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School leader Mr Christopher Terrill
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District Pine Lake Preparatory
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104 Yellow Wood Circle
Mooresville, NC 28117

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August 29, 2014
I have two girls, one in lower (3rd) and one in middle (6th). We have been part of this school since the new campus was built in 2008. PLP not only offers exceptional academic opportunities, it is a true community where most parents are involved. Passionate teachers and parent involvement is why PLP has 3500 students on the wait list. This school is a model for other schools and does it all with 13% less funding than a traditional public school. PROUD TO BE @ PLP!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
Traffic Mess/disorganization! One week in school, and school emails abound trying to issue damage control to their inefficient student drop-off planning. After 6+ years on the new campus, it's clear between the Admin planners and school structure, there is no relief in sight. Parents are impatient, confused, LS students take the sidewalk down from US, often coming w/in inches of cars. The sidewalk is narrow and so close to traffic. Student's are leaving already for other schools. Admin needs to change! Poor communications and disorganization!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
I receive the updates not this school as we are currently on the wait list. I must say part of me is wondering why we would even contemplate this school, after reading some of the reviews. I think we parents get caught up in the idea of "winning the lottery" and "getting our kids in a charter school" we forget to really do some real research on what the charter school stands for. This particular charter school appears to be suffering in many areas, and although we are high up in the lottery (top 10 for our grade) we will be declining a spot. There is more to school than winning a lottery and I feel confident this school is not going to meet our needs.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the parents who have had the courage to post honest reviews on this site! I have felt for a long time that someone needs to shine a light on the serious issues at Pine Lake. The test scores alone should be reason enough for a total makeover of this school. To understand the mentality at the school one only has to read the post accusing those who post negative reviews of the school of being bullies. No, we are not bullies, just concerned parents who are appalled that action has not been taken by the school board to change this school. It is a daily nightmare with the traffic problems at the school, unending requests for donations, the inability to communicate with teachers and the other issues previously mentioned. Forget everything except academics which should be the first thing anyone looks at when choosing a school. This school is failing miserably and earns a grade of F. We are happy to be moving our children to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
We have been at Pine Lake for four years with three children. We have been very pleased by the small class size and the caliber of students and teachers that are involved. We have seen firsthand teachers and administrators that care about kids and families. We appreciate that the academics are difficult but that there are ample opportunities for students to receive extra help, if needed. There are many ways to get involved. Overall, there is a sense of family at this school. Some of the older reviews are disheartening. It is sad to see a few people choose public forums to complain instead of rolling up their sleeves and trying to help where they see a need. The negative, anonymous posts (jabs) on here certainly show that bullying starts at home and it does't always stop when you become an adult. If you are considering PLP, do your own research and see if it is a fit for you and your child. This is a place where you all can find a spot to grow. We have been very happy and when we have had issues, we have been able to share our feedback in an appropriate way and help work towards a solution.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Before determining if this school is acceptable for your children LOOK AT THE SCORES on end of grade tests. They are dropping each year at Pine Lake and took a nose dive in 2013. For example, 53% of 8th graders scored as proficient in math on the 2013 end of grade test. This is unacceptable and should be a reason to examine pulling the charter for this school. We as parents are left to wonder what in the world our kids are doing all day because they are not learning. Young and inexperienced teachers struggle at this school and over half of the teachers won't be back next year. This is our first year at the school and I almost pulled my son out in the middle of the year but decided it would be too disruptive to him. He learned little this year and will be taking remedial coursework over the summer to be ready for next year. The constant stream of emails from the school is ridiculous, this is not a school it is a fundraising organization pretending to be a school. We are counting the days until we can leave this school. Hopefully my son has experienced only a temporary setback and no permanent damage has been done.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
The teachers are all new each year so there is no continuity surrounding the instructional methodology. The recent publication of scores posted here on Great Schools . Org sent shock waves through the school but just confirmed what most parents already knew : Pine Lake is not providing an adequate education to our children . All scores dropped dramatically. The fundraising from the administration is out of control and pressure to give to the school is intense. Teachers struggle with posting grades correctly through the online system , so if your child attends Pine Lake , plan to spend much time each month emailing to beg that your child gets credit for work they turned in. We have made the decision to move our children to a different school next year and cannot wait for this year to end.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
