Students enrolled 289
Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School leader Ian Hodor
Transportation options None
District Pointe Educational Services
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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6753 West Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, AZ 85310

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(623) 537-4433
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4 stars
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November 13, 2014
I wouldn't even give this school one star. Poor environment, poorly trained staff. Education doesn't seem to be their first priority. Definitely do your homework before considering having your child attend PPA. If your child is special needs, go somewhere else. This charter system doesn't know how to deal with special needs. They only count funds from the state!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2014
High turnover on every level. Harassed because I wanted to be at field day. Once my all A's children were enrolled into Peoria district, I realized how poor the education was at PPA. Think carefully before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
So happy we enrolled our son in this academy. Our son has always struggled with math and we were concerned about his performance in this school because they have an advanced curriculum. Math did not come easy to him at the start of the year, but his teacher gave up her lunch hour in order to give him one on one instruction. Now he loves math and is always eager to come home and share with us all the new things he has learned! I can not believe how much he has improved in such a short time! Every staff member has always been polite and cheerful to me, when I am on campus. My son practically talks about how much he likes his Principal. The teachers are friendly and helpful and I believe they truly care about students. My son always seems to get the help he needs and he is happy and excited about learning! I would highly recommend this school to parents because students get the support they need to be successful with a challenging curriculum. The school provides a safe orderly environment and a private school education without the tuition! I think it s a great place for kids to learn!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
My child has attended PPA for 4 years now. We came from a private school and I will not lie - the transition was hard for me. It was not hard for my child. It took me a whole year to realize that the most important part of my child's educational experience had been found - my child was exceedingly HAPPY! My child wanted go go to school each day, and wanted to learn - priceless!! My child was able to block up a grade in Language Arts and Math, so remained challenged. I have yet to find another charter school in the NW area that will let the kids work up to grade level on a daily basis. They also offer tutoring on site, for your child if they need a boost. Starting in 4th grade, students have affordable intramural sports opportunities, student government opportunities and character education once a week. I like that the kids wear school uniforms, but you can buy your own instead of going to store X and paying outrageous prices for a set uniform. Don't be fooled into thinking there is no homework. Ample time is given for homework to be completed in class, with the teacher's available to assist. Our family is incredibly happy with our experience at Pinnacle Pointe!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
I am so pleased with a recent meeting I had with my students teacher and the principal. They walked me through some behaviors my child was exhibiting in class and things I can do at home that can help and things they are doing at school to help. I can already see the difference in my daughter- thank you so much for all of your grat suggestions!!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
I am a returning parent who has two children at Pinnacle. While the school has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years, I am happy to say that they have, for the most part, been positive. Obviously there are things that I would do differently if I were running the place, but that would be the same at any school. Overall the staff is pleasant, professional, and knoweldgeable. I really like the principal and this will be her third year at the school, which is great be0cause she has truly gotten to know my children who absolutely adore her! If you are looking for an overall good school with a quality education and teachers who like what they are doing- you have come to the right place.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
My son is in first grade and is enjoying the new year. He has the new (new to the school at least) first grade teacher. I was a bit nervous at first because there are so many new staff members this year. But we LOVE his teacher! Change is good as long as it is in the right direction. I was nervous about my son being behind in math this year- but his teacher spent the first few weeks reviewing with the class and now they are picking up where they left off last year. They got so far in kindergarten, but I know he forgot a lot over summer-- I was grateful that he was eased back into the swing of things! Keep up the good work Pinnacle- I can't wait to see what the year brings!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
This is my sons second year at Pinnacle and I couldn't be happier with the teachers. He loves PPA and his new teacher is wonderful. My student is above his grade level and he will begin blocking next week! After the first few weeks of review we are getting into the 'meat' of the year and I am excited for my son and the opportunities that are presenting themselves!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
My son just started this school a few weeks ago and I can't tell you how relieved I am to find a school where he is not just a number. He has some special educational needs and the school has been amazing in helping him adjust and meet those needs. I have never seen a more organized and safe pick up/drop off routine. I feel very blessed that he is here.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2011
My daughters have attended PPA for the last 5 years. There are so many levels to running a successful school, and many of those layers are not for the students or parents to be made aware of. When you have a school where kids are not held accountable for their manners (or lack thereof) when they used to be, and a Principal who used to teach at the high school, but has NO experience with younger children in a classroom setting running the school, there will be issues. Teachers feel like the safest thing to do is to keep their heads down and stay in their rooms. It used to be a friendly place for parents, as well as the kids. I HATE the "morning mayhem".. kids running on sidewalks and thru the rocks to get to class. It causes my 3rd grader a bit of anxiety everyday. Staff has to watch their backs, as there are members of the staff that 'spy' and it makes for a very difficult working environment. PPA used to be a fantastic school. My daughter is happy there, though I am not. She will continue to attend PPA. It used to have a small school feel, but now, it feels like a public school with uniforms (and the dress code isn't really enforced that often)

