To request more information or to schedule a personal tour, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information: your name; your preferred method of contact (phone or email); gender and birth date(s) of your child(ren); current school (if applicable); and in which school year and grade(s) you are interested.
It is the goal of the admissions team to create classes of talented, involved, and responsible students. The school seeks students with skills, interests, and experiences that will enhance a class and contribute to the community of the school in a variety of areas. The school values diversity and fresh perspectives in the community.
Acceptance to Pinecrest School is offered to students whose abilities fall within a range that is likely to predict success in our academic setting. As part of our efforts to individualize, we do provide some learning support for students with the expectation that they will become self-reliant over time. However, Pinecrest School cannot provide extensive assistance for students with severe learning, social, and/or emotional differences.
Pinecrest School admits students of any sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school.
Pinecrest School accepts applications on a rolling basis (i.e., year round). A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required with application materials.
- Parents/guardians tour the school at an open house or arrange a personal tour/meeting with the Admissions Associate.
- Parents/guardians submit child's application with a non-refundable, non-transferable $50.00 application fee in the form of a check made payable to Pinecrest School. The application is available for download on the school website (under the “Admissions” tab) or parents/guardians may contact the Admissions Associate to request a copy via email
- Once the child’s application is received and processed, parents/guardians will be contacted about the prospective student visit; the prospective student visit will not be scheduled until the child's application and application fee have been received.
- Informal assessment occurs during the prospective student visit. When school is in session, the child will come to Pinecrest to spend time in his/her current age group or class.
When school is not in session, the child will spend some time with the Head of School and/or a classroom teacher.
- Prospective preschool students will spend 15-20 minutes visiting one of Pinecrest’s preschool classes. Parents/guardians will accompany their child on the visit.
- Rising kindergarten students will spend approximately two hours visiting Pinecrest’s Preschool 4 class. Parents/guardians are invited to walk their child to class prior to dropping them off for their visit.
- Rising Grades 1-6 students will spend a full day in their current grade. Parents/guardians are invited to walk their child to class prior to dropping them off for their visit.
- Parents/guardians of rising K-Grade 6 students must ask a current teacher, principal, director, or guidance counselor to complete a teacher recommendation form about their child. This form is provided by Pinecrest School and, once it is completed, should be mailed directly back to Pinecrest by the educator completing the form. All recommendations are used for admission purposes only. The teacher recommendation form is available for download on the school website (under the “Admissions” tab) or parents/guardians may contact the Admissions Associate to request a copy via email. (Does not apply to applicants to preschool.)
- Parents/guardians of rising K-Grade 6 students must request that their child’s current school release student records to Pinecrest School. This form is provided by Pinecrest, and should be completed by the parents/guardians and then submitted to their child’s current school. Student records should be mailed directly back to Pinecrest by the school registrar completing the form. The release of student records form is available for download on the school website (under the “Admissions” tab) or parents/guardians may contact the Admissions Associate to request a copy via email.
- While Pinecrest School does not require any formal testing to gain admission, we encourage parents/guardians to share with us results of any relevant testing their child may have undergone, so that we may better understand their child’s educational and/or social and emotional needs.
The application process is complete once the following have been received or has taken place:
- completed application form and $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable application fee
- prospective student visit
- completed teacher recommendation form (rising K-Grade 6 students only)
- completed release of records form (rising K-Grade 6 students only)
- any testing results or other relevant materials (if applicable)
Parents/guardians will receive notification by mail from the admissions team indicating the school's admission decision. Letters of acceptance will be accompanied by a student registration contract. This registration contract, along with a $200.00 non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee in the form of a check made payable to Pinecrest School, must be completed and returned to the school in order for the child's place in the class to be secure.
Admission decisions are based on:
- prospective student visit and/or informal assessment
- teacher recommendation form (rising K-Grade 6 students only)
- academic record
- demonstrated talent, interest, and experience in activities that enhance the class and school community
- school readiness, behavioral maturity, and motivation
- interest of the family in participating in the school community
- parent/guardian meeting(s) and interactions
Financial aid is available on a limited basis to families who demonstrate financial need, defined as the difference between a child's educational expenses and the family's resources. A separate financial aid application exists that parents/guardians should complete after the school had made an admission decision. Financial aid applications can be obtained from the Admissions Director.
Financial aid decisions are based on:
- income (both taxable and non-taxable) and expenses
- assets and indebtedness
- family size
- number of family members attending tuition-based schools (including colleges/universities)
A copy of the family's most recent federal income tax return(s) must accompany completed financial aid applications. If expenses exceed income, a statement must be attached detailing the source(s) of tuition payments.
Financial aid is not automatically granted each year and families must reapply each year.
Families receiving financial aid may be asked to perform certain duties and responsibilities over and above the standard parent/guardian participation in school activities and school community events.
Financial aid decisions are kept confidential and are made jointly by the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Head of School.