Pinnacle Charter Schools provides customized education services for grades 6–12 special education students facing learning, language, and social-emotional challenges that impede their progress in the traditional classroom. We provide flexible programming and multiple services at our Tempe West location.

Pinnacle Charter Schools aims to systematically and holistically educate students with rigorous learning. The highly qualified teachers at Pinnacle are able to guide students with behavioral issues across all facets of their development, which encourages the students to perform at their highest level. Our informed, innovative, and target approaches to learning create personalized academic and behavioral interventions. This greatly extends our students’ real-world application of acquired skills and abilities and deepen their educational experience.

The education of students with disabilities is firmly rooted in the legal guarantees of non-discrimination which involve the “protection of vulnerable minorities.” This relationship means that the provision of services to students with disabilities is a basic civil right. The major special education law passed to ensure these civil right guarantees for individuals with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) (20 United States Code, Sections 1400 et.seq). Those unfamiliar with the basics of a federal statute (20 United States Code (USC) et.seq) and regulations (34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 300) related to special education should seek information online at

ESS ensures that public education agencies in Arizona have special education programs, policies, and procedures that comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, and that eligible children and youth with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). ESS provides professional learning opportunities, provides technical assistance to schools, supports the needs of families of students with disabilities, monitors schools for compliance with the regulations that implement the IDEA, and administers the IDEA Entitlement grant.

Special Education Process Flow Chart

For all student populations we serve, Pinnacle’s ultimate goal is to produce positive outcomes that promote scholastic and social growth, enhanced self-esteem, and help them to develop opportunities after they graduate from high school.