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The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts
An independent, coed, day school
for grades pre-kindergarten through nine

The Pike School Handbook

School Hours, Absence, Tardiness, Late Pick-up Policy

School Hours
Office Hours:    
8 a.m.-6 p.m.    School Year
9 a.m.-3 p.m.    July and August

School Hours:       
7:30 a.m.    Early drop-in begins
8:00 a.m.    Buildings open 

8:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.    Monday through Friday

Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 2:   
8:15 a.m.-3:05 p.m.      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.      Wednesday

Grades 3 – 5: 
8:15 a.m.-3:10 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:05 p.m.  Wednesday

Grades 6 – 9: 
8:15 a.m.-3:20 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:10 p.m.  Wednesday

Upper School Sports Practice:  
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.    Monday, Tuesday, Friday
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.     Wednesday
No Practice                  Thursday

Excused absence is the unavoidable result of sickness, injury, or compelling family circumstances. Anticipated absences should be reported to the school in advance. All absences must be reported to the school.  If Pike is not informed of an absence before 9 a.m. on a school day, a telephone call will be made to the parent. A student may not participate in after-school activities, unless he/she has been in school for a majority of the day. Upon return to school after an absence, a student must bring a note from his/her parents explaining the absence.

Students who are absent from school are responsible for homework assignments.  Middle School parents should request homework from a child's anchor teacher.  Books and assignments will be placed at the reception desk by dismissal time for parent pick-up. Upper School students should check ebackpack for homework assignmenss.

The school discourages student absences as a result of family vacation trips. Parents are urged to respect the school calendar, which is published prior to the start of the school year. If, for any reason, parents anticipate an absence, they are required to call the appropriate Division Head as far in advance as possible to discuss the absence. 

ALL students arriving late or leaving early MUST check in and out at the reception desk in the Main Office.

*New Late Pick-Up Policy – beginning 2014-15 School Year
Late Pick-Up Fee:
Students may not remain on campus unsupervised after 3:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays). All students who remain at school after normal dismissal hours must be enrolled in either sports or Flex Day. If students are not picked up by these times the following fees will be charged:

Families will be charged as follows:

$25 between 3:45-4:00pm and Wed., 2:45-3:00pm

$25 between 4:00-4:30pm (plus $25 late fee) = $50

$45 between 4:30-6:00pm (plus $25 late fee) = $75

Wed: $25 between 3:00-3:30pm (plus $25 late fee) = $50

$60 between 3:30-6:00pm (plus $25 late fee) = $85

Permission for change in transportation arrangements, dismissal times, etc., requires a telephone call to the Main Office from parents or a note sent directly to the anchor teacher/advisor.  A note from home should support excuses from physical education whenever possible. Medical and/or dental appointments should be scheduled after school hours.  

Students needing to use a telephone should see their teacher.  No beepers, cell phones, nor other personal communication devices are to be used during the school day.  Parents may contact the receptionist with messages.



The Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs
The Pike School encourages the solicitation and acceptance of gifts that enable it to fulfill its mission to develop within its community a life-long love of learning, respect for others, the joy of physical activity and a creative spirit.  For an institution dedicated to these goals, fundraising is essential to its continued success.  All fundraising efforts on behalf of The Pike School are approved by the Office of Advancement, Alumni Affairs, and Communications including, but not limited to letter, email, and phone solicitations.
The primary objectives of The Pike School Office of Development and Alumni Affairs are:
  • To ensure a secure financial future for The Pike School by engaging current parents, alumni parents, alumni, grandparents, Trustees, faculty, staff and friends philanthropically to benefit Pike
  • Provide excellent stewardship of all donations
  • Maintain and cultivate the sense of community that alumni experienced as students and work to strengthen their affiliation with the school through an active alumni association


Annual Fund Q & A

Q: Why does PIKE need an Annual Fund?
A:  The Annual Fund provides 8% of the school's operating budget. PIKE needs the Annual Fund to:

  • Sustain the growth and improvement of our educational programs
  • Provide students with the necessary resources to engage in multiple forms of academic exploration
  • Maintain and improve facilities
Q: Doesn't tuition cover the cost of a student's education?
A:  Tuition does not cover all of the annual costs of educating students. The qualities we value most about a PIKE education--dedicated, well-trained faculty; high academic standards; individual attention to student learning; a diverse community, state of the art resources--are all expensive to maintain.  PIKE, like all independent schools, relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions every year to close the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of operating the school.

Q: Who is asked to give to the Annual Fund?
A:  Each year in the fall we ask the Board of Trustees, current parents, former parents, alumni, the faculty, staff, administration, grandparents and friends to support the Annual Fund.

Q: How much should I give to the Annual Fund?
A:  We ask everyone to make a tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund that best represents their giving ability.   

Q: Are these gifts tax deductible?
A:  Yes. Gifts to non-profit educational institutions like Pike qualify as charitable contributions and can be fully deducted if you itemize.

Q: Can I pay my pledge with appreciated securities or credit card?
A:  You may transfer appreciated securities to Pike or pay with a credit card.

