Lower School

The elementary years are a time of growth and development for your child during which many lifelong habits and attitudes are established.

Whatever the subject or activity, nurturing a positive self-concept and cultivating a love and enthusiasm for learning are crucial during these formative years. This is why, at Pinecrest Academy, we will pay special attention to the unique talents, temperament and circumstances of your son or daughter. Small class sizes (no more than 20) and a family-like atmosphere will allow your child to receive a genuine education according to his or her strengths and needs.

In all subject areas, Pinecrest proclaims that truth is the foundation of knowledge and learning. Our curriculum is balanced and academically challenging, and will thoroughly prepare your child for any demanding college preparatory high school program.

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  • Language Arts

    Language arts encompasses the areas of vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading and literature, composition, listening, public speaking and handwriting. Emphasis on building grammar and vocabulary proficiency will assist your child in the acquisition of effective communication skills. Extensive phonics work is used to develop a strong foundation for word attack, decoding and spelling skills. Exposure to the world of literature is accomplished through all genres such as poetry, novels, and short stories. Reading comprehension, composition and public speaking are the primary focuses of instruction at the intermediate level.
  • Mathematics

    The mathematics curriculum consists of programs which emphasize mastery of basic skills and facts for speed, accuracy and understanding of concepts up through algebra. Instruction begins with a hands-on, concrete approach and builds a solid foundation of basic mathematical skills. Your child will participate in activities that enable her to develop problemsolving skills, critical thinking, abstract reasoning and mathematical concepts consistent with each grade level. Your child will become confident in the mathematical skills that will support her future work in classes, careers and daily living.
  • Social Studies

    Social studies is primarily the study of history and geography, but also includes civics and an elementary understanding of economics. Our goal is to help your child think critically and analytically about past events, as well as provide a framework for understanding other cultural works such as art and literature. We also seek to foster a sense of belonging and cultural identity, which are essential for your child to come to an appreciation of his own heritage, as well as to cultivate respect for diversity in other cultures and beliefs.
  • Science

    Our science curriculum is designed to awaken a curiosity and a sense of wonder in your child about the world and how it works. Through the study of the Earth and space, life science and physical science by means of hands-on projects, scientific experiments and field trips, your child will come to know the general laws of nature and the scientific method. She will learn to ask questions, investigate answers and think conceptually. The development of your child’s self-awareness and an understanding of her place in the universe and responsibility for the environment are also part of the curriculum.
  • Religion

    Religion is a vital part of the school curriculum and will instill and nurture in your child a personal relationship with and deep love for Jesus Christ, transmitting a thorough understanding of the Catholic faith, and conveying that spiritual growth is an integral part of his daily life. Religion class meets, and the faith is integrated throughout the curriculum and school year. Students are encouraged to form habits of virtue throughout the school day, as well as at home.
  • Spanish

    Spanish is taught in kindergarten through eighth grades. In the elementary and intermediate grades, your child will learn basic conversational phrases, vocabulary and grammar, as well as the geography and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education is an important aspect of the integral formation of your child. Through physical exercises, organized sports and age-appropriate games, he will have fun while staying fit and learning about good health. He will develop strength and coordination, teamwork, communication skills, self control, and the ability to follow directions and rules.
  • Music & Art

    Music and art help develop the aesthetic dimension of the human mind. Our music program is designed to teach your child to understand and appreciate musical masterpieces, as well as to give him opportunities to express himself musically through singing and playing. The study of great works of art is incorporated into the history curriculum, while formal art classes will familiarize him with basic skills, concepts and mediums.
  • STEM

    Our STEM program taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering – now and for years to come. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations, students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and learn to try and try again when faced with challenges.
  • Technology

    In the Lower School, the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Teachers use technology to introduce, reinforce, extend, enrich, assess, and remediate student mastery of private school grade curricular standards. Thoughtfully planned lessons help engage students to a higher degree and lead to the development of 21st-century skills, such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.

    In science and social studies, programs like Discovery Education and Brainpop help students connect to the outside world and examine and solve real-life applications of science and social studies. Brain breaks and movement activities are enhanced through developmentally specific programs. Curricular resources like Starfall for Language Arts and Mathletics for Math enhance instruction and provide remediation or enrichment according to the needs of the individual student.

    Throughout the Lower School, technology is used as one of many tools to personalize instruction and reinforce mastery of learning targets based on the individual needs of each learner.

Lower School Testimonials

"Pinecrest has been a phenomenal gift to our entire family. Our children are not only loved, but their individual uniqueness is understood. The extraordinary teachers have an amazing way of connecting with every student and pushing them to their fullest potential." - Jennifer Althardt, Mom to Lower School Students Nolan, Lily and Lucas

"We were impressed at how clearly and consistently the Pinecrest mission of forming the whole child is communicated. Within the first semester alone, there were several examples of the school providing enlightening and enjoyable opportunities for partnering with parents to reinforce this message." - Karen Kress, Mom to Lower School Students Shannon and Ryan

"We highly recommend Pinecrest Academy to everyone regardless of religious affiliation." - Mike Lee, Dad to Reagan Lee

Why Pinecrest for your elementary school-aged child?

  1. Small classes allow for personal attention (no more than 20 students per class).
  2. Exceptional teachers, over half of whom hold advanced degrees.
  3. High academic standards to enrich your child’s learning experience, while maintaining a developmentally appropriate atmosphere.
  4. Nurturing Environment, insuring each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.
  5. Fine Arts and Language programs, including Art, Band, Drama, Music and Spanish.
  6. Fully integrated STEM program.

And much more! Schedule a private tour and come and see what Pinecrest has to offer your family.

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  • Madeliene Flanagan Principal, Lower School

    Madeliene Flanagan was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Stone Mountain. She attended Georgia State University and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
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