Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #1 - Our students are known by first name by all of their teachers and are taught in a loving, nurturing environment, with Christ always at the center. We teach beauty, goodness, and truth, recognizing the dignity of each and every child, embracing the God-given talents of each.
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #1 - Our students are known by first name by all of their teachers and are taught in a loving, nurturing environment, with Christ always at the center. We teach beauty, goodness, and truth, recognizing the dignity of each and every child, embracing the God-given talents of each.
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #2 - Life-long friendships are born here: friendships between students, families, our religious, and faculty and staff. As we say to our alumni, "Once a Paladin, Always a Paladin."
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #3 - The 37 members of the Class of 2021 earned over $4.9 million in scholarship awards to 49 colleges and universities. Two graduates will attend the United States Military Academy. Twenty-one members of the class were Zell Miller scholars, and 34 were HOPE scholars. One graduate is playing sports in college.
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #4 - We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while helping students discover their God-given talents and gifts. Always in mind is our mission, to form Christian leaders who will transform society. Our motto is Semper Altius, or "Always Higher."
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #5 - Our Lower School classes have a maximum of 20 students, allowing for lots of love and personal attention from their teachers. Our Virtue Program begins in PreK3, with the purpose of building character, and teaching and rewarding virtuous behavior.
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #6 - We offer numerous opportunities for participation in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities, including Georgia High School Association (GHSA) athletics, recreational sports, clubs, and after school enrichment programs.
Pinecrest Academy Inc Photo #7 - Students in every grade participate in drama, musical, or band performances. Upper School students have two full-scale musical productions, and each year, students' award-winning artwork and band performances are recognized in prestigious national competitions.
Pinecrest Academy is a private, Pre-K through 12, college preparatory Catholic school, located in Cumming, GA. We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering Christ-centered personalized attention to students.
Pinecrest implements the philosophy of Integral Formation, developing the human, intellectual, spiritual and apostolic dimensions of the whole child.
Pinecrest is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, the only PreK-12 school in the State of Georgia to receive the 2014 award.
We are a Cardinal Newman Society Catholic School of Excellence and part of the RC Education family of schools.
We maintain a one hundred percent high school graduation rate, and the Class of 2020 received over $11 million in scholarship awards.
Our Lower School consists of class sizes of 20 or less, allowing for more teacher-child interaction.
Middle and High School students dedicate at least 10 hours per year to service projects, as part of our mission to develop Christian leaders who will transform society.
Pinecrest is located at 955 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, serving Forsyth County, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Duluth, Milton, and other North Atlanta areas.
To learn more, visit or call (770) 888-4477. Schedule a tour:

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 449 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,500
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Upcoming Events and News

  • Pinecrest Academy Alumnus Authors First Book - 07/09/2021
    Logan Hamilton was inspired to write a book after COVID-19 changed his graduation and post-college career plans.
    Hamilton, 24, a 2015 graduate of Pinecrest Academy, graduated from Western Kentucky University in ...more2020, right as COVID-19 began, so he did not get to walk across the stage to receive his hard-earned diploma. Like many other college graduates of last year, he received his diploma in the mail.
    Following his return home to start a career and begin the next chapter in his life, Hamilton found it increasingly difficult to find a job amidst pandemic woes, a shelter-in-place order, and the uncertainty of industry survival in many fields. At the same time, Hamilton began questioning what he really wanted to do with his life.
    After many interviews and a lot of soul-searching, Hamilton decided that he needed to be the change he wanted to see in his life, understanding that nothing happens for you, and that there are no free rides.
    He spent two weeks studying to obtain his Property & Casualty Insurance License. He passed the test with flying colors, but knew he still needed to do more to be more. He began researching new ideas and pondering ways he could get ahead, establish a career, and make money, while also making a positive difference in his own life and in the lives of others.
    "One day, a lightbulb just went off in my head," says Hamilton. "I realized I had extensive knowledge about the mind, how it works, and how to use the mind as one's greatest asset for growth and success." Over the years, Hamilton had read a plethora of books on this topic.
    After the lightbulb moment, he became inspired to write a book about all he'd learned about the mind, enriched by his own perspective and personal experiences. As Hamilton embarked on this project, his hope, from the start, was to give readers a fresh point of view and to present relevant information profound enough to inspire positive change. "I thought, just maybe I could be that light for others, helping them realize what they can achieve with the right mindset," said Hamilton. "Everything in our lives is controlled by how we think and the realization that we are more in control of the outcomes in our lives than we think we are."
    After six-plus months of writing, revising, editing, and conducting lots of research, Hamilton`s book, The Winning Mindset was born. It is available on Amazon, iTunes, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and other platforms, in paperback or e-book.
    Says Hamilton, "I don`t care as much about making money as I care about people seeing a new way to live and gaining a profound perspective, helping them grow exponentially, as I have. We all have a long way to go in life no matter our age. So why not be a little better today?"
    Hamilton feels that he is now putting forth his best self by the way he thinks, by the way he sees the world, and most importantly, by the way the world sees him. "It is all in our minds," he says.
    After penning The Winning Mindset and heeding his own advice, Hamilton landed a job at a renowned insurance company in Buckhead, Georgia, and signed an exclusive contract with a fitness modeling agency in Atlanta.
    "You might be surprised by what you find in The Winning Mindset and what you can discover about your own mind," explains Hamilton. "A winning mindset has helped write my life's story thus far, and it doesn't stop here! What will you make of your own story?"
  • Pinecrest Academy Ranked #1 Catholic High School in Georgia - 07/09/2021
    Pinecrest Academy, a PreK-12 private Catholic school in Cumming, has been ranked the #1 Catholic High School in Georgia by Niche. The 2021 Best Catholic High Schools ranking is based ...moreon rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, Catholic school ratings, and more. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, millions of Niche users, and the schools directly.
    "It is an honor to receive this recognition by Niche, especially considering the well-respected Catholic high schools also included in the rankings," said Beth Howard, Interim Head of School at Pinecrest Academy. "We are certainly in good company with the likes of Blessed Trinity, Marist, Holy Spirit, St. Pius X, and other Catholic schools of excellence in the Atlanta area! I`d like to attribute much of this to the teamwork amongst our faculty and staff, and our sincere desire to fulfill our mission, which is to form Christian leaders who will transform society."
    Niche is a respected resource used to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. Every month millions of people use the easy-to-read and comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews to choose the right schools or neighborhoods for them. Niche does rigorous cleaning and analysis on large data sets, and combines them with feedback from our community for nuanced insight that can't be found anywhere else.

