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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.

That journey begins the moment you apply.


A little more about our Application Process

Pinewood has four main entry points: Kindergarten, Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 9. Please begin the application process one year in advance of your anticipated start date. You may check the status of your application at any time through the MyPinewood button in the upper right-hand corner of our site.

Kindergarten

Dates + Deadlines
  • Applications are due by January 15th (October 20th for Pinewood siblings entering Kindergarten only).
  • One teacher recommendation is required by February 1st.
  • Admissions decision notifications are sent March 15th.
Evaluations + Testing
  • All Kindergarten evaluations will be scheduled by the admissions office after applicant successfully submits an application.
  • Sibling Kindergarten testing will take place on January 23rd, 24th, and 25th by appointment.
  • Kindergarten testing will take place on February 10th by appointment.
Details

  • Your child must be 5-years-old by September 1, 2018 to enter.
  • The Kindergarten class is forty-three students divided into six groups of five to eight students per group.
  • Our campus tour is optional.

Grades 1-4

Dates + Deadlines
  • Applications are due by January 15th.
  • Two teacher recommendations are required by February 1st.
  • Academic transcripts are due February 1st.
  • Admissions decision notifications will be sent on March 15th.
Testing
  • Testing for all 1st- and 2nd-grade applicants will take place on February 7th from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.
  • Testing for all 3rd- and 4th-grade applicants will take place on February 8th from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm.
  • Pinewood will offer an ISEE testing event for Pinewood applicants only on February 3rd. The invitation code is available in the application portal. IISEE registration - Pinewood's school code is 051512.

Details
  • Grade 4 Shadow Day will be scheduled through your online application.
  • Shadow day and interview are for Grade 4 only.
  • Our campus tour is optional.

Grades 5-12

Dates + Deadlines
  • Applications are due by January 15th.
  • Two teacher recommendation forms (Current Math & English) are due February 1st.
  • Academic transcripts due February 1st.
  • ISEE or SSAT Test results must be received by March 1st.
  • Admissions decision notifications will be sent on March 15th.
Testing

Pinewood School accepts the ISEE or the SSAT admissions tests. Applicants may take the ISEE or SSAT exam at any testing facility. For test dates, exam content, and additional registration information, please contact these agencies directly. Early registration is recommended as test sites fill up quickly.

Pinewood will offer an ISEE testing event for Pinewood applicants only on February 3rd. The invitation code is available in the application portal.

ISEE registration - Pinewood's school code is 051512.

SSAT registration - Pinewood's school code is 5805.

Pinewood does not host the SSAT; however, we accept the test for admissions.

Details
  • Shadow Day/interview will be scheduled through your online application portal.
  • Our campus tour is optional.


Key Admissions Dates

January 15
Online application deadline for all grades

February 1
Application materials due (recommendation forms, transcripts of last two years for grades 1-12)

February 3
ISEE Testing at Pinewood's Upper Campus, 7:45 am - 11:15 am
Testing Information

March 1
- Grades K-4 Admissions test results due
- Grades 5-12 SSAT or ISEE results due
Testing Information

March 15 @ noon
Decision notifications emailed

March 23 by 10:00 am
Enrollment agreements due

Admissions Inquiries

Admissions K-6
Email | 650-209-3020

Admissions 7-12
Email | 650-209-3060

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.