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Pinecrest preparing committed leaders

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* Ed Lindekugel, headmaster and high school principal
* Denise Cress, middle school principal
* Madeliene Flanagan, lower school principal

Pinecrest Academy is a college preparatory, private Catholic school serving students from PreK3 through 12th grade.

Founded in 1993, the school moved in 1997 to its permanent campus on Peachtree Parkway in southern Forsyth County.

From its initial beginnings as just a Lower School, the beautiful 68-acre campus has grown over the years to include a high school and middle school (with gender-specific classrooms), a beautiful free-standing chapel and two gymnasiums — a modern upper school gym and a full-size gym for the lower school, completed in 2011. In addition, the campus includes three athletic fields.

The current enrollment at Pinecrest is 811 students. It has been recognized as a Cardinal Newman Society School of Excellence for nine consecutive years, and in September 2014 was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

The school’s mission is to prepare students to become committed Christian leaders, eager to transform a global society.

Pinecrest provides an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason.

The mission is accomplished in a gender-specific environment on a co-educational campus. We challenge our students to identify and use their gifts in service to others.

Recognizing the parent as the primary educator of the child, our mission embraces the entire family.

We provide a safe, moral and spiritual environment, which leads to positive peer groups and joyful, caring, confident students.

In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Pinecrest offers an excellent fine arts program, including visual and performing arts, band and chorus.

Our Symphonic Band played, by invitation, at Carnegie Hall in April 2012, and our art students have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Silver Key award in the 2014 National Scholastic Art Competition.

Pinecrest introduced Project Lead the Way in 2013, a STEM program offered in the middle and high schools, and launched PLTW in the Lower School during the 2014-15 school year.

The class of 2015 (66 students) was offered $3.6 million in college scholarship awards from 73 colleges and universities, and two current seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists for 2016.

In addition, Pinecrest’s average ACT scores have been consistently higher than those in the state and in the nation since 2009, and its Advanced Placement test averages have been consistently and dramatically higher than both. 

The class of 2016 will be the 10th graduating class from Pinecrest's high school.

Pinecrest offers a complete complement of varsity and recreational sports, debuting a varsity wrestling program this winter.

The varsity football team won its first region championship since joining the Georgia High School Association in 2010, and enjoyed home field advantage for the state championship playoffs in 2015.

The team advanced to the quarterfinals, finishing eighth in the final Score AJC poll.

The dedicated and highly qualified teaching staff meets state and SACS requirements, and more than half of the members have advanced degrees.

Pinecrest is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and holds membership in the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.