Students enrolled 831
Type Religious
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955 Peachtree Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041

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4 stars
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September 30, 2014
This is our second year at Pinecrest. I have had a wide variety of experiences in dealing with private and public schools over the last 16 years. The first year we attended the school it was in its second year. It struggled with growing pains to say the least. I was very frustrated and would have left it weren t for the quick turn around by Dr. Buck. Dr. Buck quickly identified academic deficiencies and implemented fun interactive programs for the students. Dr. Buck has brought many resources to the school that it was lacking and is continuing to bring more. Dr. Buck s enthusiasm for school pride, academics and fun is very contagious. I see a huge difference in the staff. My kids are very happy with the school, love their respective teachers, and are excited about school. I can only speak to the teachers of K, 1st and 2nd but by far the best teachers I have had the pleasure of working with. Both my kids have teachers that have a genuine interest in children and teaching. The schools still struggles with the geographic location which can be frustrating at drop off and pick up. I have no doubt however, that this school will top the academic charts within a few years.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2014
Looks like a nice school, but concerned over high school comments. Also, do you need to be Catholic to go here?

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2014
We are beginning our second year at Pinecrest Academy. I was first attracted to Pinecrest because of the coeducational campus with gender separate learning. We came from a traditional Catholic school but have always seen the benefits to gender separate education and this is truly the best of both worlds. From the first phone call I made to Pinecrest up until school started, I was impressed with the professionalism of the administration. They truly cared about my family. I was amazed at the love and support my children received as new students both from faculty and from students even before the first day of school. I have found Pinecrest to be academically strong and the faculty all doing above and beyond to ensure each student's success. While we chose Pinecrest for their academic reputation, because of the smaller size of the school it is possible for my children not only to play the sports they like but to try new ones as well - and have success there, too. I love the Catholic environment and truly can see a difference in the religious formation of my children. I would encourage anyone researching schools to come see what Pinecrest is all about - you won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
This is our first year at Pinecrest with our son in 5th grade. We were looking for a small class sized Catholic based school for our son to grow with thru his high school years. The Pinecrest Family is amazing. Everyone is so helpful and caring. If I ever have a question, I never have to reach far to find help and support. We look forward to spending 8 great years at Pinecrest !!!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
We just started our fifth year at Pinecrest and have two high school students. I would not have my children anywhere else for many reasons. Pinecrest's AP pass rate average over a 5-year period is 87%, surpassing Georgia's pass rate of 55%. Pinecrest's average SAT score for 2012 was 1769, beating both Georgia and National scores. But it's even more than the academics. The campus atmosphere is steeped in the Catholic faith, in values and in virtues - thanks to all of our incredible principals and faculty who teach our children to embrace faith, truth, service to others and strong values, as they grow in their relationship with Christ while excelling in the classroom. The sacraments are always available, and we have three wonderful priests at our service. Something that struck me from the first year we arrived was the tradition of a Senior Mission Trip. Every spring, our seniors travel to Nicaragua to serve the poorest of the poor. Many do this in lieu of a 'fun' beach vacation. From PreK3 through 12th grade, Pinecrest students are loved and challenged and developed into strong Christian leaders. We are so blessed to be here.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
Pinecrest Academy is a great school because of it's academics and faith-based formation. The younger students gain a solid foundation in core subjects, foreign language and religion as well as and strong character development. The middle and high school students are well-prepared for college. The students (and parents) have a wide-range of apostolic service projects available to serve others. The "family atmosphere" is like no other school around!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
My daughter started at Pinecrest in the 8th grade, and is now a senior. She has loved her years here at Pinecrest, and has done exceptionally well academically. (Making 4's & 5's on all of her AP exams.) She is definitely prepared for college next year! She has been challenged, encouraged and loved by her teachers. It is obvious that the principal, assistant principal and teachers truly care about their students. She has met wonderful friends here, and has been able to grow in her relationship with Christ in such a beautiful way. Pinecrest Academy is known for being one of the best Catholic schools in the country, and now I know why from experience. I highly recommend Pinecrest to anyone interested in not just a good, but a GREAT Catholic education!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Pinecrest Academy is celebrating 20 years and has grown into a great school. They have the highest SAT scores in the county - and higher than any public district in the state. They offer 22 AP courses and 83% of their students pass the exams (compared to 57% in the state of GA). My lower school children are loved and known. They are taught strong academics (we came from public school and they are far more challenged here). It also bring me great confidence that Pinecrest has been a Top 50 Catholic High School for six years! The teachers and staff love my children and my family. We have found our home.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