If you will note the date of the positive reviews, they are all on the same day or day after. This was done per a request of the Administration to try and drown out the negative reviews on here. I agree with previous post, most parents think because it says "prep" in the name that is indicative of college prep and we have found that to be untrue. PLP middle and high school is completely geared towards the arts and spanish and unless your child has a definite talent in these areas, they will not pass and the low grades received will pull down their overall GPA. Pretty much every student who tries out for sports teams in middle and high school, make them, very few if any cuts. Quality staff? Most all of my children's teachers and administration have very little if any experience. Check it out, ask hard questions before assuming you've won the lottery by getting into this charter school (Common Core is taught as in traditional public). Lots of great families have come and gone, this is our last year here, and there have been many more before us. Lastly, high student turnover has always been a constant at Pine Lake unlike other Charter's in the area.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
I agree with the previous poster. Safety seems to be a non-issue, which is definitely a positive characteristic of this school. But other than that, I think many families are fooling themselves if they think the students are getting a quality education. Granted there are some great teachers at Pine Lake, the vast majority are weak educators. Just because it's a "prep" school or "charter" school, does not automatically make the school a high educational institution and I think people forget that. There's more to a great school other than it's title. Just because you were chosen and "won" the lottery to get in, doesn't mean you also hit the educational lottery. My kids will be heading elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
The school is safe and the academics are generally good. Some of the administrative staff has some issues and they have promoted people recently who should have been fired long ago. Parents (mostly mothers with no life besides their kids) with money whine and create non-stop controversy and will stop at nothing to insure their kids are pampered or treated favorably inside the classroom and out. It's not a fun place to be as a parent unless you are rich and do not get involved with the bulletin boards. On the bright side, the high school seems to be producing successful college students and I guess that's the point if you can tolerate all the other noise created by parents who act like they are still in high school themselves and if your kid can get there.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Pine Lake is an excellent school. This being said, no school will please everyone, and no school has ever been perfect. Check the facts before relying on websites such as these. SAT scores, percentage of certified vs non-certified teachers, graduation rates, EOG scores etc are all available to the public. There is a low turnover rate of teachers (teachers who have been there 5 years or more is in the 85%+/- range) and I have never seen such a supportive environment for educators and students alike. When consisting your choices for schools in the area, keep in mind that your child may fit in at many schools, or may need a more specific fit. The saying "if you don't like it, you are free to leave" is both positive and negative in connotation. It is positive because you are a part of a charter on your free will and if it is not in your child's best interest to attend, you are welcome to choose another option. It is negative in that, without further explanation, it appears the door is being opened and you are being shoved out, which is never the case. Most employees will do whatever it takes to encourage success in all areas of a students life.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2013
My son is in the LS and we have had a great experience. He has really excelled well beyond my expectations. The new head of school has really listened to the parents and has been working continually throughout his first year to make improvements. Communication is always a challenge (there is always a group complaining there is too much or a group complaining there is too little) but they are constantly working on trying to find the right balance. I do feel that if you go to a charter school you should contribute in some fashion by financial donations and/ or volunteering (which there are endless ways to contribute your time which include activities that can be done on nights and weekends), that is the only way a charter school can be successful. I also agree with other posts, if you are interested please read the basics of the charter so you know what the school is all about.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Where do I start: Lower School. Does the new administrator know any of the teachers in the lower school? Has he made any effort to get to know the teachers, students, and parents of the lower school? NO! I think there is way too much demand on parents volunteering. Way too many requests for teacher gifts, lunches, subs, and supplies. Teachers need to be consistent in their classrooms. Teachers need to teach and not give busy worksheets The tag-team teaching in the lower school I heard was a disaster but they are doing it again this year!!! The leadership in the lower school is weak I had to pick up tutoring mid school year and continue throughout the summer! Instead of the tutoring assisting with learning she is back to teaching the basics. When I submit requests to the leadership I am given flat out NOs with NO discussion. Those parents that volunteer 5 days a week are worshipped by the staff and leadership --- there are those of us that do have to work and when we cannot volunteer we are viewed upon negatively. Teachers to do carry the appropriate certifications!!!!!!!! All the $$ into new buildings....and for what? And the EC department -- SHAME!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We have children at PLP in the lower school and the only reason I give PLP one star is because they seem to be getting a reasonably good education, although the new policy of only 20 minutes of homework until grade 5 seems ridiculous. I could understand in K but not in the upper levels Let me touch on a few areas: 1) Administration: This is one of the problem areas. Parents complain that adminstrators don't listen and nothing ever seems to get done at PLP. Problems are pointed out but not solved. . Also, there is so much turnover on the Board of Directors that I bet most parents could not name 1 member on the board. 2) Fundraising: Although some parents have money, asking Grandparents to contribute 10K to sponsor a room in the new athletic building sets the wrong tone. The fundraising group seems to be a group of self-picked elitist snobs who think everyone should give 5K or more to the school, even if you are a single parent 3) Communication: As mentioned before, if you asked most parents where they get their information, they would say from each other or from the parents Facebook page. Parents are often very confused and not told what is happening

