School Counselors work with students in three broad domains: academic, college/career and social/emotional development. These domains promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students. The definitions of each domain are as follows:
Academic Development – School counseling programs implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to learn.
College and Career Development – School counseling programs help students 1) plan for and make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and 2) understand the connection between school and the world of work.
Social/Emotional Development – School counseling programs help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills.
Dr. Caswell Martin
The annual North Carolina School Report Card offers ways for Pinnacle Classical Academy stakeholders to learn more about our school. The school report card contains information about student performance, class size, attendance, school safety, instructional resources and teacher quality in our school.
The 2015-2016 school year saw Pinnacle once again make positive strides in student achievement. The students, teachers, and staff work incredibly hard and it is wonderful to see those efforts bear such fruit. We are very proud of our overall performance during the past year, and we look forward to even greater gains in student achievement in the coming years. The deep commitment of our teachers, and staff to student success will pay dividends for the Pinnacle Classical Academy family well into the future.
While we had many successes to celebrate during the 2015-2016 school year, there are areas for improvement that we have developed plans to address. In the summer of 2016 the administrative team developed a comprehensive strategic plan that is designed to improve student performance and help each student grow academically. Working together in concert with parents and other stakeholders, we am confident that our students will continue to move in the right direction and help us meet our mission of providing all students with a premier college preparatory education.
The North Carolina School Report Cards are provided to give stakeholders a snapshot of how our school compares to others in the state. I encourage you to review the school’s report cards below and contact us with any questions you might have.
Thank you for your continued support of Pinnacle Classical Academy!
You are about to begin four of the most memorable years of your life. We want to make sure these memories are filled with an abundance of learning, life-long friendships, personal growth, career knowledge, and goal setting. As you begin your first year in high school, please remember that you have a support system of teachers and administrators to help you make great strides, find success in the most difficult tasks, and enjoy this wonderful experience! We are available to assist you with academic and personal issues as well as to address your concerns about life after high school. We hope to make your transition to high school a smooth and enjoyable one. This High School Course Catalog and Planning Guide has been designed especially for you. It contains information essential for you to know as a new high school student at Pinnacle Classical Academy. Read it, take notes, highlight important details, and refer to it throughout the school year.
We wish you the best of luck!
Robert W. Brown Jr.
The mission of Pinnacle Classical Academy is to provide students with a premier college preparatory experience. Homework is a key component of preparing students for college and academic success. While homework is an important part of the educational process, homework has to be reasonable in size and scope for the grade level of the students. Below you will find the guidelines and expectations that have been established for our students.
Purpose and Benefits of Homework:
Homework has four basic educational purposes:
- Practice - Students need to practice what they learn on their own time, at their own pace.
- Preparation - Homework prepares kids for higher grades. If students aren’t given homework in elementary school, they won’t be able to handle middle school, high school, or college.
- Study - Homework has a causal effect on high school achievement.
- Extension or elaboration - Homework reinforces classroom instruction.
Homework has five general benefits for students:
- Allows students time to absorb the lessons (knowledge, skills, etc.) learned in school – retention of knowledge and increased understanding
- Helps build stronger critical thinking skills
- Helps prepare students for larger tests (domain, EOG, etc.)
- Helps develop responsibility – study habits and time management 5. Shows parents how students are being taught and how best to help them
Amount of Homework:
Grade Level Amount of Homework (excludes nightly reading)
K-1 15 – 30 minutes
2-3 30 – 45 minutes
4-5 45 minutes – 1 hour
Middle School 30 minutes per academic subject
High School 30 minutes per academic subject
Advanced Placement Approx. 1 hour per subject.
- The homework amounts are predicated on students working on the assignment(s) full time and not "playing around" during the homework period. (Such as getting a snack, watching TV, getting up and down from the table, etc.)
- There is no prescribed number of homework assignments per week or per grading period.
Type of Homework:
- The vast majority of homework assignments should be designed as practice and reinforcement of concepts and skills that were taught in class. (Advanced Placement and higher level courses are an exception.)
- The best homework tasks / assignments exhibit four general characteristics:
- Has a clear academic purpose. (practice, checking for understanding, applying knowledge, or applying skills)
- Efficiently demonstrates student learning.
- Is relevant to the course and the curriculum.
- Is reasonably able to be completed without help.
- Homework has to be assessed in some way in order for it to be effective. Educational feedback is a crucial component of the learning process and homework is no different in that regard.
- It is appropriate to grade based on effort or participation – depending on the intent of the assignment. Teachers will use their professional judgment in this regard.
- Students should be held to levels of accountability that are appropriate for their grade level. • Teachers should clarify to students how each homework assignment will be graded or assessed.
Impact on Student Grades:
- Homework should be a basic and appropriate component of a student’s overall grade.
- K-5 = Part of the student's combined Classwork/Homework grade.
- 6-9 = 10%
- Late homework is a tricky issue to deal with and requires the school to walk a very fine line.
- Though teachers have a contingeny for late homework, there comes a point when it has been too long and a student will not earn credit for turning in an assignment that is over a week late (without some serious mitigating circumstances).