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Pinecrest Academy Inc ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014

Student Body

Total Students
449 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Pinecrest Academy Inc Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
58 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Biology, Calculus AP, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature & Composition, European History, Government, Latin: Vergil, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statics, Studio Art 2-D Design, Studio Art 3-D Design, Studio Art Drawing and Painting, US History, World History
Classroom Dress Code
(Grade specific uniform)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-K (½ Day - 5 HALF days): $9,500 Pre-K (Full day - 5 FULL days): $10,555 Kindergarten - 5th Grades: $15,170 Middle School (6th-8th Grades): $17,085 High School (9th-12th Grades): $19,115
Admissions Director
Melissa McWaters
Admissions Associate
Margaret Frain



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
34 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Club, Challenge Club, Chess Club, Conquest Club, Culture Appreciation Society, Cycling Club, Debate Club, Drug Awareness Club, Film Club, Gaming Club, Interact Club, Math Club, Mission Club, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Junior Honors Society, National Latin Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Pro-Life Club, Prom Committee, Public Speaking, Recycling Club, Spirit Club, Student Senate

Arts and Music Programs:
Band Program, Choir, Drumline, International Theatre Honors Society, International Thespian Society

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Recreational Basketball, Recreational Soccer

School Notes

  • Pinecrest Academy is a private, Pre-K through 12, college preparatory Catholic school. We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason. We prepare students to become committed Christian leaders, eager to transform a global society. Following the educational philosophy of the Legionaries of Christ, we implement Integral Formation to develop the intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic dimensions of the whole child. We challenge students to identify and use their gifts in service to others. Recognizing the parent as the primary educator of the child, our mission embraces the entire family. We provide a safe, moral, and spiritual environment which leads to positive peer groups and joyful, caring, confident students. 
  • Pinecrest Academy has been designated a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, the only PreK-12 in the State of Georgia to receive this honor. The school has been recognized as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society Catholic School Honor Roll since 2007. Pinecrest Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). We are also affiliated with the following associations: Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and National Consultants for Education (NCE). 

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
Pinecrest is an amazing place to raise your family. Not only does PA offer top-notch academics and extracurricular activities including sports and fine arts, but it is truly a school that forms your whole child. They will walk away with a strong sense of self both academically and spiritually. Pinecrest also has a very strong and loving community that will embrace your entire family. I highly recommend it!!!
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Pinecrest Academy has given our 9th grade daughter a wonderful education since Kindergarten. She has received and excellent education and formation over the years. She has grown in her confidence as a person and in her abilities and talents. Pinecrest gives all the students many opportunities to grow into the person they are called to be. The extra sacrifice in tuition is well worth it.
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I attended Pinecrest Academy from 2009 to 2014 and I highly recommend the school! The education was highly instructive and prepared me well for my college years! The teachers are fantastic and truly care about and know their students. The entire environment is very family oriented and loving. For a smaller school, there are many after-school clubs and sports available! Overall, I'm very glad I came to Pinecrest and I wouldn't choose any other school to have attended for high school!
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My son started Pinecrest in 7th grade, and it has been a wonderful experience for our family. He absolutely loves Pinecrest and is thriving. He has met some great friends. I have gotten to know other Pinecrest families, and it's a wonderful group. The dyslexia program has helped my son. He told me the teachers teach the way he learns. I highly recommend Pinecrest Academy.
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We came to Pinecrest after being thoroughly disappointed with another private school in the area. We were welcomed with open arms and found that Pinecrest provided us with everything we wanted. If you're seeking a loving environment, strong academics, enriching extracurricular activities, and a great sports program, you've found your home at Pinecrest.
- Posted by
We have had two kids in the school since Kindergarten and now one has graduated and the other is a junior. If you are looking for a good Catholic education with great academics and a wonderful opportunity to form your kids to be wonderful look no further. We would give more stars if it was available to us as a choice here.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 449 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,500
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Cumming, GA is $8,975 for elementary schools and $9,170 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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