Mission + Values

This is Who We Are

Mission Statement

At Pinewood, we shape our students' growth through a more intentional way of learning:

Ensuring all students learn from passionate experts

so that they delve far deeper than textbook coverage, inspired by the enthusiasm and leadership of educators who have achieved mastery in their fields

Creating a disciplined yet joyful culture of public self‐expression

by teaching presentation skills onstage and in the classroom, helping students blossom into dynamic, self‐confident communicators

Upholding high academic expectations

to build the kind of academic stamina that leads students to think critically and engage actively in their studies

Setting grounded examples for upstanding behavior

so that the core values of our school family—respect, service, honesty, kindness, citizenship—inspire our students to make good choices in all their endeavors

Leading students through a proven curriculum that fosters creativity, passion for learning, and further exploration

while allowing students to uncover new talents and investigate their potential in a supportive environment that unleashes possibilities

Through this more intentional way of learning, Pinewood students grow as considerate, adventurous, expressive, self-aware young people, prepared for their top‐choice colleges and for meaningful and productive lives.

Expectations + Values

We are committed to the intellectual development of our students and assume that students who come to Pinewood care about learning and are eager to participate actively in their education. “Pinewood is the Difference” and we take pride in making this a reality.

Pinewood values the strengths and rich content of a classical education. Students master the foundational knowledge essential for developing higher level thinking skills (creativity, analysis, critical thinking).

Pinewood students realize that confidence is the willingness to attempt a difficult task no matter what the outcome and, therefore, are not afraid to try new challenges. They increase their academic stamina as they experience the rewards of tenacity and focus.

Grades K-6 Expectations + Values

Our Lower Campus and Middle Campus students (K-6) are committed to:

  • treating fellow students and teachers with kindness and respect.
  • taking responsibility for their personal actions.
  • being honest at all times.
  • using uplifting language.
  • putting forth a best effort.

Grades 7-12 Expectations + Values

  • Our Upper Campus students pursue and embrace the acronym WISCR (a reference to the Pinewood Panther mascot). The WISCRs summarize the expected learning outcomes for all our students and integrate Pinewood’s goals and objectives into the daily classroom environment.
  • All prospective students seeking admission to Pinewood School’s Upper Campus are asked to read and sign the following statement acknowledging their acceptance and support of our standards of behavior: Statement of Mutual Goals and Standards.

21st Century Learning at Pinewood

At Pinewood, we empower students to embrace and navigate the challenges faced in the technologically advanced, globally connected society of the 21st Century. Our curriculum includes a full breadth of college preparatory courses, and our extra-curricular offerings are extensive. While mastering class content and pursuing potential interests, students become more creative, passionate, well-rounded, self-motivated, ethical, and insightful. As they encounter challenges and take risks, students build tenacity and resilience, becoming confident leaders and contributors inside and outside of the classroom. Our goal is for them to communicate with clarity and sensitivity, ultimately demonstrating cross-cultural awareness, understanding, and compassion. As Pinewood students are cultivating the ability to think deeply, read closely, speak confidently, and collaborate effectively across disciplines, they are also learning to use technology responsibly and innovatively. Master teachers foster all of these traits and abilities through state-of-the-art teaching techniques and technologies, high expectations, and consistent feedback. Above all, Pinewood teachers treat students with care and respect, nurturing their social, emotional, and physical well-being along with their academic growth.

Our Board of Directors

The members of Pinewood’s Board of Directors have given a lifetime of dedication to the school. They are committed to the integrity of the past, the stability of the present, and the viability of the future. The core values and responsibilities of the Board are to:

  • offer a strong curriculum that prepares students to succeed at universities, colleges, and in their chosen profession.
  • build a foundation of values, attitudes, knowledge, and habits that maximize personal potential and fulfillment.
  • provide an atmosphere of dignity, character, wholesomeness, and respect.
  • maintain a strong financial base and sound financial leadership.

“Pinewood is an exemplary school where hard work, kindness, and respect are the core values. This has made a difference in our lives.”
– Pinewood Parent