The Pinnacle Schools’ First Graduating Class of 2011-2012

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Fifty graduates and their families attended Commencement Ceremonies honoring Huntsville City Schools and The Pinnacle Schools’ first Graduating Class of 2011-2012.

Fifty graduates and their families attended Commencement Ceremonies honoring Huntsville City Schools and The Pinnacle Schools’ first Graduating Class of 2011-2012.

Karen Lee, Founder and CEO of The Pinnacle Schools said that it was a special day. Passing the entrance to the church an hour before the graduation was to begin, Lee said she thought, “What is going on here? Then seconds later I realized all the cars in the parking lot were for our students!” Students that represented all five Huntsville City High Schools, who were given this opportunity by the Huntsville City School Board of Education, Dr. Casey Wardynski, Dr. Barbara Cooper and Mrs. Edith Pickens.

You could feel the excitement in the sanctuary as Kim Cox, representing The Pinnacle Schools’ Board of Directors, gave an inspirational Invocation. Edith Pickens, Director of Secondary Education, Huntsville City Schools, spoke of statistics reflecting that high school graduates earn $200,000 more in their lifetime than non-graduates, and in this sanctuary represented $200 million dollars! The students, family and Pinnacle staff were addressed and commended by The Pinnacle Schools’ Director of Education, Laura Worshim. Dr. Aisha Fields of The Pinnacle Schools gave the keynote address. Lastly, the students addressed their teachers, families, friends and new found classmates with appreciation and all received their high school diplomas.

The Pinnacle Schools, founded in 2005 by Dr. Charles Lee and Karen Lee, provides therapeutic and academic programs for struggling teens. Earlier this year, the Huntsville City School Board of Education awarded Pinnacle the contract to provide an alternative school to middle and high school students who cannot attend Huntsville City Schools. Students are provided with a blending learning model for instruction using an approved computer-based curriculum, highly qualified teachers in the classroom, and other supplements to allow students a self-paced instructional setting.

Students are offered other services to promote learning and life skills development such as group counseling, anger management, coping strategies and substance abuse counseling. Students may earn their high school diploma at The Pinnacle Schools or transition back to their local school.

For more information visit our website at http://www.thepinnacleschools.com, or contact Selina Mason at 256-518-9998.

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