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Pinecrest School-Thousand Oaks

Private | PK-6 | 310 students

Our school is best known for strong academics and co-curricular programs

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $425,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 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


Posted March 9, 2008

Superior for J-K and K grades. After that be very careful about what teacher your child is assigned to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 2, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 56%
Asian 26%
Hispanic 15%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kimberly Matthes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • 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
  • NAEYC
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (805) 494-7104

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
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

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Chamber of Commerce
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Cooking club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • 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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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$9000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Oaks Christian
La Reina
View Point
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449 E Wilbur Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Phone: (805) 497-8533

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