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
I'm giving the school 3 stars for the teachers, if I were to rate the administration I would give it 0 stars. The school has/had a few excellent teachers but the principle has A LOT to learn - my belief is that the "district" needs to make a change with this person, but that's because of the experience I've had with her. I was trying to explain some concerns I had and she looked at me with a blank stare and phony smile on her face and the things she promised me she would look in to, she never did. If your happy here, great more power to you! If you're not, good for you for speaking out and letting everyone know why. I personally read thru several pages of reviews when researching a school, I also look at the dates just to get a feel for what's going on. I think it's amazing that when there are specific complaints made, a bunch of new good reviews are made so that the reviews stating problems roll over to the next page/s. I have to say that from the parents I know, there hasn't been one lie written in the complaints made, the "good" reviews just seem to want to pick on the people writing about the problems they have had.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
I am a parent whose child has attended this school from 1st-5th grade (next eyar will be 6th grade). There have been up's and down's and plenty of change along the way, but overall I am more satisfied with this school then with the elementary school I sent my older child to (he is older and off at college). I enjoy the evening events that the school puts on, my students are performing in class, and the school seems peaceful- it has a small school feel that is exactly what we lacked in my older childs elementary education. There are things that any school could improve, you have to take the good and the bad and I must say that the good outweighs the bad at this school and we are going to be sad that next year is our childs last!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
I am a new parent- enrolled a few weeks before school got out. When I toured with the principal she was very informative and walked me through everything about the school. It was also nice to see the students during the school day. They all ran up to the principal who actually new each of their names- very different from our old school. I know someone commented on this earlier, but I think it is an important aspect of the school that is worth mentioning again. The school seemed to have a very relaxed upbeat atmosphere which is just what I was looking for. I searched everywhere before settling at this school and am very excited to start the year- in fact my kids are at camp today!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
I can honestly say that regardless of whether you get a new teacher or a seasoned teacher you could have your up s and downs. I am not sure what the person writing about FERPA is referring to, I am not a nosy parent but even I know that some teachers were let go . It has nothing to do with the principal saying anything about it or the fact that people gossip, my child came home and told me his teacher was not coming back- easy enough. Some people are going to believe they were let go, some are going to believe they chose to go, but the bottom line is they are gone. Also, I have volunteered at a playdate- and I heard no teachers talking about pay or about parents- however, I am sure they don t get top pay , no teacher in Arizona does. I am not saying PPA is perfect- but it is a great school and from what I have seen and heard from my friends who have kids at other schools- no school is perfect, you have to choose whichever school you think will serve your family best. Then, if you don t like your decision with the school you chose, research and move schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
Goodness, I am almost nervous to throw my two cents in to this mix, but here goes. I agree with the last post, Pinnacle is not perfect and no school is. You have to choose the things that are important to you. I want to occasionally come in and volunteer (not live at the school), so my daughters teacher allowed me to come in once and a while. I also wanted a school where my daughter gets more then just academics- I wanted her to like school (things like spring fling and field day were perfect). I also wanted a school where the workers seemed to enjoy what they are doing. The people there appear to be happy (though I am sure on some days it is a show- but that would be any normal person having an off day), and my child has never said anything to make me think otherwise. I figured out what I wanted in a school, I researched and actually went into the school (my student also shadowed one day last year), and I am happy with my decision to move to Pinnacle. One year later and I have no regrets in choosing the school. If you are looking for a good school, look no further!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
Normally, I don't write reviews because I believe reviews like these about a company or a school are usually written by people who are disgruntled and unhappy. When I see the most recent reviews of what I know is a great school, my opinion is only confirmed. Great Schools rated PPA as an distinguished Rating of 9 out of 10 and it would be unfortunate for new parents who put huge effort into finding a good school for their kids to be swayed by the mean spirited comments of a few disgruntled and unappeased parents who represent a small minority of the school. PPA is by far one of the best schools in Arizona. The teachers, staff and admin are honest, hard working and seem to strive to prepare all students for life, not just academically but also socially. Parents, please visit PPA and see for yourself. PPA is a great school. Signed, Happy Parent