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We love PLP find some of these reviews laughable. With our new Head of School in place this past year was the best year ever! Trust in Administration, something seriously lacking previously, is quickly improving. The SAT comments are completely false...the most recent data shows that PLP is ranked FIRST in the Lake Norman area in SAT scores. Community Service hours have always been a part of our Charter and students and families are made well aware of the requirements if they bother to read the handbook or Charter. I love the uniforms and can't comment from personal experience about what happens if a student is not in compliance. However, I am certainly supportive of repercussions of some sort because there is no excuse for not wearing the appropriate uniform other than defiance from either the child or the parents or both. I'm sure you will find frequent requests for supplies, money, etc. at any school because unfortunately all NC public schools, especially Charter schools, suffer from lack of funding. Teachers are caring and nurturing and our children could not be happier. We love PLP and have complete confidence that our children are receiving a top notch education.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I couldn't expect any more from a school than what my children and our family has received at PLP. There are many people and families that are not happy anywhere, but much like life itself, PLP will take what you give (positive attitude, kindness, thanks) and return it in spades. My hat is off to Chris Terrell for being open minded, grounded, and full of both ideas and wisdom as to how to continue making Pine Lake better and better. Our history and performance speaks for itself: There have been CONTINUED ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS, improved financial stability, streamlining of talented and credentialed APS (firing and hiring), improved athletic programs, and improvement of the grounds and facilities. And as for my children and the many other students that I know, they simply could not be happier. When my middle school son gets in the car and says "I just love school", I know that we are at the right place. For those families that aren't happy, consider becoming part of the solution if you have a problem, or finding another one of the great area schools to attend. We have a looooong waiting list who would be thrilled to become a part of our positive, thriving community...

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
In reference to an earlier comment, if you would like to check PLP's SAT scores, they are available through the state on a public website. The link is: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/reporting/sat/2012/satreport2012.pdf I believe PLP is found on p. 44 or 45. From what this shows, PLP scores are higher than Lake Norman Charter and the other local schools that I looked at. I have 2 middle schoolers and have been at PLP since the start. While it is not a perfect school, we have been very pleased. Please remember to fact check when information is thrown out in these comments!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
Our family feels very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school. The children are challenged and very well prepared. In speaking with other parents that have children in area public schools, PLP children seem to be working at least 6 months ahead of grade level. It is a caring, nurturing environment and my children could not be happier. The one time that we had an issue, we met with the lower school head and she quickly and efficiently handled our situation with a positive outcome. I feel very confident with my children receiving their education from this school. They are receiving a top-notch education and making life-long friends in the process.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I'm surprised at some of the negative remarks; while certainly not perfect, I think some negatives were people expecting a utopia of education, not a charter school experience. We've been at PLP for 4 years. I can see where some feel "maybe this is not the right school for you" is stressed by some teachers -- having a special needs child, I did initially feel this way by one teacher. I feel because it's a charter school, I had to "look" for resources (rather than have them handed to me) but they are definitely there, just like in public schools. We have NEVER felt ostracized for not being "perfect" like one review insinuated in their post. And I think the teachers are fabulous! Even when I disagreed with one, the head of the lower school willingly met with me and all of my child's teachers to correct personal issues -- I certainly didn't have to camp overnight to get a resolution :) Curriculum expectations, service learning hours, uniforms, no cafeteria, etc. are all laid out in orientation & when deciding to place your child here. If you don't agree with the curriculum or guidelines, don't choose that charter school. Each charter is different; find one that fits your family.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
We have been at Plp for 5 years, been at lower, middle and upper schools. We love this school and would not ever change! My kids have thrived here; the faculty and staff are incredibly caring and expect the best from their students. The administration has always had an open door policy. No school is perfect but this is as close as you can get. My US kids will be more than ready for college!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
