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Pinon Hills Elementary school was established and opened its doors July 1996! The home of the Mighty Mustangs opened as a Kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school, with a population of 450 students who were anxious to start a new year and new chapter in the Carson Valley!   Nancy Bryant was the school’s first principal, and since then PHES has had two other principals, including the current principal, Mr. Jason Reid, who began his journey at PHES in 2012.  In the fall of 2016, we were fortunate to have Mr. Kade Baligad join the team as PHES’s new Vice Principal!  Since PHES opened its doors, there have been several changes to the school such as a new construction addition which added the entire D Hall wing in 2011.  Also, in 2015 6th graders moved to the middle school, making PHES a kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school.  Despite the few changes over the years, there are still 6 of the original staff members, and PHES continues to be one of the strongest schools in the district with amazing families, students, and staff!

Mission Statement

The Piñon Hills Elementary School students, parents, staff, and community encourage the use of active minds and bodies in striving for excellence in academics and citizenship.

PHES EPIC Shared Vision

Piñon Hills Staff believes EPIC Learning provides every student a Learner Centered environment that builds self-confidence, and develops problem solving skills to help learners become successful.

Piñon Hills Staff ensure our students feel loved so they can learn to love others and themselves, and they will therefore maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.  

PHES is a National Blue Ribbon School



The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. With its 39th cohort of awardees, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed more than 10,000 awards to over 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.