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PK-6
Private
Thousand Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 310
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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449 E Wilbur Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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(805) 497-8533
(805) 494-7104
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July 15, 2014
My daughter attended pinecrest thousand oaks for nearly two years, most of pre-k and all of kindergarten. This may be a decent school for your child if they learn under standard learning techniques and do not require any special attention. if your child has behavioral or developmental conditions this school is not equiped to help them be successful. They convinced me that they would make it work, but in the end they use outdated techniques of discipline and cause more harm than good by hurting my childs self esteem. after two years of constant disciplinary problems they never once suggested that i have her assessed for developmental conditions and this caused a delay of two years that she could have been receiving therapy and education that was tailored to her condition. I gave 1 star in each catagory for failing to at least recommend an assessment.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
My Son goes to Pinecrest elementary school. I am exceedingly impressed with the school. They have a fantastic, well-balanced academic program. Aside from the core subjects that you would expect to see (math, reading, writing, etc), they also have Spanish, music, computer and PE everyday. The teachers are very dedicated to education and social building activities. They're also very caring, especially my Son'ts 1st grade teacher. She called us just to say hi and get to know us as a family. We had an accident once and she called afterwards to find out how we're doing and to make sure everyone was alright. How nice is that? The School Director is very involved as well, she knows just about every student and their parents by name. I like the small class size classes (my Son's 1st grade is <20 students). I also love the fact that before and after school care is included in the tuition - there's no surprise expenses. They offer a variety of enrichment programs on-site, which is a piece of mind if your little one is well, little, so they don't have to go off campus with some strangers. The before and after school is open long hours - extremely helpful for working parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Great academic school from the age of 18 months. Teachers all appear to mature and have great experience. Have always felt comfortable leaving my kids in their care.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
My daughter attends Pinecrest Child Care/Preschool. My son as well, also attended Pinecrest Child Care/Preschool in Thousand Oaks, CA. I truly feel that the staff and the teachers there are very sincere, caring and professional. Ms. Josie and Ms. Judy does a wonderful job in running that school. This school is highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
We love the pre-school at Pinecrest. My daughter (now 8) first attended Pinecrest years ago and when we found out we were having another child, we knew without a doubt that we would be sending him to Pinecrest. The teachers are very sweet and really care about your little ones. My son (now 3) has developed strong bonds with his teachers and they have played a big role in his development. The office staff are wonderful and very accommodating when you have a schedule change. They also provide hot meals with the tuition which is a huge plus for working parents. The Pinecrest families that we have met along through our kids are families that we will remain friends with a long time. The rooms and campus are both well maintained. Another plus, they accept children starting at 18 months which is great for working parents. Because of Pinecrest, my daughter entered kindergarten way ahead of other children. We can't say enough about Pinecrest and their pre-school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
We love Pinecrest TO. We currently have an elementary student and a prek child at the school. My husband and I work full time so we rely a lot on the school to help not only educate our lil ones, but guide them on their way to being well rounded people during the week. We are always impressed with the level of education and attention our kids receive on both sides of the campus. The teachers and staff are always friendly, and everyone -all the way up to the campus director -makes themselves available. We are very happy that Pinecrest is apart of our family- and our kids love it too!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
We just moved to Thousand Oaks from out of state and were overwhelmed by the daunting task of finding a school for our son. We were turned on to Pinecrest by our Realtor and couldn't be happier. We toured the school with Stephani, who made us feel so welcome and answered more questions than we realized we needed to ask. We then met with Mrs. Matthes, the Campus Director, she was approachable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The campus is very spacious, the curriculum challenging, the calendar of events seem fresh and fun and there are so many opportunities for our son to participate in enrichment activities...robotics and video game programming, wow! We feel fortunate to have found such a great school and look forward to the year ahead!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
What I love about Pinecrest...Small class size, 18-24 per class! The current director and teachers are passionate, diverse, and credentialed! Teachers work hard to address all learning needs and present lessons in a creative way. My kids loved the focus on engineering during the 2012-2013 year. Almost every week they designed and built a new project. Math, science, social studies, language arts, and PE are taught daily. Kids can swim for PE too!Art, computers, engineering, music, and Spanish are weekly. The extra enrichment classes are wonderful and include dance, karate, cooking, drama, robotics, sports, etc. With that said, no school is perfect. I think Pinecrest needs to continue to update their technology. They added some iPads this past year, but still need better computers in the computer room and classrooms. The main playground needs to have some grass for kids to run on. I would also love to see a mandatory study hall after school, so that when I pick my kids up at 5:30 they have their homework done! Even with these issues, I can't think of another school that offers what Pinecrest does. Overall we have been extremely satisfied and my kids absolutely love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
We attended this school for one semester and left. The preschool teachers seem burned out and don't appear to like children or their job, which I found disheartening. The elementary school teachers were not impressive. I felt that I could probably find better teachers in the local public schools and realized that I was wasting my money. The principal and former director do not know how to evaluate children's scholastic needs, which leaves the burden falling on the parents. And their choice in hiring so many teachers who do not know how to work well with young children is also disappointing. Don't waste your money here.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
We just signed our 2013/2014 contract, inspired by so many great new things going on at Pinecrest Thousand Oaks! Our kids were really excited about the implementation of Pint Size Sports for 1st-3rd graders. What a great way to get them interested in organized sports- great call, PTO! We also loved the Family Science Night and look forward to many more fun, family connection nights. Thanks for the hard work on behalf our your students and their families!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Great school. Advanced curriculum. New director is doing a great job. After and before school care always staffed well and included in tution. They have staff that helps you with morning drop off. Food prep is now outsourced and is healthier. They have quite a bit of extra curricular activities and a great art/music and foreign language program (standard.) As a bonus much of the tuition is tax deductible as childcare.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Loved this school - both of our kids were very happy there. Broke all of our hearts when we had to move out of state.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
Downhill fast. We have been at Pinecrest TO for 4 years and each year the administration changes and service declines. Front office staff keeps getting reduced, the principal let go and the director who did an outstanding job, 'retired'. For the 2012-2013 school year, the early enrollment incentive for families, in the form of a monetary discount was done away with. The class size has nearly doubled in certain grades, the higher grades now have to pay for their own text books and the teacher credentials are no better than the public school teachers. After school care has been reduced as well. When you pick your child up from school you'll find teenagers or 'coaches' as they call them, watching your child instead of an experienced adult. Needless to say, we're looking elsewhere in the area since the perks of a private school are disappearing quickly here at Pinecrest Thousand Oaks and cross comparison this school is equivalent to a middle of the road public school. Frankly most parents pay for private education because they believe they are obtaining a better education for their child. In this case, it's not worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
PC TO has a nice community feel. For the money I'm not sure it's worth it over the public schools in the area whose API scores are overall high. If the main difference between public vs. private school is a lot of homework then this school wins. Be prepared to spend 1-2 hours a night doing homework with your child as soon as they enter kindergarten. If both parents work full time, it's tough to do. Personally, I think grade K and 1st graders should not have so much homework as it can dampen their love of learning right from the start. Many of the teachers here do not have advanced degrees which, I would expect from a private school. If teacher to student ratio is important to you which it is for us and the reason we stay, then PC TO may be a good school for you.

