About Us



Pinecrest School is an award-winning, fully accredited private school in Fairfax County, Virginia, serving children ages 3-12 in preschool through sixth grade.  We are conveniently located inside the Beltway in Northern Virginia in Annandale.   
In 2017, we celebrated our 60th year, having started as a preschool in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1957.  We provide children with a progressive educational curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills, STEAM instruction and hands-on projects in small classes.  We are a small school by design and believe that differentiated instruction is the norm.  Our warm and nurturing social and emotional environment gives children the caring support necessary to challenge themselves with confidence.  We encourage parents and children to form a close partnership, built on mutual trust, with our teachers and school leaders. We teach mindfulness strategies to help children learn to relax their bodies and focus their minds.  Our campus comprises two modern buildings, a playground and outdoor areas, giving children plenty of kid-friendly spaces to move, learn and play. 
We also have an award-winning summer camp program Pinecrest Pavilion that serves children ages 4-12 with a variety of multi-age, creative, hands-on classes.
Pinecrest admits students of any gender orientation, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school or camp.


Our Head of School, Nicole McDermott, is in her 19th year at Pinecrest and her 18th year leading the Pinecrest community, and she announced in September 2022 that this will be her last year at Pinecrest. The school is well-poised for continued success and growth with a new leader who will begin in July 2023. Find out more about our Head Search here. A parent-led Board of Directors focuses on strategic planning, long-term growth, and fiduciary responsibility.  Pinecrest School is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.


Pinecrest School is proud to be accredited by Cognia/AdvancED.


Pinecrest School acknowledges that we gather and learn on the land of the Piscataway people.  As our school community stands against racism, hate, and injustice we will work to learn about and share knowledge of Indigenous peoples and cultures, past and present. This work adds value to our community, assists with positive systemic change, and strengthens us all.