On September 1, 2016, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the End-Of-Grade (EOG) testing and School Report Card (SRC) grades for the 2015-2016 school year. EOG tests are taken by all students in grades 3-8 in North Carolina. The tests are designed to provide stakeholders with a uniform measurement of student achievement and can be used to compare schools from across the state. The results from 2015-2016 demonstrate that Pinnacle Classical Academy continues to produce outstanding student academic outcomes.
Pinnacle Classical Academy is a K-9 public charter school in Cleveland County with over 585 students. Public charter schools are tuition free, and any North Carolina student is eligible to attend. Pinnacle Classical Academy, like all public charter schools in the state, is not part of a traditional local school district and is governed by a non-profit board of directors that answer directly to the state. Unfortunately Pinnacle Classical Academy receives only 73% of the funding allocated to traditional public schools in the area, but has the freedom to use research-based and innovative curricula rather than those mandated by the state for traditional schools.
For the 2015-2016 school year, Pinnacle Classical Academy earned a grade of “B” on the School Report Card issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Only 27% of all elementary and middle schools in North Carolina achieved a “B” or better this year. Education is not about standing still and resting on the success of the past however, and instead must be a process of growing and continual improvement.
Over the course of the previous academic year, Pinnacle Classical Academy made significant academic improvements. As a school, Pinnacle continued its tradition of producing incredibly strong readers. This is a direct result of great instruction and the use of a curriculum that utilizes all academic disciplines as part of the reading program. Pinnacle also made significant gains in the areas of Math and Science. This again is due to intense instruction as well as a decided emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) within the overall school curriculum.
At the state and local levels there has been a trend of student test scores significantly decreasing from elementary to middle school. At Pinnacle this trend is reversed and students scores actually increase as they move from elementary to middle school. This is the result of powerful instruction, dedicated teachers, and the cumulative effect of being part of a growing community of learners who expect success from themselves and their classmates.
When viewed through a state, or local lens, the students at Pinnacle Classical Academy are achieving outstanding results.