Middle School

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At Pinecrest Academy, our goal is to make the middle school years fun, memorable, and enriching. These transitional years are a time when a rigorous, yet formative and nurturing environment, is crucial for the healthy development of your child. Because we are a private, Catholic middle school, we can offer small class sizes and individual attention, both of which help lay the groundwork for a well-rounded education.
It is during the crucial middle school years that Christian values and habits, which form the foundation of your child’s adult character, begin to take shape. We partner with our parents in this formation of character. Our goal is to help each child develop into the unique Christian leader that God is calling him or her to be. We accomplish this through direct lessons in the classroom, virtue development throughout the school day through our Virtue Program, and the modeling of authentic Christian leadership through our teachers, coaches, campus ministers, and school leaders.

We have developed a unique transitional experience in the Middle School that moves students seamlessly from the care and comfort of elementary school to a nurturing environment that prepares them for the academic, social, and extracurricular demands of high school. Our unique method is age and developmentally appropriate for 6th through 8th grade students.

Our Middle School employs a highly structured, distinctive program that addresses the distinctive needs of this age group. Research shows that students from ages 11 to 14 learn more effectively when they are given outdoor breaks that allow for free play. The unstructured free play that occurs at our middle school recess has tremendous value in developing social, emotional, and leadership skills. We build our schedule with this in mind, allowing for multiple breaks throughout the day.

Our Middle School team works with each child to help cultivate the skills he or she will need for high school in an atmosphere that supports, teaches, and demands individual responsibility, critical thinking, and internalized discipline. Our loving teachers provide healthy and effective ways to transition a student from middle school into high school when the time comes.

In addition to providing a balanced and academically challenging curriculum, as a Catholic school, we are able to offer a loving Christ-centered environment, where prayer is a part of your child’s day, and where our team focuses on the whole child, preparing each student for our award-winning college-prep high school program.

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  • Language Arts

    In language arts, your child will be challenged to not only discern what is being communicated, but engage it and truly begin the work of independent thinking and communication, both in written work and speeches. In addition, students will be challenged to begin appreciating great literature as a critical reader, to engage in independent and systematic research, and to truly sustain and develop his own ideas and positions.
  • Mathematics

    In mathematics, all students pursue a track that completes the concepts and skills of algebra in eighth grade so that your child will be prepared to begin high school with geometry. In addition, mathematics will be used to develop the skills of systematic and abstract reasoning in your son or daughter.
  • Religion

    In Religion, your child will be inspired to not just know what the Church teaches, but why it teaches it and be able to understand and articulate the essential inner unity of the Faith. Specific content includes the forming of the conscience and increasing closeness to God, the Sacraments and our life in the Church.
  • Science

    In science, your child will begin the study of specific disciplines, studying Earth, Life and Physical Science in grades sixth through eighth. As the student begins these specific studies, they will continue to develop and apply the fundamental skills of scientific thinking and problem solving to each discipline.  Alongside our traditional science courses are elective courses such as STEAM, Stage Tech, Art, and Finance which further aid in the development of critical thinking skills in the sciences disciplines.
  • History & Geography

    Our social studies curriculum, with Geography for 6th & 7th graders and Georgia Studies for 8th graders, will prepare your child to face the challenges of the world as a future Christian leader.  The success of our students in these areas is measured by the level at which they demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to participate in and contribute to local communities, the nation, and the world.  Through the study of history and geography at Pinecrest, your student will understand complex connections to the past and recognize the commonality of people across time, while also developing the habits of thoughtful analysis, problem solving, and reflective thinking necessary to prepare your child to demonstrate love, compassion, and charity built upon the understanding of community, the nation, and the world.
  • Foreign Language

    In Spanish class, our middle schoolers are taught the foundational building blocks of the Spanish language, preparing them not only for advanced high school courses, but also for the world around them.  Nearly 50 million of their fellow Americans speak Spanish as a native or secondary language, and many U.S. businesses regard employees with even a basic comprehension of the Spanish language to be an invaluable asset to their daily business practices.
  • Arts

    The exploration of the visual and auditory arts that your child began in the lower grades will continue in middle school with an eye towards not only appreciating beauty in its myriad forms but also towards creating it and deepening their understanding of its expression in the various disciplines of art and music.
  • Technology

    Through all of these disciplines, you will find your child developing an easy, comfortable and varied ability to enhance their learning and communication through the integrated use of technology throughout all classes. Student laptops, cameras and other technological tools are regularly utilized in order to give your child skills in the use of word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and the various forms of communication made possible by digital media.

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  • Lenny Forti, PreK-8th Grade Principal

    Mr. Forti is from Buffalo, New York and was raised in an Italian Catholic family, along with three older sisters and a brother.
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  • Carter Mayville, PreK-8th Grade Dean of Academics

    Mr. Mayville holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.
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  • Jay Lynch, PreK-8th Grade Dean of Students

    Jay Lynch is the PreK-8th Grade Dean of Students and the Junior Paladins Athletics Director.
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Here's what parents and students are saying:

"I am so grateful to Pinecrest Academy. My middle school children have thrived here. The entire staff knows our family. They are caring and committed to educating the whole child. I have a dyslexic child that receives OG tutoring at school by a staff member and a gifted student that receives academic rigor that meets her needs. Pinecrest meets students at their individual level and works with them to build a plan of achievement. Socially, my children have thrived and have become involved in many activities and made wonderful friends. Very grateful to Pinecrest. A well deserved recognition." - Katherine Rohlikout, Pinecrest Parent

"I have been at Pinecrest since Kindergarten, and I love how tight-knit the Pinecrest community is. I have close relationships with all of my teachers, past and present, my friends and even coaches. Pinecrest is an amazing school because there is love everywhere around you and you can grow in your faith." - Elise, Class of 2027

"I love going to Pinecrest and am so happy my parents let me go there.  I have made a lot of friends there and the teachers and Priests are very nice and helpful.  My mom got to coach me in soccer and my dad got to coach me in basketball there.  Now I play volleyball with Coach Meyer and tennis with Coach McGraw and it is so much fun.  I also love the program called ECYD that is a girls program that talks about GOD and we have retreats and fun things we do together." - Sophia, Class of 2026

Why choose Pinecrest for Your Middle Schooler?

  1. Small class sizes, where every student has the opportunity to learn and succeed (no more than 24 students per class).
  2. Exceptional teachers who know and understand the middle school child in this important stage of life.
  3. High School Preparatory Curriculum, providing each student with the needed skills to be successful during the high school years and beyond.
  4. STEAM program with hands-on problem solving to understand how structure impacts function.
  5. Opportunities to participate simultaneously in multiple clubs and sports.
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Pinecrest Academy's private Catholic middle school is conveniently located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children.
Our Mission: To form Christian leaders who will transform society.
955 Peachtree Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770.888.4477