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K-8
Public charter
Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 182

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5006 James Drive
Dallas, TX 75227

(817) 735-8527
(817) 735-1910
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September 05, 2014
This school exceeded my expectations This was my daughters first year to enroll. I found this school by accident. I did not want to Enroll my daughter it fwisd due to having such a bad expierence last year. At first we were both scared to try something new. But, after just a few days my daughter loved coming to school. I am sad to say that i had to withdraw her from this great school Due, to the everyday commute was too far. I am thankful i found this school and if it was not too far I would have not taken my daughter out. The school is small and perfect for kids who need one on one time. I have no complaints about the staff, everyone was very nice If the new school does not work out I will strongly consider bringing her back. Thank you Pinnacle Academy and the 4th grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
I loved Pinnacle last year, but this year I hate it. There is a new principal. Half of the staff left due to him, and he changed the drop off times from &45 am to 8:15 am. Most people have to be at work by 8. He will ask what can I do to help when you tell him he blows you off. He is very arrogant in his ways. I wish I had not put my son back in Pinnacle this year. I would not recommend this school to anyone, as soon as I can I am pulling him out.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
I get the feeling that the administration does not care about the students. Child safety seems like it's not a concern of theirs as long as the school looks good, and if it makes them look bad, then they might try to fix it. I thought charter schools were supposed to be a better option than regular public schools, but I think this one may be an exception.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
The problem with Pinnacle is the leadership at the district level. I find it hard to believe that our leadership truly cares about the education of children when he is so unwilling to invest in the school, he is very anti PTO, and is full of himself. He comes across like he cares but he only cares about the monetary bottom line. I have just pulled the last of my 2 children out, and am sad about it, the staff is outstanding, but as long as they continue under the district leadership in place now Pinnacle will never be a school that is worth anything.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
I seriously wonder about the value of these websites when I see responses like this. Yes, if you are lucky your child will get one of the teachers at this school who is adequately trained and actually cares about your child. Unfortunately, there are people working at this school who don't have the credentials to adequately function as lunch monitors let alone be entrusted with a full year of academic guidance. Having had 2 children attend this school over a 3 year period I can say one was lucky enough to have quality teachers all three years while the other only experienced the same luck one year. The consistent quality of fine arts delivered by the ballet program does hold true regardless of the classroom teacher. While I do not want to give the wonderful teachers who earnestly work to nurture and educate their students using best practice methodology an unfair label, receiving a quality educational experience is up to he luck of the draw rather than the rule of accepted practice. This fact may be missed by those who are not familiar with sound educational practice.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2011
I don't quite understand the parents comment qouted "ive yet to know anything other than they are keeping me from being involved in my childs education Submitted by a parent" Pinnacle uses SNAPgrades which sends you email updates listing their assignments, grades, absences, report cards, and missing assignments.. I have never had any obstruction to talking to my son's teachers or the principal.. This is a small school with personal attention.. our experience here has been awesome!! I would reccomend this school to everyone except that would make it not so small :)

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
Needs more structure and communication. I really don't like the fact that I have to go clean my child's desk out just to get work that is not completed. Not sure if more time needs to be given for work to be completed in class or what. If the child is not concentrating the teacher needs to re-direct. Hoping some things will change with the new leadership that has been put in place, but the teachers really do care for the kids and I love that. These are all things that can be worked through and all in all this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
I am a student. I have gone to Pinnacle since 1st grade. Honestly I have up and down feelings about this school put truthfully I can't see myself leaving this school.I think anyone would love to go here and i am excited to see more people join the Family.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2011
ive yet to know anything other than they are keeping me from being involved in my childs education

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
This is a fantastic school. The teachers really go the extra mile to help your student achieve. The small school enviroment and student to teacher ratio is awesome. My child has flourished at this school. I can't say enough good things about it and I am so glad it is here.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
My kids have gone here for three years. This school for me is a real toss of the dice. The teachers are great, other than last years science teacher (no longer a science teacher). My biggest problem with this school is that I get either no notices of upcoming events or they don't come until the day before. I also think they need to have more challenging programs for the more advanced students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I am a parent who has been with Pinnacle since it started in 2000. My 2 daughters went there and now my son. I feel very blessed to have such a friendly and caring school. I know my child is in a very safe enviroment. The 8th grade just got back their TAKS scores in reading and had a 100% passing average. Their math was at 94%. These teachers and staff are the real deal. The Fine Art classes are superb! If you are looking for a safe place and a place where your child can excel, this is the place for them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Pinnacle is a great school. The classes are small so the students get a lot of individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
My daughter started Pinnacle in Kindergarten she is now in 2nd grade and I have a son in kindergarten. The school has greatly improved since Mrs. Manning has become principal. Parents and teachers are very involved and close which make for a great learning enviornment. The small fees are nothing to pay compared to what my family has gained from Pinnacle. If you have a choice where to send your children, why not send them to a place your whole family will love? I am on the PTO board so I know how much time and effort goes into ensuring that every child receives the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2009
they don't handle special nees well

