Pinecrest School fills a unique niche for families seeking an affordable, progressive private school in Northern Virginia. Our students routinely score above the national average on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test, and our graduates go on to top secondary schools in the region, such as Trinity School at Meadow View, Bishop O’Connell High School and the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
THE LOVE OF LEARNING STARTS HERE
Pinecrest School strives to foster curiosity and confidence in our students. We provide students a strong foundation in core academic subjects, while also endeavoring to cultivate in our students a sense of caring for the world around them and an emerging understanding of how they can make positive contributions in our community and beyond. Pinecrest School students are emerging as leaders and as lifelong learners.
By design, learning at Pinecrest is:
active and hands-on
holistic and nurturing
flexible and creative
meaningful and engaging
differentiated yet collaborative
and equally focused on academic growth and social/emotional growth
Students at Pinecrest School develop strong academic skills and a strong sense of self. They problem solve, think critically and communicate clearly. They take pride in their work and are developing integrity. They are respectful, responsible and mindful. They can work effectively both independently and with others.
Pinecrest focuses on the whole child. Our positive social and emotional environment reinforces basic values such as honesty, integrity, respect for others and an appreciation for diversity and encourages family involvement in the school experience. Our K- 6 students regularly practice mindfulness techniques to learn to relax their bodies and focus their minds. Pinecrest also believes that movement matters, too, and K-6 students have recess every day and physical education four times per week.
K-6 students also have enrichment classes during the school week. Enrichment classes are taught by dedicated enrichment teachers and are included with tuition. K-6 students enjoy four sessions a week of STEAM classes; four sessions a week of physical education, and one session a week each of coding and music.
PREPARING FOR A TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN FUTURE
In addition to science as part of K-6 students’ core classroom curricula, they also have four classes a week of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics) instruction. STEAM classes integrate these five disciplines into cohesive lessons that are designed to teach students how to think critically and encourage creative and effective solutions to problems. In addition, K-6 students take coding once a week.
Field trips and special in-house presentations are an important part of the K-6 curriculum. Students typically visit local nature centers, science centers, Smithsonian institutions, George Mason University and the Kennedy Center for age-appropriate presentations and more.
Pinecrest maintains full accreditation with AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Pinecrest School completed its most recent required five-year re-accreditation during the 2018-19 school year.
Does Pinecrest require an entrance exam for rising K-6 applicants?
Pinecrest does not require a test of any kind to gain admission. Admission decisions are based on a teacher recommendation, school records (not applicable to rising kindergartners) and a class visit to Pinecrest School.
Is kindergarten half-day or full-day?
Kindergarten at Pinecrest is a full-day, Monday-Friday program.
Does Pinecrest provide lunch?
Pinecrest does not have a cafeteria. K-6 students must bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch from home. Microwaves are available for Grade 2-6 students in the upper school building. Pinecrest provides K-6 children in after-care with an afternoon snack. Twice a month, the school offers families a Pinecrest Pizza Friday option, which is also a fundraiser for the school.
What are Pinecrest’s policies regarding allergies or medical conditions?
Pinecrest staff members are very willing to work with parents/guardians to learn more about their child’s allergies and/or medical conditions and to address any concerns. Parents/guardians of incoming students must complete a Medical/Emergency Care Form listing their child’s allergies and other chronic conditions. It is in a child’s best interest to provide as much information as possible; for example, please specify if an allergy or medication condition will affect school performance and what activities or food(s) must be avoided during school hours as well as if the allergy is ingestion, inhalation and/or touch. Parents/guardians should describe all possible reactions their child may exhibit if exposed to an allergen and delineate the specific procedural instructions the school must follow if the child is exposed to an allergen. Parents/guardians are responsible for keeping Pinecrest informed as quickly as possible of any changes in their child’s health or restrictions. Please note, however, that Pinecrest is not a nut-free environment.
Does Pinecrest offer camp?
Pinecrest offers an 8- or 9-week camp, Pinecrest Pavilion, for rising K-6 children. Children do not have to be enrolled at Pinecrest School to enroll in Pinecrest Pavilion. Campers may enroll in for half-day morning or afternoon classes or both for a full-day experience. Before-care beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after-care until 6 p.m. are available. Pinecrest also offers one week of care (with before- and after-care available) during Winter Break and Spring Break. For school families, an additional one-week of care is offered in June after school releases and before camp begins.
What is Pinecrest’s inclement weather policy?
Pinecrest follows the late opening and closing decisions of Fairfax County Public Schools. If Fairfax County Public Schools start one or two hours late, Pinecrest will start one hour late, with before-care opening at 8:30 a.m., drop-off beginning at 9:35 a.m. and school starting at 9:50 a.m. If Fairfax County Public Schools close due to weather, Pinecrest will also close.