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School leader Dr Thomas Ferrell
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District Moore County Schools

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250 Voit Gilmore Lane
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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3 stars
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June 29, 2014
I was hoping the school would improve for my children with a new principal, but there are still too many downfalls. Sports is the main focus. The administration gives no attention to other extra curricular activities. Parents are flooded with connect ed messages about sporting events, even separate messages reminding us not to bring umbrellas. However, when Pinecrest hosted the All County Orchestra Concert, our principal made no mention and did not attend. Pincrest is losing wonderful teachers each year to better working conditions and pay. The positions are not being filled, but instead absorbed making class sizes of 30+ students. Instead of hiring teachers, the principal is advertising for an athletic trainer/parking lot attendant. We all know this is a creative way to pay a football coach. Pinecrest does offer many AP courses, which is great for gifted students. However, freshman and sophomores are now allowed to take these courses (when they are not ready) in order for the school to look better on paper. Nobody seems to care that every student does not have a desk and chair. Did I mention the new gym under construction? Destination excellence? Maybe in sports.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
I was hoping the school would improve for my children with a new principal, but there are still too many downfalls. Sports is the main focus. The administration gives no attention to other extra curricular activities. Parents are flooded with connect ed messages about sporting events, even separate messages reminding us not to bring umbrellas. However, when Pinecrest hosted the All County Orchestra Concert, our principal made no mention and did not attend. Pincrest is losing wonderful teachers each year to better working conditions and pay. The positions are not being filled, but instead absorbed making class sizes of 30+ students. Instead of hiring teachers, the principal is advertising for an athletic trainer/parking lot attendant. We all know this is a creative way to pay a football coach. Pinecrest does offer many AP courses, which is great for gifted students. However, freshman and sophomores are now allowed to take these courses (when they are not ready) in order for the school to look better on paper. Nobody seems to care that every student does not have a desk and chair. Did I mention the new gym under construction? Destination excellence? Maybe in sports.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
Pinecrest's new slogan is "Destination Excellence." While we acknowledge that we're not there yet, we've set excellence as a goal. Our teachers are extremely dedicated, with most offering before and/or after school tutoring, and many leading student clubs and activities. Students may choose from 24 AP course offerings, and also take advantage of free college-credit courses offered through SCC, our local community college. CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes include biomedical technology, culinary arts, drafting, masonry, automotive technology, marketing, Microsoft Essentials, principles of technology, and more. Our arts programs produce performances that draw the entire community, and we are nationally recognized for both arts and debate. And yes, we have exceptional sports teams as well (baseball, wrestling, golf, swim, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field, football--even powder puff football. Can you tell we love our school? That's part of the Patriot Promise! We support ALL our students so that they graduate and become successful, contributing leaders. Go Pinecrest!

- submitted by a teacher
February 04, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2013
Pinecrest High is too large. The teachers are overburdened and the classes are large. Great curriculum and sports program-too many students.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
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?

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
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. :)

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
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!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 05, 2009
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.

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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
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 :)

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
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.

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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 28, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
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.

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March 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 17, 2007
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.

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February 21, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 05, 2007
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.

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May 11, 2006
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March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
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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November 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 31, 2005
Pinecrest is a fairly decent school. I attended there and in my time, I had some good times. I did get educated well. You must want achievement for yourself. Some of the teachers do not teach well, one can even be confused but that is a small amount. The security has picked up and there is extra reinforcement on crime. There are also good academic programs. Sometimes students are favored because of these programs their in but there is also an opportunity to soar. The academic programs are excellent. All schools have their flaws so as Pinecrest but it is still a fair school that prepares you excellently on a college level, even with populations for those students that want to go to major UNC universities.

- submitted by a former student
October 22, 2005
Some teachers are wonderful (i.e.: Mr. Nocton) however, there are some that are terrible. At the time I attended Pinecrest, I had 3 different principles. Makes one wonder what's going on. Too much politics. When the teachers are put under pressure and are made to do actual work, they get angry and refuse to adjust. I would never send my children there, nor would I ever recommend it.

- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2005
If a student is in the IB program, he or she has a huge advantage. Seems the rest sort of fend for themselves. Most parents seem to care but, if not politically or financially connected, can't do much to change short comings. Some teachers seem to not have a clue and seem satisfied with unsatisfactory effort on their part. Politics in general, especially in some athletics, is terrible.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2005
I had the good fortune to have had my four children attend and prosper at Pinecrest.Although a little too large, Pinecrest offers the responsible young person many opportunities to grow and learn. A fine school!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
Pinecrest offers a variety of academic programs and if your child is ambitious, focused, and a self-motivator, he/she will do well (ie ib- program or ap). However, after working there for several years I will admit the environment is not the best. I guess having been at pinecrest in both professional and in the educational capacity, I have seen the good and the bad from both sides. In closing, I would encourage parents to watch over there children while at pinecrest because everyone does not have there best interest at heart!

- submitted by a former student
July 30, 2005
I am currently attending this school, and I cant stand it!!, I'm only a sophmore at Pinecrest, and it really does seem like no one cares about what happens to you, or if something does happen, the teachers get to the problem too late. I can't wait until I get out of this school!, If you are reading this, and you live in Moore County, you should pick a different school to go to than Pinecrest. It is a very bad experience!! -- BB

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June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 16, 2005
I went to pinecrest my freshman and half of my sophmore year, and i hated it. The school is way over crowed and the teachers just do not care about you whatsoever, there is always so sort of disruptions and it is hard to learn in that enviroment,most of the students there are very stuck up and not very nice at all.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2005
There are good and bad things about Pinecrest. It does offer a variety of classes, sports, and clubs. And if you are above average the IB and AP programs are wonderful. However, I have found that every year I have about 3 out of 8 teachers that don't seem to know what they are doing. Pinecrest is also very overcrowded and most of the time unsanitary.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2005
Pinecrest is a good school. I have two children who are attending. Many clubs to be involved in, alot of athletics. The IB Program is offered at this school as well as the AP program. I have had several teachers to go out of there way to spend extra time with one of my children for tutoring, athletics or special activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
Pinecrest H.S. is a magnificent school with a safe college atmosphere. The cameras provide a sense of security and safety. This is an excellent school for the mature student who thrives to excell. The academic programs and clubs are outstanding. How many high schools do you know offer auto mechanics, graphic arts, journalism, gymnastics, and AFJROTC? Teachers vary in their teaching methods. Some are interpersonal while others are not. The teachers that I found to be most encouraging and inspiring were my gym teacher and AFJROTC instructor. Both teachers had a profound effect on my life. Thank you.

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November 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
Pinecrest is a decent large public school. If you want to succeed, the opportunities are there. You are not hand-fed success so you have to work harder to achieve it and some people are unwilling to do that. Those who are willing will not only do well at Pinecrest, but wherever else they go in life.

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October 28, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2004
I am here to report that this school is one of the worst in the state. They treat the kids as if they were in prison. So if you travel to the Moore county area do not send your child to this school.

- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2004
I don't like Pinecrest this year at all. There are too many students there and I don't feel like I get enough attention. I wish the class sizes were smaller and the rules were enforced more. Most teachers don't enforce the rules and it just influences students to be more disruptive.

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August 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
I feel as if we are in a prison at times because of the cameras. Most of time i feel safe cause i think we are good hands, the reason why i say this is because we have administraters that take their time to watch after all of us.

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Pinecrest High School
250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines, NC  28387
(910) 692-6554
Last modified Pinecrest High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pinecrest High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews.