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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.
- The School + Faculty
- The Community + the Students
- The Curriculum + Graduation Requirements
- Honors + Advanced Placement Courses
- Advanced Placement Test Results for May 2016
- AP Scholar Awards
- Notes on GPA + AP/Honors Courses
- Class Ranking
- Grading + GPA Calculation
- Class of 2017
- GPA for the Class of 2017
- SAT + ACT Test Statistics
- Athletics + Extracurricular Activities
- Community Service
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.
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.
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:
|• Literature||4 years||12 units|
|• Writing*||2 years||6 units|
|• Mathematics||3 years||9 units|
|• Science||3 years||9 units|
|• History/Social Studies||3 years||9 units|
|• Modern Language||3 years||9 units|
|• Physical Education||2 years||2 units|
|• Visual Performing Arts||1.5 years||4.5 units|
|• Computer Science||.5 years||1.5 units|
|• Advanced Electives||2 courses|
|• Community Service||20 hours per year|
* Students may test out of the last semester of writing by scoring 3 or higher on the AP English Language exam.
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.
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2D Design
United States History
United States Government
* 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.
• 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.
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.
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)
SAT: Class of 2016
(43 of 53 Seniors as of June 2016)
ACT: Class of 2017
(40 of 52 Juniors as of June 2016)
ACT: Class of 2016
(45 of 53 Seniors as of June 2016)
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.
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.
Arizona State University
California Institute of Technology*
California Lutheran University
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo*°
California State University
Case Western ReserveUniversity
Claremont McKenna College
Clark UniversityColgate University
College of Charleston
Colorado School of Mines
George Washington University°
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hobart and William Smith Colleges*
Humboldt State University
Johns Hopkins University°
Lake Forest College
Lewis and Clark College*
Loyola Marymount University *°
Loyola University Chicago*
Massachusett's College of Pharmacy°
Montana State University
New York University*°
Northern Arizona University°
Notre Dame de Namur University
Nova Southeastern University°
Oregon State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design*
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
Seton Hall University
Sonoma State University
Southern Methodist University*°
St. Edward’s University
St. John’s University
Texas Christian University*
The King’s College
The New School–Eugene Lang°
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California
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*
Wake Forest University°
Washington University in St. Louis*°
Western Washington University*°
Wheaton College (MA)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
* indicates where one or more students from the Class of 2016 matriculated
° colleges/universities currently attended by 2014 and 2015 graduates