We have had our children at Pinecrest Academy for 6 years and have been in love with what Pinecrest offers ever since! Pinecrest Academy's Academic Curriculum is fantastic. Both our children have received the individual Academic attention they need to excel in all areas of learning. The campus is filled with parents who share the same parenting values that my husband and I share. It has been a pleasure meeting people who simply want a good education for their kids, without all the worries and concerns associated with sending your children to school these days. There's no texting, tweeting, instagramming or posting going on in any of our 3 campuses during school hours. School is for learning and participating in our full line up of Athletic offerings. Our son is a Football and Lacrosse player and our daughter is passionate about Cheerleading, Gymnastics & Piano (yes, we have a great Pinecrest band). We just can't say enough about how happy we are to have found such a wonderful school like Pinecrest Academy!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
As parents of two young children we were not sure about sending them to a private Catholic school. All we knew is that we had very high standars and very high expetations for whatever school they were going to attend. I am so pleased to say that Pinecrest Academy has not only met but , exceed most of our expectations. It has proven to be very well rounded in all areas of formation. We are very happy with the Academic Curriculum , and that our children's emotional and spiritual needs are being fed as well. This can be contributed to the amazingly gifted and loving teachers. The Campus atmosphere is a beautiful, safe and family friendly enviorment with parents always welcome and ready to help out. Our family feels very good about our decision to send the children there and plan on being part of the Pinecrest family until Graduation.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
We have had children at Pinecrest for 4 years and couldn't be happier. The academics and formation at the school far surpass our expectations. We feel so greatly blessed to be able to give our children a solid foundation that will help them throughout life. The parents are all very involved and in tune with their children and the teachers want nothing but the best for each and every student. To comment on the other reviews saying that many of the teachers have children at Pinecrest, YES, that is true. After many of the teachers were hired, they realized what an amazing school Pinecrest is wnad wanted their children part of it. If you send your kids to this school, you won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
It does seem unprofessional. I feel as though the Forsyth high schools (Lambert, West and South) have a wider selection of classes (such as IB programs, dual enrollment, ect.) and a real world environment. Also, my daughter also mentions that there is a really bad bullying problem, especially if one looks different (culture, race, looks, etc.) I'm probably going to transfer my kids to a Forsyth school after this year. Although, I think the lower school is fantastic! Its best if you put your child in lower school so that he/she can be prepared (academically and morally) for public middle and high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
Absolutely agree with previous comment. Our family found the upper school administration in general to be unqualified and unprofessional. In junior and senior years, if your student is more of an average student and not enrolled in Honors or AP courses, the standards are ridiculously low, assignments are waived and tests are exempted. At this point, I am VERY nervous that my child will not be prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
We are not returning to Pinecrest next year. We found the upper school administration to be overly amateur and unprofessional. Some of the teachers are great, but many teachers seem to be hired because they are also Pinecrest parents. Lower school teachers and administration were excellent, but I would discourage anyone from sending their children to the high school. There is a great emphasis on sports and cheerleading, while academics and academic clubs are a poor substitute for the public schools. In the upper school, when students are struggling in class, standards are lowered, assignments are waived, tests are exempted. We found the lower school academics and standards to be outstanding. In short ... if you're going to the lower school, it's a safe, healthy environment. If you're going for middle or high school, you'd be better off elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
Pinecrest Academy has been a gift to both our children and to our family. The school has excellent academics and has challenged our children at every grade level. The teachers are all dedicated to their students and do a great job in teaching both boys and girls in gender separate classrooms. As boys and girls learn differently, I wanted to make sure that my boys did not get left behind as most schools teach primarily the way girls learn. As my sons have grown, they have developed a love for learning that was heretofore not evident. My children also get a chance to participate in Athletics at a high level and are learning to play well, give their best to Christ, and understand what sportsmanship is. The school has really focused on maintaining their academic excellence, and are continuing to grow programs in the high school to give my children the best opportunity to succeed in college and in life. The school is committed to developing Christian Leaders that can help lead our country forward.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
Private tutoring is encouraged due to the lack of progress for many students. This school also has a huge bullying problem to the point that even employees of the school have withdrawn their own children. Administration is unwilling to deal with, or even discourage, bullying. The culture of this school is very high pressure and high frustration for many students. Many families have left the school over these issues during the past few years.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
A great place to work and a top notch school. Focus is on our mission, "forming Christian leaders" through knowing and living Christian faith, academics, arts and sports. I have seen the school grow in all of these areas, with a constant focus on doing the best for our students. We have a nationally recognized band (playing at Carnegie Hall in April!). We have had the top SAT score in Forsyth County for the past two years. We just celebrated 3 of our student athletes accepting athletic scholarships for college. check our website!

