My daughter is a senior at this school. She really does not like it due to the largeness of the school(about 1500 students),with the smallest high school cafeteria I have ever seen. Pinehurst and West end certainly can use a couple of new high schools. most of the students lack social skills, they have no extracurricular activities that encourages school spirit and social skills. The students are mostly reserved and find it difficult to mingle with their peers unless if they grew up together or have known each other for a long time. Coming in as a new student with great social skills you will face some difficulties making friends and enjoying a simple social life with others. The academic aspect of the program here is somewhat challenging and keeps students busy. However, as usually you have teachers that favor some students above others and if you are not part of the school click you may miss out a little bit, not as bad as other places with clicks though. I think if the school is down sized it will definitely do better in terms of many of its internal issues.
I teach at Pinecrest and I love it here. No... We are not perfect, but no school is. We are currently reaching out to those students who do not participate in extra curriculars such as sports or clubs to get them more involved in the school community. 5 stars for PHS.
Pinecrest has some good aspects, but the majority is wretched. Some of the teachers actually care and want to develop relations with students, but others are there because it is a job and the bare minimum is only considered. The school could improve upon many aspects, but the main aspect I am concerned about is changing the accessibility, exempli gratia, open more gates and stop restricting paths and convenient locations.
Pinecrest High is too large. The teachers are overburdened and the classes are large. Great curriculum and sports program-too many students.
The school offers the best curriculum diversity, student test scores, and athletics in the county. Most teachers and principals care about the students a great deal. Unfortunately the teachers are overburdened by an inordinate number of meetings, most unproductive, and poor treatment by principals with student disruptions. My child was in a class with a great teacher who could not teach because of a group of unruly students. Several times I heard of her calling for assistance and rather than changing the class dynamics, they griped (my child overheard!) and slowly made their way to the room. My child had this teacher previously with zero problems but she hated the second class she had with this teacher because of the other students. Out of 12 classes there, she's had three classes where students aren't removed or classes shuffled to minimize disruptions. Why would a school permit students to run the class like that?
Pinecrest, while it does have its faults, is overall a good school. The thing that is best about Pinecrest is that they force you to take responsibility for your education. Depending on whether you are a responsible person or not is the ultimate deciding factor on how well you will do. They do have caring faculty who truly love their jobs but they expect the students to take an active role in their own education and will not hinder them by holding their hands and doing the work for them. Nothing here is handed on a silver platter to people who don't deserve it. With that being said, when they do find the dedicated student who is trying their hardest, whether they are struggling or excelling, they will do whatever they have to do to help the student succeed. Now you are not going to get along with everyone, that's just life but at Pinecrest you build lifetime bonds with the faculty and the students. So with that being said this is the perfect enivironment if you are willing to work. If not then this may not be for you and all this comes from a currnent PCHS senior. :)
Pinecrest is a mixed bag, as I was warned it would be. My daughter had a fantastic first semester, with caring teachers who challenged her. This semester she feels lost, with some teachers who appear cold, kids with cell phones on all the time, and a lot of inappropriate language, etc. I tried to complain but teachers don't always call back. I tried the principal for this level who basically said until I spoke to the teacher, he won't speak to me. It's a vicious cycle. The main thing I've learned is that once you've found the good teachers, try to stick with them, if possible. Pinecrest has a lot to offer, but it takes some time to get to it all.
Pinecrest High is a very large school, in fact overcrowded. Moore County really needs to consider building another high school with appropriate teacher/students ratio per classroom. For the students from the West End area and the huge problem with the morning traffic on 211 near Taylortown/Lowes Food, something needs to be done about it. It is a good high school there are some good teachers and some bad teachers and don't let all the rumors about the bad teens scare you because as long your child is strong and socialing with the right group of friends, he/she will be alright.
I am a former teacher,coach, and parent of three girls who graduated from pinecrest. The school is a great academic challenge- offering a myriad of excellent studies to students. The athletic department is surpassed by no system in this state in overall excellence. The classrooms, auditorium,athletic fields,stadiums, and gymnasium are very good. The drama, orchestrea,band,aand performing arts are fantastic. The only shorttfalls are the lack of a second gymnasium and a large student populatiion.
Pinecrest offers every student a chance to achive their goals in life , by offering advanced classes that so many schools do not, my grand-daughter was in France for a year as an exchange student ,her parents live in Greenville NC and she wanted to come and stay with us just so she could get the classes she needed to get into a good college and she loves the school and the teachers, it seems that all of the students that attend this school are Pinecrest proud!!!
