Pine Lake Preparatory

Public, Charter, Alternative K-12

 104 Yellow Wood Circle
       Mooresville, NC  28115


(704) 237-5304

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District: Pine Lake Preparatory


Student/teacher ratio:  17.5
Number of students:  1,877

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.4%
Asian:
5.1%
Hispanic:
4.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  1.8%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details Pine Lake Preparatory ranks better than 97.1% of elementary schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.91. (See more...)
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Compare Details Pine Lake Preparatory ranks better than 95.5% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.26. (See more...)
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Compare Details Pine Lake Preparatory ranks better than 95.7% of high schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.56. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.4%), Asian (5.1%), Hispanic (4.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pine Lake Preparatory is 17.5. (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Pine Lake Preparatory:

SchoolDigger ranks Pine Lake Preparatory 42nd of 1473 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Pine Lake Preparatory in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Pine Lake Preparatory 33rd of 737 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Pine Lake Preparatory in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Pine Lake Preparatory 22nd of 514 North Carolina public high schools. (See Pine Lake Preparatory in the ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 90.04 49th 1354 96.4%
2010 88.99 52nd 1363 96.2%
2011 88.71 58th 1381 95.8%
2012 89.66 45th 1388 96.8%
2013 95.63 35th 1403 97.5%
2014 91.97 74th 1390 94.7%
2015 91.45 76th 1440 94.7%
2016 92.49 53rd 1425 96.3%
2017 93.91 34th 1429 97.6%
2018 93.46 47th 1434 96.7%
2019 93.91 42nd 1473 97.1%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 86.76 28th 630 95.6%
2010 87.95 15th 640 97.7%
2011 84.91 34th 648 94.8%
2012 87.43 24th 662 96.4%
2013 95.60 23rd 673 96.6%
2014 97.06 13th 627 97.9%
2015 95.38 20th 705 97.2%
2016 95.59 18th 692 97.4%
2017 94.32 23rd 694 96.7%
2018 92.85 25th 691 96.4%
2019 92.26 33rd 737 95.5%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 64.55 118th 490 75.9%
2010 72.33 60th 499 88.0%
2011 73.23 66th 506 87.0%
2012 77.04 32nd 502 93.6%
2013 78.47 22nd 505 95.6%
2014 76.33 41st 451 90.9%
2015 83.48 28th 531 94.7%
2016 76.52 47th 507 90.7%
2017 89.27 18th 476 96.2%
2018 88.29 24th 469 94.9%
2019 91.56 22nd 514 95.7%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Open Quote After moving to the LN area about 8 years ago I have had my children in 3 different schools trying to find a good fit for a whole child education. This is it. I love the small, community feel to the school and that each year is better and better. I have heard there were some rough years during its first few years(opened in 2006) but it has now obviously hit its stride. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, January 30, 2015

Open Quote Tour school; pay attention, students look like hollowed out versions of children. As reward, children may ride 2nd-1st floor slide, BUT, instructed not to make noise, an example of PLP's warped sense of children. K students confined to classrooms most of day resulting in high frustration levels. No behavior warning system, children get sticker or not, not knowing when hammer will drop; signals PLP doesn't understand child development. Principal advertises having worked in Kuwaiti schools, school has that vibe.

'Academic Partners' is a misnomer for teachers here. Communications mostly one-sided, once difficult question posed, communications cease or issues skirted. Teachers/admin cliquey. The 'library' is ~8'x10'; if focus is academics, why not build a library before gym or turf field?

PLP 'prep' in name only. Philosophy of strictness, humiliation & insensitivity equals 'prep' to PLP. Actual prep schools have tried/true 'educators.' Confidence-building, exploration & encouraged growth are true cornerstones of a prep school education. PLP relies on false sense of quality surrounding charters w/ attitude 'if you don't like it, leave.' Look deeper past phoney 'prep school' facade. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, November 17, 2014

