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Pre-K3 & 4

If you're looking for an outstanding private, Christian preschool in North Atlanta, look no further. From hugs and prayers in the morning to fun-filled learning for the rest of the day, Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 students at Pinecrest Academy thrive in a rich, warm, loving environment.

Because we recognize that each child is a gift from God, we strive to instill virtues, academics and character formation in a developmentally appropriate way to provide a strong foundation for Christian leadership skills to grow. Our private preschool program has high academic standards but is flexible to meet the needs of each child at his/her developmental stage. We also incorporate Montessori materials that have been proven to develop intrinsic learning and fine motor skills.

Through our Christian Preschool Program Students Learn:

  • Faith attributes of God, love of Jesus, Old and New Testament Bible stories, liturgical events/holidays.
  • Language Arts – letter recognition/phonics, beginning reading skills, speaking/listening skills, handwriting, sentence structure.
  • Math – number recognition/concepts, shapes, counting concepts, beginning addition/subtraction, fractions, time, money, calendar concepts.
  • Science – space, earth science/plants, water, life science/animals, concepts of the scientific process.
  • Social Studies – historical figures, patriotic themes, geography.
  • Spanish - colors, numbers, learning Spanish basics through song.

We also offer P.E., art, music, chapel visits, show and tell, library visits and activities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Our students attend Mass once per week.

Our 8:1 student/teacher ratio allows us to give personal attention to each child. By working in small groups, our teachers are able to instruct to many different levels, making sure all students’ academic needs are being met. It also allows the teachers to work with different learning styles while still meeting the academic objectives that are necessary to prepare for Kindergarten. Activities leading to Reading and Math readiness are also a large portion of our program. All of our private preschool teachers hold college degrees, and collectively possess over 40 years of combined teaching experience.

By being enrolled in this distinctive learning environment at Pinecrest, students know that they are safe and loved, thus feeling secure enough to begin (even at age 3) to explore and gain self-confidence in their God-given talents. It is the perfect entry point to prepare for a rigorous Catholic academic life that leads to a successful Pinecrest graduate.

Dana Oshinski, Pre-K Supervisor and Teacher

Dana Oshinski Grade Level Supervisor and PreK Teacher
Mrs. Oshinski is a native of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from West Georgia College (now The University of West Georgia). She has 28 years of experience as an educator and is entering her sixteenth year at Pinecrest Academy. Mrs. Oshinski is co-creator of our unique program in which teachers utilize Montessori materials to implement a traditional pre-kindergarten method in the classroom. ​She is also ​co-author of the Catholic preschool curriculum​ that is used in other schools like Pinecrest across the country​. As a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, she serves as a pianist, as well as, director of the Pre-K Vacation Bible School. She is the proud mom of three Pinecrest graduates.
Pinecrest Academy's private Catholic preschool is conveniently located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Suwanee.

Why Pinecrest Academy PreK for your 3 or 4 year old? We offer:

  1. A safe, loving environment in which your child will be known and loved - and have fun!
  2. Exceptional teachers with over 80 years of combined early childhood education experience.
  3. Development of the whole child in a Christ-centered environment.
  4. Art, music and Spanish programs are part of our curriculum.
  5. National Blue Ribbon award-winning PreK3-12 college-preparatory school with a great family atmosphere.
Parents may choose between 1/2 day and full day Pre-K programs, 5 days per week.

Each day the schedule and activities vary, but here is a typical day in the life of a Pinecrest Pre-K student:


8:00 am: Announcements, Morning Greeting, Song

8:15 am: Spanish
8:45 am: Calendar and Circle Time
9:15 am: Table Centers - encompassing Leveled Lessons in Math and Language Arts
10:15 am: Snack and Bathroom Break
10:30 am: Recess
11:00 am: Chapel Time with Jesus
11:30 am: Science and Social Studies
12:15 pm: Lunch
12:45 pm: Recess
1:15 pm: Bathroom and Water Break
1:30 pm: Naptime
2:15 pm: Play Centers
2:45 pm: Carpool Pickup