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 Head of School.  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, theme-based 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 16th year at Pinecrest and her 15th year leading the Pinecrest community.  Ms. McDermott holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and a B.S. in Elementary Education.   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 AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on School Improvement (SACS CASI).