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
REVISED as per Great Schools guidelines: Our boys will not return next year. Our OPINION is that the school doesn't meet our high standards in education. In addition, our oldest had a horrible year, we didn't know out how bad it was until the last week of school when he told us why he didn't like his teacher. He needs his papers enlarged due to blindness in 1 eye & he told us that several times he told his teacher he couldn't read some of the handouts she gave him & her response was 'don't worry about it' or 'you don't need it' or 'we'll go over it in class' and then he would have to ask a classmate what something said. If he didn't need it, why did she hand it out? How dare a teacher respond that way to a child they know has an issue. I had a mtg with the teacher & the principal going over his 504 plan & thought we were all on the same page. Doesn't matter, as soon as he brought it to her attention, the problem should have been resolved, her responses were unacceptable. We have never been so disappointed in a teacher. Thank goodness for the classes he had with the 6th grade teacher because she was always on top of making sure he had what he needed. Signed, Concerned Parent

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
As a parent who had a child at this school from kindergarten until 5th grade, I can honestly say this school has gone downhill quickly with the new administration. My child had "older" teachers the first 3 years he attended. Those teachers were amazing! He did end up with first year teachers for his 3-5 grade years. The first 2 were nearly as good as the older teachers. However, this year he ended up with the worst teacher I have ever come into contact with. She would not help in any way. I had numerous meetings and could never see eye to eye. When I got the principal involved, she was as helpful as a box of rocks. Needless to say, I took my son out midyear and it was the best decision I've ever made. As for the "first aid trained staff", my son broke his nose while at school and there was not so much as a phone call home. And once I asked for the school's insurance info, all I got was the runaround. Be smart. Do not your children here. This school does not value experience or education.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
I can't believe people are still complaining about not being able to volunteer. I volunteer in the cafe once a week, I come in once a month for playdates, and I read to my child s class once a week. I know there are some parents who do more and some who do less, but all you have to do is talk to the teacher to set something up. It was a major concern of mine after reading some posts last year before I enrolled, but I talked to the principal who arranged for me to volunteer in the cafe and for the playdates and then I talked to the teacher who set me up for once a week reading... it was as simple as that. I find it funny that the school is accused of cutting out parents when it is so easy to get involved, have you actually asked instead of beating this dead horse? I would like to say thank you to the principal who is the one who navigated me through how to sign up and calls to remind me when playdates are coming so I can come and spend time with my child!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
Wow, this is a great school! Both of my kid s teachers kept an open line of communication with me, the principal plans all sorts of amazing events (seriously check out the website for some fun pictures), I can check my kid s grades on edline, academically both of my students are ahead of their friends who attend district schools, and finally: MY KIDS LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL. Keep of the good work Pinnacle Pointe!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
I would rather have a first year teacher for my student then a few of the older teachers that are not returning next year. New teachers have the freshest ideas and from my experience bend over backwards to get through to each student. I've had older teachers at PPA that teach every student the same and don't take student differences into consideration. My daughter had one of the new fifth grade teachers this year and the teacher was out of this world amazing! I can't wait to see the great teachers that replace those who left :)

