In August, the PVSchools Governing Board voted to approve a K-8 model for Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School (PPPS). Our first 7th grade class will begin in 2017-2018; 8th grade will follow in the 2018-2019 school year. Here is a video featuring Dr. Kim Guerin, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support, with background information.

We are excited to be offering a K-8 model and believe that there are many benefits. Research shows that students benefit from smaller class sizes, increased teacher support, and more flexibility. If you are interested in this opportunity for your child, please review the information below. If you have any questions, are interested in a school tour or speaking further with our Principal, Mrs. Lora Herbein, please email.

Electives

7th grade students will have the opportunity to choose from a "wheel of electives" each quarter throughout the school year. Each quarter up to 2 electives may be chosen. Some electives, such as Foreign Language, Band, Strings, Choir, and Physical Education, will be offered as a full year class. If students choose a full year elective they will still have one additional quarterly elective to choose. While our slate of electives is not fully developed the following list represents some of the options that may be available:

Full Year Electives

  • Foreign Language

  • Physical Education

  • Concert Band

  • String Orchestra 

  • Concert Choir

Quarterly Electives (partial list)

  • Fine Arts

  • Ceramics

  • Culinary Arts 

  • Computer Coding and App Development 

  • Dance

  • Digital Media Communications

  • Digital Technology

  • Drama

  • Golf

  • Life Skills Lab

  • Musical Digital Keyboarding

  • Robotics

  • Yearbook

Signature Curriculum

All PPES students will take 4 full-year academic courses: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Honors Math and English will also be available. 

Core Knowledge

  • Classic education- rich and compelling subject matter

  • Knowledge that spirals from grade to grade

  • Standards-based with specific guidelines

  • Cross-curricular connections (interdisciplinary)

  • Sustained, sequential learning

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

  • Natural extension of STEM by integrating design and art

  • Nurtures curiosity, creativity and critical thinking

  • Real world concepts and hands-on challenges

  • Applied knowledge to develop viable solutions  

PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit by Andrew Miller

Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM, and Arts Innovation by Susan Riley

Project-Based Learning

  • Framework to organize and present curriculum content

  • Innovative and proven instructional approach

  • Instills a "culture of thinking"

  • Requires students to understand relevance of what they are learning and apply in problem-solving situations

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • It's a Project Based World. Here's a guide to getting started with projects today.

Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements by John Larmer

Main Course Not Dessert by BIE

A video entitled: Middle School School Engages With Problem-Solving Challenges