Pinewood is a joyful community with passionate, accessible teachers and administrators who partner with students and parents in the education journey.

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. 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.

Pinewood is completely full for the 2019-2020 school year; we will not be accepting any late applications.


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 10, 2019.
  • One teacher recommendation is required by January 10, 2019.
  • Admissions decision notifications are sent March 22, 2019.
Evaluations
  • All Kindergarten evaluations will be scheduled by the admissions office after applicant successfully submits an application. Evaluations take place on February 9, 2019.
  • Sibling Kindergarten evaluations will take place on January 29-31, 2019.
Details

  • Your child must be 5-years-old by September 1, 2019 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 10, 2019.
  • Two teacher recommendations are required by January 10, 2019.
  • Academic transcripts are due February 5, 2019.
  • Admissions decision notifications will be sent on March 22, 2019.
Testing
  • Testing for all 1st- and 2nd-grade applicants will take place on February 6, 2019, from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.
  • Testing for all 3rd- and 4th-grade applicants will take place on February 7, 2019, from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm.
  • Pinewood will offer an ISEE testing event for Pinewood applicants only on February 3, 2019. The invitation code is available in the application portal. IISEE registration - Pinewood's school code is 051512.

Grade 4 Shadow Visit
  • The scheduling of your child's shadow visit is part of the application process. You can schedule your child's shadow visit after you have uploaded your student's photo, completed the parent questionnaire, and completed the student and demographic information sections of the online application.
  • Shadow day and interview are for Grade 4 only.
  • Our campus tour is optional.

We created a podcast episode all about shadowing at Pinewood. On this episode of Cultivated, you'll hear from students at Middle Campus who serve as shadow hosts - and many of them were shadows themselves before coming to Pinewood. Our hosts are friendly, kind, inclusive, and they LOVE Pinewood. If you’re an incoming 4th-grade student out there who is considering Pinewood as your future school, we can't wait to meet you!

Grades 5-12

Dates + Deadlines
  • Applications are due by January 10, 2019.
  • Two teacher recommendation forms (Current Math & English) are due January 10, 2019.
  • Academic transcripts due February 5, 2019.
  • ISEE or SSAT Test results must be received by February 15, 2019.
  • Admissions decision notifications will be sent on March 22, 2019.
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 January 19, 2019. The invitation code is available in the application portal.

ISEE registration - Pinewood's school code is 051512.

SSAT registration

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

Shadow Visit
  • The scheduling of your child's shadow visit is part of the application process. You can schedule your child's shadow visit after you have uploaded your student's photo, completed the parent questionnaire, and completed the student and demographic information sections of the online application.

We created a podcast episode all about shadowing at Pinewood. On this episode of Cultivated, you'll hear from students at Middle Campus who serve as shadow hosts - and many of them were shadows themselves before coming to Pinewood. Our hosts are friendly, kind, inclusive, and they LOVE Pinewood. If you’re a student who is considering Pinewood as your future school, we can't wait to meet you!

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Admissions Inquiries

Admissions K-6
Email | 650-209-3020

Admissions 7-12
Email | 650-209-3060

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