Message from the Head of School

Welcome to The Pine School – home of the Knights!

The Pine School is the region’s premier college preparatory school dedicated to maintaining the original mission that has framed our institution for nearly half a century – knowing each child personally and fully supporting his or her development in character, academics, arts and athletics, through a strong partnership of students, faculty and parents.  We are known for our challenging core academic program, our noteworthy record of selective college admissions, compassionate educators, and a community where character matters and everyone is held to high expectations for their behavior as well as the moral and ethical dimensions of their decisions. 

It is an honor and a privilege for me to lead this dynamic and vibrant school community in our 47th year, a year in which our theme is All Knights together – Learning through Service. Our goal is to engage each person in the happiness of giving. Throughout my 25 years at The Pine School, this has always been a place with a special blend of teaching, learning and timeless values and now we can truly be a learning community together.

Whether you are hearing the sounds of laughter and learning from our youngest learners or experiencing the academic rigor of a high school AP course, I know you will be as impressed as I was more than two decades ago by the challenge and care our educators constantly provide for children, colleagues, and families.

To truly feel The Pine School difference, I invite you to visit us.  See what we do and why.  We would love to meet with you about your children, learn what your hopes are for them, and show you how the distinctive, relationship-based educational program The Pine School offers pairs with your dreams.

Phyllis Parker
Head of School

Head of School's Blog


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Final Head of School Message Post From Phyllis Parker 0 Phyllis Parker 06/06/2017 06/06/2017
Transitions and change are positive for an organization that has their eye on the future. The Pine School, over the past decade has endured and conquered, alongside the Martin and Palm Beach area, hur... read more
#PineBeyondTheClassroom 0 Phyllis Parker 04/24/2017 04/24/2017
Since the founding of The Pine School, we have adhered to a philosophy that learning is not confined to a classroom or an age group. Opportunities continually arise to learn outside of the classroom w... read more
The Hobe Sound Campus Turns Ten 0 Phyllis Parker 02/02/2017 02/02/2017
Please join me in celebrating the anniversary of being on the Hobe Sound campus for ten years this week!  What a roller coaster decade it has been and we are at the top of our ride this year. ... read more
Learning Through Service 0 Phyllis Parker 08/18/2016 08/18/2016
I am so proud to welcome all of our students, parents, grandparents, faculty, members of the Board of Trustees and friends to this, the 47th year for The Pine School. This will be a year filled wit... read more
Head of School Annual Report - May 2016 0 Phyllis Parker 05/13/2016 05/13/2016
Our first year together as a K-12 school has been amazing. We are all Knights together for sure.  The feeling of being one school was immediately evident in August and with every passing school w... read more
Joy 0 Phyllis Parker 01/22/2016 01/22/2016
Following each semester, The Pine School gathers students to recognize those that have made exceptional efforts in the classroom and with their grades. In addition to supporting those that excel, this... read more
Shared Responsibility 0 Phyllis Parker 09/17/2015 09/17/2015
TPS parents have increasingly come to administrators and teachers asking us to help them strategize  methods to help them (parents) manage their children’s digital lives. Our children are i... read more
Starting Right 0 Phyllis Parker 08/26/2015 04/04/2017
Welcome to a new school year filled with expectations and possibilities.   Though the sultry days of summer are still upon us and our weather eye is on the tropics, the campus is abuzz with an... read more
End of Year Letter to TPS Families 0 Phyllis Parker 05/15/2015 05/15/2015
In two weeks The Pine School will complete it’s 45th anniversary year, graduate its 7th class of seniors, and say good-bye to the cherished Stuart campus. These are all nostalgic events, and the... read more
Inside Information on Teacher Professional Development Days 0 Phyllis Parker 02/10/2015 02/10/2015
As a parent, do you wonder what teachers actually do on professional development days? Is that code talk for a day when teachers eat a late breakfast, get an extra cup of coffee, gather in groups to t... read more
Fidgeting Helps Focus 0 Phyllis Parker 11/18/2014 11/18/2014
Educators, researchers, and students are discovering the benefits and advantages of movement in the classroom.  Pine School teachers are embracing the surprising idea that movement, when channele... read more
Creating the Culture 0 Phyllis Parker 10/06/2014 10/06/2014
This week is National Bullying Prevention Week. I am proud that The Pine School has established a coordinated effort throughout the grades to create a culture in which bullying is not accepted or tole... read more
A Word on the Weather 0 Phyllis Parker 08/14/2014 08/14/2014
Whatever you think about climate change, everyone knows that this time of year in Florida is brutally hot.  When we travel away from Florida in the summer and return, that first step out of the c... read more
Looking Forward 0 Phyllis Parker 06/03/2014 06/03/2014
Possunt Quia, possunt videntur!  - That which seems possible, is possible.   I have had the privilege of hearing John Chubb, President of NAIS twice this year, once in February at th... read more
Annual Review Speech - Annual Meeting 2014 0 Phyllis Parker 05/16/2014 05/16/2014
As we close out the 2013-14 school year it is important to note significant events and advancements in TPS over the last 12 months.  In August of 2013 TPS opened its doors to 380 students, of ... read more
Remembering February 12, 2007 0 Phyllis Parker 02/11/2014 02/11/2014
Monday, February 12, 2007 was the first full day of classes on the brand new Hobe Sound campus.  Faculty and families had worked together all weekend to put the finishing touches on the classroom... read more
The Secret of Happiness 0 Phyllis Parker 12/04/2013 12/04/2013
"Keep the smile, leave the tension, feel the joy, forget the worry, hold the peace, leave the pain, always be happy."  - Unknown Dear Friends and Colleagues, As we enter this holi... read more
Ready to Teach Manners? 0 Phyllis Parker 10/09/2013 10/09/2013
Turns out that all those times your mother insisted you keep your elbows off the table, wait your turn to speak, and always help with chores around the house helped you in more ways that you realize.&... read more
Parent/Teacher Conferences 0 Phyllis Parker 09/24/2013 09/24/2013
The theme for school year ’13-’14 is Building Community.  We are working every day to develop and forge relationships between campuses, faculty and administration, and most certainly ... read more
Welcome to 2013-2014 0 Phyllis Parker 08/21/2013 08/21/2013
Welcome to the 2013-1014 school year.  Community is a cornerstone of The Pine School experience.  I like to believe it is the cornerstone of any school.  With new families and faculty a... read more
The Importance of Mentoring 0 Phyllis Parker 04/02/2013 04/02/2013
  When I was in Philadelphia at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference, I picked up a book titled The Head’s Handbook: A Guide for Aspiring, New, and Exper... read more
Think Big, Think Great in 2013 0 Phyllis Parker 03/04/2013 03/06/2013
  Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The theme of the conference was Revolutionary Tradit... read more