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    DROP OFF TIMES: Grades K-2 will begin at 7:30am. Grades 3-10 will begin at 7:30am.

School Report Card 2017-18

Dear Parents,

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 2017-2018 school year saw Pinnacle enroll over 140 additional students from other schools with markedly different educational philosophies and practices. While the results in terms of student achievement were not what we had hoped for, the students, teachers, and staff worked incredibly hard throughout the school year. Our student growth trended upward, which shows that our faculty and staff are working extremely hard to meet the needs of a student body from diverse educational backgrounds. Again, we are very proud of our overall effort during the past year, and we look forward to significant gains in student achievement in the 2018-2019 school year. The deep commitment of our teachers, and staff to student success will pay dividends for the Pinnacle Classical Academy family well into the future.

When performance does not meet expectations, plans have to be developed and implemented to correct the issue(s).   In the summer of 2018 the administrative team developed an in-depth and  comprehensive plan for curriculum and instruction that is designed to significantly improve student performance and help each student grow academically. Working together in concert with parents and other stakeholders, we are confident that our student achievement will improve and help us meet our mission of providing all students with a premier college preparatory education.

I would like to remind all school stakeholders of the importance of Parents Encouraging Academic Knowledge, (PEAK).  We are all together in this journey toward educational excellence, and parents working with students and teachers to reach educational goals is crucial to our success. Lastly, I encourage you to review the school’s report card and contact the school with any questions you might have.  Thank you for your continued support of Pinnacle Classical Academy!


Robert W. Brown Jr.

McKinney-Vento Services

Information for
School-Aged Youth


Information for

Definition of McKinney-Vento Act:

42 USC § 11431 – STATEMENT OF POLICY the following is the policy of the Congress

(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and

     each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education,

     including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.

(2) In any State that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the State’s

     compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies that

     may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless

     children and youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws,

     regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded

     the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.

(3) Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream

     school environment.

(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services

     that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an

     opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards

     to which all students are held.

If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights.

Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services

If your family lives:

  • in an emergency shelter or transitional shelter
  • in a motel, hotel, or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
  • doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train

stations, or similar settings

  • migratory children living in the above circumstances
  • unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances

Then, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the

McKinney-Vento Act. Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students.

McKinney-Vento Rights and Supports

Your McKinney-Vento eligible children have the right to:

  • receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school of origin (the school they

attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference.

  • receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
  • receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to

your children’s needs.

*If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your   children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform    you of your right to appeal its decision.

Resources from NCHE:

Common questions regarding services under the McKinney-Vento Act?

  • Who is the local homeless education liaison for Pinnacle Classical Academy?

Breanne Norman

  • How can I contact her?

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  • For information or questions about eligibility or services please contact:

Breanne Norman; K-7 Counselor & Local Homeless LiaisonThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Caswell Martin; 8-11 CounselorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

  • Who is the State Coordinator: Lisa Phillips, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State Data:




The PCA Choir is an extracurricular ensemble for young ladies and gentlemen in grades 6-10.  We meet every Tuesday after school in the music room.  The PCA Choir performs twice a year for a winter and spring concert.

Ukulele Club

The mission of the PCA High School Ukulele Club is to provide a student lead ukulele ensemble focused towards high school level performers. The student teacher will teach ukulele to high school beginners and help hone the skills of advanced high school musicians who are already familiar with the ukulele.


brownMr. Robert Brown, Headmaster

2401 Joes Lake Rd.
Shelby, NC 28152
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Phone: (704) 740-4054
Fax: (704) 4870-8616

Mr. Brown earned his BA in History from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, his MA in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University where his thesis examined the impact of high stakes testing and instruction, and his MA in History from the University of Nebraska-Kearney where his thesis provides the only modern scholarly treatment of Pender/Scales Brigade during the American Civil War. Mr. Brown has worked in education for over 23 years. He has been a high school history teacher, assistant principal, travelled around the country training history teachers, and has taught American History and Global Understanding at the college level. In addition, Mr. Brown has published a several books and textbook chapters. These include Kings Mountain and Cowpens: Our Victory Was Complete (Charleston: History Press, 2009), Classroom Historians: Building Student Understanding of the Past (Swedesboro NJ: AIHE, 2012), chapters for NC Colonial History and Civil War and Reconstruction in NC for The American Journey (New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2007) and activities for teaching the NC Constitution and Sources of Law for Civics Today (New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2007).

Mr. Brown’s responsibilities include: overall operation of both campuses, finance, facilities, legal affairs and DPI, personnel and Human Resources, enrollment, teacher and staff evaluations, public and community relations, professional development, and planning.

In his free time, Mr. Brown enjoys reading, writing, touring historical sites, lecturing, and spending time with his family.


