FAQ

APPLICATION

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

    • What is the process to apply?

    To apply to Pine Crest School, families are asked to schedule a Family Visit with the Office of Admission. Parents submit an application for each child. Prospective pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students are then scheduled for an activity visit on either the Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton campus. Students who are applying for grades two and three are invited to a Lower School testing day on either the Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton campus, and students who are applying for grades four and above take the SSAT, past academic performance, letters of recommendation and personal statements are also required. For more information visit "Apply to Pine Crest".
    • How old does my child need to be to apply for pre-kindergarten?

    Florida state law dictates that pre-kindergarteners be four years old by August 1 of the start of their pre-kindergarten year. Many pre-kindergarteners at Pine Crest have reached the age of 4 by May 1 of their entry year.
    • My family lives out of state/country. How do we enter the application process from here?

    Families who live outside of the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton areas follow the same application process. Please contact the Office of Admission for details.

TUITION AND FEES

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

    • What is the tuition?

    Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is as follows:

    Pre-Kindergarten (full day only): $20,390
    Kindergarten (full day only): $23,490
    Grades 1-5: $25,130
    Grades 6-8: $27,515
    Grades 9-12: $29,910
    • When are tuition and fee payments due?

    Tuition payments are due on May 31 and October 31, and fees are billed annually or monthly, depending on the service. For specific questions about billing, please contact the Business Office at 954-492-4109.
    • What other fees can I expect in addition to tuition?

    Tuition includes lunch, textbooks, student accident and tuition refund insurance, parents association membership fees, class dues for Middle and Upper School students, school supplies for Lower and Middle School students, publications, all group classes taken during the school day for grades six to twelve; and Advanced Placement classes (excluding examinations) for Upper School students. Click here to access the 2016-17 fee schedule for fees not included in tuition.
    • Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

    Pine Crest offers need-based financial aid. Click here for detailed Pine Crest School financial aid information, including checklists and timelines for families who are new to the financial aid process.
    • How many teachers are in the classroom?

    Pine Crest's Lower School student-teacher ratio is 9:1. Pre-kindergarten through grade three classrooms have two teachers - one teacher and one assistant teacher. Fourth and fifth grades have four to six teachers and two to three assistant teachers. Middle and Upper School student-teacher ratios vary, depending on course enrollment. Average class size in grades six through twelve ranges from 10 to 18 students.

PROGRAM

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

    • What is a typical day like for a Pine Crest School student?

    For Lower School students, the day is filled with classroom work in math, reading, and writing supplemented by Spanish, science, art, music, and playground/physical education. Breaks for lunch, snack, and recess are scheduled.

    Middle School students follow a schedule including math, science, social science, reading/writing, world language (Spanish, French, or Chinese) an elective wheel course, a personal elective, and physical education/music/sport. Middle School students have an opportunity to participate in competitive sports, which involve after-school play and competition.

    Upper School students also follow a schedule that includes math, science, social science, English, world language (Spanish, French, Chinese, or Latin), and elective courses that may include fine arts or athletics. Students are often on campus before and after school for club meetings, honors ensemble rehearsals, fine arts, and athletics events.

    Click here to take a peek inside a day in the life of a Pine Crest student.
    • What is your curriculum?

    Pine Crest's curriculum is research-based and is developed and managed by our Department of Educational Design and Curriculum in conjunction with our Academic Council for Curricular Review.  This Council consists of representatives from all five divisions who come together on a regular basis to communicate about the quality of our existing curriculum and vision for future curricular offerings.

    Pine Crest is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC).
    • How do you deliver character education to students?

    Formal character education is delivered via monthly Lower School community building assemblies; advisory classes offered in the Middle School, and through an Upper School guest speaker series. Students are expected to adhere to the Honor Code as outlined by the Student Handbook, and Middle and Upper School students write the code on each written exam. Informal character education is threaded throughout each day and modeled and managed by teachers and coaches in the classroom, on the stage, and on the athletic fields and courts.
    • How does Pine Crest keep its campuses secure?

    Our campuses are staffed by 24/7 security officers supplemented by state-of-the-art equipment, traffic control officers, and police officers. Visitors must check in at the security desk to receive clearance and a visitor's badge before entering campus. In addition, security clearance is required for all employees and vendors to be on campus.
    • What is served for lunch?

    Dining halls on our Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton campuses offer a variety of healthy, age-appropriate options each day. Click here for a sample Fort Lauderdale pre-kindergarten and kindergarten menu, and click here for a sample Boca Raton menu. Parents with students who have unique dietary needs should communicate with the Health Office or Lower, Middle, or Upper School Office, depending on the student's age and requirement.
    • Do you offer before and after school care?

    After school care is offered on both campuses until 6 p.m. Click here to access the 2016-17 Fee Schedule, which includes contact information and details on after school program and fees.
    • Who should I contact for more information?

    For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 954-492-4103 or admission@pinecrest.edu.

EXTRACURRICULAR

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