By Julia Karten ’19
Students who have attended Pine Crest School since pre-kindergarten or kindergarten are called “lifers.” Growing up in the Pine Crest community is the most special part of having this title.
Starting as a student in pre-kindergarten, I have had the chance to grow up with my closest friends. The teachers who have seen me grow through Lower, Middle, and Upper School are the ones who will walk in my graduation at the end of the year.
Pine Crest’s community is built on supportive relationships that make Pine Crest a place where students love to learn, thrive through taking risks, and are inspired to discover themselves.
Having been a Panther for 14 years has been special, yet many of my classmates joined our community in Middle or Upper School. Our inclusion and bonds as a community were strengthened with each new student transitioning to Pine Crest. Students support, encourage, and challenge one another to do our best.
From sports, the arts, and media production to research, computer science, and entrepreneurship, there is truly something for every student at Pine Crest, and many opportunities begin as early as pre-kindergarten. Pine Crest students are able to explore just about any field and are encouraged to utilize programs to foster their passions and prepare them for college and eventually a career.
Our greatest resource is our faculty. Pine Crest faculty challenge us to do more than we think we can. They celebrate our achievements, whether they be in the classroom, on the stage, or on the field. They are always there to support us when we are struggling with new concepts giving up their free time before, after, and during school to meet and review.
Life at Pine Crest is never still. Having been here for most of my life, I have seen our school grow and have taken advantage of new additions to campus life, both in and out of the classroom. While things change here, what remains the same is our community. The core values of our school — education, leadership, and character — always surround me, serving as my guide as I get ready to start college next fall. For this reason, I am forever grateful to be a Pine Crest lifer.