Behavioral Expectations

Effective education requires a safe and orderly environment for learning.  The Pike School believes that all members of its community must behave in a way that creates such an environment.  The general principles of honesty, respect for others, and support of the rules of the community are the foundation of the school's expectations for students.  These concepts are discussed with students as part of the curriculum within advisor and anchor groups to make the school's expectations as clear as possible and to encourage children to be the "responsible citizens" envisioned by the school's mission statement.

Violations of the school's rules are dealt with on an individual basis according to the specifics of the infraction.  Faculty are encouraged to resolve minor offenses immediately in a manner they deem appropriate.  For continued minor offenses or more serious offenses, teachers work with the appropriate Division Head to plan a course of action.  Discipline may take the form of detention, student/teacher conferences, parent/student/teacher conferences, or conferences with the appropriate Division Head or Head of School.

Serious offenses that include (but are not limited to) cheating and plagiarism, physical violence, harassment, possession or use of drugs (including alcohol and tobacco), theft, vandalism, misuse of the Internet, stealing etc., can result in an in-school, all-day detention, suspension,  probation or dismissal.  In these instances, the parents and child are required to meet with the Division Head and Head of School.  At that meeting, the incident will be reviewed and the disciplinary response explained.  

Detention:  Upper School students who commit minor deportment violations are subject to a detention.  Detentions are served as soon as possible after the incident from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and take precedence over any other school activity.  Families will be contacted.

In-School All-Day Detention: Upper School students who commit serious offenses may receive an all-day detention.  This action results in a student being isolated on campus for one day to write a detailed explanation of the incident and to answer in writing other questions related to his/her behavior at school.  Also, students will be required to do pertinent academic work, including taking any quizzes or tests assigned for that day. They will not participate in after school Pike activities.  Depending on the circumstances, a student could be placed on probation for a period of time.

Out-Of-School Suspension:  This action results in a student being barred from the campus and all school events for a specific amount of time.  The family is responsible for carrying out the plan prescribed by the school to meet academic, social, and emotional responsibilities. It is the policy of the school that the burden of the suspension falls on the student for doing all required work in a timely and complete manner.  Any students in this category will be placed on probation for at least the remainder of the academic year and possibly the following academic year, as well.

Probation:  While on probation, any further violations of school rules will result in suspension or dismissal.

Dismissal: A student will be dismissed for a major violation of school rules or when he/she represents a threat to the safe and orderly environment for learning.  The school will work with the family to facilitate a change to a different school.

Dismissal is the only disciplinary action noted on a child's formal transcript.  The school is obligated to note suspensions or dismissals only when specifically asked about such issues by secondary schools as a part of the application process.  It is the expectation of secondary schools, after a child is admitted in the spring, that the family be responsible for reporting to that school any significant discipline situations that occur after acceptance.

The ultimate responsibility for the safe and orderly environment of the school rests with the Head of School.  Any questions about serious incidents or the school's disciplinary response to those incidents should be directed to the Head of School.

Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Retaliation Policy

Click here for a PDF of "The Pike School Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and Retaliation Policy"

Communication Expectations

Teachers and parents share a common interest in the well-being and growth of the children for whom they care.  One of the values in The Pike School mission statement says, “We believe children develop best when there is an active and willing partnership between school and family.”  Pike is committed to close communication between home and school.  Scheduled opportunities exist for parents to learn about their child’s progress and program.  The following lists of expectations, contacts, and scheduled events are intended to create an effective communication system.

Principles of Good Communication
  • Good communication is direct (to the person involved).
  • It is fine to disagree in a respectful manner.
  • It is important to honor confidentiality.
  • It is helpful to use ”I” statements.
  • It is most effective to talk when both parties have the time to fully discuss the issues at hand.  Only scheduled meetings provide the opportunity for such focus.
As a parent at The Pike School, you are expected to:
  • Keep abreast of school events, schedules and news 
  • Sign in at the front desk when visiting the school;
  • Respond promptly to calls from school;
  • Schedule teacher meetings and classroom visits in advance to avoid interrupting classes;
  • Refer to the contact list when you have questions;
  • Bring questions or concerns directly to the appropriate person at school;
  • Attend Back-to-School Night and parent conferences;
As a parent at The Pike School, you can expect the following:
  • Calls or email will be returned within 24 hours from when a Pike teacher or staff member receives the message.
  • On Back-To-School Nights, all teachers will provide you with the most effective way to contact them.
  • True emergencies will be dealt with immediately upon notification of the receptionist at the front desk.
  • The school will contact parents when they see patterns of behavior that are cause for concern.
  • The school will respect the privacy of all members of the community.
  • The school wants to be alerted to any concerns a parent may have.

Contacts at Pike

Contact the Receptionists, Linda Holden (a.m.),, or Gale Mender (p.m.),, if:
  • your child is absent or tardy (Please call the receptionist before 9:00 AM);
  • your child’s drop-off and/or pick-up plans have changed.

Contact the Nurse, Deb Hartigan, x6607,, if:
  • you have questions about medical policies, procedures or forms.

Contact your Coach if:
  • you have questions about your child’s progress in that sport.

