Our Mission and Philosophy
The mission of The Pine School is to promote academic excellence within a challenging, supportive, and moral environment that fosters the development of mind, body, and spirit.
The Pine School is a college preparatory, all-faith independent day school that serves students from Kindergarten through grade 12. The Pine School provides a strong traditional core curriculum while striving to instill high achievement and a lifelong love for learning. The school’s objective is to develop each student’s intellectual, physical, and creative talents in a supportive and moral environment. Students are encouraged to promote service above self and are inspired to develop a sense of commitment and involvement within their community.
In the Lower School, small class sizes and a challenging curriculum enable students to learn important academic skills in a nurturing and caring environment. The children become knowledgeable in computer technology and world language. The multifaceted fine arts and physical education programs are an integral part of the curriculum.
Expanding on the strong foundation of the Lower School programs, the Middle School offers a rigorous academic curriculum that promotes intellectual discipline, self-discovery. and creative thinking. Strong emphasis continues to be placed on the fine arts, computer technology, world languages, and athletics. Middle School students are encouraged to be self-reliant, critical thinkers who are civically responsible.
Within the Upper School, students are challenged to achieve academically, to exercise leadership, to participate in co-curricular activities that enhance their understanding of their own talents, to share their gifts with others, and to position themselves for success at the college or university level.
In addition to academic requirements, graduation requirements include 100 hours of community service and a senior capstone project. Internships, opportunities for multicultural exchanges, encounters with entrepreneurs and critical thinkers, and seminars with artists and scientists advance the philosophy of the Upper School in connecting students with a wider world and preparing them for leadership positions.
The Pine School seeks to nurture an awareness of ethics and values and encourages the “5 R’s”: Respect, Restraint, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, and Response to the community. Students are taught that excellence is a way of life and that success is the product of effort, good habits and self-motivation.