Pinnacle School: Teaching the Way You Learn

Imagine:  You are sitting in the back of your 4th grade classroom, slouched in your seat – avoiding eye contact with your teacher. This morning, you had your usual fight with your mom about going to school. Now, you are hoping with all your might that your teacher won’t call on you to read out loud. But, she does.

You start to sweat. You look down at the page, but can’t make out anything. There are jumbles of letters – in your mind letters don’t make words, and words don’t make sentences. You open your mouth, slowly sounding out  “Tuh huh eh.” That doesn’t sound right. You try again. Your classmates snicker, and your teacher is tapping her foot. Finally, someone whispers, “The. The word is the.” But by then it is too late and the teacher calls on someone else.

You bow your head, trying to hide your tears, knowing that this day will again be spent getting laughed at and failing school work.
One in six children have dyslexia. Many of these bright children get held back in school. Their self-esteem plummets. They are 37% more likely to drop out by the time they reach high school.

What is Pinnacle? For nearly thirty years, Pinnacle School has provided a hands-on learning environment for bright students with dyslexia and similar learning differences in grades K-12. Pinnacle Learning Services provides after school reading and math tutoring, education therapy, summer programs, and dyslexia screenings for ages 5-24.

Pinnacle and the Community:  The curriculum at Pinnacle School has a strong emphasis on community partnerships. Field trips and guest speakers show our students how to become more responsible and engaged citizens.

Last year, teams of our students worked on a monthly project at Lake Lemon with Carroll Ritter from the Sycamore Land Trust. This year, members of our community are sharing their stories and chosen livelihood during “Career Mondays.” Our students have the option of buying organic milk from Bloomingfoods, and we emphasize wellness and the importance of eating healthy and locally.

Build Our Future: Pinnacle wants to serve more people in the community through our school and outreach programs. But we can’t until we add more classrooms, a lab, and a gym. Please consider giving to the Build Our Future Campaign. Your gift will help build our community’s future by making sure that all children get the quality education they deserve. It’s easy to do – just tell your Bloomingfoods cashier that you want to help Pinnacle!

For more information about dyslexia, admission to Pinnacle, and the Build Our Future campaign, visit www.pinnacleschool.org or call 812-339-8141. Pinnacle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Becky Eisinger, Resource and Development Director
Pinnacle School