My school is Pine Lake Preparatory We were fortunate to have started 1 of our children into the school during Pine Lake Prep s second year of existence with the other 2 following the yr after. It has been a great experience and I have been overwhelmed with how the teachers have always been extremely kind and helping every time we have needed to interact with them including field trips and after school activities. After seeing some of the other reviews, this seems to validate that people always get what they are expecting or allow into their experience. Maybe if something negative happened one time, others just expected it after that and then kept on looking for it. We will continue to expect only the best out of this school, and I am sure our children will get that experience as well as ourselves. My only concern has always been the parking and arrival/departure headaches, but it is still worth enduring that for this school. Now that the activities building has been completed, I am also hoping to see a cafeteria add on to compliment that structure and expect to see that soon for continued campus growth. This is a blessed institution and we feel blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
I am shocked to see any negative reviews at all! My three children have been at Pine Lake for 5 years now and we couldn't be happier. Of course, it has had it's ups and downs. However, I am beyond thrilled at the level of education my children receive. The atmosphere is phenomenal for students and parents. It is a close knit family and I have made many great friends here myself because I am involved. I have felt completely free to speak with any of the Heads of School anytime I have ever had any concerns. My concerns were met with serious thought and discussion and always had a positive outcome. They have been very accommodating with any issues that any of my children have had. We truly hit the lottery when we got in. I can not even imagine having to send my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
Poor teacher quality, arbitrary rules and useless staff members have contributed to the downfall of this institution. Simply put, students are not provided with the necessary skills to attend college. The extensive homework requirements are acceptable only if the students benefit, which they do not. As another parent stated, I too have been extremely disappointed in the SAT scores which are directly attributable to the poor teaching quality at the school. The administration either does not know or does not care that there is such a large amount of dissatisfaction among the families of students attending Pine Lake. The strong mentality among the administration and staff is that perhaps if you can't achieve here, you should leave. They attempt to set the school up as a school of distinction, which it is not. You are chosen to attend simply through a lottery. My child will not be attending the distinguished university at which I teach simply because of our family's choice to send her to Pine Lake. I urge other parents to take a close look at alternatives as this school was a very bad choice for us. Such a simple decision changed my daughter's life in a very negative way.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
My child has been at Pine Lake for 6 years. Every year she has had new teachers who have just graduated from college. Sadly I have to rate the teacher and Principal leadership with at least one star; it should be a negative one!! Pine Lake seems to treat teaching as an experiment, where they just try out a different group of teachers every year and see how it goes. Clearly a bad idea! Likewise, they come out with rules for unknown reasons. Uniforms? Whip out your Visa and prepare to spend big bucks or risk having your child required to pick up trash outside of the school like a prison work crew, I kid you not. Service learning hours? Just wait for the daily email from the school telling you what work your child can do for the school to obtain these hours. The teaching is absolutely terrible and teachers must think they are judged on the amount of homework they assign. This school is more like a priso than a school. A parent should not have to send their child to Sylvan so they learn the basics. We are sending our daughter to a private school hoping that it is not too late to undo the damage done by Pine Lake. We too are running away and happy to be doing so!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
I just finished eighth grade at Pine Lake and I absolutely love it. The teachers actually put in effort to help us and are very supportive. The sports teams this year made it to 8 championships out of the 10 sports we offer and we will only get better once the gum is built. There is also a great sense of school pride here. I also agree that just because there are a few people who disagree with me doesn't mean that it is an awful school at all. Just because the work load is more than other schools also doesn't mean that it is a bad school it just means that they are trying to challenge us. I have talked to many graduates that said that they felt very prepared for college unlike people who went to other school in the area. The purpose of the Pride project is to have us with at least a guide line of what we want to do once we graduate and to prepare us for college. I intend on staying at Pine Lake until I graduate and cannot wait for high school.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2013
Run, don't walk, from Pine Lake Prep. We were excited when our child was chosen in the lottery to attend this school, even though it meant our children would be attending different schools. How wrong we were! The teachers are not certified and change every year. Progress reports are available on edline but the teachers are unavailable to discuss the student's progress and ignore inquiries from parents. For most of the teachers this is their first teaching job and they seem overwhelmed and unprepared. The senior project requires a substantial time investment for both juniors and seniors but its purpose is unclear even to the teachers. The service learning hours are a tool of the administration who continually solicit student assistance with tasks at the school and then tout these activities as service learning opportunities. Life at PLP revolves around the construction of the new buildings which require many fundraisers and solicitation of parents for money. Parents are scared to express dissatisfaction as in the past students have been penalized for this. My child has been miserable at PLP and is excited to be transferring to Lake Norman High School next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
