Why Pinewood?

Nearly sixty years ago, Gwen Riches started an after-school enrichment program in her home. This became Pinewood School. Today, our three-campus K-12 school balances rigorous academics with robust enrichment classes. Our students engage in meaningful, varied opportunities that empower them to explore their talents and develop new skills. Pinewood is a joyful community with passionate, accessible teachers and administrators who partner with students and parents in the education journey. With state-of-the art updates, our facilities provide the space for all to flourish. We inspire the best in our students as we encourage them to become kind, well-rounded people who are poised to change their world for the better.


Explore Our Joyful Community

Lower Campus Preview
Grades K-2

Middle Campus Preview
Grades 3-6

Upper Campus Preview
Grades 7-12

See how our passionate, accessible teachers and administrators partner with students and parents in the education journey


We asked some of our high school students to answer the question "Why Pinewood?" Here's what they had to say.

Accreditation, Affiliations, and Memberships

Bay Area Director of Admissions (BADA) | Common Ground Speaker Series member school (CGSS) | Director of Admissions for the South Bay and Peninsula (DASBP) | Independent School Business Officers Association (ISBOA) | National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) | National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) | Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) | Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

What's Happening at Pinewood School

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Our 6th graders ventured to the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City for the Canoes in Sloughs field trip, where they learned paddling techniques, canoe safety, and did chemistry experiments on the water quality.

A Day on the Farm

Our 2nd graders visited Ardenwood Historic Farm, where they learned about the Victorian farm and home life of the Patterson family from the 1800s.

Robust Enrichment + Rigorous Academics | True to Our Roots

Considering our strong foundation, it’s no wonder that Pinewood students’ academic achievements match or exceed those of any school in the area. And with the guidance of our comprehensive, expert-­led college counseling program, our students go on to attend the finest colleges and universities in the nation.

Student Athlete Spotlight | Jaeden Bailey '18

Pinewood's Student Athlete Spotlight recognizes a student who: competes at a high level during both games and practices, is a supportive and uplifting teammate, shows leadership on and off the playing field/court, holds high academic standings, and is well-rounded outside of the athletics program.