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2011
If you are a parent who does not like the school take your student somewhere else so those of us who LOVE the school can continue to enjoy it. I find it hilarious that the people posting resemble junior high school students. This is a great school with caring teachers and an administrator who works tirelessly to try to please as many people as possible (literally, I live in the neighborhood and see the principal's car everyday, even weekends). My student is entering the fifth grade and has been at PPA since 1st grade and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
As a current Pinnacle parent I have a few comments regarding the posts. While they do not have a school nurse they do have people in the office who are first aid trained and they always call home if a student has a temperature- they called when my child had a temp. Plus, there is no policy that says a teacher can't call home if they feel a student is sick- whoever gave you that information is incorrect- my kiddos teacher called me when my son was feeling ill. In previous years I have watched the students line up on the basketball court and wait for more then ten minutes in the sun for their teachers to pick them up-I love that my child can go directly to class and be greeted by the teacher. To parents looking for a great school that focuses on academics while incorporating fun activities you are looking in the right place, don't be fooled by people who complain about a school yet keep their child there, obviously they are not that concerned because a responsible parent would switch schools. Look no further this is a great school- there are just bitter parents who are upset they don t run the place anymore!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
It has been a wonderful school year at Pinnacle for my children! It s sad to see that the majority of people who post on this website have only negative comments to post so I decided to post. I take the responsibility of being a parent and do not except anyone but me to do any parenting. I have seen so many parents send in their sick children and expect everyone else to take care of them. If your child is running a fever or has diarrhea why send them to school and complain that no one did anything? Be a parent and stay home with them! The front office people have always been friendly and helpful to me. They always seem to have a swarm of children coming in for small cuts and injuries. I agree that it would be a great thing if they had a certified nurse on staff but for what they have to work with they seem to do a great job. My children had a great first year at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
I can sum up this school in two words: excellent education! My children are going to seventh grade so we won't be returning but we are very thankful for everything they've taught them.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
This school would be ok if you are the type of parent that does not want to be involved in your child's world at school. I am not talking about in the classroom, I am talking about ANYTHING. In some ways, it's nice not having to volunteer everyday, but it was not so nice when my son got really burned on field day because parents were not allowed, which they had been EVERY OTHER YEAR. (I sent sunscreen in, but how many 1st grade boys remember to sunscreen repeatedly?) For a small school, it just feels very unfriendly. Definitely NOT coming back.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
I have to say I am very impressed by the safety exhibited by the school and its administration. They have a wonderful pick up system where parents have to show school provided car tags to pick up their kids- I love that the school doesn't just open their gates and let kids go. I am also very pleased with how the principal handled a bullying issue my son had. I talked to the principal about a student who was bothering my child and the principal investigated and called me back the same day. I am so happy she took the incident I reported to her so seriously. If you are looking for a safe school for your child look no further Pinnacle Pointe is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
My son has been a student at pinnacle for several years and I am pretty pleased with the direction the school is moving in. The staff are always happy and smiling, my student had a really successful year academically, and the administration seems to really care about the kids (she knows their names, I always see her hugging and talking to the kids, and she organizes the most amazing events). This is such a change from previous years and I can't wait to see what other good things are to come!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
I am a teacher at Pinnacle Pointe Academy and must say that the reviews posted here that are negative are absolutely wrong. This is a great school, my students are well behaved, the parents are part of my team, and the administration is supportive. I feel like I actually have a home and am truly part of a family. I would encourage people who are looking for a new school to disregard the negative posts and come to our campus and see us for yourself. We have an amazing culture and campus atmosphere that is nearly impossible to beat!

- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2011
To the last post. Where did you get your info. from? There are text books unless your child is in Kinder. Math is copied from a master copy til the 3rd grade, and the kids can take it home, frankly, I would rather them carry a few pieces of paper at those young ages rather then a heavy text book in their backpacks. I have picked up a few backpacks of the older students myself and would not want to carry that at all. Science, History and math all have text books that stay in the rooms and the worksheet goes home. And since when does having a text book give a chid a grade?

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
The school has high expectations for academic achievement for EVERY student. The staff works very hard to assist the children that need extra assistance and challenge students that are ahead of the class. This is a very diligent school with helping EVERY child exceed their own expectations, the staff is extremely supportive for parents, as well. As for the previous post, I have encountered the EXACT opposite! When the educators see or find out from another student about an aggressive act towards another student, the students are immediately confronted and the principal is involved, right away. There is a very aggressive action plan for students that choose to engage in this type of "bully" behavior. This is an excellent school and the academic standards are high, but the entire staff work with every child to ensure their successes! It is a privilege to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
ALL children are recognized and empowered at this school. Yes, you may hear about the rigorous academics and the blocking system for above-average learners, but what you may not hear about is the way the Principal and teachers know every child on campus. You may also not hear about the extra time and attention that is given to children with learning differences to ensure that they are successful in the classroom. My son has a learning disability and his teachers have ALWAYS set high standards and expectations for him, while giving him the support and accommodations he needs be successful. Additionally, I have always found the Principal to be very approachable and responsive to concerns I have discussed with her. Overall, I am very satisfied with this school for the strong academic program, character-building experiences, and SAFE environment. Contrary to what some might believe, it takes more than one staff member to ensure that 200-plus students make it safely to their cars at the end of each day!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
I love this school and the staff that works there. My son looks forward to going to school. I am amazed of all the things he is learning in kindergarten. I have done a lot of research before placing my son in a school. Academically and safety were my main reasons for picking this school. I was very impressed with the Principal; she is very much involved in the school. The principal has a great relationship with her students and their parents and also seems very close with her staff. I am also impressed with the schools safety. I love the whole drop off and pick up system for my child. The principal and teachers have always been so supportive in my son s learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
I recently enrolled my students at Pinnacle. I had a wonderful tour with the principal. She seemed very excited about the school and she answered all of my questions (and I had a lot of questions). She invited me to their international event which was so much fun. I find it hard to believe that such a small school puts on such amazing events! I can't wait for my students to start next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
All I can say is If you don't like the school your child is enrolled at then transfer them somewhere else. Overall there have been some bumps in the road, but I feel like this is the first year where the school has been stable in a long time- look out, we have had the same principal for an entire year! I can't wait to see the direction the school moves in, so far we have gotten an amazing new website and Edline- it is all very exciting!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
As a teacher at PPA, I feel that a lot of the negative comments are unfair and could not be farther from the truth. As for any negative comments about the principal, I will say that I have never enjoyed working for/with somebody that truly loves what she does as much as I do with her. The teachers and staff here are wonderful. Everybody is very supportive and helpful in all respects. As a teacher, you have to love kids and want to lead people. There is not a doubt in my mind that the teachers at Pinnacle love what they do and they do it well. We have an amazingly close, tight-knit community at this school. The students have excellent academic opportunities through our blocking program. I believe we set very high standards, which lead to high academic achievement. We believe that every student can and will be successful, which in turn makes for such a positive learning environment for your children. Along with the great academic piece, we have fantastic activities that the children participate in throughout the year: Four-A-Days, playdates, International Week, Block Party, Read-A-Thon Week, and a very wide variety of after school programs & sports, just to name A FEW.

