies that the teachers and the school will utilize to fulfill the students learning needs and the schoolâ€™s educational mission are:
- Technology-enhanced self-paced learning environment utilizing evidence-based instructional software designed to deliver content requiring ongoing interaction between the learner and the software.
- Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum-Curriculum aligned to the State Standards, meets the State University System and district standards.
- Focused on making real-world connections relevant to students lives and 21st Century Skills.
- Lesson and Module Based Self-contained student learning activities based on a specific concept and topic. Hands-on Teaching and Learning. Using direct contact and/or manipulation with objects, materials, or locations.
- Direct Instruction-Self-contained instructional program.
- Cooperative Learning-Heterogeneous grouping, positive independence, group interaction, individual accountability, and success for every student.
- Mastery-based Instruction-Instruction guided by individual student mastery rather than seat time as the student works toward achieving proficiency in the State Standards and benchmarks.
- Seminars-Relevant learning opportunities for students to interact with experts in chosen career fields.
- Respect and Relationships-Learning activities focused on developing respect for self and peers, as well as learning and building relationships with peers, teachers, family, and community.Critical Thinking and Problem Solving-Teaching and learning based upon the solving of an essential question.
Research continues to demonstrate that students need a variety of instructional approaches to motivate them, support their learning, and ensure both short-term and long-term success. The Schools comprehensive and systematic approach to student success:
- Keep students off the street and in school.
- Builds foundational skills in reading and math.
- Accelerates the passing of courses and earning of credits.
- Closes the achievement gap.
- Increases the number of high school graduates in the school district.
- Lays a foundation for students to become successful members of the community.
- Prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.
Students will engage in a technology-enhanced course instruction using a research-based curriculum (APEX) for earning credits toward graduation. Auxiliary software will be used for personal, social, and career options. Links to the world of work in successful programs include goal setting, employability skills, job training, work study, work attitudes and habits, and career counseling. In addition, summer enhancement programs are effective motivators and remediation opportunities. Instructional Delivery During this time, a team of teachers and instructional assistants (IA) facilitate student learning and provide coaching, advising, and tutoring as determined by student needs and progress. Student needs will include:
- Core and elective course work towards graduation
- Adult Education course work
- Test-taking skills
- SAT/ACT Test Prep
- GED Test Prep
- Reading support
- Math support
- Personal, social and career development
Skills Development Each students advisor will work their advisees individually and collectively in the areas of graduation progression (Individual Graduation Plan), Adult Education Certification employability skills, career planning, social and life management skills, and post-secondary education options. The career coach will work with the adult learning center to focus on graduates achieving an adult education certification or degree upon high school graduation.