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Middle School

The middle school years, coming at the onset of adolescence, are a time when a rigorous, yet formative, environment is crucial for your child.

It is during the middle school years that the habits and skills your child has acquired during previous grades come to fruition. It is also during these crucial years that the values and habits that form the foundation of your child’s adult character begin to take shape.

The Middle School at Pinecrest Academy uses an approach that cultivates the skills needed for high school in an atmosphere that supports, teaches and demands individual responsibility, critical thinking and internalized discipline. The combination of small class size, a balanced and academically challenging curriculum, as well as a formative environment, helps prepare well-rounded individuals for a demanding 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. Incorporated into the Science curriculum is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) which further aides in the development of critical thinking skills in the sciences disciplines.
  • History & Geography

    Our history and geography curriculum will prepare your child to face the challenges of the world as a future Christian leader. As he studies World History II, American History and Contemporary Issues, success is measured by the level at which he demonstrates 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, geography and economics, your student will understand complex connections to the past, comprehend their context, recognize the commonality of people across time, appreciate the delicate balance of rights and responsibilities in a democratic society, and develop the habits of thoughtful analysis, problem solving, and reflective thinking necessary to lead a successful life in a very complex world. This program will prepare your child to demonstrate love, compassion, and charity built upon the understanding of community, the nation, and the world.
  • Foreign Language

    In foreign language, your child will continue the study of Spanish which began in Lower School, completing the curriculum typically accomplished in the freshman year of high school.
  • 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.
  • STEM

    Pinecrest utilizes the Project Lead the Way STEM program. During the transitional middle school years, PLTW Gateway to Technology curriculum empowers students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
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.

Denise Cress, Middle School Principal

Mrs. Cress holds a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Scranton, and has spent the last thirteen years in school administration. Before serving as a school administrator, Mrs. Cress worked in curriculum development and taught high school science at various diocesan schools in the Northeast and Southwest. While working for Pinecrest Academy, Mrs. Cress has traveled internationally to share her knowledge of curriculum development and teacher training. She was born in New York and enjoys living in the South. Mrs. Cress is married to husband, Barry, and they have two daughters, one a graduate of Pinecrest Academy and one a current student. They are members of St. Brendan Catholic Church.

Here's what parents and students are saying:

"Pinecrest has been a wonderful experience for our middle school boys. They have thrived academically, spiritually, and socially in a caring and nurturing environment that has supported our beliefs at home. My 8th grader has said 'I actually like school again at Pinecrest, Mom. Thanks for sending me there.'" - Ginger Soukup, Pinecrest Mom

"Pinecrest is more than just friends; it’s like a family” - Luca Cordano, 6th Grade Student

"Although I'm not Catholic, Pinecrest has helped me grow in my Christian faith." - Chase Darwin, 8th Grade Student

Why choose Pinecrest for Your Middle Schooler?

  1. Individualized Attention, whereby each student is known and loved
  2. Small Class Sizes, ensuring your child is not lost in the crowd
  3. Strong Community of supportive families
  4. Christian-Based Guidance during sometimes difficult years
  5. Gender-Specific Classes, allowing for focused learning and less distractions
  6. Opportunity to Participate simultaneously in multiple activities and sports
  7. Positive Faculty/Staff Role Models
  8. Controlled Use of phones and other devices
    • Video: Middle School Daffodil Holocost Project