Contact the Athletic Director, Wendy Hammond, x6786,, if:
  • you have questions about the overall athletic program or philosophy;
  • you have questions about a specific sport or game schedule.

Contact the Assistant to the Head of School, Cathy Sullivan, x 6610,, if:
  • you would like to schedule the use of school facilities;
  • you need to make changes in scheduled Flex arrangements.

Contact the Head Librarian, Fran Mellin, x6621,, if:
  • you have questions about library resources or programs;
  • you would like information about volunteering in the library.

Contact the Director of the FLEX Program, Susan Schott, x6618,, if:
  • you have questions about the Flex program.

Contact the Director of Technology, Aaron Hovel, x6622,, if:
  • you have questions about the technology program or policies that are not answered from the technology link on the Web site;

Contact the Director of Learning Services, Denise Elliott, x6617,, if:
  • you have questions about the philosophy of the Learning Services program;
  • you have questions about your child’s learning services program.

Contact the Anchor Teacher (Lower and Middle School) or Advisor (Upper School) if:
  • you have questions about your child’s performance in any area (academic, athletic, social, or developmental), or if you see patterns of behavior that are cause for concern;
  • you have information about your child that will help teachers or coaches work more effectively with your child.

Contact the Division Head, Lower School/Jenn Elkin, x6616, jelkin, Middle School/Bo Baird, x6625,, and Upper School/Colleen Welsh, x 6626,, if:
  • you have further questions after talking with the anchor teacher or advisor;
  • you have questions about overall academic philosophy or curriculum of that division;
  • you have questions about academic placement, scheduling, or testing.
Contact the Business Office, Mark Graziano, x6602,, or Kathy Foderaro, x6614,, if:
  • you have a question about the financial aspects of your child’s attendance at Pike.

Contact the Advancement Office, Rod Boyer, Director, x6601,, Christen Hazel, Associate Director, x6608,, or Cara Kennedy, x6609,,  if:
  • you have questions about fundraising programs and special events at Pike;
  • you wish to make a charitable gift to the school.

Contact the Director of Community Life, Michael Eatman, x 6788, if:

  • you have questions on matters of diversity, inclusion, and multicultural practices

Contact the Head of School, Muddy Waters, x6611,, if:
  • you wish to discuss any issue after the steps outlined above have been followed;
  • you have questions about school-wide policies.

Directory: Updates and Usage

Parents are requested to keep their Directory listing updated by entering changes of address; home, business, and cell phone numbers; email addresses; and other such information in their Veracross Parent Portal account or to inform the receptionists of those changes.


This Directory is provided for the use of The Pike School Community and should be used for school purposes only. It is not to be used for personal, individual or group solicitation. Please do not use this publication for any purpose unrelated to The Pike School. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dress Code

The purpose of the The Pike School student dress code is to identify simple, neat and equitable standards of personal appearance that reflect the school’s high standards and positive attitude toward learning.  

It is expected that all Pike students follow the dress code that applies to all students and to the dress code specific to their division.  The dress code in Lower School is informal.  Students in Middle School have a stricter dress code and students in Upper School have the most formal dress code.   All Divisions have occasional dress-down days.  On these days, the “dress-down day guidelines” apply.

Students and families are asked to comply with the spirit of the dress code, rather than find ways to challenge it.

All faculty in the community are committed to explaining and enforcing the school’s expectations for appropriate dress.  Teachers will review the dress code in anchor and advisor groups.  

A student who is deemed to be in violation of the dress code will be issued a warning and be required to comply with the dress code.  Parents will be notified of violations of the dress code.  

This is a dress code for students; faculty and staff should dress appropriately for their professional job descriptions.

Rules for All Students in All Divisions

(Please see Lower, Middle, and Upper School sections for additional requirements.)  

Prohibited for all students:

  • Hats in buildings
  • Excessive jewelry including but not limited to heavy chains/choke collars
  • Jewelry associated with body piercing  
  • Outside coats in classrooms
  • Untied shoelaces
  • Open-backed footwear
  • Ripped clothing
  • Revealing clothing
  • Clothing with inappropriate messages and pictures

Permitted for all students:  

  • Hats outside  
  • Ear piercing
  • Clean supportive shoes
  • Clean supportive sneakers
  • Sandals with backs (Spring Break to Thanksgiving Break only)
  • Shorts (Spring Break -- Thanksgiving Break)

Rules for Lower School Students

(in addition to the dress code for all divisions)

Prohibited for Lower School students:

  • Any type of blue denim clothing* worn indoors
            * Sweatshirts and Jean jackets may be worn outside.

Permitted for Lower School students:

  • All Athletic Clothing (sweatpants, sweatshirts, gym shorts, team jersey, etc)
  • Any type of indoor clothing
  • Pike School T-shirts
  • Additional Requirements for Lower School students: hats, mittens, coat or jacket, snow pants, and boots  (all with child’s name written in them) must be worn at recess in winter.   