Mrs. Bianca Muller, Dean of Academics and Student Affairs

2401 Joes Lake Rd.
Shelby, NC 28152
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Phone: (704) 740-4032
Fax: (704) 4870-8616

Mrs. Muller has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho. Mrs. Muller started her education career in Idaho. While in Idaho she served as a 6th-8th grade media specialist, kindergarten reading teacher, and as a high school English teacher for Northwest Nations Upward Bound. Her husband’s career with Clearwater Paper then moved her to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas, she taught 2nd grade, 7th/8th grade reading, and served as a Lead Instructional Coach for the School-Wide Instructional Support System Team. As a Lead Instructional Coach, she served an area of 84 schools, K-12. Her responsibilities included sitting on state support teams for struggling schools, coaching and mentoring teachers, as well as, developing and presenting professional development in the areas of literacy, master scheduling, inclusion, co-teaching, and differentiated instruction. In 2012, her husband’s career moved them to North Carolina. Since being in North Carolina, she spent a year as an 8th grade English/social studies teacher before joining the PCA team. Currently her responsibilities include serving as the testing coordinator, 3rd-5th grade curriculum and instruction, 3rd-10th daily management, master scheduling, assisting with the enrollment process, assisting the EC director, and special projects.

Mrs. Muller enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and just about all activities outside especially in the mountains.


Dr. Shelly Bullard, Dean of Elementary Education

900 South Post Rd.
Shelby, NC 28152
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Phone: (704) 740-4046
Fax: (704) 482-5527

Dr. Bullard earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and MSA in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Working in education for 20 years has allowed Dr. Bullard to experience many roles. She has worked as a teacher at the elementary level as well as teaching for Queens University in their Master's program for School Administrators. Dr. Bullard also teaches Educational Technology at Gaston College. In administration, she has served as an assistant principal, principal, Director of Title I and Executive Director of K-8 Instruction. Each of these former experiences has allowed Dr. Bullard to continue the development of her passion of working with students and teachers. It is her goal to help support teachers, staff, students and parents as we continue to build the tradition of excellence that is Pinnacle Classical Academy. Dr. Bullard’s responsibilities include: K-2 scheduling, K-2 testing, K-2 daily management, K-2 enrollment, K-2 curriculum and instruction, mentors/mentees, elementary curriculum, teacher evaluations, public and community relations, and special projects.


Mrs. Angela Brooks, Associate Dean

2401 Joes Lake Rd.
Shelby, NC 28152
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Phone: (704) 740-4095
Fax: (704) 4870-8616

Associate Dean Angela Brooks began her teaching career in 2004 after graduating as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She began her teaching career as a high school social studies teacher at North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC. She continued her teaching journey with the opening of Pinnacle Classical Academy in 2013 in Shelby, NC. At Pinnacle, she taught a variety of grade levels and subjects. She earned her Master of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies in 2017 from Gardner Webb University. Mrs. Brooks’ responsibilities include: 3-10 discipline, 3-10 traffic, 3-10 teacher duty, 6-10 curriculum and instruction, 3-10 daily management, teacher evaluations, and public and community relations.

She is married to Derrick Brooks and together they have two wonderful children, Amy and Will. Angela loves being with her family, traveling, and reading.

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Mrs. Wendy Clary, Associate Dean

2401 Joes Lake Rd.
Shelby, NC 28152
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Phone: (980) 404-4004
Fax: (704) 487-8616

Mrs. Clary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, kindergarten through 6th grade, with a Pre-K add-on certification from Gardner-Webb University. She also had a certification in Academically and Intellectually Giftedness, kindergarten through 12th grade. She has worked in education since 1992 in the following grades and areas: Pre-K, 5th grade, 3rd grade as classroom teacher, EC itinerant teacher, and AIG teacher. She, along with a diverse group of educators, wrote a grant for a Family Resource Center that served the needs of K-5 families at Township Three Elementary School. Mrs. Clary also served as the director for the NIKE Grant that helped fund this project. She was awarded the 1991-92 Student Teaching Award from Gardner-Webb, and was chosen as Township Three’s Teacher of the Year in 1996. She proceeded to be named the Cleveland County Teacher of the Year for 1997-98. She was nominated and voted on by her peers at Pinnacle Classical Academy Charter School in 2014 to receive the first award given by the school for Distinguished Teacher of the Year. She has also been recognized by Alpha Delta Kappa as a recipient of the 2010 State Excellence in Education Award and by WBTV’s C.J. Underwood’s Thanks to Teachers.

Mrs. Clary’s responsibilities include: K-5 curriculum support, professional learning communities, professional development, instructional matters, teacher evaluations, and public and community relations. She provides support and leadership in her role as Curriculum Coordinator at Pinnacle Classical Academy implementing the chosen curriculum. Mrs. Clary helps with alignment of instruction and provides resources and coaching to educators. She has helped with the development and initiation of Pinnacle’s initial charter and has served in different roles since the school has received its charter in 2013.