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Traffic Update

The first two days of school have been very productive, and we appreciate your help and patience as we make the flow better each day.  Below are some important reminders that will assist us so that all children are safe during morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.

Please do not come to the school before 2:25 to park in the back to wait for dismissal (we have children outside playing in the back until 2:30).  The cones will be moved from the driveway at 2:25 - so please watch for them to be moved before you enter into the driveway. We can not have cars blocking the entrance or the road. 

Please be sure your car rider tag is up and visible.  If you do not have your tag, you must park and go inside to verify you are able to pick up the children.  This is for the safety of everyone's children.

Please remember if your child has to exit or enter the car on the passenger side, you must put your car in park, go around and escort the child to/from the vehicle.

Please remember to not text or use cell phones while parking in the holding area - please watch for directions and movement of vehicles. 

If you are parking to walk in your children, do not walk through the holding area of traffic. You must walk around to the very end of the parking area,  and walk down the sidewalk by the greenhouse. Then wait until traffic personnel direct you to walk up toward the front of the school - staying on the right side of traffic. Walk all the way to the traffic personnel with the STOP sign, and she will direct you when to cross over to the sidewalk. 

While waiting in the holding area of the parking lot, please turn your vehicles off. 

Thank you for all you do to help us keep all children safe.

Dr. Robertson

The day we have been waiting for

Opening DayThe Shelby Star
Jessica Pickens

Students entered Pinnacle Classical Academy on a red carpet Monday.

It was the first-ever day of classes for Cleveland County’s first charter school.

“This is the day we have been waiting for, and everything has finally fallen into place,” said Pinnacle headmaster Danielle Robertson.

Charter schools are public schools that do not charge students for tuition.

“Our mission is to give a premiere college preparatory education,” Robertson said. “We have more flexibility with how we teach.”

Pinnacle uses STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning principles in its curriculum, along with classical and character education.

Classical education is a form of teaching built on repetition, memorization and eventually analyzing information, Robertson said. Character education is a way of using positive discipline rather than having lots of rules and yelling, she said.

“Each week there will be classroom meetings to resolve problems, such as misbehaving in line,” she said. “There will be roleplaying on how students should follow the rules and help tie in the positive.”

Pinnacle is a state-funded school, with additional funding coming from a loan the charter's board is working to secure to help build a new school building off Joe’s Lake Road, Robertson said.

The current school building on South Post Road was renovated from the old Hallelujah Acres facility.

“The school is currently kindergarten through sixth grade,” Robertson said. “But each year we will add on a new grade.”

The current school building was also a school in the past, and renovations included taking down a few walls and converting offices back into classrooms, Robertson said.

“We’ve waited so long to see if we would get the charter and the students,” Robertson said. “Now, it’s finally here.”

'The day we have been waiting for' was originally published in The Shelby Star on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 18:17 PM. Reach reporter Jessica Pickens at 704-669-3332 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow on Twitter at @StarJPickens. Photo credit: Brittany Randolph