Rules for Middle School Students

(in addition to the dress code for all divisions)

Prohibited for Middle School students:

  • All Athletic Clothing (sweatpants, sweatshirts*, gym shorts, team jersey, etc)
  • Any type of indoor clothing with large/bold writing (except Pike T-shirts)
  • Any type of indoor clothing with logos/insignias larger than approximately 1 inch in size
  • Any type of blue denim clothing* worn indoors
            * Sweatshirts and Jean jackets may be worn outside.

Permitted for Middle School students:

  • T-shirts and collared shirts with no insignias or insignias approximately 1 inch in size (similar to the size of the Izod crocodile)
  • Pike T-shirts
  • Additional Requirement for Middle School students: skirt/dress and shorts length must be no more than 3 inches above the knee; shirts worn underneath sweaters and fleece must conform to the dress code.

Rules for Upper School Students

(in addition to the dress code for all divisions)

Upper School students are expected to conform to the basic dress code standards for all school-sponsored events.  Dress for field trips will not change unless specifically directed otherwise. If a student has a question about a particular item of clothing, s/he may bring it to the advisor to get advice on whether it is appropriate.

Dress for Boys

Shirts:  Shirts with collars: dress shirts, turtlenecks, rugby shirts, golf shirts with collars, polo shirts, and flannel shirts (company logos must be one inch or smaller).  If a sweater is worn, the shirt underneath must conform to the dress code standards. Shirts with tails should be tucked in at all times. 

Pullovers:  Sweaters and pullovers of wool, cotton, or fleece are acceptable.

Pants:  Khaki or colored chinos (Docker style), corduroy or dress pants, cargo pants.  Pants should be in the proper size and length.  Baggy pants are not appropriate.  Dress shorts may be worn from Spring Break to Thanksgiving Break. 

Shoes:  Dress shoes, hiking boots or sneakers in good condition.  Sandals with backs may be worn from April 15 to October 15.

Prohibited items:  Blue jeans, colored denims, jean jackets, athletic clothing (including sweatshirts, sweatpants, gym shorts, team jerseys), T-shirts of any kind, baggy clothing, ripped clothing, and jewelry such as heavy chains or choke collars. 

Dress for Girls

Tops:  Dressy shirts or blouses, jerseys, or sweaters (company logos must be one inch or smaller). If a sweater is worn, the shirt must conform to the dress code standards. Shirts with tails must be tucked in at all times. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, or sleeveless shirts; shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Tops, skirts, or pants that are excessively tight or revealing are not appropriate.

Pullovers:  Sweaters and pullovers of wool, cotton, or fleece are acceptable.

Dresses/skirts/slacks:  Skirt, dress, shorts, and skort length should be no higher than mid thigh; Khaki or colored chinos (Docker style), corduroy or dress slacks, cargo pants may be worn.  Slacks should be in the proper size and length.  Pants that are excessively tight are not appropriate.  Dress shorts may be worn from Spring Break to Thanksgiving Break.

Shoes:  Supportive shoes, sandals, or sneakers.  Sandals with backs may be worn from Spring Break to Thanksgiving Break.

Prohibited items:  Blue jeans, colored denims, jean jackets, athletic clothing (including sweatshirts, sweatpants, gym shorts, team jerseys), T-shirts of any kind, baggy clothing, jewelry such as heavy chains or choke collars, sleeveless shirts, clothing cropped above the waist, short-short skirts or shorts. Clogs, platform shoes or sneakers, shoes with heels greater than 2” or open-backed shoes are not permitted.
For All Students

Hats worn to school may not be worn in any building.  Excessive jewelry or jewelry associated with body piercing (other than earrings) is not permitted. Outdoor jackets, including fleece, should not be worn indoors.

Dress-Down Day Guidelines for All Students in All Divisions:

On dress-down days, students in all divisions may wear denim clothing, athletic clothing and t-shirts with large/bold writing, if they so choose.  All other dress code standards apply.

Upper School Dress-Down Day

Because how we dress can reflect messages about who we are, we ask that students think carefully about how they want to present themselves in our community even during dress-down days.

Students are not allowed to wear the following kinds of clothing during dress-down days:
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Pajama pants
  • Open-back shoes
  • Anything with inappropriate messages on it
  • Anything revealing (too short, too little coverage, too tight, etc.)
  • Ripped clothing or clothing with holes in it
The following are permitted during dress-down days:
  • Shorts, including athletic shorts that meet length requirements
  • Hats inside the building
  • Sports jerseys

Upper School Dances

The dress code is similar to dress-down days.
Students are permitted to wear flip flops, spaghetti straps, and pajama pants.
However, students are not permitted to wear clothing that is revealing (too short, too little coverage, too tight, etc.).

Extended Day Program

For the convenience of parents, Pike has an extended day program daily for Pre-Kindergarten beginning at 11:45 a.m. running until 3:10 p.m. On Wednesday, it ends at 2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Extended Day contracts are available from the receptionists.  Single-day, "drop-in" registration is available with 24-hours notice by calling Cathy Sullivan at ext. 6610.  Parents will be billed for this service.

