Conveniently located between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill, NC, Pinewoods Montessori School emphasizes peace, respect, creative thinking and problem solving that gives children a lifetime love of learning. For 100 years, Montessori has offered a brain-based, developmental educational method that allows children to make creative choices in discovering the people, places, and knowledge of the world.
It emphasizes hands-on learning, self expression, and collaborative play in a beautifully-crafted environment of respect, peace, and joy.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 120 students
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded
1992
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
120 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Pinewoods Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
25%
Average Class Size
20 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition is variable based upon age of child.

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Care

Arts and Music Programs:
Summer Camps

School Notes

Maria Montessori felt that  children are the hope of the world and that, given the right environment and opportunities to develop their full potential, they grow up into happy, responsible citizens -- not only of their native lands, but of the world. 

With that in mind, Pinewoods Montessori offers the following:

  • A respectful environment
  • A peaceful setting
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creative thinking skills
  • An authentic, traditional Montessori
  • High scoring academics
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for Pinewoods Montessori School?

The application deadline for Pinewoods Montessori School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (16 reviews)
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Our son has thrived being a part of the Pinewoods community and the Montessori philosophy this past year! Pinewoods was our son's first school experience at three years old and he was very unsure at first. His Primary teachers and the staff were so patient and kind to him especially at drop-off, making him feel seen and heard. He has built confidence in so many areas including his social skills, writing his name, and is now reading phonetically. We are excited for him to attend summer camp and Pinewoods again this year!
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I have been a Pinewoods employee AND a Pinewoods parent since 2019, and from my very first day here, I knew I had found me forever home. As a teacher, I enjoy working in a small community that values relationships, authentic communication, diversity, and quality ECE education. I have never been in a workplace where my personal and professional growth has been this supported by my administration. I love our playground, our outdoor gardens and classroom extensions, our focus on the Montessori philosophy and love of children, and the way we work as a community towards peace, understanding, and lasting relationships. As a parent, I have been so grateful for the skills, patience, and dedication of the teaching staff, especially the Lower Elementary teachers. My daughter has several differing needs, and they have been so supportive and encouraging during her academic journey. She went from struggling to read CVC to reading full chapter books independently due to their knowledge and expertise in working with children with dyslexia. Her social and emotional growth has been nurtured at each step of the way, and they fully embrace her for who and where she is. We have had a disgruntled former employee work hard this past year to try and spread false and hurtful information about the Pinewoods community. It has broken many of our hearts and is very unfortunate, but as someone who has lived and breathed here for many years and plans to do so for many more, I can say with all of my heart that Pinewoods is an incredibly special and beautiful place for families, teachers, and children. I am grateful for Jessica and for Lindsay and the work they have done to maintain a positive work environment for all of us, this last year and always. I see a bright future for Pinewoods and know that we are all excited to continue to welcome new families and staff into the fold as we continue to grow and thrive!
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Pinewoods is a sweet, safe community school in which families share a solid partnership with their children's teachers and everyone knows one another. The children are valued as individuals and empowered to gain independence at their developmental level- they are supported in solving problems and building confidence in their social and academic skills. Sadly, an employee was asked to leave the school last January and has worked with others to spread untrue and hurtful information about a wonderful place and the people who work there. I urge you to join the many families choosing Pinewoods as their children's school- you will be so pleased with the care and attention they receive and the growth they show academically, socially, and emotionally.
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5  
I started at this school when I was 2 and I graduated when I was 10. This school helped me learn so much academically and emotionally. All of the teachers respect and love every single student and we are taken under their wings like their own children. I have loved every year that I have gone this school. While I went to other schools after Pinewoods, it`s helped to prepare me for highschool next year the most.
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My son is two and in the Toddler class. He started coming to Pinewoods in August 2016 and he couldn't be more happy here. His teachers are so kind and most importantly, they really care about my child and helping him reach his full early learning potential. The classrooms are beautiful, organized, and all of the teachers here are passionate about the Montessori Method. I wanted my child to have an authentic Montessori learning experience, and Pinewoods Montessori has exceeded my expectations. When I first observed how different a Montessori class operates, I was impressed by how each child was highly respected and always allowed the opportunity to be independent and have their freedom of choice among the lessons. At the same time, it was far from chaotic. It is a peaceful environment and materials remain organized throughout the day (as the children are taught to respect their environment and put things back where they belong). I highly recommend bringing your child(ren) to observe a classroom at Pinewoods.
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5  
Our daughter is now 6 yrs old, and has been at Pinewoods for 4 yrs. She loves it, and is flourishing in the caring and close knit environment. Both my wife and I are very happy with my daughters progress and can't say enough about the teachers. Thank you Pinewoods Montessori.
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5  
I have been a parent of two Pinewoods students. My children have very different personalities, and I have found that Pinewoods has catered to each child's interests. As the child stays in the same class over several years, the child develops very strong relationships with his/her peer, while continuing to grow and learn. The school's most important asset is its very caring staff. My daughter loves her teachers and absolutely loves going to school every day. I would highly recommend this school.
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5  
I am so happy that my boys are attending Pinewoods Montessori. They love Miss Joy/Miss Gabby and Miss Charlotte/Miss Chrissy. They have both learned so much. I highly recommend this school to any parent who is seeking a safe, enriching and nurturing environment for their children .
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5  
Pinewoods Montessori School is the best kept secret in Orange County. Our oldest son started at Pinewood's Montessori Extended Day program at 5 years old. We have chosen to continue his education at Pinewoods because of the access to education, knowledge, and learning every day tools to help him regulate his emotions and encourage his desire to learn. Our son has had some struggles in a learning environment and the Pinewoods Teachers and staff have all given time, care, and flexibility to work with finding approaches and tools that help him learn better and help him become more adapted to social situations. I feel very lucky to have found Pinewoods and wish we had earlier.
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5  
My son is in the toddler class and he absolutely loves it! I am so proud to have this school in my community.
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5  
The moment we visited the classroom for the first time my (very) active 2.5 year old became calm. The teacher asked his name and invited him to join the lesson. The level of respect for each student continues to amaze me. Please make time to visit, you won't regret it.
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5  
We didn't really know much about the Montessori philosophy when our child started at Pinewoods as a preschooler. But we have since come to learn more, and appreciate how it teaches independence and cultivates curiosity. Pinewoods is a really special place. It's not fancy, but the teachers are incredibly dedicated and its a great group of families.
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5  
Our two children have absolutely thrived in this environment; it fosters a love of learning and self-confidence that I wish I might have had as a foundation for learning. The teachers are wonderful and the school is a tremendous value. We''re thankful every day to have found it.
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5  
This school provides an engaging and enriching array of curriculum for our students to explore and learn, to engage and challenge. Everyday when my child comes home, she recounts her learning with eagerness and enthusiasm. As a teacher of public schools, I am well aware of the caliber of education my daughter receives at Pinewoods Montessori!
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5  
The more I learn about Montessori, the happier I am about keeping my child there after preschool. She is learning critical thinking and problem solving and a true passion for exploring the world.
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5  
I have had my daughters at this school for four years- one is currently in primary and the other in elementary. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of education that they are receiving. The teachers are truly top notch! The enviroment is caring, intimate, and warm, and we have a wonderful community of families. They are receiving an authentic Montessori education, and we couldn't be happier.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 120 students
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $9,061 for elementary schools and $10,042 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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