School Profile

About Pine Springs Preparatory Academy

Pine Springs Preparatory Academy is a K-8 charter school that has been granted approval to open by the NC State Board of Education. The school opened as a K-6 school in September of 2017, and then added a grade level per year thereafter through 8th grade. Pine Springs Prep provides families in Holly Springs and surrounding communities a high-quality education option.

Our founders came together with the goal of providing a unique opportunity for students interested in an innovative educational program that integrates an experiential-based program with a rigorous and relevant education that will allow students to develop and apply skills needed for success in the 21st century. This model has four key design elements that will provide students with a foundation for success: authentic learning, collaboration, a nurturing environment, and technology skills.


 Elementary School Principal – Ms. Stephanie Needham

Stephanie Needham is Pine Springs Prepartory’s Elementary School Principal and Academic Dean.  Ms. Needham is a skilled instructional leader and brings a wealth of experience with curriculum design to Pine Springs Prep. She has a proven track record of success. Ms. Needham was identified in the top 25% of NC educators for student performance growth on reading achievement by North Carolina effectiveness standards. She has driven high academic achievement at Pine Springs Prep already in the two years that Pine Springs has been open!


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Middle School Principal – Mr. George Ward

George Ward is honored to join Pine Springs Preparatory Academy as Middle School Principal.  He has served as a school administrator in Wake County and previously taught math and science. Mr. Ward has also been involved in training STEM teachers throughout North Carolina and educational policy work for the NC State Board of Education.

Mr. Ward earned his undergraduate degree in Middle Grades Education from North Carolina State University, a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University, and an Educational Specialist degree from North Carolina State University.
Mr. Ward enjoys relaxing with his family and playing with his dog, Grayson, a Great Dane, or losing fabulously in Fortnite.


Our Mission Statement

Pine Springs Preparatory Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of its students by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students’ success in school, career, and in life.