Preschool at Pinecrest has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. We’ve watched her come out of her shell, make new friends and thoroughly enjoy school. —Current Parent
PINECREST'S EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
PRESCHOOL AT A GLANCE
Pinecrest School Founded: 1957
Accreditation: AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on School Improvement (SACS CASI)
Commonwealth of Virginia: Currently licensed by the Department of Social Services.
Hours: 8:50 a.m.-12:0 p.m., Monday-Friday; drop-off begins at 8:35 a.m.
Maximum Class Size: 15 students with one teacher and an assistant teacher
Enrichment Classes: Physical education 3x a week; art 2x a week; yoga 1x a week
2021-22 Tuition: 7,220
Sibling Discount: 15%
Before-care: Currently not offered due to COVID-19 safety measures.
After-care: Until 6 p.m.; $13.50 per hour with a $750 monthly cap
Summer Camp: Pinecrest Pavilion offers morning-only class sessions open to preschoolers who will be four by September 30, 2020, are toilet-trained and have attended preschool before. After-care available.
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; applications accepted year-round.
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.
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 our camp in the summer months, Pinecrest Pavilion.
Does Pinecrest offer camp to preschoolers?
Pinecrest School runs Pinecrest Pavilion, a summer camp with morning-only classes for preschoolers who will be four by September 30, 2022, are toilet-trained and have attended preschool before.
Does Pinecrest give preschoolers a snack?
No, Pinecrest does not provide preschoolers with snack or lunch. Preschool students must bring a mid-morning snack and a packed lunch from home.