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
This is my review of my daughters first day and can i say.Wow!!!! My child has had the worst expierience with public schools. Today was her first day at Pinnacle and i can firmly say we have finnally found a home. She actually had a smile on her face after leaving school for the first time ever. She said 'the teachers were friendly and helpfull, and she cant wait to go back tomorrow'! That reaction is worth the commute to us. We are so hopefull about our future with Pinnacle. Musical Mom

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August 25, 2009
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June 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
Pinnacle is the wonderful! My daughter was in a 'high rated' distice before, the staff cared but there was not enough parent accountability and the student teacher ratio was just too high to help her become the student I knew she was. I too like some other parents at Pinnacle have a long commute and I choose to pay for afternoon transportation, it is worth it. My daughter is in the best environment for her and the teachers are great. Mrs. Manning is truly caring principal. She obliviously loves the students and goes to bat for them and their school. My family believes Pinnacle is great, I am hopeful that within the next three years after my daughter has completed the middle school grades that they are once again able to offer high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I have two children that transfered in from a public school. This school is not a good fit for my children. I have chosen a different school for next year. This school's open classrooms make it difficult for my kids to concentrate and listen to their teacher. The school is very loud and dirty. We were disapointed. However, the school may be a good fit for another child. It seems like the kids who can't make it in public school come to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
I am a parent of three students at Pinnacle. My children have been with the school since their early years. We have seen changes of administration and teachers, both good and bad. Pinnacle hired a new Principal in the summer of 2008. The school had dropped in attendance, dropped in TAKS scores, and dropped in the consistent nature of discipline during the previous school year. Under new leadership and an influx and return of great teachers, Pinnacle has returned to the level of excellence it used to carry. Enrollment is up. School wide reading scores for 3, 5, and 8th grade are posted at the school stating a 93.7% passing for the first attempt Reading TAKS. Many students are commendable. It is obvious that the educational levels of Pinnacle are exemplary. I would highly recommend this school, it's teachers, support staff and Principal. Very impressive. Go see it for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2009
I am very satisfied with this school. Every one there, Principal, teachers and staff are really helpful and professional. Yes, they go an extra mile on their jobs. Due to school schedule, day cares did not want to help to watch my son before and after school, and a call from the Principal made possible the daycare. I am grateful for this, and I relax because the education of my son is on good hands. He is back on his track. Fort Worth Public schools are on crisis. I propose to other parents to write a letter to our state Representatives, because this school needs a building. They are doing a great job with less money and non building at all, as every charter school. We need to unite in order to get more support for our charter schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
We recently enrolled our four children in this school and we are very pleased. The principal and staff are extremely postiive and willing to go the extra mile for their students. They have made our family feel very welcomed and a part of this school. Our children have been homeschooled and they are adjusting very nicely to the entire envoronment and the teachers are working with them to make sure they on scedule with the rest of the class.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2009
My daughter started attending this school in September 08. We love the fact that she is learning more at a 'free' school, than she did at the private school she attended before. The teachers appear to care about their jobs. The only two things that bother me at this point are; the building is so small, and seems crowded, especially when they had holiday shows. The other thing is that although pick-up time appears chaotic, it runs smoothly; however, often when the temp outside is freezing, the kids are still lined up against the wall waiting to be picked up! I wonder if they have a temp guideline when they decide whether pickup is outside or inside. The temp was 38 when I picked my child outside!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
Pinnacle is awesome, they have a new principal who is so positive and a staff that is excellent. It has a commendable rating with TAKS and its Fine Art program is excellent. I would highly recommend this school for students who want to do Fine Arts along with the regular core subjects or fwho just need a smaller, family type environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
Pinnacle is the wonderful! Our daughter is an extremely creative kid who went to ps for kindergarten. She was in a decent school but due to a home change were faced with the decision to drive 40 minutes round trip to the school she had been attending or allow her to go to the school across the street. The closer one is where kids go on to graduate high school illiterate but being fluent in gang signs. The teachers and principal are consistent, could use organizational improvement. No outdoor play area, but she gets daily ballet classes, theatre, choir, and spanish lessons included that we otherwise could not afford. It is much more affordable for her to go here than continue in public school in terms of gas, supplies, and education quality. She has lots of fun and friends and is doing great studywise. We love Pinnacle!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