- submitted by a teacher
February 03, 2011
For the Holliday Festival post, it was amazing! Whoever posted obviously wasn't here last year because every class sang one song during the school play and it was all on the same night- it was a waste of time. There were similar issues with parking and with entire families coming. However, there were less people last year because it simply was not as good. I was very impressed with the show that was put on and that it was standing room only- amazing. It seems petty to get worked up about something like a Holliday Festival that the school does NOT even have to put on, it is an extra not a necessity! I think everyone at PPA is doing an amazing job and I am happy as a PPA parent of 4 years to see the positive direction the school is moving in!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
This is the second year my student has attended Pinnacle. I have encountered one instance where bullying type behavior was handled by the principal. There was an incident that invovled my son and another student was bullyng him. One day my son told me there was a problem between him and another student at lunch recess, and the next day he came home and said the other student's desk was empty- the other kid never came back. I called and asked the school what happened and was told they couldn't discuss the discipline of other student's. I am so greatful that the administration took the situation so seriously and it comforts me to know that my student is in a safe environment where all students are held accountable for their actions.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
Consider yourself lucky that they have left. They have now taken over our school and have created so much tension it is unbelievable.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2010
Long time parents comparing papers and visiting other schools? Really? Certainly these unhappy parents have found a school more suitable to their liking by now since Pinnacle Pointe is so disappointing to them! If not, please do. And quickly! The tension on campus last year with unhappy parents was obvious, but it only seems to be a small problem this year. Unfortunately, that type of behavior exists to some degree at all schools. I think most of us know who those parents are and just choose to avoid that crowd. This is our second year with Pinnacle and we are VERY happy! Our daughter read her first chapter book this past summer, after finishing kindergarten at this school. She continues to excel in first grade. Communication is great and although my schedule is very busy, I have been able to volunteer for 2 activities on campus so far this year and was made to feel welcomed each time.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
My children have been going to this school (PPA) for a long time and plan on them following through to the 12th grade. As a parent its nice to know that ALL the staff know my kids by name not just "Hey kid" or "Hey you" on the playground I think that alone makes my kids feel alittle more welcomed and cared for then a big school where no one knows them except their teacher. I have NO complaints about this school, or any of its issues that other parents seem to have.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
For all of you who have something bad to say about this school, you need to take a closer look at the overall picture. The acedemics is great! The after school activities are getting better all the time and not to mention all the fun stuff that goes on at this school. Block Party, Plays, Fall and Winter Festivals. AND WHAT OTHER SCHOOLS incorporate the high schoolers to come down and be mentors to your little ones? Like getting them ready for A.I.M.S. testing. These highschoolers give up Fri. afternoons to take training first, then spend more Fri. afternoons to come to the Elementary Schools to teach your kids how to take an A.I.M.S. test. How awesome is that? This is what I call an incredible school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 11, 2010
I attended this school for a year, and, after being academically lost for three years, Pinnacle got me back on track, I am now attending one of the sister schools, I strongly recommend this school