My children attend Pine Lake and I am very disappointed with the leadership and quality of education of the High School. My children will be moving to another school with a significant disadvantage due to the weak curriculum at the high school and the inexperienced staff. While there are some very strong teachers at the school they make up a small percentage of the overall staff. Concerns when raised are not addressed and brushed off as not important. The children must teach themselves key concepts and it is not a supportive environment that prepares them for college and beyond. It is sad to see such a great concept ruined by lack of leadership, vision and operational experience. I would not recommend this high school to any prospective family. Much restructuring and change has to happen for this to truly be a college prep school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
My children attended PLP and I was thoroughly disappointed with the quality of the education. Students are expected to teach themselves. Five hours of homework is normal. The teacher turnover is tremendous; few last more than a year. The senior pride project is required for graduation and adds an obscene amount of additional work to students with no time for anything other than studying. The 40 volunteer hours each year are required and the school uses the children as free labor by offering them "volunteer hours". I was also frightened by some of the things being taught. My child mentioned that his teacher had said he had used LSD in college and had found it enlightening. The teachers double as guidance counselors and told my junior with a 3.5 GPA that they really had no hope of attending a good college and should concentrate on a community college. Raising money is the main focus of everyone at this school and most time is geared to fundraising. The uniforms are expensive ($250 each student minimum) and are required. Dress code is strictly enforced and children are made to pick up trash if they fail to comply. There are so many good schools in our area; skip this one!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
Looking forward to new Charter Schools opening in the Lake Norman area. Due to overcrowding at local public schools, the waitlist for the few area Charter's is long inc. Pine Lake. Pine Lake has made some strides in the right direction as in hiring a new Head of School. However, the poor leadership experienced over the last 5 years with respect to each school principal has remained the same. Halfway into the year, and we still have poor communication, teachers who are not qualified, refusal to listen to middle/high school parents concerns, and an inexperienced School Board who is reluctant to make necessary changes to improve. The new Head of School seems only to be concerned with not making waves with his staff. Most obvious is the K-5 elementary parents run this school. As a result, very little involvement from middle and high schools. High student turnover in 9-12 grades, after 6 yrs no one seems to care why, they just start calling the wait list to fill the vacant spots again and again. If you are entering as an employee to Pine Lake with children, you'll do fine. If you are entering with only K-5 children, you'll do fine. If you have a 6-12 grader, check your options.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2012
Great for academics. Below average for sports. teachers are above average. My child is in the high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
Pine Lake is ok, if you are looking for low crime and that is it. Most of the teachers are not certified, which is a huge problem. I do worry that my children are not getting the education they need to go forward. The heads of each school spend more time on pettiness of which parents they do not like for one reason or another. Any time someone voices a concern, parents and staff say "if you don't like it, leave!" Not very open to new ideas or ways to improve. There is a cult like mentality in the lower school. It is you are either in or out. There's a new head of school, so I am hopeful. However, if he believes what the three heads of school are feeding him, then he will just be more of the same. Hopefully, he will have a backbone and stand up to them. At this time, I do not have a better option. I put in for Community School of Davidson each year hoping to get in.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
We have not been happy at Pine Lake Prep. We were very excited to join PLP after being on websites like this one and going in under the assumption this was a community where we would be welcomed. That is not the case. Kindergarden was great (though didn't prepare our child for anything they were going to go through for the next school year). Then we went into 1st grade where we started to get the feeling that if you are average or have concerns about something you are not wanted. The moto for this school should be "maybe this school isn't for you" which is chorused from everyone from the teachers to the parents. When you have a concern or problem it is not handled at all. An I'm posting it here and not anywhere my name or my child's name is because I fear the repercussions from the other parents and teachers. Which has happened on more than one occasion. We have not moved the child out due to we are still holding out hope of getting them into another charter for next year. Sorry but this school is not worth the hype.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
I am a freshman at PLP and this is my second year. I love it here and my teachers are amazing! I'm so grateful that I got in. This school is amazing and the kids are respectful and everyone feels accepted. I have made the greatest friends here and I am looking forward to spending my high school years here. (:

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2010
I am a parent of a 7th grader at Pine Lake. This is my childs second year & it is wonderful! The teachers are fantastic. The school is clean, the kids are respectful. The courses are hard & my son has to work for his grades. There are no buses & the car line is very long (the first 2 weeks of school=30 mins. or more) but it gets better & is well worth it for the education that ny child is getting. I have never spoken to a parent at Pine Lake that is unhappy witht he school. We as so happy that we made the lottery.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
