The Pinnacle Schools & Elk River Treatment Reviews

Independent reviews from parents and teens.

I am a parent that elected to utilize the services provided by The Pinnacle Schools. I researched numerous programs and the information that I reveiwed about The Pinnacle Schools and Elk River Tratment Programs proved to be exceptionally appealing for my needs and the needs of my son, who suffers from Asperger syndrome. I discovered that the residential treatment programs that were offered provided individual academic plans, tailored uniquely to each student that attends one of theschools that are part of The Pinnacle Schools programs. I also learned that the school programs offer a high level of flexibility when it comes to the length of time that they attend the program. I was absolutely thrilled with the fact that the counselors, the various teachers, and other members of the school staff were willing to work directly with my son and I in order to establish goals for his individual needs and my immediate concerns. Since completing the program, my son has made a complete turnaround. This is why I would like to share my review of The Pinnacle Schools with other parents. Here, I will give you information on the complications my son experienced the manner in which he was dealt with by The Pinnacle Schools and my overall assessment of the treatment programs offered by this group of schools.

Basic Background Information

My son has experienced numerous challenges throughout his academic career. Until he reached the second grade, I educated him and his older brother at home. During the educational sessions in the homeschooling classroom, I did notice some distinct differences in my children. It was my youngest son’s characteristics that caught my attention, though. He seemed to lack the social skills that my oldest son had. It seemed difficult for him to communicate with others. He also engaged in activities in a repetitive fashion and had fixed interests. At the time, he seemed absolutely obsessed with Godzilla. The year that my children started traditional school for the first time, my oldest entered the fourth grade and my youngest entered the second grade. By the end of the second week of school, my youngest son’s teacher contacted me by telephone and explained his concern for the differences that he was exhibiting from other students. It was then that I made an arrangement with a medical specialist. Immediately after being evaluated by the doctor, he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

What is Asperger Syndrome?

In order to truly understand why I eventually elected to send my son to the program offered at The Pinnacle Schools, I feel it is first important to explain the basics associated with Asperger syndrome. This is considered to be an autism spectrum disorder. It is relatively complex and is considered to be a neurodevelopmental disorder. Individuals that suffer from the condition often experience impairments in social skills, problems with basic communication, and exhibit patterns of behaviors and thoughts that are often identified as being repetitive. The problem is, most children that are diagnosed with the condition are considered to be high functioning. As a result of this fact, they are often placed on a 504 plan, or Individual Education Plan in the public school system, but remain in the same classroom as other children. In addition to this, the special plans that are put into place by traditional schools often include special accommodations that are intended to help the child, but these accommodations are often neglected.

Middle School

Throughout my youngest son’s elementary school years and the first year of middle school, he remained in the standard classroom – with little to no accommodations. Children would often belittle him, bully him, and laugh at the symptoms that he experienced as a result of his condition. He continued to fall further and further behind in his academic studies. Finally, it got to the point where he went from a child that was passionate about school to a child that begged to return to the homeschool classroom. When it came to school, he was apathetic and eventually, just quit trying. As with any parent, I was concerned and I started researching alternative options. This is when I discovered information about The Pinnacle Schools.

The Pinnacle Schools Solution

The Pinnacle Schools places a special emphasis on working with families in order to address the behavioral and cognitive needs of each student that attends. It is designed for children in the 6th grade, all the way to teenagers in the 12th grade. The learning environment offered by the programs offered at The Pinnacle Schools is highly positive and productive. When the students that attend achieve success, it is celebrated by everyone. In addition to this, the schools focus on ensuring that all proper accommodations are made for the children that attend. The programs are designed to treat a wide array of complications experienced by children. These include, but are not limited to, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, depression, anger issues, rebellious behavior, addictions, family complications and poor academic performance. As a parent who has used The Pinnacle Schools, I highly recommend the programs. Today, my son socializes with others with ease, he is not fixated on certain behaviors and topics, and he is in the top 5% of his class. If it worked for us, the programs offered at The Pinnacle Schools will work for you!