Pine Cobble has rigorous academics particularly at the middle school years. My children are reading challenging literature writing extensively across the curriculum and their math instruction is superb. Every 8th grader takes Algebra 1 and the emphasis on problem solving AND math facts is admirable. All students in fourth grade and up take a foreign language and many take two. And the work they do -- both in the field in a lab and in the classroom -- in science represents a truly 21st century education. While Pine Cobble is well known for its idyllic campus and wonderful and supportive community the attention to personalized instruction and extremely challenging academics has emerged as the true strength of the program. The longer school day allows for daily sports in addition to the strong academic program.
Pine Cobble School is a private middle school in Town of Williamstown. 118 children attend Pine Cobble School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Pine Cobble School is 6:1. Mt Greylock Regional High School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Pine Cobble School was there for me in the 1970's when a previously insufficient education had left me academically adrift. Two crucial years of the school launched me into an upward spiral of academic strength that changed the course of my life. Forty years later I see the same thing happening with my daughters. The Pine Cobble "tune up" they have received in the upper grades has allowed them to engage at an educational level we previously had not considered possible. Although it stays with the times Pine Cobble has a depth and tradition of excellence that nurtures the piercing complex and nuanced kind of thinking our children will need in this fast-changing world.
What a wonderful school! Our son had been in two different public schools before we moved him to Pine Cobble - one in New Jersey and the other in Williamstown. Both public schools are as good as a public school can be. Yet our son was bored not challenged and was disliking school more and more as time went on. His boredom led to minor behavior problems and to being easily distracted. In turn this led to teachers asking about attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities. So we ant through extensive testing that showed that he did not have any kind of attention or learning disorder. Instead it showed that he needed to be challenged by a flexible approach to teaching. This was beyond what the public school could offer. When we finally made the switch to PC in the middle of 5th grade the change for the positive was immediate. is is a GREAT school with dedicated creative teachers. Our son loves this place. He is happy and is thriving -- at last! As for bullies mentioned in another comment I know that bullying is simply not tolerated. The school is very strong on promoting values including respect for others.
We moved our daughters to the upper school from a small independent school and the transition couldn't have been more perfect. Both have had outstanding experiences during what can be a difficult transition time for girls. Not only is the community thoughtful and supportive but also the academics are superior in all ways to the local alternatives especially in history English and math. One of the most important thing that they have learned is how to learn; the school's ability to help my girls get and stay organized and on top of their work is to be commended. Another important thing that is constantly reinforced is the importance of being a good member of the community; it is so good to know that these messages we parents try to give our kids are being reinforced in the school environment. These are critically important skills for high school and beyond! In short the standards all around are nothing short of excellent on all levels and it is without doubt the best option in this area.
I was a student at Pine Cobble School for six years. It taught me how to become a more independent learner and confident student. I made great friends which I still keep in contact with today. If I lived in the Williamstown area I wouldn't hesitate to send my kids there. I loved Pine Cobble!!!!
Nightmare!! We thought we were doing right by our child in starting out kindergarten at Pine Cobble. Only later did we learn that private schools are not subject to credentialling standards that public school teachers must meet. When our kid ran afoul of a playground bully whose parents were high-profile contributors to the school's endowment the faculty's allegiance was crystal clear. Moved our kid to public school and we had a happier more confident child in a matter of weeks. So I suppose we did learn something from Pine Cobble after all.
We are in our 3rd year in the lower school and have had the best experiences possible. Our children are thriving academically and socially and are becoming amazing citizens. The faculty are exceptionally talented and dedicated individuals who actually know my children know their interests and are eager to construct their curriculum in ways that integrate each child's natural interests. The result is that our children have become joys to communicate with on subjects other than Disney characters.
I love this school. My daughter has been here for 4 years and each year she has gained not only new academic skills but also confidence. I can't imagine a school where it is safer for a child to become at ease with who she is. There's a great sense of community and my daughter really feels herself to be a part of this community. It's not perfect no place is but I am grateful for everything they offer. It's a very comfortable place private but not fancy with a surprising socioeconomic diversity. The teachers are focused on the whole child and teachers and administrators really go out of their way to work with students' individual learning needs and styles. The fact that the teachers spend every single lunch hour at a table with mixed ages of children says everything about their commitment.
Pine Cobble School provides my children with a caring stimulating and nurturing environment. They are becoming a model for 'green' building and eco-friendly classroom practices. I love the class sizes (typically @ 13 children) and appreciate the individualized attention children are offered. Finally Pine Cobble is an excellent community (parents kids fac/staff) to be a part of.
Although Pine Cobble is a nice size and has good kids and kind teachers they do not offer much more. The music and art departments are nothing special and the school doesn't do much but ask for money. But the worst part is that the Upper School(6-9) does not get nearly enough or as much attention as the lower grades. This school needs to seriosly work on these things before growing or getting anywhere.
strong academic program especialy in the middle grades-- strong Latin program dedicated teachers and nurturing environment.
Amazingly caring staff and teachers. Very small classes and constant communication with parents. High citizenship standards and challenging academics. Full athletic arts & music programs. Couldn't find a better school.