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Counseling Services- High School

 Welcome to The Pinnacle Charter High School Counseling Services!
The Mission of The Pinnacle Charter School Counseling Department is to provide opportunities for students through support of personal, social, emotional, and academic well-being.  
In this time of uncertainty, the Counseling Department is here to provide as much support as we can to our students and families. School is back in session, but through a hybrid model and virtual learning. We know these changes can cause increased stress and anxiety as students have to adapt to new ways of connecting with their teachers and the loss of school as it was before.
Please know we are still connecting with your students utilizing virtual platforms such as Google Hangouts, and email. We are also using a new platform CloseGap that encourages students to check in daily on how they are emotionally. More information about this program and others in use by the counseling department are available on this website.
The counseling team welcomes contact with parents and guardians by email or by scheduling an appointment via the links to the left. 
We encourage you to check back frequently as we will continue to update our website. Please see the folder on the right side column titled "Community Resources" as there are many helpful programs and agencies stepping up during this unprecedented time of need.
Pinnacle's Commitment to Address Racism
Please click Here to read a message to our community about Pinnacle's response.
Resources for Talking to your Children
Parents, please review the resources below if you are interested in further support on how to talk to your kids about race. 
Talking to your children by grade level - From Children's Community School



(updated 2.24.21)


Graduation Requirements Zoom Meeting

February 24th


InviteClick to be directed to the Zoom meeting


Congratulations to the PCHS Honor Roll Recipients!

On Wednesday, February 17th, we celebrated our honor roll recipients with a drive-thru celebration. Below are the names of the students who received honor roll for fall semester:


Congratulations Early Graduates!

On Wednesday, February 10th, we hosted a ceremony in honor of the 16 students who graduated early at semester. Congratulations Early Grads!

Dominic Andrew Casillas, Charles James Chavez, Christopher Potter Eichman,

Jasmine Gonzalez, Dawnicia Ophelia Montoya, Jazmyn Amariena Muñoz,

Savannah Marie Peña, Paige Marie Phelps, Kimberly Proano,

Sierra Isis Dina Quintana, Luis Ramirez Marmolejo, Victor Uriel Rocha Raya Jr.,

Alondra Rojas Percastegui, Ariana Hope Romero, Elijah Joel Salas, Tessa Jetzabel Vazquez-Magaña



Senior Graduation Items:

Josten's welcome

The school's order date was on September 16th, but students and families can still follow the link below and order items to be mailed to your house. Don't miss out on memorabilia for this memorable year!





Graduation Requirements for 2021

With the uniqueness of this year, the PCHS administration has adjusted the graduation requirements to ensure all high school students have equal and equitable access to graduation. The below requirements reflect the changes that have been made for this senior class.Grad Reqs

Changes Include: 21 total credits, No volunteer Hours, Senior Capstone Project will be a presentation only (no community involvement required)

Senior Capstone: This year, Seniors will still need to complete a senior capstone project. The requirements are adjusted to require a presentation on a proposed idea for a project, their future plans after high school, or their career goals. Presentations will be 5-10 minutes in length and expected to be recorded and uploaded. A final Senior Capstone Presentation will be compiled by the counseling department to include all the senior presentations.

counseling corner
Mindfulness Meditation
Smiling MindClick on the link to be taken to the
Smiling Mind website
morning meditation
Students can click on the above link to login and check in on their emotional well-being
coping skills
Click on the above link to access a presentation
on coping skills


Individual Career & Academic Plan:

ICAP is a multi-year process that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic and post-secondary opportunities. With the support of adults, students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career and college ready.

Every student will work towards completion of goals as they complete their coursework to earn their high school diploma. Below are the programs we utilize in this process:


Colorado Career Cluster Model

College Opportunity Fund: Students are asked to complete the College Opportunity Fund Application. If they opt out of completing this application, student are responsible to pay this portion of their tuition. 
Colorado specific Scholarships:
The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship supports Colorado’s high-potential graduating seniors by providing them with a full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado college or university. Applications due Oct. 25th. Please see your counselor for more information.
A four year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Applications are now open

Colorado Scholarship

Please visit the website for a large list scholarships, application information and deadlines.

One scholarship of $2,500 and nine scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors to attend the college of their choice. 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. 

A generous $1,000.00 scholarship for individuals who have been effected by a disability.

The mission  of the Latin American Educational Foundation is to provide access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado. In order to apply for the LAEF general scholarship you must meet the following criteria: This scholarship is available for current high school seniors.

Scholarship Search Engines:

Database dedicated to scholarships for US colleges; search by award type and view by state or major.
College advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, and online applications
Once you complete your profile, you'll have access to FastWeb's database of more than 1.5 million scholarships
Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); all students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this form
College Search Resources
Need help making the right college choice?  Search and compare colleges, get detailed information on admissions policies, and apply for scholarships.
Get connect to your college.  Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you success.
College advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, and online applications
The US News search tool will help you narrow your search to find the perfect college.
Create a web account and register for the test, upload your photo, send your scores, and find resources.
Create a username to register for the test and get access to resources.
Connect with your Counselor:
Violeta Apodaca
*Habla Espanol
K-12 Post-Secondary Career and College Coordinator
(720) 556-8716-work cell
Schedule Appointment
Christy Elwell, LCSW *Habla Espanol
Counselor for:
All Sophomores
Juniors M-Z
Seniors M-Z
(720) 556-4647-work cell
(303) 412-2940, x2108
Andrew Ponn
Counselor for:
All Freshmen
Juniors A-L
Seniors A-L
Pinnacle High School
(720) 556-5661-work cell
(303) 412-2940, x2123
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