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The present institution (located 23 miles outside of Charleston, SC) is the product of a 1980 merger of Pinewood School and Summerville Academy.  Pinewood School, founded by the Allan family in 1952, began with 52 students in grades 1-8 and was later expanded to include a preschool department, grades 9 and 10, a boarding department, and a summer school located in New York. The Summerville Academy was established in 1969 as a college preparatory school. In 1974, the school moved into a new facility currently occupying 43 acres, located four miles west of downtown Summerville. Following the death of Mrs. Allan and the subsequent sale of the Pinewood School properties, Pinewood-Summerville Preparatory School (now Pinewood Preparatory School) was incorporated in the summer of 1980 and moved its operations to the former Summerville Academy campus in the fall of 1981.

Our Students

  • 625 students in Preschool to Grade 12
  • 15 countries represented in our student body
  • 22 percent diversity in our student body
  • 72 percent High School student participation on Varsity or Junior Varsity athletic teams
  • 72 percent student participation in Fine or Performing Arts

Our Academics

  • 14 - Average Class Size
  • 9:1 - Student/Teacher Ratio in Lower School
  • 13:1 - Student/Teacher Ratio in Upper School
  • 73 percent of faculty with advanced degrees
  • 15 years of average teaching experience held by Pinewood Preparatory School teachers
  • 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered; 77% pass rate (five-year data)

Our Activities

  • 35 Varsity and Junior Varsity athletic teams
  • 30 academic teams and student organizations
  • Nationally and internationally recognized theatre program
  • Community service required for graduation

Our Accreditation

Pinewood is accredited by the following organizations:
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Cognia
  • South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA)