Award Year: 2014

Pinecrest Academy Inc.

955 Peachtree Pkwy
Cumming, GA, 30041-6826

(770) 888-4477

Mr. Edward J. Lindekugel, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Atlanta

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The mission of Pinecrest Academy is to form Christian leaders who will transform society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 3%


Pinecrest Academy is a PreK through 12th grade college preparatory Catholic school. The school provides an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason. Pinecrest prepares students to become committed Christian leaders, eager to transform a global society. This mission is accomplished in a gender separate environment on a beautiful co-institutional co-ed campus. Following the educational philosophy of the Catholic religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, Pinecrest’s education develops the spiritual, intellectual, human, and apostolic dimensions of the whole student. Students are challenged to identify and use their gifts in service to others. Recognizing the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school's mission embraces the entire family. Pinecrest provides a safe, moral, and spiritual environment which leads to positive peer groups and joyful, caring, and confident students. Pinecrest students consistently achieve the highest average SAT, ACT, and Stanford 10 scores in Forsyth County and the State of Georgia. One hundred percent of Pinecrest graduates are accepted into four year college and university programs. The school’s size allows students to participate in a wide variety of academic, athletic, spiritual, and service activities. Pinecrest has been recognized for the past 7 years as a top 50 Catholic High School in the United States by the Cardinal Newman Society.