Pinecrest School offers one of the best preschools in Northern Virginia. In an atmosphere of warmth and affection, preschoolers at Pinecrest School learn to function in structured group settings within a framework of nurturing social and emotional support. Our preschool program prepares children for kindergarten by emphasizing fine and gross motor skills and speech and language development, all in accordance with each child’s learning pace. Classrooms are big and bright and are filled with books, games, toys, puzzles and art supplies for children to explore, create with and learn. All preschool classrooms have bathrooms and sinks.
The typical preschool day combines free play with teacher-directed activities designed to introduce preschoolers to pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, science and social studies concepts. Children regularly practice mindfulness activities to encourage calm and focus. Preschoolers have recess daily; an indoor multipurpose room and modern, high-quality outdoor play facilities provide fun and safe recreational activities. Pinecrest provides preschoolers with a morning snack everyday.
Preschoolers also have enrichment classes during the school week. Enrichment classes are taught by dedicated enrichment teachers and are included with tuition. Each week, preschoolers enjoy four sessions of physical education, two sessions of art and one session of music. Each session is twenty minutes long.
Field trips and special in-house presentations are an important part of the preschool curriculum. Preschoolers typically visit local nature centers, science centers, pumpkin patches, petting zoos and George Mason University and the Kennedy Center for age-appropriate presentations. Pinecrest invites campus visits from local fire departments, dentists, puppeteers, story-tellers 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 offer 2- or 3-day-a-week preschool classes?
All preschool classes are 5 days a week, Monday-Friday. Pinecrest believes that preschoolers are more likely to enjoy coming to school and feel comfortable in their classrooms if they have an uninterrupted weekly routine.
Do children starting preschool need to be toilet-trained?
Yes, incoming preschoolers must be toilet-trained. Pinecrest understands that the occasional accident might happen, and that’s not a problem. We ask parents to supply a full change of clothes to be kept in the classroom during the school year in case of emergencies. However, Pinecrest doesn’t have the staff to change diapers or pull-ups.
Does Pinecrest offer year-round care for preschoolers?
Pinecrest is a school, not a daycare center, so we don’t offer year-round classes. However, for additional fees, we offer one week of care (with before- and after-care available) during Winter Break, Spring Break and in June before our camp, Pinecrest Pavilion, starts. With this, most, but not all, of the calendar year is covered.
Does Pinecrest offer camp to preschoolers?
Pinecrest School runs Pinecrest Pavilion, a summer camp which offers weekly-themed, morning-only classes to preschoolers who will be four by September 30, 2018, are toilet-trained and have attended preschool before. Before- and after-care are available.
Pinecrest also offers one week of care (with before- and after-care available) during Winter Break, Spring Break and in June before camp starts.
Does Pinecrest give preschoolers a snack?
Yes, Pinecrest provides all preschoolers with a mid-morning snack. Children in after-care will also have an afternoon snack. Snacks include fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, cereal, crackers, juice, et cetera.
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.
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.