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Pinewood Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 800 students

Rigorous academics, small class sizes, competitive athletics, diverse extra
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted November 7, 2011

Our child has attended this school through lower and middle school. We have found the teachers to be very supportive and always willing to go the extra mile for whatever is needed to help her be successful. Administration always has an open door and willing to talk to us at any time. Our child has been allowed to explore many extra-curriculars during the middle school enrichment period, such as arts, clubs, and sports during the school day. The middle school enrichment period is a very unique program! Our child has always felt safe at school which could not be said at other local middle schools. I could not ask for a better experience for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2009

Pinewood Prep is an exceptional school. My 3 children have attended for years and are receiving an excellent education.The teachers and administrators give 100%. It is acadmically challenging, and students are expected to conduct themselves with respect and courtesy. I wouldn't want it any other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

I currently have 2 children attending PInewood and a child who recetnly graduated from PInewood. We love the school! It is academically challenging, yet it meets individual children's needs. The students are expected to adhere to a strict honor code. The family atmosphere is obvious in the attitudes and behaviors of teachers, administration, parents, and students. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a school home. The tuition is a real value compared to other much higher priced schools in the Charleston area, as it is much lower than comparable schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

I have three children at this school and could not be more pleased with their academic progress. The faculty is very nurturing and available to all the students at anytime they may need additional help. My children all are happy and feel safe in this small environment. I wouldn't want to change anything except for the rising tuition. But, you get what you pay for. Retaining quality teachers and offering the best educational environment cost money. It is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The faculty is great!!!!They make every child feel special. My daughters love going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

I have 3 children at Pinewood and absolutely love it...We were previously at another SCISA school and had to leave due to my husband transferring jobs...We were happy at that school but Pinewood has supassed our expectations...The teachers are caring and really teach, the headmaster makes each student feel important, the classes are small and learning is great! They are also very competitive athletically...This school is worth every penny, I couldn't imagine my children attending anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

I am new to the area and did not have time to research public schools and was referred to Pinewood by an alumni and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The teachers are truly caring and take a interest in each and every child there. The opportunities that this terrific school has even for first graders blows me away. My daughter has been able to participate in more activites and unique experiences than ever before. We will be adding another recruit this upcoming year and look forward to what it brings with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I attended PPS from 6th to 11th grade (when I left, because I had run out of classes to take). They offer a reasonable number of APs, but very few electives, when compared with other schools in the area. The tuition, which was reasonable when I started, has almost tripled. The student body is very homogeneous. While PPS doesn't technically have a uniform (yet), it might as well be a Lacoste polo shirt, khakis/jeans from Hollister, and Sperry's boat shoes. I have a genuine respect for most of the faculty members, although several of their good teachers left after some sort of shake up last spring. The English department, however, has always seemed weak to me, and unless they've hired someone new, no one there is qualified to teach AP Calculus. (Which doesn't mean there isn't a class, just that the pass rate is something like 15%). The administration is not very flexible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

This school has provided my children with a fantastic education. We have been driving forty miles one way for ten years now and it is well worth the sacrifice. The teachers are well qualified, personal, and encourage my children. The extra curricula activities and opportunities to participate in the community are numerous. This school is an educational bargain. Let me say that I teach in a public school in another county. Pinewood is worth the trip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

This school has changed directions dramatically. my child is in the 10th year here and I have tried to get them to move to public but she feels safe here.Tuition has skyrocketed and much is spent on the administrators, like public school.Education is below par and teqachers children favored when they are not academically superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

My experience has been with the K4-1 grades. The environment is clearly that of a business with goals and objectives. Unfortunately, those don t usually align with those of most parents. It seems they want only the most gifted and talented to raise their ranking among other SCISA members and if they have to drive you out to accomplish this, so be it. High rankings are the goals, not the best education of your child. It s these rankings that will bring prestige and justification for higher tuition. Children exceptional in every respect with deep pocketed parents are what this school needs to excel. It is on the backs of those that would do well anywhere that this school claims its fame. It s not that If you go to this school you will excel , it s If you excel, you may come to this school . I don t recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

While their sports program is excellent, and have had past bragging rights on many SCISA Master teachers, the school is going in the wrong direction. While recruiting students in to further the sports program, they are often offered 'scholarships' or 'financial aid' while some students who have been attending the school since kindergarten can't recieve a spot on the court, or financial aid. The administration is slowly going downhill, while there is a major issue in the communication between admin. to teachers, and teachers to students. Essentially, no one is ever on the same page, or knows what's going on. The school is turning into a money hungry environment, with tuition rising everyyear, ith no more opportunites than the local public schools. I would never recommend this school for anyone in high school, lower school would be an iffy; the prices are not worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

