About Us

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.

Students, parents, and teachers say it all the time: Pinewood is a family. It’s an encouraging, supportive, safe community where students and teachers inspire the best in each other every day. And it’s no wonder. Our founders—my grandparents—Gwen and Vic Riches, started the school in the family home here in 1959. The pine grove they planted still thrives on Middle Campus, and gives our school its name.

Today, members of the extended Riches family, along with Pinewood’s outstanding faculty and staff, carry on our founders’ vision. Our program carefully balances academics, training in public speaking and the arts, physical education, and the practice of timeless moral values. And we’ve seen generations of our students grow into confident, thoughtful, expressive young adults, fully prepared for college and life beyond.

As a parent, I know you have many questions as you seek the best school experience for your child. Will the academic program challenge and motivate him? Will she have opportunities to discover where she excels and what kind of future she wants to create for herself? And most important— will my child love going to school here every day?

We invite your family to explore Pinewood, and find out if it feels like home to you—a place for your child to flourish. Our Pinewood family looks forward to meeting yours.

Scott Riches
President, Pinewood School

GarrettPinewood Class of 2017 | Harvard Class of 2021

What's Happening at Pinewood School

Inviting the World to Your Table

Brittany Schulte ’14 publishes guide to how we can incorporate the best, naturally healthy elements of other food cultures into our everyday lives

A Panther in Madagascar

Helena Merk ’17 and fellow Duke University engineers seek to provide clean water to remote village

Moving On Up

Congratulations to our 2018 8th-grade graduates!