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2011
I am a current student at pinecrestacademy and I love it ! Pinecrestacademy is an amazing place with outstanding people. I have friends now that I know I will have forever. We have such a special bond because of the separations of boys and girls. Not to say I have amazing guy relationships. We look at each other as brothers and sisters. Nothing more, nothing less. I will be at PA as long as the good lord let's me stay!

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2011
Teachers and Principal are very good but the administration is terrible and unfortunately both need to be run by professionals in order to succeed. I thought Pinecrest was a Catholic Private School but it has shown us this last year that it is just a private school business. We hope that with Fr. Robert Presutti, new head of the school, Pinecrest becomes again a Catholic School.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2010
Pinecrest stands as one of the 50 top Catholic Schools in the Nation with students scoring the highest SAT score in the state for a few years. Academically, the teachers and curriculum meet new students where they are and bring them to a higher levels to prepare students for top notch colleges. The formation of each student is intertwined with students leading the way to serve the community. Students earn community service hours on and off campus individually and in groups learning the importance to reach out to others and lend a helping hand. Check out the open house Jan. 9th from 1-4PM!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
From one who relocated to GA from a (northern state) nationally recognized public school with significantly above average standardized test scores, with respect to Pinecrest, I was disappointed in the lack of organization and professionalism of the teachers. Most teachers are parents of PA students. I withdrew my children from PA due to the overstressed and frustrating environment. The teachers push paid afterschool tutoring in every subject because of their lack of teaching skills. What are the teachers creditials? I ve looked and asked and received nothing of substance. I withdrew my children at the beginning of a week and put them into the local public schools; Immediately, I found the Forsyth Cty schools taught above the curriculum and was 1-1 1/2 years more advanced than PA. Little do the PA parents know what they are missing from the excellent local public schools. BTW, the public schools are extremely academically advanced and safe.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
From someone who has experienced a really top-notch public school for the last few years, I can tell you that Pinecrest Academy excels academically, ethically and spiritually. Elementary students are exposed to a wider and deeper vocabulary, science, history and even World Language(s) education that a public school education could not provide. After all, where is the time in a public school setting when from January to April, students are drilled on what to expect on CRCT's and EOCT's. Pinecrest provides an Excellent Classical Education that is infused well with social and ethical teachings through rich faith based formation programs at all levels. Classes are small and the atmosphere joyful! Everyone knows everyone and genuinely cares. Compare the tuition cost to what you save in clothes, school events and your child's future college tuition! AP and SAT scores speak for themselves! The campus is a pearl in this growing urban area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2009
I taught at the school for years and have watched students graduate and go into the world not only prepared academically, but with the intregrity and enthusiasm of living what is right because they know what IS right.

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- submitted by a student
December 15, 2008
I am an alumni from Pinecrest Academy and if there is one thing that I can say about this school, it would be about how great it is and how tough it was to leave there. I made friends there that I will never forget and always have. I currently attend a Univeristy out of state with two of my best friends from Pinecrest, I even room with one of them. And if you are worried about the gender seperation then you shouldnt be. Statistics don't lie and I can tell you that it will not do anything but help your child both socially and academically. One of my best friends that I go to school with now is a girl from my high school. I went to school there from 2nd grade till graduation and I would say that I am more than prepared for college and love that school.

