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Pinecrest Schools ? Valencia

Private | K-5 | 89 students

Our school is best known for its academic program.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $339,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,170.

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Posted September 1, 2012

My daughter just finished her kindergarten at Pinecrest and I couldn't be happier ! Her kindergarten teacher was excellent. The homework was appropriate for her age and the environment was both nurturing and challenging. I loved the level of communication between the parent the staff and the teachers. Pinecrest, its staff and her teacher instilled in my daughter not only knowledge and important educational skills but most importantly a love of learning and school pride. A truly wonderful school with amazing staff. Can't wait for first grade !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

This is what I call the "Wallmart" of private schools in SCV. True it is about 150 dollars a month cheaper than the other private schools in the area (not really much of a savings). But there is a good reason for that. Parents are seeing that most of the public schools in the area offer a much higher quality "environment" than this school, and that this is not worth paying for. The enrollment has gone from well over 300 students to just barely over 100 students in the last couple years. There has been a fairly high teacher turnover rate as well. The school is quickly heading downhill and has a negative reputation among many Santa Clarita parents (and teachers). There are a few very high quality private schools in SCV that are only slightly more expensive but offer a much higher quality experience, so it's well worh a few extra bucks if you are already willing to pay for private school. We removed our child for the same reasons many others complain about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

My son went to Pinecrest for Pre-School. He is not reading yet, but he is a confident, caring kid who can do 6plus puzzles and count to one hundred. I credit the staff for this. The principal of the Pre-school was available for me any time i wanted. The staff made us feel like we were part of the family. I will re-review the school at the end of this year...but so far so AWESOME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

The Principal has poor leadership skill, kids are stressed out because the teachers yell at them they push them too MUCH! Yes, it's great that a kid can read one year ahead but what's the rush? They don't have an auditoruim, computer lab is miniature size, the library has very limited selection. I ask myself why do I pay $800 for tuition $ 200 for uniforms plus $100 dollars for lunches per month??? The parents are not involved, they don't even have parent/teacher conferences!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

Pinecrest is an excellent preschool. Great teachers, nice facility, low student/teacher ratio (10:2) in my daughter's class.They focus on both development, good values, and academics. My daughter started there at 3 and this is her second year. She can now write her name, and read many sight words and simple words.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

This school has far exceeded my expectations. My son started in kindergarten and will now be entering 2nd grade. I was a little hesitant to enroll him there at first since Pinecrest had a reputation for being primarily a daycare. The school is very small and the staff are very kind and helpful. The teachers there are seasoned veteran teachers with many years under their belt. The classroom sizes always ranged from 16-19 students per teacher with a fulltime teachers aid. The curriculum is by far more advanced and superior than at the public school he would have attended. He was reading be the beginning of kinder and being introduced to more advanced math concepts at the end. By first grade he was reading chapter books and learning 2nd grade math. We just received his star scores and he was above average on ALL the main categories. Pinecrest Valencia is great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I love this school. Most importantly, so does my daughter! Her Kinder teachers are caring, loving and "excellent" curriculum facilitators. The school is a parent's dream come true, when it comes to teacher student ratios. For example, my daughter's Kinder class has 17 students to "2" full-time teachers (one is an assistant teacher) in the classroom! Last I checked, Kinder classes in public schools have an average of 32-34 students per class! It's no wonder why pinecrest Kinder students whiz right through a K curriculum and make a smooth transition into 1st grade curriculum right after Christmas! Not only can my daughter read at a first grade level, but she can also "spell" 50+ sight words too, and it's only May! Your child will definitely receive an accelerated program at Pinecrest ,Valencia, for a very reasonable and affordable tuition fee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

My child loves going to school everyday. We are so pleased that she reads over one grade level ahead of her grade. We love the staff. Pinecrest is a good fit for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

Great school. My child loves to come to school and is learning 1st grade work in Kindergarten. Awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

Pinecrest is awesome. The teachers and coaches are great with the kids. I enrolled my child in public school for 1 year, no surprise the public school was a good year plus behind! Back to Pincreast my child went. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest! Not to mention the children at Pinecrest are much more kind and well mannered!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

My son loves the school. The curriculum is getting difficult and challenging. What we like about it now is its growing sports program which encourages kids to participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2005

academic is good music dance gym average
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

This school has been the salvation of our children. They are being challenged, and realising their full potential. They are in an environment that nurtures their personal development rather than focusing on their test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This is our second year and we are very happy with Pinecrest. The class sizes are very small and the teachers all have an aid to assist them. This is the main benefit of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 11%
Black 9% 6%
Hispanic 7% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Honor Student Council School of Excellence (2012)
  • Honor Student council School of Excellence (2011)
  • Honor Student Council School of Excellence (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kristine Hughes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (661) 255-9734

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Shuttle to our Middle School
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
113
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
115

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$8000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Middle School
Pinecrest Schools Canyon Country
Pinecrest Schools
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25443 Orchard Village Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
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Phone: (661) 255-8080

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