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Pinecrest Academy

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Looks like a nice school, but concerned over high school comments. Also, do you need to be Catholic to go here?


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted October 2, 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 8, 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


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 44%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 37%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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955 Peachtree Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041
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