Pinnacle has been probably the most unprofessional school I have ever come across. The teachers and the admin staff are not at all on the right track. My child is the most unhappy I have ever seen her in school. This is the first and last year my child will attend this school. I pray she is not set back to far from the lack of education and learning skills. Mostly her reputation has been ruined by this school. We, like many other families< experience something very privet, but found it necessary to inform the school (Pinnacle) about this temporary issue. I understand all policies. I have not yet came across any that said our Private family matter would be the topic of the gossip session that her teacher has with the other parents. She has lost her best friend over this.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2008
Although I realize all schools have good points and bad points, I'm torn about Pinnacle. My child loves the school but I see lots of room for improvement and it is mostly at the administrator level. The teachers are great in my experience but the Principal does not communicate very well and does not come across professional at all nor does her support staff. I'd like to see her improve her communication skills. One great thing about the school is a lot of parent involvement, now if the Principal would only channel that support to get more of what the students need.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2007
Sure, they do really need an auditorium, cafeteria and real outdoor play area, but I have to say Pinnacle cares and it shows! My son has been there for 2 years now and we're about to start a 3d. Pinnacle feels like a home away from home. In his own words, here's what he says: All teachers give ungraded quizzes to test knowledge. The kids help set up the lunch area and work together. Teachers are not overly critical of every little thing. Very encouraging for TAKS; they hang banners of support, creative posters and paintings, even write songs about the TAKS. Strict with discipline, expelling students when necessary. Arts very enouraged but the main core subjects are definitely not left behind. Teachers all friendly, flexible and mature. Pinnacle is definitely on the right track.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I myself spend a lot of time at the school. I have yet to be in any school full of kids that does not seem somewhat chaotic. The kids at Pinnacle seem to be enjoying their educational experience. As a parent that to me is a very possitive thing. Our principle will not tollerate continued bad behaivor. It is a distraction to the kids that really want to be there. We love this school! The principal/staff is beyond great. They're like family.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
My children have attended this school for 2 years and we all love it! The facility could be improved, but the staff does the very best they can with what they have to work with. The principal is incredible and works tirelessly to ensure that the school is successful! We are excited about the prospect that Pinnacle will be able to serve students in grades K-12. This is a great school and a fantastic alternative to local public schools!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Please look at other options if you have older kids. The principal is the root of all problems at this school. New administration would greatly improve the environment. Discipline is a JOKE cussing, stealing and disrespect are daily life! As a student either you are liked, and get away with everything, or disliked and stay in trouble. Communication is none from administration. Kids say she is more concerned with the internet or creating drama among students then she is being a positive role model. As far as teachers, the lower grades seem to be great. The upper school teachers (except for science)spend more time 'playing' then teaching. Academically my students TAKS scores dropped drastically, never before had he not been commended. As a parent I would advise you to explore any other option available. As for facilities, the school is overcrowded, loud and chaotic. Visist during school hours!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
If you are considering this school, here is what I would say: you must be flexible and the facilities are not the greatest. OK, all of that said we would definitely do it again. Your child will be in a safe environment, staff members care about students & demand that they respect one another. We weighed our options, it was the best for us. We feel it will continue to improve with age!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
Pinnacle is a great school our youngest two have been with Pinnacle since it opened, it is a great source of frustration for our family that Pinnacle will not have classes up to the twelfth grade. We have hoped that the school would grow and develop a Band Department and Athletics. The school in itself I find is superior to public schools in the curriculum taught and the involvement of the staff. My children love the school and I cringe for the day that we have to put them into public school!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Pinnacle is a very small, family oriented envirionment which has been very beneficial for my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Pinnacle has a lot of work to be done to be back up to par. Compared to the level of excellence this school could be at they should be ashamed. The academics are very poor and the class of students that attend there leave much to be desired. Also the if the teachers paid half as much attention to their students as they should half of the violent, rude and just down right unacceptable things that go on could be stopped.

- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Pinnacle is a growing school with the potential for greatness. My daughter loves it there and has finally taken an interest in going to school!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
I wasn't at all impressed with the facility. It is dark. There is no place for recess or P.E. The lunchroom was small and had nothing to offer as far as atmosphere. It felt very oppressive to me and didn't seem to offer a lot in the arts field for children under third grade although this is supposed to be a fine arts centered school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
Our granddaughter attended private school before she transferred to Pinnacle in the 8th grade. Pinnacle has provided the artistic outlet she needed while meeting her academic requirements. It has truly been a private school education without the private school pricetag. We believe students benefit from the small size with K-8 in the same location, espcially with caring faculty who know most of the students in all grades.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
There are some very negative comments about Pinnacle that seem harsh to me as a parent of two students at Pinnacle. Yes, there have been some discipline issues. There are even a couple of teachers who need some more experience in dealing with behavior problems. Even with that said, I still feel my children are receiving a quality education. There are some things we give up sending our children to this fine arts academy, but I do feel the fine arts offered make up for what is missing. My older daughter is in ballet everyday (which is amazing), she's also in choir, creative dramatics, and art. My youngest has these same fine arts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My children have been introduced to so much and I am appreciative to the educators at Pinnacle for that. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
Don't let the name fool you. This is not a place for learning. The Fine Arts programs are really very poor but not as poor as the overall education. They revamped the school totally this school year by replacing all but one teacher and brought in a new principal. Still this is a sub par school. They have real dicipline issues and many of the students are here, because they were kicked out of other schools and therefore have absolutely no interest in any kind of Fine Arts, making this just another alternative school. If you truly are seeking a quality education for you child, find another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2005
I am writing this review after several parents asked me what I thought of the school. I, myself removed my child from this school and would not recommend it to anyone. It has no library, no playground and most classrooms are open to a common ceiling. The teaching is nothing to write home about. The f you want a fine arts charter school for your child, there are several schools with far more to offer than Pinnacle.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
I am very disapointed with this school. Not only did they loose the student's work and have them redo the work to find out months later they found the original work. My child did not receive any grades on his report card for the end of the year and the school has lost his records. Now my child will be required to redo the grade he already completed due to the staffs inability to maintain an organized and proper funtioning school. I will not recommend this school to anyone, and regret allowing my children to ever attend this school. I will make it a personel goal tho inform everyone possible of the treatment we received at pennicle.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
We have been here at Pinnacle since the beginning, and we have consistantly been pleased. Our daughters have had incredible teachers each year. Their teachers have always gone above and beyond the call of duty. They not only teach academics, but character and confidence as well. The fine arts program is tremendous. I am always amazed at the level of excellence the kids rise to. My husband and I are so grateful to the families and teachers that have stuck through the tough times so that the kids can have a safe, encouraging, and challenging school to attend. I would recommend this school to any family looking for a place for their child to florish academically as well as artistically.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2004
I just wanted to say thank you to Ccoach Reynolds! He is such a great man! He has made such a differnce in my childrens lives. He has taught them that you really can do anything if you try your hardest. They are very sad that he will be leaving Pinnacle. He will always be in my prayers. Thank you Coach Reynolds!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2004
Wow! What a positive difference this school has made for my daughter. Leaving the FWISD has been one of the best decisions we have made as parents. I could not be more pleased, with both the leadership in Principal Madrid and the teaching staff. Pinnacle has made learning fun again and the numerous elective options give the students a real opportunity to focus on subjects that enhance their individual talents. I would strongly encourage any parent that is in search of a better learning environment than what is being offered by the traditional FWISD schools, to take a look at Pinnacle School of Fine Arts.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2004
My daughter moved here from FWISD. We love it. Her grades have never been better. She also loves the fine art courses. We can't wait until our son can start school here.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2003
My daughter enjoys going to school now. That is a major change from our neighborhood public school. She doesn't even mind wearing uniforms because the school challenges her to excellence. She's happy, I'm happy!

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Pinnacle Academy
5006 James Drive, Dallas, TX  75227
(817) 735-8527
Last modified Pinnacle Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pinnacle Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top