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Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy

Students in Grades 6-12

Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy

Providing Virtual School since 2006

Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy is a tuition-based, private virtual school for students in grades 6 - 12. The school is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) as a college prep school. Highly Qualified, State Certified teachers ensure that our students excel (some for the first time).

What sets Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy apart from other online schools?
Pinnacle meets the student where he or she is. It's as simple as that. A student enrolling at the Academy is given comprehensive diagnostic assessments to help determine proficiencies and areas that require remediation. Results of the assessments allow our experienced staff to develop an individualized learning plan that sets our students on a course to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Credit evaluation, academic counseling and college and career counseling are also provided.

Students can register for one class, one semester, or complete their high school requirements and graduate with Pinnacle. Students may work at their own pace by accelerating or slowing down as needed.

Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy provides students with core classes and electives, and most importantly, support from qualified instructors. Many online programs simply make the curriculum available for students to navigate on their own. Tutoring and proctoring are an additional expense. Pinnacle supports its students by providing teachers who have extensive experience with online curriculums and proctors to oversee testing. These services are included in our monthly fee of $450.

Pinnacle follows the Alabama High School Course of Study. Our specialists will help your student plan his or her high school classes to fulfill the requirements for graduation.

To learn more about Pinnacle Private Academy, please be sure to visit the following:

All programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. are accredited by The Joint Commission in Behavioral Health Care.

Hallmarks of Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy

  • Accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED)
  • Follows Alabama High School Course of Study
  • Staffed with Highly Qualified, State Certified teachers
  • Staffed with Highly Qualified, State Certified SPED coordinators and teachers
  • Diploma accepted by all colleges and universities
  • Mental health professionals available for outpatient appointments
  • Individualized learning plan/flexible learning pace
  • Full range core curriculum, honors, college prep and electives
  • Rolling admissions
  • One-on-one tutoring available
  • Psycho-educational assessments as needed

Benefits of a Virtual School

Prior to COVID 19 and the following pandemic of 2020, attending school was generally subject to restrictions of geography, income (public or private school), and sheer luck of being assigned to a class with a stellar teacher. Virtual schools are breaking these barriers. Virtual schools appeal to many types of students:

  • Those that live outside of their chosen school district
  • Those that struggle with health or mental health issues that prevent them from attending school
  • Those with specific learning challenges that require them to spend more time on more difficult subjects
  • Those that may need supplementary classes in order to graduate on time

Students enrolled in Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy receive customized learning plans and instruction from Highly Qualified Teachers. Our students learn at a pace that is tailored to their learning styles. Other benefits include:

  • Access to Highly Qualified Teachers regardless of student's location
  • Potential to improve productivity
  • Increased flexibility for students to accelerate or slow down in subjects. Virtual learning meets students where they are academically and emotionally. It can reduce or eliminate sensory overload.
  • Eliminates classroom stigma when a student has fallen behind in classwork.

If you are interested in enrolling in Pinnacle's Virtual School, call Mr. White or Ms. Howie at 866-906-TEEN (8336) or complete and submit the "Contact Me" form on this web page.

Key Contacts for Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy

Rick White is Director of Education for Pinnacle Behavioral Health programs. Mr. White joined Pinnacle in 2014 as the Academic Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal. He was named Director of Education in 2017. He has a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in History with 6-12 Education Endorsement, a M.Ed. in School Counseling Grades P-12, and a Certification in Educational Leadership. Mr. White can be reached at 256-518-9998 or 866-906-8336.

Aletha Howie is the Special Education Director for Pinnacle Behavioral Health programs including the private academy and residential program. Ms. Howie joined Pinnacle in 2013 with 30+ years of experience teaching and leading programs within the public school system. She has a B.A. in Intellectual Disabilities and a M.Ed. in Mild Learning Handicaps. During her career, Ms. Howie has designed unique educational programs for special education students with severe behavioral deficits by incorporating Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies. Ms. Howie has success and experience working with families in crisis. She has spent her career advocating for equality in educational services for all children and is an expert in special education policies, procedures and safeguards. Ms. Howie can be reached at 256-518-9998 or 866-906-8336.

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Individualized learning plans set our students on a course to succeed academically, socially and emotionally