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7209 Quiet Cv
Annandale, VA 22003

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January 10, 2015
Top 10 Reasons we love Pinecrest School: 1. My kids can't wait to get to school in the morning. 2. Small classes, never more than 15. 3. My children are receiving an AMAZING hands-on, well thought-out education. They are well prepared for AAP in public schools, or any local private school. 4. They re conversationally fluent in Spanish by 6th grade graduation. 5. They don t teach to the test. 6. The communication is fantastic. I have never once been lost in the shuffle. 7. They greet me and my children every day with a genuine smile and by name. 8. They make learning fun! 9. It is a real community with people from all over the world, right here at Pinecrest, and I love that! 10. Parents are welcome to help and be a part of the school. It s encouraged, but not mandatory. So if you want a wonderful education, a nurturing community and a safe place for your children, come take a look. The view is going to get even better when we have our new lower school building in place. Oh, and it doesn t hurt that our tuition is considerably less than most non-parochial private schools in the area. Bonus! Bottom line: We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
This school makes learning fun, and the smaller classes lead to a very individualized experience for the kids. The highlight of each school year is the class play, which the teachers often co-create with the students. The kids have a great experience, and learn about the subject matter, from US History to Insects, and more. I have had all three of my children attend Pinecrest, and headed there to benefit my oldest, who was overwhelmed by the large, loud classes at public school. But my two youngest have also thrived in this very personal learning environment. The school follows the standards of learning set forth by the county, then moves beyond the approved curriculum with team projects, after school programs, and many, many field trips to DC, Williamsburg, local nature centers, etc. Finally, my kids love the voluntary K-Kids group that is part of the Kiwanis-- the children learn about not just ways to help others, but why it is important to help others. The school does offer financial aid, and can be very generous in special cases-- but it is also one of the most affordable private schools in VA.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My kids are thriving at Pinecrest and truly LOVE school. The teachers are PHENOMENAL -- dynamic, creative and really are committed to actively engaging students. For example, my kids' classes have baked a giant cookie in the shape of Virginia and iced it to identify the regions, created resumes and applied for classroom jobs to make enough money to write checks for their monthly mortgage (their desk) utilities, etc, mentored the younger students by reading to them through the school's weekly Book Buddy program, made their own mini movies in computer class, complete with voice-overs and take home CD's.... and so on. I am amazed at what they are learning and retaining at their ages -- and think it's largely due to being so happy and engaged there. So thankful for Pinecrest!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
We pulled our daughter out of public school and have watched her confidence soar since day #1 at Pinecrest. I have been brought to tears seeing the changes in her and seeing her find her way. She was admitted into our base school's AAP program and is not only learning more than she was, but is loving going to school every day. The kids look out for each other and the Head of School reinforces that behavior on a daily basis. There is a spirit of kindness here that we have seen her completely embrace. Among her favorite Pinecrest special events is a Thanksgiving feast where all of the students are served by parents and are then seated with students and teachers from other grades. This tradition epitomizes the school's "This is Community" mantra, which makes for such a successful learning environment for our daughter. Pinecrest is a rare find, and we are thrilled to have discovered it.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
We cant believe we have found such a warm, positive, intellectual, creative environment for our son to spend his school days! The local public school offered a "traditional education." Our son cried every morning and dreaded going back the next day. The faculty seemed impatient and exhausted. Toward the end of 3rd grade, we decided to look for a private school within our price-range that might salvage his impression of learning and ease his anxiety. Pinecrest seemed to match our criteria, but we had no idea how much it would alter his educational experience. He BEGS for school in the morning. At pick-up time he spills all of the fun details of the day. This is hands-down the BEST decision we have ever made. Gifted students may excel further, while students with needs are given time and attention needed. Discipline is handled in a supportive/appropriate manner (which gives my son relief from worry/distraction.) Music, art, foreign language, computer and a phenomenal gym "coach" make this place feel like summer camp, every day! Pinecrest has put our son's attitude about school in the right direction, and will leave him with deep roots and strong wings for secondary school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
Pinecrest is about community. As a parent, you must be willing to contribute as much to your children's educational experience as the wonderful staff who work with them daily. The children, knowing that mom and/or dad are also dedicated, naturally tend to step up and engage fully. The results are unbelievable and the kids love going to school. Pinecrest focuses as much on the emotional and social development of young children as they do the academic development. And with small class sizes, the kids get significant individualized attention. Each child is pushed according to his/her abilities and supported individually to stay on grade level. Enrichment classes, including Spanish, PE, Art, Music and Computers begin during Pre-K and drive a comprehensive curriculum. We have two children at Pinecrest and like many other parents, wanted an environment driven by a love of learning, not of testing and frustrated teachers. We've been rewarded by teachers who love their work, kids who love their school and a community of parents who devote their time to helping make it all possible. And the tuition is far less than many of the other private schools in the area. We could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
