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Pinnacle gave me the chance to make my dreams come true...Azize K. Alumni, Class of 2021
- PA's Early College Program
- The Benefits of Dual Enrollment
- AP & Honors Courses
- SAT Prep
- Alumni Testimonials
Pinnacle Academy's Early College/Dual Enrollment program is an enrichment opportunity that allows Pinnacle Academy high school students to earn college credits for courses taken through NOVA while still being enrolled at Pinnacle Academy. As a dual enrolled student, you are enrolled in both high school and NOVA.
Pinnacle’s partnership with NOVA allows all juniors, & seniors to participate in dual enrollment classes. Exceptional freshman and sophomore students who demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet the eligibility criteria set forth Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and must demonstrate competence in reading, writing, and math.
Studies have shown that students who earn college credits while attending high school are more likely to graduate and pursue a formal education. Dual enrollment provides Pinnacle students an opportunity to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses.
In Pinnacle’s dual enrollment program, our students are able to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Pinnacle students are able to accumulate college credits before entering college, allowing them to graduate early. The dual enrollment program at Pinnacle Academy provides our students with a solid transition from high school to college without the overwhelm that comes from the changing environment.
In order to be enrolled in dual enrollment classes, all students must demonstrate college readiness by meeting one of the following placement or scoring criteria:
- SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections score of 500 or higher (before March 2016)
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score of 480 or higher (after March 2016)
- ACT score of 18 or higher on Reading and Combined English/Writing sections (before Sept. 2015)
- ACT score of 18 or higher on English, Reading AND Writing sections (after Sept. 2015)
- AP English Literature or AP Language and Composition Exam score of 3 or higher
- IB English score of 5 of higher
- Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying score into ENG 111 for Transfer Course/ENF 1 for Non-Transfer-Oriented Courses
Students must meet one of the following placement or scoring criteria in Mathematics:
- Passing score on math SOL taken within last two school years
- PSAT Math section score of 52 or higher (before Oct. 2015)
- PSAT Math section score of 500 or higher (after Oct. 2015)
- SAT Math section score of 520 or higher (before March 2016)
- SAT Math section score of 530 or higher (after March 2016)
- ACT Math score of 22 or higher
- AP Calculus BC Exam score of 3 or higher
- IB Math score of 5 or higher
- Virginia Placement Test (VPT) – Qualifying placement out of one MTE unit
Be aware that certain courses, usually within the math discipline, have prerequisites or higher placement test requirements. In addition to meeting the college readiness standards for Dual Enrollment, students will need to meet the prerequisites or corequisites for the course. Students taking MTH 263 or higher cannot use PSAT, SAT or ACT math exemptions to qualify them to take the course. Students enrolling in higher level math courses must take the Math VPT, have a qualifying AP or IB math score, or have a C or higher in the prerequisite course. Check the course descriptions for the individual classes before enrolling.
AP courses are offered on an open-enrollment basis through Apex Learning.
- AP Spanish Language & Culture
- AP French Language & Culture
- AP U.S. History
- AP U.S. Government and Politics
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Psychology
- AP English Literature & Composition
- AP English Language & Composition
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Statistics
- English I
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- World History
- PLTW-Introduction to Engineering
Through use of the Princeton Review curriculum, our specially-trained, Master SAT Prep Instructors understand each test, question type, and strategic method. Our team converts this knowledge into comprehensive materials, content, and lesson plans that deliver results and make learning fun.
Now more than ever, flexibility delivering programs is essential to student success. Our courses allow for students to track and complete assignments online as well as in-person. Our teachers are well-trained and equipped to assist with all student needs as they navigate their coursework.
With nearly 40 years of analyzed data, The Princeton Review’s AI system interprets each student’s strengths and weaknesses to create an adaptive Study Planner with personalized prep for the greatest score improvement. By analyzing student performance, we provide tailored lessons and content to facilitate the most effective, efficient test prep.
Our Dashboard keeps you informed about your program’s progress and success every step of the way. Administrators have complete visibility into data for all test types—section by section, student by student. They can proactively monitor course and student data to assess student participation performance, track progress, and measure success.
My name is Azize Kanberoglu. I am 16 years old and from Turkey. I have been living in the United States for 3 years. I started 8th grade at Pinnacle Academy, then went to Fairfax High school for 9th grade to strengthen my English. In 10th grade I decided to come back to the Pinnacle Academy for the early college program. I graduated high school on 01/01/21, therefore, I finished high school a year and a half early. I am very happy that I chose Pinnacle Academy for the early college program because Pinnacle gave me the chance to make my dreams come true a year and a half earlier.