School Profile

Pinewood’s high school profile is a quick snapshot of key information that includes: school and curriculum overviews; student academic performance; SAT, AP testing, and National Merit recognition statistics; an overview of the athletic program and extra-curricular activities; and college admission and placement data for the last three years.

High School Profile

The School + Faculty

Pinewood School, founded in 1959, is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational college preparatory day school serving grades K–12. Upper Campus enrollment in Los Altos Hills (grades 7–12) is 300 students; K–6 enrollment, at two separate campuses in Los Altos, is 295 students. The student teacher ratio is approximately 7 to 1. Upper Campus faculty includes forty-five full-time and eight part-time teachers, thirty-eight of whom hold advanced degrees. Pinewood is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

The Community + the Students

Los Altos Hills and Los Altos are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Drawing from communities throughout the San Francisco Peninsula and greater San Jose, our student body is comprised of students from diverse cultural, religious, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds who seek rigorous academics and support a high standard ofbehavior. Pinewood provides a nurturing environment where every student is encouraged to become a well-rounded individual, an insightful learner and critical thinker, a self-motivated student, a clear communicator and a respectful member of any community. 100% of Pinewood graduates attend college.

The Curriculum + Graduation Requirements

Pinewood’s curriculum is college preparatory; six academic courses per semester are required of most students. For those students enrolled in three or more AP classes, the minimum requirement is five academic classes per semester. Exceptions may be made for students taking college courses in addition to their Pinewood course work, or for those students who enter after grade nine. Graduation requirements are:

• Literature4 years12 units
• Writing*2 years
6 units
• Mathematics3 years9 units
• Science3 years9 units
• History/Social Studies3 years9 units
• Modern Language3 years9 units
• Physical Education2 years2 units
• Visual Performing Arts1.5 years4.5 units
• Computer Science.5 years1.5 units
• Advanced Electives2 courses
• Community Service20 hours per year

* Students may test out of the last semester of writing by scoring 3 or higher on the AP English Language exam.


The school year is comprised of two semesters of approximately eighteen weeks each. All classes meet every other day (four classes per day) on a rotating four-day repeating schedule.

Honors + Advanced Placement Courses

Pinewood is committed to providing Advanced Placement and Honors level courses to all eligible students. Eligibility for enrollment in AP and Honors courses is determined by teacher recommendation and/or department consent. Beginning Fall 2015, the maximum number of AP classes in which students may enroll is limited to five (5) for seniors, and four (4) for juniors. Regardless of grade level, Pinewood counsels students as to the appropriateness of taking advanced classes with respect to individual needs and abilities. AP World History and, on occasion, AP Statistics may be offered to qualified sophomores.

Honors Courses
British Literature
French 4
Spanish 4

AP Courses
English Language*
English Literature
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
French Language
Music Theory
Spanish Language
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2D Design
Art History
World History
United States History
United States Government
Physics C

* All juniors take AP English Language.

** Biology Honors is the first half of a two-year sequence for AP Biology. All students who wish to take AP Biology must complete the full two-year curriculum. Pinewood does not offer a one-year stand-alone AP Biology course.

All students enrolled in AP classes are required to take the corresponding AP Exams with the exception of juniors who will be counseled on an individual basis as to the appropriateness of taking the AP English Language exam.

Advanced Placement Test Results for May 2016

302 AP Exams were taken by 116 students in grades 10–12 (out of a 10–12 enrollment of 159).

ScoreNumber of TestsPercent of Total

Mean Score: 3.92

AP Scholar Awards

57 students were recognized as AP Scholars

  • 35 AP Scholars with Distinctions (12 of whom were also named National AP Scholars)
  • 12 AP Scholars with Honor
  • 10 AP Scholars

Notes on GPA + AP/Honors Courses

• All AP and Honors courses receive an additional point when calculating GPA.

• All students enrolled in AP classes are required to take the corresponding AP exam.

• Enrollment in AP or Honors classes is determined by teacher recommendation. All students receive guidance as to the appropriateness of their individual curriculum paths.

• Pinewood students are allowed to take AP or Honors courses beginning in the tenth grade.

• AP course enrollment is capped at five classes per year for seniors and four classes per year for juniors.

These policies are designed to encourage qualified students to challenge themselves by attempting higher level work.

Class Ranking

Pinewood School does not rank students. Decile or quintile placement may be given, but it should be evaluated within the context of the class size. For the Class of 2017, each quintile is comprised of approximately eleven students.

Grading + GPA Calculation

GPA is weighted and calculated for all courses taken at Pinewood (courses taken elsewhere are NOT calculated in GPA). College prep classes receive 1.5 units per semester; PE and non-college prep classes receive 0.5 units per semester. Honors and AP courses receive an additional grade point in GPA calculation. Two-hour final exams are required in every college prep class and the exam grade accounts for 20% of the semester course grade.


