Achievement and Behavior Support Specialist Shayla Morris organized the event. Morris created a flyer with all the area high schools listed, highlighting those high schools at the event.
She also suggested some questions students should ask:
- What are the requirements to attend your school?
- Does your school offer extra curriculars?
- Does your school provide transportation?
- Does your school offer opportunities to earn college credits?
- Are there any scholarships available?
- How big are your class sizes?
Morris explained that Pinnacle Academy had an information table for families to help them learn about and better understand different options and opportunities at the high schools like the college plus program, advanced placement courses, and local scholarships that depend on where students and their families live whether it’s Cleveland or Euclid.
The event was meant for seventh- and eighth-grade families, but some sixth-grade families came, too. At the event families learned about the different high schools’ application process and deadlines.
“Families also learned about requirements based on grades and behavior,” Morris said. “For families who learn about those details earlier, they can start to figure out what their child needs to do to meet the requirements or maybe they learned they already meet them.”
Students and families had the opportunity to learn about sports and other extracurricular activities and clubs the schools have, as well.
As a follow-up to the event, several high schools have arranged to come talk to the Pinnacle students or planned for students to tour during the school day.
“Parents thought the event was incredible,” Morris said. “For those who missed it, we set up an information table in our school office, so parents could still look through the materials and information.”
Pinnacle Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Euclid, Ohio, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 99 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.