MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Summary

At Pinnacle Academy, our 6th through 9th graders undergo a rigorous curriculum. In integrating technology into the classroom, our middle school students are each entrusted with a school Chromebook, which are used to access teacher resources in Google Classroom and Google Drive, wonderful tools for conveying specialized subject matter.

Offered topics include:

  • Math: Algebra I through AP Calculus
  • Life, Physical, and Earth Sciences
  • English, using a wide of range of selected texts
  • Social Studies: the American Civil War to Modern History
  • Foreign Languages, choosing between Spanish and Turkish
  • Computer Science, from algorithms to “hacking”
  • Art, of a wide variety of cultures

Highlights include:

  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
  • Computer Science beginning in 6th grade
  • National Merit Honor Society
  • Academic-oriented extracurricular activities, such as Science Olympiad and Model UN.

Our high school program features:

  • Dual-enrollment college courses through our partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)
  • STEM: AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics
  • Humanities: AP English, AP Government, and AP History
  • Electives: Computer Graphics, Photography, AP Psychology, and PLTW Engineering
  • On-site SAT prep classes

Pinnacle Academy Early College Program

English

English with Mrs. Jones

Ms. Gabriella Jones has 11 years of teaching experience in English Language Arts and Reading. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and has boundless passion for Literature and the Performing Arts.

In this course, all English materials are tied to the reading selections each class covers. In other words, our PSAT preparation, word study, academic writing, and grammar standards interconnect within each unit, providing an all-encompassing English experience for our young scholars.

The following academic texts will be used for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • 6th grade: The Castle in the Attic; The Giver; The Neverending Story; I Will Always Write; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Tuck Everlasting; The Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • 7th grade: The Outsiders; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Light in the Forest; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; A Collection of Poe– His Short Stories and Poems; The Hobbit; I Am Malala; Night; The House on Mango Street
  • 8th grade: The Time Machine; To Kill a Mockingbird; Beowulf; Tom Sawyer; Animal Farm; Our Town; A Raisin in the Sun; Warriors Don’t Cry
  • 9th grade: The Lord of the Flies; Frankenstein; Macbeth; A Lesson Before Dying; The Pearl; 1984; The Tempest
  • 10th grade: Of Mice and Men; Hamlet; Fahrenheit 451; The Crucible; A Separate Peace; Catch-22

Mathematics

Pinnacle Academy’s math teachers, Mr. Kaya & Mrs. Karakoc offer a unique perspective into the world of mathematics with hands on activities and a robust curriculum.

Students take Algebra 1 as early as 6th grade, culminating with Precalculus in 9th grade.

Science

Science with Mr. Yilar

Mr. Yilar is on his fourth year teaching science at Pinnacle Academy. He devotes a TON of time into after-school STEM activities, including Future City, FIRST Lego League, and Science Olympiad. He also appreciates sports: he hikes, is a horseback rider, and is the first to join a pick-up basketball game with his students.

Social Studies

Social Studies topics for the academic school year:

  • 6th grade, American History: This class covers American history from 1865 to the present day. We place a focus on their social, political, and economic causes and effects, influential individuals, and trends in U.S. history.
  • 7th grade, World History: Students build an understanding of cross-cultural connections that relate to our world today. We study both broad themes and specific events with far-reaching effects.
  • 8th grade, Civics: Students learn about the role of government and how individual citizens can participate.
  • 9th grade, World History: This class focuses on major turning points that helped shape the modern world, the rise of democratic ideas, and the historical roots of current world issues. Time periods range from ancient history, the late 18th century, and the cause and course of World Wars I and II. Current world issues are related to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts.

To the Community and Staff of Pinnacle Academy,

Hello!  My name is Kathryn Crawford, and I am the new Sixth through Ninth Grade Social Studies at Pinnacle Academy.  I am quite excited to be part of the dynamic school community that serves young people and their families in the Northern Virginia area.  

After working and teaching in a children’s home in rural Honduras this past year, I am grateful and energized to be returning to Virginia.  Prior to my time with Amigos de Jesús, I had been a licensed VCEA Social Studies and English instructor for four years in Stafford, Virginia.  My experiences working with teens at St. William of York were fundamental to my formation both as a teacher and individual. Whether through history lessons, basketball practice, school dances, or field trips, the time spent with the children inspired me to be a strong educator and reliable individual to those I encountered. 

I attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for my undergraduate degree in History and minors in English and Theology and Religious Studies. Upon graduation, I volunteered as a teacher and coach in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.  Working across the U.S.-Mexican border on a weekly basis was an opportunity that had a profound impact on both my personal and worldview outlook.