Class of 2017

52 students in the Class of 2017
2 National Merit Semifinalists
12 National Merit Commended Students
12 AP Scholars with Distinction
8 AP Scholars with Honor
3 AP Scholars

GPA for the Class of 2017

First Quintile4.54-4.40
Second Quintile4.39-4.14
Third Quintile4.11-3.58
Fourth Quintile3.56-3.33
Fifth Quintile3.21-2.75

SAT + ACT Test Statistics

The following are SAT and ACT test results for the Classes of 2017 and 2016 as ofJune of their respective junior and senior years. By the end of senior year, all students will have taken one test or the other, many will have taken both.

SAT: Class of 2017
(16 of 52 Juniors as of June 2016)

Mid 50%590-690600-7201210-1420

SAT: Class of 2016
(43 of 53 Seniors as of June 2016)

Mid 50%590-690550-720610-7101780-2130

ACT: Class of 2017
(40 of 52 Juniors as of June 2016)

Mid 50%30-3527-3327-3327-3326-33

ACT: Class of 2016
(45 of 53 Seniors as of June 2016)

Mid 50%28-3424-3427-3324-3427-33

Athletics + Extracurricular Activities

Pinewood students are encouraged to pursue individual talents and interests through extracurricular activities and athletic participation. The high school athletic program includes girls’ and boys’ basketball, soccer, tennis, cross-country, swimming, track and field, and golf; boys’ baseball; and girls’ softball and volleyball. School-sponsored activities include Interact, yearbook, journalism, drama, speech and debate, choir, robotics, service clubs and honor societies.

Community Service

Pinewood students are required to complete twenty hours of volunteer time per year in service-oriented activities.

College Admissions + Placement

Approximately 98% of each class enrolls at a four-year college or university following graduation from Pinewood. The remaining 2% enroll at two-year community colleges with the intention of completing their education at a four-year institution.
Pinewood graduates in the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 were admitted to the following colleges and universities.

American University
Amherst College*
Arizona State University
Babson College*
Bard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University°
Brigham Young
Brown University
California Institute of Technology*
California Lutheran University
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo*°
California State University
Channel Islands
East Bay
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Monterey Bay°
Carleton College*
Carnegie Mellon
University *°
Case Western ReserveUniversity
Chapman University*°
Claremont McKenna College
Clark UniversityColgate University
College of Charleston
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State
Columbia University°
Connecticut College°
Cornell University*°
Dartmouth College°
Davidson College°
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University*°
Elon University*
Emerson College
Emory University°
Fordham University
Georgetown University°
George Washington University°
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gonzaga University°
Guilford College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Hillsdale College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges*
Hofstra University°
Hood College
Humboldt State University
Indiana University°
Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins University°
Juniata College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College*
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount University *°
Loyola University Chicago*
Macalester College
Marist College*°
Massachusett's College of Pharmacy°
McGill University
Menlo College
Methodist University
Miami University
Middlebury College°
Mills College
Montana State University
New York University*°
Northeastern University*°
Northern Arizona University°
Northwestern University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Nova Southeastern University°
Oberlin College°
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Pratt Institute
Purdue University*
Queen’s University
Quinnipac University
Reed College°
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design*
Rice University*°
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Saint Martin’s University
Saint Mary’s College of California*°
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University°
Santa Clara University*°
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College°
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
Sonoma State University
Southern Methodist University*°
St. Edward’s University
St. John’s University
Stanford University°
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
Swarthmore College*
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University*
The King’s College

The New School–Eugene Lang°
Trinity University
Tufts University*
Tulane University°
Union College
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California
Los Angeles*°
San Diego °
Santa Barbara *°
Santa Cruz *
University of Chicago*
University of Colorado,
University of Connecticut
University of Denver°
University of Hartford
University of Illinois
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Minnesota
University of Montana
University of Nebraska°
University of North Carolina
University of Oregon
University of the Pacific
University of Pennsylvania°
University of Pittsburgh°
University of Portland°
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego°
University of San Francisco*
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California°
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia*
University of Washington
Utah State University
Utah Valley University*
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University°
Washington University in St. Louis*°
Webster University
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University*°
Wheaton College (MA)
Whitman College°
Whittier College°
Willamette University
Williams College*
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

* indicates where one or more students from the Class of 2016 matriculated
° colleges/universities currently attended by 2014 and 2015 graduates

Admissions Inquiries

Admissions K-6
Email | 650-209-3020

Admissions 7-12
Email | 650-209-3060

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Moving On Up

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