The Pinecrest School Community

Tucked just inside the Beltway in the heart of Annandale, Virginia, Pinecrest School is a vibrant community of students, teachers and parents committed to nurturing curiosity, confidence and a love of learning. Now in our sixth decade, our independent, non-sectarian school serves children from preschool age three through sixth grade. Pinecrest School also offers an exceptionally diverse camp program – Pinecrest Pavilion – to four-year-old preschoolers and rising K-6 students during the summer and winter and spring breaks.

Pinecrest fills a unique niche for families primarily in the Annandale, Falls Church, Springfield and Alexandria communities. Many families seek an affordable, alternative educational option for their children. Pinecrest rises to meet these educational ideals and values, maintaining a student to teacher ratio of 9:1, graduating students who rank in the top quartile of every academic area tested (Stanford 10 achievement test) and go on to top secondary schools in the region, such as The Congressional Schools of Virginia, Trinity School at Meadow View, Bishop O’Connell High School and the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Pinecrest maintains full accreditation with AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). During our most recent five year re-accreditation in November 2013, we received outstanding reviews by the AdvancED external review team: “Observations in the school’s classrooms indicated an impressively high level of engagement and collaboration. Those observations confirmed the school’s commitment to meeting both the educational and emotional needs of its students. Particularly high results were noted in the areas of high expectation environment, supportive learning environment, active learning environment, and well-managed learning environment.”

Pinecrest School was voted Best Private School in 2011 and Best Preschool Program in 2014, 2013 and 2012 by Washington Family Magazine’s “Best for Families Survey.” The school’s summer camp program was awarded Best Summer Day Camp by the same magazine in 2014, 2013 and 2007. In March 2017, Pinecrest Pavilion at Pinecrest School was recognized as a Best Summer Camp by Northern Virginia Magazine.

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A lot of schools say they are like family but it is really true here. - External Review Team