The Pinnacle Schools/Elk River
Quick Facts
Residential Treatment Programs

12 to 18


Avg. Duration:
Short Term with Flexible Length of Stay


Is Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Contact Info
(866) 906-TEEN

(256) 518-9941


500 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Program Description

The programs of The Pinnacle Schools are empirically derived to provide clinically supported diagnostic, assessment and treatment services to troubled teens ages 12-18. Students present with a myriad of problems including but not limited to: ADD/ ADHD /ODD, bipolar disorder/depression, Asperger’s, substance abuse, online gaming addiction, adoption/divorce/family issues, obesity, academic decline/learning differences, and negative peer relationships. Elk River, a program of The Pinnacle Schools, offers a short-term therapeutic program, a step-up midterm program with a flexible length of stay, and a teen weight management program. The therapeutic intervention provided halts maladaptive behaviors and assists teens in growing intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually.

The challenge of the outdoors is used as a therapeutic teaching tool. Students are removed from their “comfort zone” to a base campus providing facilities for therapeutic care, safety, medical care, education and hygiene. Our professional staff includes; physicians, psychiatrist, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, registered nurses, a registered dietician, and Ph.D. and Master’s level educators. We utilize a Treatment Team approach when working with students and their families. The team includes professional staff, parents, educational consultants, and student’s psychologist/psychiatrist. Individual treatment plans are designed for each student and necessary modifications are made at bi-weekly treatment team meetings. All members of the team will be updated regularly as the student progresses, and will be involved in developing a transition and aftercare plan which meets the student’s specific needs and goals. The Pinnacle Schools Elk River Treatment Program emphasizes parent training throughout a student’s stay and a 3-day parent workshop is provided upon completion of the program.

Therapy includes cognitive behavior modification in the group process model led by a psychologist or LPC. Therapeutic workshops include but are not limited to: abandonment, anger management, goal setting, accountability, communication skills, peer relations, and experiential learning. Specialty groups include AA/NA/OA/Olganon and optional Bible Study. All students participate in a one-week off campus expedition challenge.

All programs offer fully accredited (SACS & CASI) academic curricula, credit recovery and state certified educators.

Accreditation, Licensure, Approval:
State of Alabama Department of Youth Services