Extracurricular Activities

Middle School 
(See Clubs/Student Activities in ACADEMICS > Middle School)

Upper School
(See Clubs/Student Activities in ACADEMICS > Upper School
Sports:  Basketball, baseball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track (see ATHLETICS)

Financial Aid Information

Each year the trustees designate an amount of financial aid to be awarded on the basis of need to families whose children are enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 9.  Families apply for financial aid through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid in Princeton, New Jersey, and submit a copy of their completed Federal Income Tax Form 1040 to The Pike School. The Financial Aid Committee works to equitably distribute the awards based on a family’s need.   Families must apply each year for aid.  Forms may be obtained from The Pike School Financial Aid Office.  The deadline for financial aid application is February 1.

Flex Day Program

The Flex Day Program offers an extension of the regular school day (or an extension of the Extended Day program for Pre-Kindergarten students). Running from 3:10-6:00 p.m., except on Wednesday when it runs from 2:00-6:00 p.m., the Flex Day program offers relaxing, loosely-structured group and individual activities for Lower and Middle School students.  Middle and Upper School students may participate in the Flex Day Study Hall from the close of school until 6:00 p.m. This program provides a quiet study but allows students some "down time" to participate in other supervised recreational activities.  Flex Day is also available on most early dismissal and faculty professional days.  Flex Day contracts are available by contacting Kathy Foderaro at ext. 6614.

Single day “drop-in” is available if space allows, BUT only by calling Cathy Sullivan at ext. 6610 or the receptionist to make a reservation. This reservation must be made 24 hours in advance.  

Traditional Flex Option
Time                 Days per Week                                      Yearly Rate

3:10-6:00 pm     1 (Mon., Tues., Thurs. or Friday)      $1,800

2:00-6:00 pm     1 (Wednesday)                                   $2,575

3:10-6:00 pm     2                                                            $3,200

3:10-6:00 pm     3                                                            $4,050

3:10-6:00 pm     4                                                            $4,800

3:10-6:00 pm     5                                                            $5,150

Drop-ins are available with 24-hours’ notice                     $45/day, $60 on Wednesday 

New! 4:30PM Pick-Up Flex Option
Only available under a contract basis. (Not a drop-in option)
Late pick-up for 4:30PM option will result in a full day (traditional) rate as indicated above.

Time             Days per Week                                                  Yearly Rate

3:10-4:30 pm         1 (Mon., Tues., Thurs. or Friday)                $ 900

2:00-4:30pm          1 (Wednesday)                                              $1,287

3:10-4:30 pm         2                                                                       $1,600

3:10-4:30 pm         3                                                                       $2,025

3:10-4:30 pm         4                                                                       $2,400

3:10-4:30 pm         5                                                                       $2,575


All students who remain at school after normal dismissal hours must be enrolled in sports, the Flex Day Program, or other supervised offerings.

Food, Allergies, and Lunch Program

The school provides mid-morning snacks for all children. Upper School students may also purchase special snacks.  Upper School snacks must be consumed in the dining room.

A well-balanced lunch and salad bar are provided for the students who stay past 11:45 a.m. 

All students are expected to participate in the school lunch program unless there is a medical or religious reason for non-participation. A letter stating the medical or religious reason must be on file with the school nurse each year.  Except for approved special occasions, students may not bring candy, gum or soda to school or on field trips.

Food Allergies
Nut allergies pose a very serious risk to students in our community and there are students allergic to other food items as well. In an effort to provide a safe environment for our students, all parents/families and students are asked to refrain from bringing in any food containing peanut/nut products and oils. This is especially critical when preparing food from home for classroom parties, social events, or after-school snacks. Cross-contamination from food preparation must be avoided at all times. If cutting boards, utensils, or pots and pans are only wiped clean when using peanut/nut products, there can be enough trace amounts of food left on them to cause an allergic reaction. Please see Pike's Food Allergy Policy and check the list of Allergies by Classroom in the Health Information section of the Parents portal about additional foods to refrain from using.

When purchasing foods, keep in mind that products are often manufactured using the same equipment as products that contain peanuts or a variety of nuts. Please read the labels carefully before sending any manufactured food to the school. Peanuts and peanut butter have been used to thicken chili sauce, brown gravy, and spaghetti sauce. They have also been used as “glue” for egg rolls, in hot cocoa, and as flavorings in candy and gourmet popcorn.

The Pike School offers an alternative choice to peanut butter.  Peanut butter and all foods containing nuts are no longer served in our dining room. 

Gift-giving to Faculty and Staff

Over the years, we have heard that some families were looking for guidelines about gift giving.  We understand that each family may have its own feelings about giving gifts, and in a school as diverse as ours, we thought it would be helpful to present some suggestions.  We offer them respectfully with the hope that they are helpful to you.

The most important fact is that gifts at any time of year are not an expectation of the faculty or staff.  We understand that some families may have the desire to give a gift at a time of year that is significant to them, while other families, for all kinds of good reasons, choose not to do so.  We want to repeat that no family at Pike should ever feel that gift giving is required.

If a family chooses to show their thanks to a particular teacher or other staff member, we want you to know that personal notes are highly valued.  Another possibility could be a donation to a favorite charity in honor of that person.  If a family chooses to give a gift, we strongly suggest that its financial worth be modest.  We believe it is the act of showing gratitude that is of value rather than the value of the gift itself.