I cannot say enough positive things about Pinecrest. It is clearly a hidden gem! I have 2 children that currently attend this school and they both are so eager to get to school each morning. (A huge turn-around from their previous school where they would be crying when I dropped them off and picked them up!) The teachers are not only adept at gently pushing each child to their full academic potential but they are very nurturing and concerned about each child's emotional development. The Pinecrest Community focuses on the whole child and each child gets the attention they need. Class sizes are considerably smaller than other schools, both private and public, and the parents are very involved in this tight knit community. I appreciate the recommendation I received from another parent that steered us to Pinecrest! Kudos to all the staff and teachers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
My daughter has attended Pinecrest for two years, and her love for the school is clearly expressed in her excitement and eagerness to go to school every day. Pinecrest provides a strong sense of security through the love, caring and dedication the faculty and staff show towards the students learning and well being, which adds to my daughter's eagerness to go to school to learn and play.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
There are a million different things that make Pinecrest a fantastic school: the teachers, the curriculum, the small class sizes. However, if I had to pick just one reason why we are so happy to be part of the Pinecrest community, it would be that every day, without fail, my kids come home and say, "I had a great day. I love school." I can't think of a greater compliment to a program than having such happy, enthusiastic students with a clear love of learning. -Current parent, children in grades 2 & 4

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
Children here learn to think outside of the box! The teachers go above and beyond to plan innovative lessons, performances, and projects that encourage curiosity and discovery. It is a small family friendly community where parents can be involved. Amazing teachers, staff, and students! Everyday my child says how much she loves Pinecrest and sometimes it is so much fun it does not feel like school!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
Pinecrest has been a terrific experience. We have been in preschool for two years and would likely continue at the school if we were not leaving the area. Pinecrest combines nurturing, play and academics perfectly. In this area it is often hard to feel connected, but Pinecrest does a great job of connecting kids and families with their school community. I cannot say enough good things about the experience we have had at Pinecrest, it will certainly be something that stays with my son for a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
This is our third year at Pinecrest. Our children (in 2nd grade and preschool) are thriving academically, emotionally, socially and absolutely love going to school every day. It was very important to us to send our boys to a school that would challenge them academically while being a nurturing place for them to grow and learn. We have been consistently impressed with how well the teachers know them and address their individual needs. Not only do the teachers and staff care for their students, but they also foster an environment where the children support and respect one another. Pinecrest s regular school day is impressive, including enrichment classes for pre-K 6th grades; they also offer a fantastic after-care program, great after-school activities, and a summer camp the boys look forward to every year. We couldn t be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
I just got the 'Great Schools' email about checking on your school's test scores to see how well it is doing. Fortunately, my child is at Pinecrest and does not have to suffer through the SOL process (I see lots of kids in the middle of that right now and feel sorry for how much it intrudes into their schooling). That being written, I just got her test scores from the one standardized achievement test they use to assess where the class is and if they are doing a decent job. The scores I got confirm everything I have believed about Pinecrest, specifically that it does a fabulous job teaching kids to be WELL above the minimum requirements. In fact, I believe the results show that they are able to teach at a higher level than the County GT programs. I am thrilled with all that she is learning, but even more importantly, I am thrilled that she loves going to school and her love of learning extends beyond the classroom and into life in general.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I am the parent of a first grader and I turned to Great Schools to research our private school options. All I can say is THANKYOU! We began our journey with the Summer Pavilion and it was wonderful- the camp experience is so creative and different from anything else we have found. Our daughter loved it. With regard to the school, we have seen our daughter thrive under the small class size (hers is a full class of 15) and intimate atmosphere. The teachers are wonderful and really focus on each child - which lets them grow and develop socially and intellectually at their own pace, but with amazing results. The teachers and staff are remarkably accessible and committed. Family involvement is encouraged and you feel so welcome among the staff, teachers and school community. There are special classes (like French, computer, library...) which help to provide a challenging and dynamic environment for the kids. After-care is available and my daughter LOVES her time in aftercare. There are also enrichment type aftercare classes (like study buddies, mad science...) which are wonderful experiences for the kids and very popular.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