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2010
I love Pinnacle and I love my job! I can't speak to previous years, but this year we have wonderful students, parents, and staff. I do find it interesting that as soon as these latest negative reviews were posted by supposedly "current parents," the previous bunch of negative reviews disappeared (yeah for Greatschool s policy on multiple posts). Fortunately, I have found our real parents to be a joy to work with.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2010
After attending for 4 years, Pinnacle Point Academy is the most disappointing school we've ever sent our kids to. If the normally excellent teachers haven't left in frustration by the end of the year, as we have observed, the school principal and staff are kept in place to enforce the witless policies that made these teachers leave in the first place. For the well intentioned parent who likes to volunteer your help (as we did), you may find yourself on the evening news as the District owners demonstrate their regard for your services. Ending up in court or being banned from the school are the two options likely to occur. Better to not make any waves.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
My previous post didn t go through, so I m trying again. I am a NEW kindergarten parent at Pinnacle and I can tell you that my son s teacher has VERY high academic standards for all of her students. I have been BLOWN AWAY by the level of work my child is doing! I never imagined that my son would be taking spelling tests and phonogram tests in kindergarten and THRIVING! It is only October and my son is now reading and writing something he wasn t doing before entering kindergarten. I talk to friends with children in other kindergarten programs and their children haven t learned half of what my son has learned in the first 3 months of school at Pinnacle. I don t know about the other grades in this school, but the previous post mentioned a problem with the education of his/her younger children. That certainly hasn t been our experience!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
I am a new parent at the school, twins in kindergarten, and I find some of the post hard to digest. I have not experienced everything, but what I do know is that my kids come home singing the principals praises. She may be young but she seems to be really involved in the classrooms. I also volunteered in the kindergarten class last week and had no problems coming in and having fun with my two kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
Pinnacle is a wonderful school with great teachers, solid academics, an enthusiastic principal, and (mostly) supportive parents. It is almost funny to read some of the negative reviews posted recently. Looks like our little negative group of parents is trying to rock the boat before they finally leave as they have threatened for the past several months. There are many opportunities for me to be involved in my own child's education at Pinnacle. They did finally put some policies in place to stop the few moms who had nothing better to do from lurking all day driving everyone crazy. The policies have not stopped me from being involved with my child s education - communicating with the teacher, helping my daughter with homework or signing up to volunteer. Personally, I love our principal and the positive energy she has brought to the campus. Don't care who she is friends with (although I am pretty sure the Owner s daughter is still in high school and not best friends with our principal). The teachers are happier than I have ever seen them and so are the kids. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Poor communication is common at this school. Parents are not allowed to help and teachers are overworked. They let go of the P.E and music teacher so not sure what they are doing next year. PPA use to be a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
For the most part, my children have had positive experiences at Pinnacle. The teachers have been wonderful and the education excellent. But, this past year has concerned me greatly. Parents are made to feel extremely unwelcome on campus and the parent group was forced out. This isn't necessarily being communicated to potential new families, as a friend of mine who is looking at the school was told there is a strong parent group and lots of volunteer opportunities. The only volunteering I know of is in the cafe and I imagine that will be taken away next year too. Everything I read says that parent involvement is key in a child's education. This school once valued its parents, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. In this world of budget cuts, you would think parent involvement would be appreciated. At this point, I am looking at other options.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
I must say I don't agree with the negative comments (especially the one where the school name is spelled incorrectly). Pinnacle is wonderful, the Principal is young and enthusiastic about education, and the campus is safe. As a parent who entrusts my child to the school I am very happy that visitaion is only for 15 minutes- I dont want my child around random parents I do not know. I also am happy with the snack options that the cafeteria provides- if people dont like it they should pack a lunch! As for the comment about the "excellent" coach, you never know what goes on behind the scences and I personally have had issues with him and are glad the school is taking action. As a satisfied parent I encourage people to look beyond the insignificant complaints on this site and check Pinnacle out, you wont be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I have a hard time believing that some of these reviews are submitted by parents (see May 8th posting for example). As an actual parent, I am very satisfied with the education my child is receiving and I look forward to many more years with Pinnacle. My child s teacher goes above and beyond for her students. In addition to being an amazing educator, she is an inspirational and caring role model for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
My son is in 1st grade and he is already studying second grade Math and english. Teachers are very polite and always welcome parents at any time for any question we may have. School has excellent academic program. I like the fact that class sizes are small and parent participation is a lot in the school. There is nothing wrong can go in such a controlled environment. I am pleased to have my son in this school. I wish they had preschool programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
The things this school has gone through and they still have the same education as they did from day one. They are also about the zero tolerance of the disapline.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
We hope Pinnacle Pointe Academy will be around for a very long time. What my child has learned in first grade this year is unbelievable. I am so glad that we chose Pinnacle for my daughter's first year of real academic experience. My husband and I are excited about her entering 2nd grade on this wonderful campus. As a parent I have felt very welcomed and my child is treated very special. We enjoyed seeing her make friends and enjoy coming to school. Thank you Pinnacle for making my child's 1st grade year a wonderful experience. A happy and very satisfied Pinnacle parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 17, 2009
This is my child's first year at this school and I am very impressed. Teacher communication is great, academic standards are high, and the Principal is visible and accessible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2009
WONDERFUL!! PPA has come a long wya and is doing an outstanding job keeping students, staff, and parents very happy this year. Ms. Lane is the best thing that happened to that campus. She is approachable and loves her staff and students. The teachers are fantastic this year and caring. I'm absolutely grateful that Mrs. Seitz and Mrs. Nolan are still on the campus. The two of them are real troopers and have been there since the beginning. Way to go Pinnacle!!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
Excellent.There teaching expectaitions are great.I have a lot of expierience so I know(I have been there since it was built).They teach you life lessons and the teachers are very smart.Parents help a lot and there job for the kids(student counsel, etc).