You should know that faculty make it a point to avoid opening gifts in front of their classes.  We want to be sure that no child feels any pressure to give a gift or to worry that their gift might not be as nice as another.

The faculty and staff of Pike want all families to know how much they appreciate the innumerable ways that the Pike community supports them in their work with children.

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Head of School or the President of the Parents Association.

Health Services

Health Records and Illness

The Massachusetts School Health Record Form or a form provided by your physician, must be on file before the opening of school. This applies to all new students and current Pike students in Kindergarten, Grades 4 and 7, and all students participating in interscholastic sports. (For the 2014-2015 school year only, we will require a current physical for students in each grade as we implement the online student health/medical information database).  No student will be permitted to participate on a sports team without clearance from his or her physician. Should this form expire prior to the start of sports, a new form will be required. The physical examination must be performed in the current calendar year and a physician must sign the form.

Parents are asked to submit the online Student Vital Health Record information as an annual requirement for all students. Parents should report their child’s particular physical and/or emotional problems to the school nurse and appropriate Division Head. Such confidential information is helpful in handling a medical situation should the need arise.  Parents are notified when additional medical attention is required. If parents cannot be reached, the indicated emergency contact person or family doctor will be contacted. Emergency situations are referred to Lawrence General Hospital.

Students participating in Pike's interscholastic sports program, as well as their parents, are required by Massachusetts state law to fulfill certain procedures regarding sports-related injury and concussion.

The school will not administer medicine (both prescription and over-the-counter) without authorization from physician and parent. Authorization for over-the-counter medications would be beneficial for those students who frequently have headaches or adolescent girls who may require occasional pain relievers. All medications must be delivered to the nurse’s office by a parent or guardian. Medication must be in a container labeled by the pharmacist or in it’s original container. The school nurse will administer all medications. Per Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, medications cannot be dispensed from the nurse’s office for field trips. Parents must make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Health Exams
Pike does not conduct the health exams that the state requires for all public school students. Pike thereby recommends that parents consult with their health care provider, the local school committee, or the local board of health to ensure these exams are carried out for their children.

Many of the faculty and staff are CPR/first aid certified. Basic first aid (band aids, antiseptic, ice, etc.) is provided for minor problems occurring during the school day.

Privacy of Health Information
The infirmary, school psychologist and coaches maintain the personal health information of students.  This information is shared on a need-to-know basis among the staff at The Pike School and with outside medical service providers.  While The Pike School is not a covered entity under HIPPA, it makes every reasonable effort to maintain the privacy of the personal health information of its students.   If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please contact the school nurse at extension 6607.

Consulting Psychologists
The school works closely with consulting psychologists.  Division Heads and the Head of School will contact the consulting psychologists with any concerns.  Parents with concerns about a child should contact Division Heads to determine the steps to be taken. 

Learning Services Department

The Director of Learning Services works with Division Heads and Learning Specialists in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools to provide support services for small groups and individual students.  The Director also oversees programming for children receiving learning services at Pike.

All members of the Learning Services Department work collaboratively with classroom teachers to address individual learning styles by designing and implementing instructional strategies that are appropriate to the school's mission of "preparing students to be independent learners." They serve as a liaison between the school, families and outside evaluators.

Parent Portal Access Policy

All parents of currently-enrolled Pike students and, in cases of remarriage, their current spouses, automatically receive logins to the Veracross Parent Portal if they have provided Pike with an email address. Parental access is denied only if the Head of School receives written notification of legal restraints that prohibit access.

School Closing and Emergency Announcements

School may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Beginning around 6:00 a.m., announcements are made on the radio and TV stations listed below. A school-closing announcement will also be on the school automated phone system (978-475-1197) and on the home page of the school's website by 6:00 a.m.  We are also using the ALERTNOW Notification Service, which will call all phones listed for each Pike family in the event of closings or emergencies. Unless an announcement is made to the contrary, all scheduled after-school and evening events are canceled on days when school is canceled. Please remember that The Pike School operates independently of the public school system. There will be school at Pike unless the school’s name is mentioned specifically in the NO SCHOOL announcements.

Fox 25 TV
WCVB - TV Channel 5   
WBZ – TV Channel 4 and 1030 AM Radio
WHDH - TV Channel 7   
WRKO - 680 AM Radio

School Hours

Office Hours:   
8 a.m.-6 p.m.    School Year
9 a.m.-3 p.m.    July and August

School Hours:      
7:30 a.m.    Early drop-in begins
8:00 a.m.    Buildings open

8:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.    Monday through Friday

Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 2:  
8:15 a.m.-3:05 p.m.      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.      Wednesday

Grades 3 – 5:
8:15 a.m.-3:10 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:05 p.m.  Wednesday

Grades 6 – 9:
8:15 a.m.-3:20 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m.-2:10 p.m.  Wednesday

Upper School Sports Practice: 
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.    Monday, Tuesday, Friday
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.     Wednesday
No Practice                  Thursday

Pike provides morning supervision of students on campus in the Dining Room AFTER 7:30 a.m.