I am looking forward to my time at Pinnacle Academy and am grateful for the warm welcome offered to me by the students and school families.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at kcrawford@pinnacleacadmeyva.com

Best Regards, 

Kathryn Crawford

NOVA Dual Enrollment Program

What Is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment is an enrichment opportunity that allows Pinnacle Academy high school students to earn college credits for courses taken through NOVA while still being enrolled at Pinnacle Academy. As a dual enrolled student, you are enrolled in both high school and NOVA.

Who Can Take Dual Enrollment classes?

Pinnacle Academy’s partnership with NOVA allows all juniors seniors to participate in dual enrollment classes. Exceptional freshman and sophomore students who demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet the eligibility criteria set forth Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and must demonstrate competence in reading, writing, and math.

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

Studies have shown that students who earn college credits while attending high school are more likely to graduate and pursue a formal education. Dual enrollment provides Pinnacle students an opportunity to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses.

In Pinnacle’s dual enrollment program, our students are able to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Pinnacle students are able to accumulate college credits before entering college, allowing them to graduate early. The dual enrollment program at Pinnacle Academy provides our students with a solid transition from high school to college without the overwhelm that comes from the changing environment.

Enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program in 4 Easy Steps:

Step #1 – Discuss

Talk about your plan to dual enroll with your parent or guardian and high school counselor. Review the NOVA Catalog and Schedule of Classes. Decide which NOVA course(s) to take and if appropriate, the equivalent high school course(s).

You must complete the admissions process two weeks prior to the start of class. Please note, students who wish to take a dual enrolled class on campus must complete the enrollment/registration process at least two weeks before the start of each academic session. NOVA classes begin before most high schools start. Please check the NOVA website to determine when the session starts.

Step #2 – Apply

The next step for enrolling in classes at NOVA is to apply to the College. The application process is free and must be completed online. Go to www.nvcc.edu and select the Apply Now tab at the top of the screen on the right side. Follow the guidelines provided.

After you submit the application online, you will receive a seven-digit Student ID number at the end of the application process. NOVA Student IDs are used to identify students in myNOVA/MyNOVA and for college records. In addition to the ID number, you will be given a username you will need to access myNOVA. Through myNOVA, you can review your academic record and have access to your Canvas account.

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide a Social Security number may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #3 – Placement Tests

Take the needed placement tests or collect the necessary documentation showing results from an AP, SAT, ACT or SOL test that would exempt you from taking the college placement test.

In order to be enrolled in dual enrollment classes, all students must demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following placement or scoring criteria:

  • SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 500 or higher (before March 2016)
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score of 480 or higher (after March 2016)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on Reading and Combined English/Writing sections (before Sept. 2015)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher on English, Reading AND Writing sections (after Sept. 2015)
  • AP English Literature or AP Language and Composition Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB English score of 5 of higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying score into ENG 111 for Transfer Course/ENF 1 for Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses

Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in Mathematics:

  • Passing score on math SOL taken within last two school years
  • PSAT Math section score of 52 or higher (before Oct. 2015)
  • PSAT Math section score of 500 or higher (after Oct. 2015)
  • SAT Math section score of 520 or higher (before March 2016)
  • SAT Math section score of 530 or higher (after March 2016)
  • ACT Math score of 22 or higher
  • AP Calculus BC Exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB Math score of 5 or higher
  • Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying placement out of one MTE unit

Be aware that certain courses, usually within the math discipline, have prerequisites or higher placement test requirements. In addition to meeting the college readiness standards for Dual Enrollment, students will need to meet the prerequisites or corequisites for the course. Students taking MTH 263 or higher cannot use PSAT, SAT or ACT math exemptions to qualify them to take the course. Students enrolling in higher level math courses must take the Math VPT, have a qualifying AP or IB math score, or have a C or higher in the prerequisite course. Check the course descriptions for the individual classes before enrolling.

Step #4 – Meet With Pinnacle’s Counselor

Pinnacle Academy will guide each of our dual enrollment students through the enrollment process and will enroll students in the appropriate classes.

High school students must complete, sign and submit a NVCC 125-207: Dual Enrollment Recommendation: Individual High School Student form, giving permission from their high school counselor, principal and parent/guardian.

Dual Enrollment Course Offerings – From this link you can see all of the courses offered through the Pinnacle/NOVA dual enrollment program.

Course Advising Sheets: This link provides an extensive list of degree paths offered at NOVA and the required classes to fulfill their requirements. From here, you will see all degrees offered by NOVA in alphabetical order. Simply click on the career path of your choice and you will be provided a list of all the courses you need to take. For example, if you are interested in studying biotechnology, these are the required courses for the degree.

For more information regarding the NOVA Dual Enrollment Program, you may contact us at nova@pinnacleacademyva.com

NOVA Student Resources: https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/students.html

NOVA Parent Resources:

https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/parents.html

Dual Enrollment Student Checklist

Virginia Placement Test (VPT) can be taken at any NOVA campus.

Pinnacle Academy Early College Program