Alternative Therapeutic School For Kids with Depression

Therapeutic Schools are Ideal for Children with Depression Diagnosis


Pinnacle provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for students that have fallen behind due to illness or mental health issues

Poor school performance can be the result of peer pressure, bullying, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety or depression. Falling behind in school may lead your teen to feelings of failure and increased stress which exacerbates depression. Depression in teens is more than feeling the "blues" which is normal as children develop. Depression is a persisting sadness that affects how your teen thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 1 in every 5 high school students have at least one episode of depression. At a higher risk for depression are children who struggle with any of the following:

  • Stress
  • Loss
  • Attention/Learning/Conduct Disorders
  • Anxiety

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Irritability, persistent sadness, frequent crying
  • Thoughts of self-harm, death or suicide
  • Lack of enjoyment in favorite activities
  • Frequent complaints of physical illness
  • Low energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Change in sleeping patterns

Many students enrolled in Pinnacle Private Academy or Virtual School have experienced difficulty in traditional classrooms, but thrive with Pinnacle's personalized, flexible learning programs. Our staff work closely with students and can address any changes in participation or grades before developing into a severe issue.

Since our students can work at their own pace and advance quickly in their favorite subjects and receive one-on-one assistance with more difficult subjects, they quickly gain confidence in their learning abilities. Our blended learning environment helps students develop a sense of independence and ownership of their progress.