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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Loved this school - both of our kids were very happy there. Broke all of our hearts when we had to move out of state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Superior for J-K and K grades. After that be very careful about what teacher your child is assigned to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Academics at Pinecrest are stronger than in the local public schools. Subjects include a foreign language, Spanish, and emphasis on the 'old-fashioned' basics.
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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