In the Longview area this is pretty much the "safe" school and while there are some level of worldly kids thats pretty much to be expected in East Texas. However they tend to overemphasize social status so if you want your kid to be popular this is the best place. If you can't afford a lot of gimmicks and your child does well academically don't expect it to matter. Placement for college is spurious and there is a lot of grade inflation and extracurricular group projects to help people who aren't motivated but in the right clique get by but its not going to get people ready to go as college freshmen. Its really just a matter if you want your kids to be relatively safer and suffer a bit academically so long as you know there is a good group and a bad group. If your kid is in the bad group by high school the tell tale signs will start with encouragement to place them elsewhere and then discipline problems that never existed before will be invented. If you live in the right neighborhood this could be the best experience of your child's life before the real world catches up with them.
They've got a decent academic program for the area, and a really great Arts program headed by Mary Graham.
Pine Tree ISD is by far a spectacular school, that is, if you are looking at the staff, sports programs, and grades. But say you were to send your child there, after reviewing all the schools around town, and deciding Pine Tree would provide the best education of the four main school districts in Longview, Texas? Yes, they would be well-educated, but they would also have a knowledge of things most children shouldn't by at least the seventh grade, if not sooner. While in the Student Handbook it clearly states No PDA (Public Displays of Affection), such as holding hands, or hugging in the hallway. The students at Pine Tree have come to expect nothing short of 'third base' all throughout the hallways. They cuss like sailors. But it gives your child an experience to know all the ethnicities and prepare for college, with a variety of religious and familial backgrounds.
this is a very neat school and academicaly in good shape for any student that wants to succeed
I taught in Pine Tree for 7 yrs. and had a great experience. My kids graduated from PT, and one went on to play sports in college. The other graduated from Baylor and has a good job now.
I moved to Pine Tree from one of the best school districts in the nation. Then, I was appalled with Pine Tree's teaching quality. An unfair appraisal. PT does the best it can. It's in a town that can't attract great faculty. Pine Tree is not a wonderful school district by any reasonable standard. Check TAKS standards, graduation rates, foreign language teaching, etc. and you will come to the same conclusion. That said, in East Texas, Pine Tree is actually one of the best systems. (Spring Hill is a better district). Big fish, little pond. Some consider the school to be 'blue ribbon' mainly because they're from the area and perhaps are weighing the school on it's location (in nicer areas of the town) rather than by academic rigor. Make extra effort to talk/work with your kids.
Pine Tree has a Great theatre department and the academics with PT are perfect! I went to PT for 12 years and my kids have also gone there. One graduated and one has another year.
I went to Pine Tree from 2nd to 12th grade, and made a lot of memories. Not sure if they prepared me enough for college though. The school was always very safe, so that was not a problem. Good sports teams.
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