Without a Doubt, I have to say that the one thing to me that stands out about this school is the Excellent Athletic Program. With almost every team making it to the playoffs this past year, I must say the Coaches, Players, etc. are doing a marvelous job.
I am a senior at pc and i have been here all four years.. I have had really no problems here.... But i believe in order to enjoy any school you need to make sure you have friends to guide you through. Pc is an awesome school and all of my teachers were awesome.... Im proud to be a patriot :)
When we moved from the DC area my son was in the middle of a course of study not offered by Pinecrest. They made arrangements for him to continue his studies through distance education. My other son is at PCHS also and he does come home and tell me of altercations every now and then but these disturbances don't seem to be affecting his education and are no where near the level of problems at the high schools in Prince George's County. If you are an involved participatory parent you'll be fine. I have never had a problem with return communication and frequently recieve updates from teachers. One Kudos: the attendance secretary is tough but fair and when watching her interact with the kids I can tell she genuinely cares for them. Keep up the good work.
As a military family, I have had my children in many different schools in several states, and this has been the least impressive school I have ever seen. My first impression was of complete disorganization and my opinion of the school only gets worse with each encounter. There was no communication from the school when my child's teacher left during the year. After numerous subs, the permanent sub walked out during finals week. It's very difficult to get anyone at the school to respond to any concerns--emails and phone messages go unanswered. The Vice Principal's job seems to be to do nothing more than break up the daily fights. The IB program is not working and now they are trying to convince parents to enroll their kids in an alternative math program without being able to show any firm plan to carry it out or ensure it's success.
I'm a Sophomore at PHS and I think its a great school for the most part. Some teachers are nice and some seem like they don't care if the students in their class pass or fail. In my Freshman year out of the 9 teachers I had only 4 really seemed like they cared. I found the best class is ROTC to me its almost like a family. I joined mostly because my grandfather and my crush/friend wanted me to. I didn't like it at first but I made friends quickly and I love it. Pinecrest is not as bad as some people say. People just have to find the right teachers and friends to make high school tolerable.
I also heard how great PHS and let me tell you that, yeah they have all these great classes, but they dont have the good teachers for them. they have security but it doesnt do anything. ive seen more fights here in one year than at any other school i have attended. its all about politics. and most kids are stuck up and rude.
Before I attended PHS, all I heard was how great it is. Personally, I disagree 100%. I haven't learned a single thing that I didn't already know. The staff/faculty are extremely rude and are no help at all. It took me over two weeks to get enrolled in school, since they 'enroll by appointment!' When I finally happened to get in, the person[s] who were evolved in enrolling me were no help at all. The woman literally pointed to the building and said 'you'll be in there most of the time.' I wasn't introduced to any of my teachers and I wasn't even shown the building, I had a slight idea of where it was... As if it wasn't surprise enough to me, imagine my teachers reactions. We've also had a problem with trying to cooperate with the office; they have been no help at all.
I attended PC and at first heated it! I felt like there was to many students. When I looked around the surrounding counties and saw some of there schools, I became proud of PC.It had some of the best teachers and offered all the best class form a certified nursing assistant to the AP and IB programs. We always had the proper resources we need to run successfully. PC had a extracurricular activities for everyone. I say Pincrest is a great school and prepared me for a college career at a top university here in North Carolina. I'm proud to be a patriot.
I currently attend Pinecrest as a sophomore, and I must say, I don't feel that I will get much out of it. As a physically disabled student who is at an accelerated academic rate, I really feel lost in the crowd. Some of the teachers are great, but out of the eight I have had, I only feel that three really wanted to help their students succeed. The school is also much too big. I come from a previous school of around 600 students and there is definitely an advantage in small classrooms. The academic standards seem much lower as well. I realize some people praise the school on their extra-curriculars, but I have asked many times to be involved and no progress has been made. Overall, the school is too big and most of the time, they are slow to make adjustments for handicapped students that still want to succeed.
I graduated from Pinecrest and I absolutely loved it. I've read a lot of complaints from students, but do students ever really praise their schools? So let me take the time to justify their comments. The thing I loved most about PC was the size; it is a huge and hugely diverse school. The wide variety of clubs, sports teams, and electives allow students to become friends with others with whom they might not usually interact. People complain about the size; would it be so large if it were a bad school? I chose Pinecrest over others nearby because of the opportunities with which it presented me. It offers basic courses as well as AP classes and the IB program. Teachers are fully trained in any college-level classes they may teach and are very caring. Security is high and I never felt unsafe. I fully recommend Pinecrest to anyone and everyone.
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