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

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!