Open Quote Friendly environment. Strong curriculum. Nice mix of books and technology. We are especially excited to see PLP grow with their offerings for young students. We look forward to the constant improvement PLP strives for. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Open Quote Wow! I guess it's true that only the disgruntled leave reviews. I completely disagree with these reviews. I have a 2nd grader, 8th grader, and an 11th grader that attend Pine Lake. This is the beginning of our 4th year there. All three of my children have after school activities, and have plenty of time to get homework done. Two of my children are in the National Honor Society. If students "aren't learning anything", then I'm not sure how that happened. Look at test scores if you want to know how this school truly performs. Pine Lake takes education up a notch. Expectations are high, yielding students that are prepared for the next step. Teachers seem truly happy to be there. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my children are receiving a quality education. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Open Quote Thank goodness the school year is over! Having children who attend Pine Lake means life is one constant battle after another. I have spent the majority of my time this school year monitoring edline to assure my children receive credit for the work they turn in. The administration hires new teachers each year and then neglects to provide them with the basic information they need to be successful. The parents are very involved in the school yet their voices are not heard. Most have given up because the administration refuses to listen to constructive concerns. Sadly it seems the parents really do want to help make the school better but without good leadership the school will not survive. Overall the environment is geared only toward the new construction projects and the shortcomings of the current teachers are ignored. My children have enjoyed their time at Pine Lake but begged us to remove them at the end of the year because they are so frustrated that they are not learning anything despite substantial amounts of homework. I fear the transition to a new school is going to uncover severe deficits in their education but we as a family are tired of the battles involved in attendance at Pine Lake. After visiting another school I was amazed when the principal told me they listen to parents and involve them in any way in the learning environment. This was music to my ears! My family will not miss Pine Lake and I would suggest that anyone thinking of attending the school talk to as many parents and students as possible to understand the environment.
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by a parent
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Open Quote We have been very disappointed in Pine Lake Preparatory. The educational environment is extremely poor and our children are not receiving the education they need to achieve success in the future. Most of the teachers are extremely inexperienced and seem overwhelmed by what for many of them is their first teaching job. This charter school has requirements that public schools do not, such as service learning hours which require 40 volunteer hours per year logged with the school and a senior project the purpose of which is unclear. My children will be transferring at the end of this year and I frankly cannot wait to remove them from an environment where they are not learning. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Open Quote Pine Lake Preparatory is a charter school which is relatively new to the Lake Norman area. This school seems to consider itself a private school, though all one has to do to enroll is have their name picked from a lottery. My children attended the school and we were extremely disappointed in the educational environment. The school prides itself on requiring a bizarre amount of homework each evening and such large workloads that no one could ever finish. My children were relatively popular so our home became a hangout for PLP kids, and I was amazed that all of them seemed to have no outside activities because of the PLP workload. No parent is permitted to express dissatisfaction with the way the school is being run. To do so elicits a response from teachers and school officials alike that if you don't like it you can leave. They show no interest in improving the school or the environment but instead are much more interested in building new buildings and raising ever greater amounts of monies from the families to pay for these amenities. We were very dissatified with this school and would not recommend it to anyone. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 247 9 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 261
2009 1213 47 27 22 6 n/a n/a 0 1315
2010 1338 51 23 22 6 n/a n/a 0 1440
2011 1369 30 31 32 4 0 28 0 1494
2012 1446 34 48 32 3 2 28 0 1593
2013 1445 41 50 34 3 0 26 0 1599
2014 1469 41 64 39 1 0 34 0 1648
2015 1477 40 69 47 2 2 41 0 1678
2016 1502 34 76 57 4 2 41 0 1716
2017 1584 40 81 63 5 2 45 0 1820
2018 1620 37 81 71 3 1 49 0 1862
2019 1607 38 89 80 4 1 52 0 1871
2020 1566 39 96 92 4 1 79 0 1877

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 261 13.0 20.1 n/a
2009 1315 71.0 18.5 n/a
2010 1440 85.0 16.9 n/a
2011 1494 88.3 16.9 0
2012 1593 92.2 17.2 4.8
2013 1599 96.5 16.5 0.2
2014 1648 101.0 16.3 n/a
2015 1678 101.0 16.6 0
2016 1716 106.0 16.1 0
2017 1820 113.5 16.0 n/a
2018 1862 110.7 16.8 1.3
2019 1871 110.9 16.8 1.8
2020 1877 106.9 17.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Pine Lake Preparatory

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 261 13.0 20.1 n/a
2009 1315 71.0 18.5 n/a
2010 1440 85.0 16.9 n/a
2011 1494 88.3 16.9 0
2012 1593 92.2 17.2 4.8
2013 1599 96.5 16.5 0.2
2014 1648 101.0 16.3 n/a
2015 1678 101.0 16.6 0
2016 1716 106.0 16.1 0
2017 1820 113.5 16.0 n/a
2018 1862 110.7 16.8 1.3
2019 1871 110.9 16.8 1.8
2020 1877 106.9 17.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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