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August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
The curriculum is advanced at this school, but the draw backs include teachers that have very limited exposure to professional development opportunities. Also, the Director of the school does not have a degree in Education. Students with learning disabilities or other difficulties are offered tutoring which the parents must pay for on top of tuition. There are no special education certificated teachers on staff to properly deal with learning issues. If your child is bright and you need before and after school child care, the school is a perfect fit for you. However, professionals at this school do not compare to professionals in the public school sector, due to lack of on going innovative training, appropriate degrees or credentials or both.

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November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
Excellent school for children with 2 working parents. Outstanding teachers and coaches that care a lot about the children. My daughter had the best K experience anyone could ask for. Her teacher was excellent and I knew she was well taken care of for the day. It's definately not cheap, but well worth the money. My nephew went there K-6 and is currently in all honors classes in high school and still receives straight A's.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
Superior for J-K and K grades. After that be very careful about what teacher your child is assigned to.

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August 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
The emphasis of this school is on academics, although this being a private school they also offer after school care. Most of the children here are dropped off between 6am and 7am in the morning not to be picked up until close to 5pm. For as long as this school has these children the program is severly lacking in educational, active programs to account for close to 12 hours of a students day. The menu in unhealthy as well as the snacks available to the children and don't get me started on the sodas. The children view the administrators as their friends and not their respected elders.

- submitted by a staff
March 25, 2006
My son attended this school from Kindergarten to sixth grade. He is a very quiet child who does not seek attention. The school worked well for him in a lot of ways-it is small and feels warm and family-like, the teachers are very devoted and care about their kids and they offer a lot of 'extras' to fill out your children's needs. It was for us... the perfect fit. I do feel if your child has any learning disabilities-this is the wrong school for them. The school demands a lot from the kids-homework is intense. The school work gets very hard starting in fourth grade. I also feel you better plan of getting very involved with your child's classroom because the school wants and needs your help.I was happy to see my son turn into the happy, involved, curious student.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Great school with strong academics and discipline in a warm, insulated and protective environment. Parents need to be prepared to be hands on as the workload becomes heavy by 4th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
The academic programs are very good in general. They are one level higher than public schools. The parents get to choose the teacher by talking with the principle, which is great for parents. They have good variety of extracurricular activities during the afterschool time. For working parents, this is a good school because kids stay one place for school and their activities. Parents are encouraged to participate but not strongly forced. Since many of the parents work, they manage without having much of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Pinecrest School at Thousand Oaks is a great choice, if you don't consider the price, especially for those parents who both work. The quality of academic programs is acceptible, although I feel it's a little slow for my kid (in Kindergarten). They provide extracurricular activites, including music, art, PE, computer, Spanish and library for the Kindergrateners. Also, there are various afterschool programs to choose (you need to pay for that though). Parents can involve a lot in children's school life, if you like and have time. You can be room-parents, or help out in their events. The only thing bothers me is that my child brings home fund-raising flyers and advertisements very often. But maybe it's the same in other schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
Academics at Pinecrest are stronger than in the local public schools. Subjects include a foreign language, Spanish, and emphasis on the 'old-fashioned' basics.

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August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
This is a great school, small classes, good teachers. The curriculim is traditional, music, art, language and PE every day. The academic standard is higher than most public schools so some children may struggle to keep up. Safety is a big issue, to pick up your child you must show an ID card also at recess/lunch children are watched over by their teachers. The tuition is excellent value for two working parents as you can drop your child off early in the morning (6am) if needed, and pick up late (6:30pm) all inclusive ( no extra child care fees or struggle to find someone to pick up your child if your running late). This flexability works well most times I would pick up my daughter an hour later so she has some playtime with friends or do homework before coming home. Highly recommened.

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February 28, 2005
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January 21, 2005
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We are celebrating 62 years of academic distinction. We are 9 campuses strong, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and remain family owned and operated. We pride ourselves on preparing well-rounded students who are ready for their next level of academic, social, emotional and physical aptitudes. We are a community of seasoned educators who have chosen education as a calling and therefore, continue to seek ways to enrich the learning experience for the students in our school community.

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Pinecrest School-Thousand Oaks
449 E Wilbur Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360
(805) 497-8533
Last modified Pinecrest School-Thousand Oaks is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Pinecrest School-Thousand Oaks Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top