My three year old is currently attending Pinecrest and we all love the preschool and after-care program. Their early literacy and developmental mathematics programs are excellent and our daughter has excelled in her language and skill development. She talks about her teachers and friends and all the adults in her school know her name and welcome her each day. We are very grateful to Pinecrest for giving our daughter such a wonderful first school experience that she'll take with her for life.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2010
I am the daughter of the other review, and I LOVE this school. The teachers have great ideas for teaching us stuff, they are nice,and they have awesome programs.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2010
Our son has been a student at Pinecrest School since first grade. We were looking for a school with excellent academics and small class sizes. Pinecrest has proved to be that school and more. Now a rising fourth grader, our son is flourishing academically and socially. His teachers are caring, nurturing and highly supportive. They use multiple instructional methods that cater to various learning styles. Because the class sizes are kept small, his teachers know our son well and are able to individualize their instruction to his best advantage. For example, Pinecrest's flexible math program has allowed him to jump ahead a grade in math, enabling him to work to full potential. In addition, he is excited to go to school every day. He also enjoys Pinecrest's many extracurricular activities and its summer camp, Pinecrest Pavilion. We are confident that our son is receiving an outstanding education at Pinecrest School.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Pinecrest has been life-changing for my child! My biggest regret is that I did not bypass the public kindergarten and go straight to Pinecrest. Pinecrest has a wonderful principal and a parent Board of Trustees. The teachers are committed, intelligent people. The school has a curriculum that logically builds upon itself from one year to the next. Pinecrest actually teaches grammar! They have vocabulary AND spelling! The school is able to accommodate different types of learners. Kids who are able may move up in math beyond grade level. Thanks to the small class sizes and the differentiated instruction, academics are advanced without the pressure. Much can be accomplished during the school day without all of the distractions. My child was overlooked and languishing in the public school. Now he is actively learning and excelling! I have no doubt that people hoping to qualify their kids for GT in 3rd grade would get the best foundation possible at Pinecrest. That being said, the nurturing environment would be difficult to give up.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
Both of our boys are thriving at Pinecrest School. They are learning, making friends and having fun. Although they have very different learning styles and different strengths and weaknesses, the school's small class sizes allow the teachers to meet each of them where they are and encourage and inspire them to improve. We are thrilled to have found such a wonderful school community.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
Pinecrest has it all - outstanding teachers, small classes, and the flexibility to allow children to accelerate as they are able. The school provides a supportive community where a child can develop self-confidence and feel good about themselves. The dynamic in the classroom is engaging. My son started here in 3rd grade. I only wish we had found Pinecrest sooner.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 29, 2010
Pinecrest School offers a wonderful environment in which teaching is a daily joy.Teachers can teach, and support each other, both in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are professional, knowledgeable, and care not only for their individual classes, but the entire student body. Individual instruction is a given on an as - needed basis because we have small student - teacher ratios. Support from the Head of School, Board of Trustees and parents is awesome! Together we are a blended, respectful, fun - loving community who love and care for all students who attend Pinecrest School - a rare partnership not found in many of today's school environments. Simply said, No child is left behind at Pinecrest School.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2010
After experiencing both public and private area schools, we were fortunate enough to discover this phenomenal Utopia for our 9 year old daughter last year. (We finally got it right!) She has blossomed in this nurturing environment! Each day, she is challenged w/stimulating, fun, interactive lessons by experienced, loving teachers who know her well. (She also loves the frequent field trips that complement what the students are studying in class.) There are no social pressures, only encouragement to achieve her potential. She is happy, confident, and enthusiastic about her studies. Thank you Pinecrest! No other school comes close.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
My daughter hated school until we decided to try Pinecrest. Now she loves school and can't wait to get there everyday. The small class size and friendly nature of the school makes this a stress free learning environment for her. Academically she is thriving and is a much happier kid. The teachers are great and I can not say enough about how much happier our entire family is. Thank you Pinecrest!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
Last summer, my boys could not contain their excitement about each and every camp session. They would get into the car talking over each other to tell me all the details about their morning. The word that my younger son used most often to describe camp was 'awesome!' This camp experience was phenomenal for all of us. Both of my boys learned while having fun in a fantastic environment filled with staff members who were not only professional and knowledgeable, but fun-loving, caring, enthusiastic and energetic. I cannot thank Pinecrest School enough for creating this Pinecrest Summer Pavilion program. Your camp director s creativity, attention to detail, and amazing organizational skills showed each and every day. My boys are already signed up for summer 2008 and we can t wait to return!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
