PINNACLE POINTE'S FREQUENLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Distinction of a Charter School vs Private and Public Schools?
It has been said that charter schools are the perfect blend between public and private education. In fact, charter schools are actually privately-run public schools. Each charter school enters into a contract or "charter" with the state to receive state funds to educate Arizona students. The "charter" specifies a specific educational philosophy and curriculum that the school will provide. As a charter school, we receive funding directly from the state of Arizona, so families pay no tuition. However, since charter schools are public schools, they must provide special educational services and they cannot provide religious education. Arizona statues free charter schools from many of the bureaucratic regulations associated with the government-run public schools, allowing charter schools to be more agile and innovative.
How does Pointe Define bully Free Zone and What Are Schools Doing To Maintain This?
Bullying is absolutely not tolerated at any Pointe school. Our faculty and staff take every opportunity to ensure that students understand how to treat each other with respect and dignity. We provide supervision during recess, lunch, and during transition time and vigorously investigate any reports of bullying. Students who are found to be harassing or bullying other students are given consequences in accordance with the student conduct code.
Who Pays For School?
As a public charter school, we receive money from the state of Arizona. We all receive some federal grants.
How Long Has Pointe Schools Been In Operation?
North Pointe Preparatory opened its doors in 2001. Canyon Pointe Academy opened in August 2002 and Pinnacle Pointe Academy opened in September of the same year.
Is there Daily Recess?
We feel that physical activity and movement is essential for all individuals! All Panthers have 2 designated recess times during the school day. This does not include the additional time provided during morning Drop Off (“First Recess”).
Are there Enrichment Opportunities like P.E. or Art?
Absolutely! Enrichment opportunities expose students to a variety of alternative options, as well as, build upon what is taught it class. Throughout the year, students participate in STEM Mondays, Spanish, Gardening, Character Education, Art, Fitness, and Library/Story time.
Is There Homework for K - 6th Graders?
Yes, students will have math and reading homework beginning in Kindergarten. Although the curriculum at each grade is designed to prepare our students for college, it remains developmentally appropriate. The faculty works hard to balance rigorous academic expectations with the well-rounded students need for extracurricular involvement and time with family and friends.
What Services Are Available For Students With Special Needs?
We provide services to students with special needs. We passionately believe in utilizing inclusion, the philosophy that students with special needs should remain with their peers as much as possible. As a public school, we offer the full continuum of services as needed for our students' progress in the general curriculum. At the time, however, none of our schools has a full-day resource room on campus.
Is After School Care Available?
Pinnacle provides free before and after school care to our families! We also offer a variety of clubs which emphasis arts, academics, and athletics.
Does Pointe Provide Transportation?
We do not provide transportation services to our campus for academy students, however, we do offer fee-based transportation services to North Pointe from Pinnacle. Siblings of North Pointe students who are dropped off for the bus are welcome to attend our free before school care (“Early Bird”) to avoid waiting for the designated Drop Off time.
How Many Students Are In A Class?
Most of our classrooms are designed for 30 students, however, our current average ratio is 1 teacher for every 20 students.