Lower school: some superior teachers, and a couple below par. Recently, if students need direction for study skills/organization, you re quickly referred to an expensive on-site tutoring program. Middle academics remained above the average public school, but presented issues with adult role-modeling. Administration began calling attention to student negatives, rather than rewarding positives. Agree with previous reviewer: The school proves to be advantageous for students under the 9th grade . Beyond that, a select few are groomed into goal setting. Most students must be self-driven to identify aptitudes, explore college choices & set goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

As a graduate of Pinewood Prep, I have truly felt the full experience. I am ashamed to be a graduate of this school and do not recommend it in the slightest. The teachers are fine, but the headmaster and his ring of cronies make this school a bad choice for any student.


Posted May 22, 2007

The quality of academic programs at this school is high, especially in comparison to the public schools in the area. It is not an elitist school and while there are no 'poor' children, the majority come from middle class families. The sports program is top notch and the arts are coming along. Parental involvement is high at the early elementary level. My children have been students in lower, middle and high school here. Most teachers are high quality but we have encountered a few who are substandard, particularly when considering the ever rising tuition. Communication is fairly good between parents and teachers but there are some teachers who are slow to communicate with parents. On many occasions I have had email and phone messages unreturned when trying to contact administrative staff, even after several attempts. Overall, however, the school is worth the monetary cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

I am so thankful that this school exists! My kindergartner who just turned 6 was only coloring and learning one letter of the alphabet at a time when he began public school in a highly regarded 'Dorchester II' school this August. He was bored and expressed this to me daily. The class was too large, the teacher seemed to not be concerned when we brought a problem to her attention, so we decided to put our son in private school. We could not be happier with the staff, the curriculum, the class size, and the campus at PP. Sure, it's pricey. But, I would rather drive my kids to this great school in a minivan, than drive them to a public school in an Escalade. And my son is already reading and adding and subtracting, and it is only November of the same year! And parent participation ranks very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2006

As far as Pinewood Preparatory goes they surely can boast a hearty and challenging curriculum where students are allowed to take as many AP classes as desired. This aspect of the school is superb, it is flat out the best educational school in Summerville. Unfortunately the price as of 2006 is becoming a bit to steep for many of the lower middle class students, forcing them to find other less competitive schools. Also unfortunately for Pinewood their price range is upping into the class of Porter Gaud in Mt. Pleasant which is clearly superior educationally. I must state immediately that I AM a former Pinewood student. The school proves to very advantagous for students under the 9th grade, but I ask the highly ambitious students to stray away seeing as Validictorians are decided at a young age. Although they promote diversity, they treat the diverse in an ornamental fashion, For show.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2006

This is a fantastic school. In many ways, Pinewood resembles a top-notch public school of 35 years ago more than private school. Unlike some private schools, it is nonsectarian and non-discriminatory. The emphasis is on academics and service. Parents looking to social-climb through the children's schools or trying to segregate their children from those of other races or other economic backgrounds should probably find another private school in the area.Pinewood faculty and administration place strong emphasis on academic, athletic, moral and social development of students. A wide variety of arts, athletics and other extracurrricular activities are offered. Students are required to perform community service and encouraged to be involved on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

Awesome! My child went to K4 and K5 here. We moved out of state this year otherwise we would have never left. It hurt to have to cancel our registration for next year. He learned addition, subtraction, reading, etc. He was blowing our minds with the information he was bringing home. Staff is all very friendly and helpful. I am extremely picky so it is not easy to make me happy. This school is really great. Class sizes are small. Many new classrooms on campus, including new gym. Entire campus is friendly. High schools students knew my child and would say hello. Computer labs, library time, P.E. class, Spanish, Art, Music.... well rounded education with all of the extras. Apply early to get a spot. Very academic, but they also remember they are teaching children! Parent participation is always welcome on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

I was a previous student at this school and they really encourage you to succeed! It's an awesome school, private and secular, no religious pressures.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 50%
Black 6% 43%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% N/A
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Steve Mandell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • After-School Enrichment
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Sporting Clays
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Pinewood Preparatory School is a private, college preparatory school dedicated to giving students in Pre-K3 through 12th grade an exceptional education. The distinctive Pinewood experience provides a foundation for success in all aspects of life. Located in Summerville, South Carolina, Pinewood places strong emphasis on educating, inspiring, and motivating students with rigorous academics, small class sizes, competitive athletics, diverse extra-curricular and fine arts programs.
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 95%
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1114 Orangeburg Rd
Summerville, SC 29483
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Phone: (843) 873-1643

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