This school is amazing! I love it so much, I have no problem telling my parents what I had learned that day! The teachers are so nice, and I made the best friends ever at this school. I love how involved everybody is, PLP is where I belong, I'll never leave!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2010
Great combination of committed families, excellent teachers, strong academics, sense of community and new facilities. Our robotics team just came back from the World Championships and a new athletic center is already being planned. PLP is a wonderful academic community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Pine Lake Prep is a wonderful school with excellent missions & family values.My son has met many wonderful friends & enjoys the nurturing & caring atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
I have 3 children at PLP in grades 2nd, 5th and 7th. This is our 2nd year and it has been a great experience. They provide a challenging curriculum and safe environment at the school. It is big enough but a small atmosphere which is just what I wanted for the kids. They have accomplished so much in a short amount of time and will only get better. I am so thankful to have my children at PLP!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
I now have 3 kids in grades K, 2, and 5 at PLP. My daughter moved there in 4th grade after attending what most would say a 'hard school' with 2-3 hours of homework each night just to keep up. She absolutely loves PLP and says the biggest difference to her is that the teachers teach better. She says when she has a question, they take the time to answer her rather than saying it's time to move on. The curriculum is better and we love that they teach spanish. My boys in grades K and 2 love PLP. This school has the perfect mixture of nurturing, preparing, leading, and engaging our future leaders into the real world! 'Grades and all' unlike some charters in our area. A rating of 'School of Distinction' after it's first year is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2010
I am not at all very pleased with this school. I wanted my child to attend Lake Norman Charter, but no luck getting in there. We got in at PLP and I was very pleased. However, that attitude had changed quite quickly for myself and my son. Teachers are very nice, but the schoolwork is not at all challenging as compared to other charter schools in the area. I feel like they will not be prepared at all. This is still a better choice then public school, but again I am hoping to get into LNCS next go round. Thank you for listening.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
We really like the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and FIRST Robotics at PLP -across all the grade levels k-12. The afterschool robotics program teaches students soft skills of working within a team, planning, organizing, scheduling, and sharing. Also, the STEM and robotic's related fieldtrips bring relevence to the student's work in school. My daughter got her hands on a $1.5M DaVinnci robot a few months back at a local hospital and it changed her whole perception of STEM and robotics.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
Great school, great teachers, great kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
It starts w/ the staff, kids, the ommunity, the location, the grounds the everything!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
I love PLP because it has the largest family feel I know, not counting their extreme excellence in academics. They only have the best teachers and the curriculum itself tops the charts. Pine Lake Prep is the reason I love school and as a result, see a brighter future ahead of me.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Everyone at the school loves what they do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
They are involved with every child-caring is so important for success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Excellent school with excellent teachers who truly care about their students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 07, 2009
Our school is K-12 and watching the interaction between the upper school students and the younger students is wonderful. Our campus is warm,nurturing and a wonderful place to go to school. My boys love their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
You know you go to a good school when you pull up in the carpool lane and your kindergartner begs for you to roll the window down so she can say hello to all of her teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Excellent teachers, excellent curriculum

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Great teachers & curriculum, awesome parent involvment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Pine Lake Prep has they best teachers and staff and they offer a caring enviornment for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Wow! PLP is a great school. Teachers are great and my children have thrived in the personal setting of PLP. Strong academics but definitely concerned about the 'whole' child.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
Wonderful school, incredibly caring teachers and staff, strong PLP pride!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Pine Lake provides a sense of leadership and community while offering a challenging academic program. We love Pine Lake :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
I think Pinelake is a great school this is our second year there and I could'nt be more proud of a school!! My kids are doing great!! It's like one big family it's k thru 12th and what a great atmosphere the upper grade kids come down and help with the lower grade kids. I am so lucky to be a apart of a school like Pinelake Prep!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
We have wonderful students, staff and parents! we do so much for the community around us. We are also doing many green things in our school to help our environment. We have been open for 3 years now and are a school of distinction!!! our students love being there and learning and we have the best volunteers (parents) daily! i couldn't have asked for a better place to work and send my child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
We are one big happy family. The parents bend over backward everyday to help make PLP a huge success. The teachers work together to give an education like no other. It is a thrill to be a part of such an amazing development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
The Academic Partners are awesome and make the school a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
excellent teachers...truly preparing our children for their futures!!! Partnership with parents and teachers is exceptional. Love this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
What a great school! The academic partners are dedicated and inspiring!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
I believe the education my children is getting and the structure will better prepair them for college

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Truly dedicated to providing an excellent education. The communication between school and parents is phenomenal! Opportunities abound for providing students introductions to various colleges. This school even arranges bus tours for the students to see and tour college campuses - a wonderful school for college seeking students!!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
Because of it's commitment to great education, because of how cheerful the staff always looks and behaves, because I believe that their 'village' is well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
The teachers are really nice and the curriculum is very well balanced, much like a private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
The academic partners and leadership is excellent

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Great Teachers! Great students! Great vision for the future!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Strong academics! Great teachers! Wonderful vision!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
I love my school! Awesome teachers and students!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2009
Incredibly talented teachers, great family participation, students dedicated toward learning --- all encompassed with being fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
This is a wonderful school with awesome teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The curriculum is challenging and fun and my children have formed amazing friendships!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
Excellent teachers. Excellent atmosphere. My 8th grade daughter LOVES Pine Lake Prep!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love the staff! I love the curriculum and I love the emphasis on creative thinking.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
We have been part of the Pine Lake family since the very first year, and the staff for one thing has been awesome. Now that we have two children there, we are still just as pleased with the school as we were in the begining. The curriculum at Pine Lake is constantly challenging my children to be the best at what they are doing.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
The teachers and students are learning oriented and make learning fun. We love our students and want them to succeed.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2009
The teachers are ggggrrrreeeeaaaattttt!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Great school, great stuff, great curriculum!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The curriculum is great! The school prepares all it's students for college and life afterwards. Study skills and leadership are part of the core classes along with a foreign language from Kindergarden up. Students are taught respect, responsibility and confidence in themselves. Every student wants to learn and is actively trying to do their best everyday. It is an amazing learning environment with enthusiastic and exceptional teachers in every class and grade level.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
To sum it up......we are family at PLP! We all 'belong'! All you have to do is walk on campus to understand we are a 'community'. To have grades K-12 on one campus and still feel like a family leaves me in awe. You are always welcome at PLP. The staff is always smiling and helpful. They are wonderful. But what I love most is watching my children leave school with smiles on their faces! That says it all! The curriculum is challenging but it is taught in a way that the students enjoy learning and want to continue to learn. PLP is amazing!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The people at this school are amazing...parents, teachers and administrators! This is an amazing place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Fantastic school!!! Wonderful teachers and great program!!! We love PLP!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love PLP because I feel that my children obtaining an excellent education and having lots of fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
There is a constant reminder on campus and through activities provided of the energy and dedication towards creating a loving and nurturing learning environment. The atmosphere is one of great pride and the curriculum taught in a fun engaging sense will give my son the edge he will need to become successful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love Pinelake Prep for all the wonderful classes that are offered for all the teachers and administration that love our children. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The school is academically focused, incorporates the arts, and has a general atmosphere that is nurturing, with children that seem generally very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
PLP is very student centered. Everyone there is focused on doing whaat is best for the students. My daughter has excelled there. She is so happy there. This is her first year at PLP...wish we could have gotten in sooner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
A school like no other. My daughter is so happy at PLP.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
It is a school of excellence. They challenge the students there to reach higher goals. They are not just a number. They actually matter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
My son says every day, 'Mrs. Van de Ree makes learning fun!'

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Pine Lake Preparatory treats all students like individuals. Teachers respect their students and students respect their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Great school and wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
great teachers, beautiful setting; children respect their teachers, teachers respect the children, and tons of parent participation..

