The Pinnacle Academy offers a variety of academic and enrichment classes, the Intensive program, and on-site specialty clinics during the summer weeks for students in pre-k through grade 12. The summer programs feature Pinnacle’s unique multi-sensory and evidence-based approaches to instruction. The program is offered for Pinnacle and non-Pinnacle students who may or may not have an identified language-based or learning difference. Our goal during the summer months is three-fold:

• Nature and severity of learning gap
Grade reports and test results indicate that the student is significantly behind in one or more subject areas and requires continued remedial instruction.

• Regression/recoupment
Previous breaks from services have indicated a regression and recoupment time that is considered excessive and potentially harmful to the student’s educational progress in academics or social-emotional development.

• Emerging skills
The student has demonstrated a gain in learning acquisition that is correlated to a critical point in instruction. A lapse in services may jeopardize the chances of furthering the skill(s).

Summer Program for Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)summer2

Pre-K Program (Ages 2-5) Bradenton Campus only

This three and ½ hour program is designed to offer intensive intervention in specific areas to enhance the child’s overall developmental growth. Research-based methods are utilized to target receptive/expressive language and communication, oral motor development, dramatic/imaginary play, hand strength, motor coordination, and school-readiness skills such as sitting, following instructions, and increasing attention. Each child will receive an individualized plan to include a sensory diet, social assessment, and language target program.

Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
This program will offer daily, intensive focus in reading, writing, and math using fun, multi-sensory approaches to learning. In addition, students will collaborate in groups to participate in Sensory Science, Story Telling, daily Orton-Gillingham, comprehension, and HearBuilder ™.

Summer Intensive at the Pinnacle Academy


Grades 2-11
The Summer Intensive program is designed to provide b
oth Pinnacle and non-Pinnacle students with an opportunity to maintain and improve academic skills during the summer months. The ultimate goal is to teach challenging concepts in an explicit, intensive setting to close gaps, improve grades, and stimulate memory retention. Based on review of student records and grade reports, our educational team will consult with parents to determine academic areas that should be targeted for intensive instruction. The program uses multi-sensory techniques to provide reinforcement of new skills and remediation of weaknesses in specific areas. The following intensives will be offered in the 2017 Summer Intensive:

Math Facts Count (Elementary)
Students will strengthen memory and speed for multiplication and division facts through multi-sensory drills and computer games. These essential skills will pave the way for future math success.

Math Foundations (Elementary/Middle)
Intensive review and drills designed to enhance a strong foundation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers and solving algebraic equations. Each concept will be introduced through the use of multi-sensory materials. Other concepts may be targeted as identified by the instructor.

Algebra I (Middle/High School)
The concepts reviewed in this course will review and strengthen the student’s understanding of Algebra 1 content and assist in preparing for college placement testing (SAT). Topics include linear equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations, factoring expressions, quadratic expressions, exponents, functions, and ratios. A strategies journal will be created and pre-post test conducted.

Managing Math Basics (Middle/High School)
This intensive will focus on pre-algebraic skills, which will enhance the student’s success in later math courses. Concepts covered will include negative numbers, absolute value, factors, multiples, decimals, and fractions.

Reading Decoding & Encoding (Elementary/Middle/High)
Students will practice sound/symbol associations, including vowels, blends/digraphs, compound words, and prefixes and suffixes using the Orton-Gillingham method. Oral reading fluency practice using activities and Reader’s Theater will also be incorporated.

Reading Comprehension (Elementary/Middle/High)
Students learn strategies to support reading comprehension and reinforce their appreciation of higher order thinking. A focus on getting the main idea, using inference, predictions, context clues, sequencing, summarizing, and cause/effect will be emphasized through select fiction and non-fiction expository text. Vocabulary will be expanded through direct instruction of higher level words.

Creative Writing (Elementary/Middle/High)
Students will focus on writing pieces with coherent themes, supporting sentences, organization, and thorough editing. Various genres including humor, mystery, science fiction, and biography will be incorporated to enhance motivation.

Written Language Instruction (Elementary/Middle/High)
The Instructor will focus on building a strong foundation for paragraph and essay writing. Lessons in mechanics, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, organization, sequence, and use of descriptive vocabulary are targeted to support a better essay writer.

Test-Taking Skills (High School)
With a focus on developing executive function skills, vocabulary enrichment, and summary examination strategies that support successful test-taking for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT, students will review critical concepts and practice taking tests in a supportive, low-stress environment.

Assistive Technology Software
Students who are overwhelmed by lengthy writing assignments will receive explicit instruction in software programs that are designed to support the use of technology as a modification to mechanical writing. Students are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computer to learn exciting programs to enhance their performance, including CoWriter, Dragonware, PaperPort Notes, Inspiration Maps, iBooks, and Kurzweil.

Afternoon Enrichment
Our afternoon enrichment program offers a fun, social extension of the day. Students will participate in a rotation of activities including:afterschool

• Engineering
• Photography
• Sports & fitness
• LEGO ™ Creators
• Art/Anime



Registration and campus availability will be limited. Participants must be picked up promptly at the end of the program to avoid a late charge.

12:00-2:30 pm daily (July 16-August 3) $62.50 per week (Grades 2-10 only)
12:00-4:00 pm daily (July 16-August 3) $100.00 per week (Grades 2-10 only)

Summer School Attire
No uniforms. Appropriate casual clothing is recommended. Athletic/closed-toe shoes are required for safety.

If students are attending both the half day and afternoon enrichment programs, they will need to bring a lunch daily. The lunch building is peanut-free (Bradenton campus Summit Building).

Fast ForWord ™ and Reading Assistant ® (Bradenton Campus only)
FFW and RA are available during the summer weeks to students who have fallen behind in reading and/or are struggling to maintain skills in reading comprehension. The Fast ForWord ® program develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing—the cognitive skills essential for learning and reading success. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, grammar, and other skills necessary to learn how to read or to become a better reader. The Reading Assistant ® program is the only online reading tool that uses speech recognition to support and correct students as they read aloud – never missing a teachable moment. No other e-book or program provides comparable support. With the help of a supportive listener, students build reading fluency and comprehension.

Please contact our office for more information about scheduling and fees for specialized reading and writing programs.

Registration Information

To register by mail, please complete the registration form and mail it with a check (registration fee for non-Pinnacle students) made payable to Pinnacle Academy, 6215 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.

Registration forms are available online at For more information, contact (941) 755-1400 or email

Individual Tutoring

One-on-one and small group tutoring will be available throughout the summer weeks. Tutoring sessions are designed to meet the individual needs of the student in phonics, reading comprehension, written expression, math, executive function skills, and high school academic subjects as requested. All Pinnacle tutors hold a Florida teaching certificate and implement a multi-sensory approach that addresses specific learning objectives. Reading instruction is provided by an instructor who has professional training and/or certification in Orton-Gillingham. Students must be registered for a minimum of 10 hours of tutoring during the summer.

Individual Tutoring Fee per hour $ 55 (10 hour minimum)
Small Group tutoring Fee per hour $ 35-45 (10 hour minimum)