Five Tips and Tricks For Your Freshman Year at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 27, 2023 at 1:49 PM
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Topics: Upper School, Student Life, Admission, Academics, Student Leadership

Ten Questions with Tara McGinn ’88: Alumna, Parent, Volunteer

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Tara (Monteleone) McGinn is a Pine Crest School alumna from the Class of 1988 and parent to three Panthers: Megan ’20, Ashlyn ’22, and Caitlin ’25.

Beginning her Pine Crest career as a freshman in the Upper School, she returned when her oldest daughter was ready for pre-kindergarten.

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Topics: Alumni, Admission, Pine Crest School, 2020, The Magazine

Planning Your Admission Visit to Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM

An important part of applying for admission to an independent school is getting to know the school and assessing if it is right for your family.

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Topics: Lower School, Upper School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Pine Crest School, Pine Crest Summer

Develop Your Child's Fine Motor Skills

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Families applying to independent schools often ask how they may prepare their children for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While each school may have different admission criteria, one area that many schools evaluate is a child’s fine motor skills.

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Topics: Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Fine Motor Skills

Pine Crest School Science Classrooms Receive Anatomage Tables

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 22, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Pine Crest School received three Anatomage Tables recently.

Anatomage Tables are virtual dissecting tables that are generally used by medical schools such as the Mayo Clinic to allow medical students the opportunity to perform virtual autopsies. One Table is located in an Upper School Huizenga Family Science Building classroom. The additional Tables are located in the Middle School life science classrooms — one on the Boca Raton campus and one on the Fort Lauderdale campus.

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Topics: Upper School, Faculty, Admission, Middle School, 2019, Academics, Science, STEM, Pine Crest Summer

Why Pine Crest School Students Create Digital Portfolios

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 19, 2019 at 12:03 PM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Academics, Giving, Pine Crest Fund, Computer Science, Social and Emotional Learning

Teaching Collaboration

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM

By Vicki Spitalnick, Innovation Specialist

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Middle School, Design Thinking, Innovation Institute, 2019

Defining the Middle School Experience at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 22, 2019 at 12:22 PM

At Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Middle School is comprised of students in grades six, seven, and eight. Transitioning to Middle School from fifth grade is a significant step for students.

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Topics: Student Life, Admission, Middle School, 2019

Transitioning to Pine Crest Upper School

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 17, 2018 at 12:22 PM

By Sophia Lieuw-Kie-Song ’22

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Topics: 2018, Upper School, Student Life, Freshmen, Admission, Pine Crest Summer

Innovation Curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

At Pine Crest School innovation is part of the curriculum from day one. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the Zimmerman Family iLab, or the Mintz Family iLab each month, and have computer science class twice a week.

Students are exposed to basic algorithmic thinking and logical reasoning through elementary coding classes. Students use applications on iPads, like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Bee-Bot, and Codeable to learn to sequence and debug code. Students see their code come to life in the small robots that complement the applications they use.  

Digital portfolios are also part of their computer science and technology curriculum. Students upload samples of their assignments, or “artifacts,” to reflect on what they have learned. These portfolios will follow them throughout their academic careers at Pine Crest.

During their time in the iLabs, students are exposed to organic gardening and engineering challenges. They are exposed to the design thinking process showing students how to research, ideate, experiment, and reflect as to problem-solve and think creatively.  

Students are given design challenges exposing them to the engineering process and teaching them to manipulate materials and construction techniques appropriate for their age level. Additionally, students use Squishy Circuits to learn the basics of electricity and circuitry.

This innovative curriculum is designed for students to take risks and fail forward.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Design Thinking

Why You Should Invest in Pre-Kindergarten

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2018 at 3:27 PM
By Alice Rau  ’20
With an increasing emphasis on the importance of attending a great high school, it may be tempting to hold off on sending your child to preschool to save a little money. However, according to studies of brain development and early childhood education, pre-kindergarten may be the most vital time for children to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
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Topics: 2018, Lower School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten

Why We Teach Computer Science in Pre-Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM

When you think of a pre-kindergarten curriculum, subjects that may come to mind are reading, writing, and math. However, in 2015 as part of the 2014-19 Strategic Plan, Pine Crest School launched a new computer science program that started with our pre-kindergarteners on both our Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale campuses.

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Topics: Lower School, Innovation, Student Life, Admission