Applying to Preschool

To apply to Pinecrest’s preschool program, parents/guardians must do the following:

  • Attend an open house or tour the school and meet with the Admissions Associate
  • Submit an online application and fee
  • Ask their child’s current preschool teacher or director to complete a recommendation form (applicable only if the child has been to preschool before)
  • Bring their child for a play visit
Step by Step Process
  • Parents/guardians tour the school at an open house or arrange a personal tour with the Admissions Associate.
  • Parents/guardians fill out the online application and submit a non-refundable, non-transferable application fee.
  • If the child has been to preschool before, please give the child’s current preschool teacher or preschool director a recommendation form to complete. (Add link to form).
  • The completed form should be mailed or emailed from the teacher/director to the Admissions Associate. This step is not necessary if the child has not been to preschool before.
  • Once the Admissions Associate has received the completed online application form, the application fee and the recommendation form (applicable), the parents/guardians will be contacted about scheduling a preschool play visit.
    • When school is in session, prospective preschool students will spend about 20 minutes visiting one of Pinecrest’s preschool classes, starting at 9 a.m. Parents/guardians will accompany their child on the visit.
    • When school is not in session, such as during the summer, the child will spend some time with the Head of School or a classroom teacher or do an approximately 20-minute play visit in Pinecrest Pavilion preschool camp. Parents/guardians will accompany their child on the visit.
Preschool Admissions Decisions

Parents/guardians will receive notification via email from the admissions team indicating the school's admission decision. Acceptance emails will include the link to the online registration contract, which must be accompanied by a non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee.

To secure the child's place in the class, Pinecrest School will need to receive the online registration contract and fee, the first tuition installment and (if applicable) the one-time new family enrollment fee within one month from the date on the acceptance email. The first tuition installment and the one-time new family enrollment fee should be paid by check (payable to Pinecrest School). View Tuition & Fees.

Preschool admission decisions are based on:

  • play visit and/or informal assessment with the Head of School or preschool teacher
  • teacher recommendation form (if applicable)
  • preschool readiness, behavioral maturity, and motivation
  • interest of the family in participating in the school community
  • parent/guardian meeting(s) and interactions