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The energy!! Creative teachers and communication between the academic partners and families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The atmosphere at the school is amazing!! There is such a sense of team work amongst the children and we have the most amazing teachers. My son thinks having a slide in his school is the coolest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The planning that went into making Pine Lake Preparatory a school of excellence is apparent in everything they do. Our children are challenged on a daily basis and are shown by example that with perseverance, anything is possible. Best school in the area!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
All of the teachers so care so much, I am getting a better education then at a public school, and I love how the school is trying to go green.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2009
Our leadership is the most outstanding group of people you could ever imagine. Our Academic Partners are in education for the right reasons 'our children' Love them all...xoxo

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Everything is so well thought out, so much effort and energy goes into everyday its palpable!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
It feels so comfortable and every teacher is fully comittted to every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I like what this school stand for and the staff. I feel education is best at Pine Lake Prep

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
My children are learning in a nurturing environment that is challenging academically. It is the perfect package!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I like that it challenges the students but makes learning interesting and fun. The academic partners really take an interest in the kids and want them to do well and help them to do well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Why do I love PLP? The teachers are so helpful, always there for you if you don't get something. Although the courses are challenging, it helping me to prepare for college and I'm so glad that I have such a great opportunity to get an education like this.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2009
My kids love Pine Lake They love the special attention they receive

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The smaller school size has helped my middle school child excel, he says the teachers make learning fun and he is incredibly challenged. Just walking in the school you feel the school spirit by everyone!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Excellent school with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
Engaging, fun, caring, challenging,we belong!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Pine Lake Prep has been a great influence on my children. The teachers are very nurturing and I feel like each child is treated individually. There is a great sense of spirit about the school and everyone is challenged, but having fun!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
This is our first year at PLP and we have been very pleased with the curriculum, sense of family and the wonderful staff. Parents are always welcome at the school and encouraged to get involved. Pine lake Prep is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Pine Lake Preparatory is a K-12 college preparatory school that has a huge waiting list of students wanting to get in. We have service-learning projects, FABULOUS teachers, and a lot of support from our families. My daughter loves Pine Lake Prep and is learning a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
It is a great school with caring teachers-- focused on preparing, nurturing, and equipping students for leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Our teachers are INCREDIBLE!! Pine Lake Prep has a strong college prep curriculum, a variety of athletic programs and clubs to choose from, as well as many service learning projects.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
My kids love school like they never have before! The atmosphere is energetic and positive, and the teachers are enthusiastic and engaging. My kids look forward to going everyday!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
What a wonderful school and the accomplishments they have achieved in just two years!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
We were pleased last year and the vision and enthusiasm for the school just get better. A lot of excitement this year and PLPalooza was fantastic! The families, students, teachers, and leadership are tops!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
First time ever, my 9th grader has liked school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
We love this school. We came from one of the best schools in NC and this is just as good. The students and parents are awesome. The teachers, call academic partners, and admins are the absolutely the cream of the crop. I look forward to the next 6 years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
They understand children learn at different ways and speeds!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
Great teachers, great students and great parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
The teachers are fantastic! Wonderful curriculum too. Kids are learning a lot with hands-on activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
We love this school! Excellent curriculum, much more challenging than the private school we came from. Well organized vision and the teachers and staff are very enthusiastic and engaged. Offers a diverse education, preparing students for life as well as for future academic challenges.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
My child has a good teacher and the staff is very friendly. I think there is a ways to go towards communication and involving all parents. There needs to be some sort of PTA the Family Involvement does not get all families involved. I get most of my info from EDLINE. I think within a few years all of this will improve.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
My daughter is in her 2nd year at PLP and we love it! It was the best decision we have made! Her teachers this year and last year are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
its great but. . . pinelake prep is in mooresville and next to davidson ot in davidson but i still like it alot we eat outside and walk on campus after school and sometimes we get slushies!

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2008
We are all very excited about Pine Lake. The administration and teachers have worked hard to create a great feel of community, and there is lots of parent involvement. Academic subjects are well above standards and the homework has been reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
Still early but so far exceptional in all areas

- submitted by a parent
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Pine Lake Preparatory
104 Yellow Wood Circle, Mooresville, NC  28117
(704) 799-2500
Last modified Pine Lake Preparatory is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pine Lake Preparatory Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 129 reviews.