Pinecrest is wonderful, small school that offers children many options to discover their strengths and interests and/or to overcome any challenges they might face. Our son, who is now in 5th grade, has been there since kindergarten and we could not be happier with the strong academic foundation he has gotten. We believe that Pinecrest has given him the tools he needs to be successful anywhere. Next year, he'll attend a gifted/talent center in the Fairfax County Public Schools. Although Pinecrest is private, and not required to give SOL tests, they do conduct regular standardized testing to assess the students' progress, which is reassuring. As a small school with small classes, Pinecrest is able offer kids highly individualized instruction as well as exposure to many fun, educational and cultural opportunities (both planned far in advance and those that may present themselves with little advance notice). Check Pinecrest out!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I could not recommend Pinecrest School highly enough. We are a British family with a 4 and 7 year old living in the US for 3 years and school was obviously a major concern. I read wonderful things about Pincrest School on this website and after a very encouraging conversation with the Headteacher, I decided it would be perfect for my children. We have now been here for 7 months and Pinecrest School is the greatest thing I could have possibly done for my children. The small class sizes and very nurturing environment along with the wonderful enrichment programme (French, Music, Computers, PE) have brought out the best in my children who tell me they don't ever want to leave! The school has superb leadership and I am constantly amazed by how well all the faculty know each child. It will be with great sadness we leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
We love Pinecrest! We have watched our child grow confident and happy since attending for the past two years. He used to be the type of student that would just want to blend into the class and not participate. Now he is an active participant in school. Someone said that Pinecrest is the best kept secret in Northern Virginia and I have to agree. But then when you find something that works this well, you want to shout it out!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My oldest child has attended Pinecrest from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, and my youngest attended preschool there and just started Kindergarten. Pinecrest School has been great for my children. The school has small class sizes which allows for the children to get individualized instruction and learn at their own pace. The atmosphere is very nurturing and caring. It is so wonderful to have my children in a school where all of the teachers know each child by name. My children look forward to going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
We have been Pinecrest parents for 5 years--beginning at the preschool level for both our kids. We originally chose the Pinecrest preschool because of it's academic emphasis and 5-day program. We have stayed because of the amazing combination of nurturing and academic excellence that Pinecrest consistently provides our children in each grade. We also really love the 'family' emphasis at Pinecrest. As parents we are always welcome to participate in school activities or to observe our children in their classroom. The school special events are always oriented toward the whole family and everyone gets involved in the fun. Because of it's small size and committed staff, we have always had frequent opportunities to ask questions of, or obtain feedback from the teachers. We often feel that we are partnering with the teachers in determining how best to meet our children's needs...

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
We've been very pleased with Pinecrest since we moved our older daughter there four years ago after a disastrous experiment with our local public shool Kindergarten. Pinecrest offered the ability to tailor our daughter's lessons to her abilities and progress, and more individualized attention. On top of that, we've been very happy with the family friendly atmosphere, and have gained a number of long-term friends during our time there. Teachers and administrators (to our pleasant surpise after dealing with the public school bureaucracy) are more than willing to take time to discuss a child's progress, issues, strengths, and weaknesses. All in all, an incredibly positive experience. We are now switching our older daughter to (a different) public school, and will start our younger daughter at Pinecrest for Kindergarten in the Fall. In short, highly recommended. -Ben Purser, Annandale

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
My child has attended Pinecrest School for the past 5 years; I feel it is the best kept secret in Nothern Virginia. I am an involved parent and have watched the children flourish in an atmosphere of warmth, safety, and academic challenge. Each staff member knows each child by name which creates an atmosphere of community and belonging. The children eat lunch in the classroom with their fellow classmates and teacher, allowing for the social bonding which typically surrounds a meal. Recess is monitored by teachers and a voluntter parent to make sure that no child is left out or singled out and that all activities are safe and fair. Pinecrest School not only teaches but emulates dignity and respect for all.

- submitted by a parent
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At Pinecrest School, small classes, caring and committed teachers, involved parents, and a cohesive school community combine with a challenging, hands-on educational program to foster the development in students of high self-esteem, civic awareness, and academic rigor. Our individualized education approach enables each child to grow academically, socially, and emotionally at his or her own pace within a nurturing and supportive educational environment.

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Pinecrest School
7209 Quiet Cv, Annandale, VA  22003
(703) 354-3446
Last modified Pinecrest School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Pinecrest School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top