Fee-Based Late Pick Up Policy

Student activities, such as athletic competitions or play rehearsals, are scheduled after school and are supervised by faculty. Lower, Middle and Upper School students are permitted to watch athletic events, if parental supervision is provided. The school cannot be responsible for students using school grounds and facilities before or after school hours without permission of the Head of School.  *All students who are not picked up by 3:45 (2:45 on Wed.) will be taken to the cafeteria and will be monitored by an Administrator on Duty. Parents must come into the school and sign out their student with the administrator. A fee will be charged, indicated below, determined by the time student is picked up. The fee does not have to be made at the time of pick up, you will be billed accordingly.

*New Late Pick-Up Policy and Fees:

Students may not remain on campus unsupervised after 3:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays). All students who remain at school after normal dismissal hours must be enrolled in either sports or Flex Day. If students are not picked up by these times the following fees will be charged:

**$25 between 3:45-4:00pm and Wed., 2:45-3:00pm


$25 between 4:00-4:30pm (**plus $25 late fee) = $50

$45 between 4:30-6:00pm (**plus $25 late fee) = $75

Wed:     $25 between 3:00-3:30pm (**plus $25 late fee) = $50

            $60 between 3:30-6:00pm (**plus $25 late fee) = $85

For the safety of our students, all parents and visitors are required to sign in at the reception desk in the main office and pick up an identification badge to wear during their visit.

School Nurse

A School Nurse is on duty each day during school hours.  She is responsible for the treatment of any health problems, the dispensation of prescription and over-the-counter medications, communication with parents and maintenance of required health records. Health-related questions should be addressed to the health office by calling Deb Hartigan at ext. 6607.

Secondary School Advising

Families receive assistance in identifying and selecting the appropriate secondary schools from the Secondary School Advising Team starting with an introductory parent meeting in the spring of the Seventh Grade year. Parents considering independent secondary schools for their children are encouraged to visit the schools during the fall of their child’s Eighth or Ninth Grade years. These visits are considered excused absences from the school. Applications are usually made by January 15. During the Eighth and Ninth Grade school year, assigned secondary school advisors meet with advisees to inform and support their application process. The Secondary School Advising Team also works with the Upper School faculty to send complete and candid evaluations of the students to the secondary schools.

Annually in September, Pike hosts a secondary school fair, where admissions representatives from day and boarding schools are available to discuss their programs. This event is open to the public. In October, a panel of local secondary school admission officers meets with Eighth and Ninth Grade Pike families to share perspectives upon types of schools, choosing a matching school, and the admission process.

Technology and Computer Use

All students at Pike will become lifelong learners and competent users of technology and its resources. Beginning in Pre-K and continuing through Grade 9, students will develop technology skills, including keyboarding skills (Grades 3-5) through exposure and experience in the classroom.

Technology is used at all levels of the school and is available for use in every classroom.  There is a computer lab in the library and one in the Upper School, five mobile wireless laptop carts, and iPads in all Lower School classrooms. A wide variety of technology resources, such as digital cameras, Interactive White Boards, and LCD projectors are available to both teachers and students.

There is no need for students in Grades PreK-5 to bring personal devices to school, as Pike provides adequate computing facilities for its students with labs, workstations, iPads and tablets. On a case-by-case basis, the school may recommend that a student be allowed to use personal electronic aids for his/her support in the classroom.  The school will not be held liable for any loss/damage to these personal laptops/electronic devices.  Please read more on the technology section of this Web site. 

All Students Grades 6 - 9 will be required to own an iPad to use in the classroom to collaborate with students and teachers, conduct research, and complete homework assignments.  Please see the 1-to-1 iPad Initiative web page for more information.  

All school computers provide access to local, national, and international sources of information via the Internet.  Users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner in alignment with Pike’s mission and values.  All Upper School students, along with their parents are asked to read, discuss and sign the School’s “Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)” to indicate their full cooperation.


More than one hundred cars drop off and pick up students each day. The traffic flow may include commercial vehicles. The school’s access road must be kept clear at all times for the movement of emergency equipment if necessary.  All traffic must proceed in by the Sunset Rock Road entrance and exit by Hidden Road.  Traffic is always limited to one-way exiting to Hidden Road only.  With everyone's cooperation, dismissal will be smooth and safe.  

Children should be dropped off and picked up ONLY at designated areas. Students should NOT walk down the line of waiting cars. Parents must NOT pick up their children off campus in the immediate residential areas. Parents are further reminded to respect the areas designated as faculty parking, handicapped parking, loading zones, visitor parking, admission parking and bus parking. 

For the safety of the children, please refrain from the use of cell phones during drop-off and pick-up.

At drop-off and pick-up times, the roads and walks of the school are filled with children. Sunset Rock Road and Hidden Road carry heavy traffic to and from the school. To be courteous to our neighbors, to area residents, other motorists, and, above all, for the safety of the children, it is necessary that everyone comply fully with traffic regulations and exercise particular caution and alertness when driving in the area of the school and in the parking lot, itself.