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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
I have had at least one child at Pinecrest since 1999. It has been a wonderful experiance for me and my children. The one problem I have encountered is the weak math instruction in High School. Having said that the teachers and administration are great. They are not just concerened about test scores, the first concern is about the child. The role of the formation team is very important to the childrens overall development and these men and woman are a fabulous resource for my children. My children feel safe and loved by everyone at the school. The school has high standards inside and outside the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
we arrived at the school 6 months ago and we are profoundly impressed with Pinecrest academy. The atmosphere is so healthy, the faith so concrete and lived, and the academic and human formation standards unusual in today's world, but a great environment for our children to grow in.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
We had a 9th and 8th grade boys and two 1st graders. We were so displeased with the way problems and issues (that my children had) were addressed that half way through the school year we pulled them out! That's 4 kids tuition for 1/2 a year at about $10,000.00 per kid per year, down the toilet! Because you are held to your end of the deal financially but the school does not seem to have to live up to the standards that they write about in their mission statement, etc. Christians beware, I found no Christ like attitude when asking for our tuition reimbursement for the months we were not there!!! My advice, stay away!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
My children's enrollment began at Pinecrest Academy eight years ago and I thank God for this.I have watched little children growing up into fine young men and women. Pinecrest is an exceptional school because it is an environment that focuses on the entire formation of the student.Virtues, prayers, respect and love for God are present during the school day. This is such a gift. I feel my children will have a armour of integrety and conviction to guide them when they are put out in the real world, as well as an excellant education. The parent involvement is unmatched!!! It is simply amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2008
Pinecrest is an oustanding school who has a team well focus on the integral formation of every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2008
My daughter is in middle school at Pinecrest. The academics are strong but the fine arts program is very weak. No drama or chorus. The school is on overload with religion from class to field trips to clubs to retreats and conventions. Middle school did put on a drama play for the 1st time and it was a religious theme. The children need a more well rounded education.

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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2006
What a great school! Having experienced the public school nightmare (especially in Georgia), Pinecrest is a gift from heaven. Academically, the school is top-notch and getting better every year. They have most of the extracurricular activities that you could want and their teacher turn-over rate is very low. Most of the teachers have been there forever. Parental involvement is high. The religious aspect of the school has been the best surprise as well as the most comforting. Unlike public school, Jesus has actually been invited to the school and is not a dirty word. If I was able to improve on anything, it would be to decrease tuition. Tuition gets higher every year unfortunately! I agree that if you are not a strong Christian, Pinecrest is not for you. These people actually try and live their faith! If you have any doubts or questions, call the school for a tour!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
We have several children at Pinecrest and love it. It gets better every year. The administrators and teachers really listen to the parents and the academics and sports programs are top notch. It is a very family friendly place, too. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
This is my 7th grade daughter's first year at Pinecrest and we are amazed at the difference in her experience versus last year in public middle school. Pinecrest is clean, bright, and inviting. The teachers are loving, engaging, and challenging. My daughter's happiness is reflected in her renewed positive attitude, good grades, and excitement of learning. The sullen attitude and diminishing grades that chaos public middle school fostered are gone forever. I thank Pinecrest for giving me back my bright, cheerful daughter.

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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
Our son started K this year and we love Pinecrest! It is a fairly traditional Catholic school and the brochures and staff are very open about that. I am surprised at the negative comments related to the religious aspect of the school. Academically, it is wonderful too. My son has learned so much just since August. He is just thriving in the positive and loving environment. Also parental involvement is very much encouraged. He was able to play intramural soccer with his classmates and now that the season is over he is quite dissapointed!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2004
My 8th grader and 2nd graded came to Pinecrest last year. We were not pleased to with the school at all. All can tell you, is if you are not catholic, I suggest to don't go. The boys and girls are seperated, which is a good thing but they went way too far!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
My daughter began attending Pinecrest last year for first grade. I am truly amazed at all she learned in that first year. I have always had real peace of mind sending her there since the first day. She has been so happy with her teachers and classmates. The administrators and teachers surround the students with love and guidance. It can be tough financially for us, but its well worth it to have my child in such a challenging and nurturing environment all day.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
WE have sent our children to Pinecrest for the last five years. Every year has been a challenge financially but our material sacrifices also pale to the excellent formation our children have received from the academics to the character standards to the one on one personal attention that each child and parent receives. Pinecrest just opened their high school this year beginning with 9th grade. I can't wait to see these kids in the future.

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Pinecrest Academy
955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA  30041
(770) 888-4477
Last modified Pinecrest Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Pinecrest Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top