Both locations of the school are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi (CBSE), and the Sr School is affiliated till the senior secondary level (+2).
Courses of Study:
Courses of study as laid down by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the syllabi framed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), of the Government of India, Delhi are strictly adhered to and followed. The children are prepared to sit for the All India Secondary and Senior Secondary School Examinations, conducted by the CBSE, Delhi.
The syllabus provides for and examines a student in English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science (with Practicals), and Social Science. SUPW (Hobbies and Work Experience), Music, Art Education and Physical Education are compulsory. From Class III to Class VIII a third language is also taught.
Presently the school is offering Science (Medical and Non-Medical) and Commerce stream with or without Computer Education (Informatics Practices). Physical Education and Mathematics are also available as optional subjects.
All textbooks and stationery are provided free of cost. Any special item like atlases, geometry boxes, pens, colours, dictionaries etc are charged to the child's personal account.
Classrooms and Teacher-Student ratio:
The classrooms are very modern, large and airy with proper lighting and provide the most conducive atmosphere for learning.
All secondary classes in Pinegrove are interactive classrooms with SMART BOARDS, networked computers and DLP Projectors. Many classrooms have Visualizers as well. The computers are networked on LAN and there is a huge repository of educational software, in various subjects and practically for every chapter in the course of study, available on the school servers. The classrooms are fitted with the latest and best equipment available so that the children get the best teaching aids to assist in making the teaching learning process most effective, through computer-aided-teaching (CAT).
Classrooms and Teacher-Student ratio:
The aim of computer education in the school is to get the children acquainted with the latest in computer technology and to assist in removing their introversion of the machines. The intention is to make the pupils user-friendly so that they can make best use of computers in the future. Adequate exposure is given to them in Internet, hardware and software technology.
A well-stocked, informative library is available in both the junior and senior schools. Apple Computers for research are available for Senior Students in the Resource Centre of the Library. The library is often used by the children and has a wide variety of encyclopaedias, reference books, novels, newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. There is a good collection of CDs, DVDs etc in the audio-visual section of the library as well.
Modern and well-equipped science laboratories are available in both schools.The Labs have the requisite essential equipment for conducting practicals for the integrated science course at the secondary school stage, and for the Physics, Chemistry and Biology practicals at the Senior Secondary Stage, as per the requirement of the new curricula and scheme of studies, laid down by the CBSE.
Over the last few years there has been a countrywide debate amongst pedagogues, parents, teachers and members of various educational boards regarding a change in the evaluation system in schools, which by and large has been received with great enthusiasm. Keeping in view the evaluation systems of developed countries and the opinion of the public at large, the CBSE has introduced the CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) and introduced CGPA and Grading System in schools.
Tests and Examinations:
Children are tested regularly and continuously for their academic progress, Class-work, Home-work, Class-tests, Projects, Art education, Physical Education and Work-experience along with their Thinking, Emotional and Social Skills as well. The report cards are sent to the parents three times a year to apprise them of the academic proficiency and progress of the child. To maintain the high standards of education the expectations of the school are high and generally children secure good grades.
Most parents desire good classroom performance from their children. At Pinegrove, there is profound and persistent efforts in making children perform well academically. To encourage children who excel in academics (Gold and Silver) STARS are awarded depending on their performance in each result. Improvement Stars for remarkable efforts are also awarded after each result.
A special star called the `Diamond Star` has been introduced to encourage `goodness`. Evaluation of this is done collectively by heads, teachers, matrons, hobby staff, physical training staff and students alike. We in Pinegrove sincerely believe that developing the value systems and discipline in a child is far more important than developing the academic and physical traits of the personality. The school awards `Diamond Stars` to selected students twice a year.
Continuous evaluation of the development of the students is of prime importance to both parents and teachers alike. It is in the best interest of the child that the parents and teachers form a cohesive team in working to achieve this objective.
It is imperative that children who come to a boarding school reach a level of independence and should manage to keep up with the rigorous routine without demanding extra time for achieving the desired academic standards of the class.
Winter Study Camp:
Pinegrove is a winter closing school and hence there is a long vacation before the children are to appear for the final CBSE Board Examination. It is reasonably unfair to expect the child and the parents to organise tuitions at home and also ensure that the child produces a good result thereafter.