As the most rigorous academic classes in each discipline, Pinnacle courses focus on depth over breadth and encourage students to confront ideas and problems that are authentic, stretch their thinking, and foster an appreciation of deep knowledge. A hallmark of Pinnacle courses are varied assessments which allow students to demonstrate their acquisition of skills, content mastery, and depth of inquiry, while providing context for their future work as young scientists, writers, artists, performers, historians, mathematicians, and engineers.
Pinnacle courses also afford students opportunities for choice within the structure of the class that allow them to pursue an aspect of the subject matter that captures their interest. Finally, Pinnacle courses aim to include authentic experiences which ask students to apply their knowledge outside the boundaries of Berwick Academy. As with all advanced courses, students who complete a Pinnacle course receive a designation on their transcript.