We encourage families to carpool. To sign up or see who is interested in carpooling in your neighborhood you can find "carpooling made easy" on our website.

The Town of Andover provides bus transportation for Andover residents. Pike provides the town with a list of Pike’s Andover residents from which the town develops bus routes. There is a transportation user fee for students in grades 7–12.  Questions should be addressed to the Town of Andover’s Transportation Coordinator, Mary Lu Walsh, at (978) 623-8510.

Upper School Grading Policy


The Upper School uses a letter grading system that follows the scale below:

GradeNumeric Equivalent Points
A+100 - 9712
A96 – 9311
A-92 – 9010
B+     89 – 87 9
B     86 – 83 8
B-   82 – 80   7
C+    79 – 77 6
C   76 – 73   5
C-   72 – 70   4
D+   69 – 67   3
D   66 – 63   2
D-   62 – 60  1
F      59 or below0

Honor Roll

The academic honor roll will be completed at the end of each term.  The requirements for achieving the honor roll are as follows:

High Honors: An average of at least A- (10) with no grade lower than a B. Honors: An average of B- (7) or better, with no grade lower than C and not more than one grade lower than B-. Please note: Averages are not rounded up.

Please note: Ninth Grade humanities is weighted twice (English and social studies).

Academic Awards

At Closing Exercises the following Academic Awards are presented to Upper School students:

Head of School Award: This award is presented to the eighth or ninth grade student who has exhibited unusual qualities of leadership in non-academic affairs while setting a high standard of scholarship.

A. Daniel Phelan Award: Awarded to a member of the eighth or ninth grade who has displayed the qualities which characterized Dan Phelan, a Pike teacher from 1990 – 1996:  meeting life’s experiences with a positive spirit and good humor, thereby becoming an inspiration to all of us.

Nicholas Grieco Prize: This award honors one of Pike’s most generous, loyal families, who played an important role in creating this campus and who continue to be involved in the school. This prize is given to the ninth grade student who has achieved notable academic improvement and personal growth at Pike, and who has been a positive influence on his or her fellow students. 

Alumni Prize: This prize was established to honor alumni of The Pike School.  It is awarded to the student of the eighth grade who has achieved notable academic improvement, has demonstrated that he or she can assume responsibility, and has displayed friendliness toward the faculty and his or her fellow students. 

Margaret J. Little Award: Margaret Little taught English at Pike and became the second head of our school. This award honors her and the eighth or ninth grade student best exemplifying the spirit of The Pike School: Integrity, Generosity, Thoughtfulness. 

David A. Frothingham Award for Community Service:  Established in 1994 to honor departing Headmaster David Frothingham, this award is presented to the eighth or ninth grade student who has contributed with distinction to the betterment of the school and/or the community. 

Rebecca Shovan Alumni Arts Award: This award was established by the Alumni Council in honor of Rebecca Shovan for her 32 years of dedicated service.  This award recognizes a graduating eighth grade Pike student (or students) who has demonstrated an exceptional passion and commitment to the arts through performance,  music, or the visual arts, and whose enthusiasm, initiative and talent are an integral part of the Pike community as well as a source of inspiration for others. 

Student Awards

At the Upper School Evening of Recognition the following academic prizes and athletic awards are presented to Upper School students.

John Hopkins Award: John Hopkins taught and coached sports at Pike with great dedication for eighteen years. This award honors him and seventh grade students who have shown extraordinary commitment to Pike athletics and who have been the ultimate team players.

Sally Bullard Award: Sally Bullard was a member of Pike’s physical education department for many years. This award recognizes the spirit that she encouraged in her students.  It is awarded to sixth grade students for whom respect for others is a way of life, who have an unfailing regard for opponents, as well as teammates, and who participate in sport for the love of it . . . to the sound of cheering within. 

Kerri Kattar Award: Established in memory of Kerri Kattar, a Pike graduate, this award reminds us of her great love for, and excellence in athletics. It is awarded to students who best exemplify Kerri’s athletic ability and personal characteristics: involvement in sports, enthusiasm, and assertiveness, meeting the athletic challenges posed by opponents and team competition. 

The Boys and Girls' Athletic Awards: Awarded to 8th or 9th grade boys and girls who best exemplify outstanding sportsmanship.

Alice L. Jablonski Science Prize: Alice Jablonski retired as Head of Upper School in 1986 after 18 years of dedicated service.  This award celebrates her first love - science.  She came to Pike as a science teacher and headed the department for many years. It is awarded to the 8th or 9th grade science student who has best employed the scientific method in the laboratory and has achieved a high level of scholarship.

English, History, Latin, Spanish, and French Prizes: These prizes recognize outstanding achievement by Eighth and/or Ninth Grade students.

Founder’s Award (The Cynthia E. Pike Award): Cynthia Pike, our school's founder, was especially concerned that her students receive a strong grounding in mathematics. The Mathematics Department gives this award for an outstanding record in mathematics over a two-year period.

The Pike School  34 Sunset Rock Road  Andover, Massachusetts  01810  978-475-1197
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