Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School

Parent Contacts for the Middle School:

Sam Ranallo, Middle School Principal

Lauri  Schatz, Assistant Principal

Julie Howard, Administrative Associate

Jamie Connotillo, Registrar
704-943-0551 Registrar Fax

The Middle School prides itself on encompassing Pine Lake’s four core values: to lead, nurture, engage and prepare students. Through a devotion to rigorous academics, extensive exposure to the arts, daily Spanish language learning and a one to one technology initiative, Pine Lake Middle School takes a holistic approach to the education of our children.

The Middle School college preparatory curriculum promotes high levels of achievement and positions our students for high school success. In addition to teaching the state prescribed Common Core and Essential Standards, students participate in a secondary curriculum, Core Knowledge. Core knowledge rests on the premise that knowledge builds on knowledge. Consequently, Core knowledge uses a specific sequence teaching content that spirals from year to year which allows students to build upon prior knowledge.

We offer enriching opportunities for a diversity of students which we believe creates a strong sense of community. Students at the Middle School participate in competitive athletics, Jr. National Honor Society, US First Robotics Lego League, School Newspaper, Girls on the Run, Science Olympiad, Student Council, and numerous other clubs.

PLP’s emphasis and dedication to academic achievement is clearly evident in student achievement results. Over the past four years, more than 95% of middle school students finished at or above grade level as determined by the state mandated End of Grade exams.Recently named an Honor School of Excellence for the third consecutive year, Pine Lake has earned the state’s highest academic distinction while meeting 100% of their Average Yearly Progress Goals since it opened its doors in 2008. Our success has been earned, shared and celebrated by our involved families, engaged students and enthusiastic staff of Academic Partners.

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie

Welcome to Pine Lake Preparatory.

Sam Ranallo
Middle School Principal
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