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2008
My kids have been enrolled at this school for the last 6years. They are ea. in the top of their class and this is a highly academic school. I would not even fathom the thought of taking them anywhere else. The after school sports for the 5th and 6th graders is an added bonus. Our school feeds into the Jr. High and High School which by the way is rated 5th in the state. They have an incredible High School and can't wait for my kids to go there. :)

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Not happy with this school, really look into it before you enroll your child. Principle seems to always be on a power trip. Lack of leadership still! The only good thing about this school is I see parents involved. I have noticed alot of yelling when I am there, how effective is this for our children?

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
You couldnt ask for a better education than the one provided from PPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
We love the recent changes - Principal Lane is great, the new field is what my son looks forward to every day and the new building is a nice addition. We are happy with the school - parent involvement is high, student to teacher ratio is low, good behavior is rewarded. Our favorite thing about the school is the 'blocking' structure, where kids are allowed to work above their grade level in math and reading if that is where they test. Alltogether, very happy with our choice to send our child to PPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
I chose this school because of the small class size for my Kindergartener. It is almost like sending your child to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
I have had my children at this school for 5 years. sadley i find myself searching other avenues of education for my children. Progress of school facilites is very slow, and the turn over rate of educators is increasing. The remaining teachers are great, but some have choosen to leave and persue other intrest. The upper staff feels that turn over is a healthy thing..... I would use caution before enrolling my child at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
We are essentially pleased with PPA for our 1st and 3rd graders, but wish they would practice more of what they preach: teaching kids at their ability level rather than pile on the busy work. Far too much class time is dedicated to 'teaching the test' and the School Board's requirements seem poorly thought out.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
I highly recommend Pinnacle Pointe Academy. My children have been there for 4 years and I would not dream of putting them elsewhere. Although the school itself and the District in the past year have gone through some changes Pinnacle has stood strong through it all. The teachers, students, and parents are committed to ensure that Pinnacle continues to build a strong foundation for the youth of our future.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
I cannot not recommend Pinnacle Pointe Academy. My children have been there for three years, but the high turnover rate and recent financial turmoil has forced me to move them next year. This campus has had 4 different principals in only 3 years. This school 'district' has only been in existence since 2003 - it presents a nice academic history, but does not present a very bright future. My children go without even a Basic computer program, language class, art class, library, or cafeteria - just to name a few short comings. It is an underfunded school with only a decent acedemic program to offer.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
Once again leadership is needs to be examined. The recent temporary removal of the principal begs the question of district responsibility and reliability.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
I am extremely disappointed in the turnover and the lack of leadership at these schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
Pinnacle Pointe Academy is an 'Excelling' school with much to offer any student in grades kindergarten through sixth. The teachers teach the state standards by using researched-based materials. So, if you are looking for a school that values academic success, look no further. The teachers are dedicated and caring individuals who desire to see each child achieve academic success. In addition, PPA teaches character education and instills values that inherently foster a community of positive, productive individuals. Last, but not least, PPA offers band, choir, theatre, and art for interested students. The staff, as a whole, looks out for each child's best interest.

- submitted by a administrator
June 18, 2007
Sadly, I have pulled my son due to the removal of the principal. They are constantly changing and removing people. Too many changes was too much for my child. The school initially was great recently, with all the changes, sadly, it has gone downhill.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
Pinnacle Pointe Academy is a fantastic school in the midst of transition. All of the transition is for the better. We will have facilities as soon as we get the permit from the city...it is the city holding us up not the school! My children have been at PPA for two years and they have received an excellent education from teachers that have always been willing to work with parents on any problems or concerns. The ability of children to block into ability groups for math and reading has allowed my daughter to enter Jr. High two years ahead in Math and my son to be a year ahead in both Math and Reading. They wouldn't even test him for advancement in a traditional public school! This is a school that is a family community, one with great staff, great curriculum, and a sense of character that cannot be rivaled!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 11, 2007
I am a parent and an educator, but not at Pinnacle Pointe. However, I felt compelled to tell you that you are in for a real treat in the new principal you have for your school, Sherry Walton. Having worked with her as both a teacher and a parent I can tell you the students' well being is her number one priority. She will lift you up and encourage you...parents, students, staff, friends! Sherry is a blessing and a joy. I am excited to hear about the wonderful things that will happen under her leadership of your school. Look ahead and toward the positive. Your excellence will continue! You are also getting an amazing band program!

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
Both of my boys have attended this school since kindergarten. I must express to anyone reading this feedback and you are contemplating charter education for your child that you not need to look any further. This school is excellent. The teachers are passionate about teaching and the kids feel like one big family. Character education is a great bonus to this schools curriculum which more schools should adopt. I really appreciate the attention to US History and taking pride in our country. All kids learn and recite the preamble (statement of rights) every morning along with the pledge of allegiance. Teachers that are to be commended for their great work..Mrs. Nolan & Mrs. Sites...thanks for making a difference in the lives of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2006
Pinnacle Point Academy is #1 for playground security in my book. I was picking up my son from school for the first time. His mom always picks him up from school. So I go to the school yard and I'm standing there watching him play. I kept noticing this guy looking over at me and after 10 minutes this young man comes over and begins asking casual questions. He seems genuinely interested and continues to casually asked me questions like, which kid is mine, what grade is he in etc. Well every proud parent likes to talk about their children so we continued talking. I didn't even catch on that this young man was on staff and was there to keep our kids safe until after my son came over and confirmed that I was his dad. I complimented him on his smooth approach and professionalism. He just smiled...

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
The children enjoyed the push to excel. Most of the staff were courteous if not friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
My son is now in first grade and has attended P.P.A. since Kindergarten. We put him there because they had all day Kindergarten, and we did not have to be on a list to get him in. We looked into other schools for first grade and none compared to this school. He was reading by in Kindergarten by Christmas and the test scores tell how well they teach. It's a small school where we are all a family and our son loves it. The teachers there are very caring and make sure the students do well and tutor them if they need it. The Principal is very caring and know all the children by name. It's a charter school so we don't get as much money as a public school so parents help is greatly appreciated and most parents are more willing to help. We love it there.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Because the classes are small, each student is known well. However that does not mean the teachers go out of their way to meet the individual needs of students. The teachers at Pinnacle are very strict, sometimes too much so. They give a great deal of homework, as much as 2 hours a night for a 3rd grader. This is excessive in my opinion. The facilities are okay, but need to be expanded. This was promised to parents in 2004, but as of 2006 has not been started. I have not been impressed with the current dean. He is a yes man for the board and not an effective leader.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
We have been very happy with our experience at Pinnacle Pointe Academy. It has very high academic standards, and we like that they test the students in math and reading and then place them where they should be, whether it's at grade level or above or below. They have a great music teacher; the classroom teachers and/or parents teach art. There are many school-wide activites to participate in as well as after-school 'clubs' such as chess, cooking or scrapbooking. The parents are very involved with this school and are very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2005
I love the atmosphere, the teachers and administration and most of all my son loves them too! It has been a wonderful first year with this school and my son has learned so much.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
I transferred my son from a horrible school in Pinnacle and it was the best choice I have ever made! I love the principal-who listens, the teachers who are skilled and understand and the admin. who help you with anything and everything! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
We were initially pleased with the academic instruction our child received while at Pinnacle. As with any school, plenty of politics abound. We wish the admin cared more for the school as we appreciated the small campus and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Extremely limited extracurricular activities. Involved P.E. and music teacher. Very poor schoolwide communication. The school has great potential but administration is not invested in this campus.

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June 07, 2005
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March 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
My children attended Pinnacle for two years. They both received good educations, and the Dean was always attentive to concerns, and genuinly cares about the students. They do hire unskilled aides and uncertified teachers however, and this is a problem. They tend to hire from within without looking into all possible applications. They are also concerned with money wore than any school I have ever been to. You will recieve fund raisers right on the tail of the previous one. Where is all the state money going???

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
This school has high academics and a great staff of teachers. They have high standards and push students to excell. Core knowledge allows for fun hands-on projects and spalding phonics teaches even the youngest grades to read very well.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
I have been very impressed with the school and its staff. They know each and every child who goes there. The staff is very concered about its students and their acheivement in class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2004
Excellent school! We are very impressed with their dedication and leadership!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
School lacks leadership; kindergarten overcrowded (30 kids per class); poorly accounted for budget (There is a fundraiser almost every week). On a positive note, the school does offer an excellent curriculm.

- submitted by a parent
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Pinnacle Pointe Academy
6753 West Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, AZ  85310
(623) 537-3535
Last modified Pinnacle Pointe Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pinnacle Pointe Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top