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Pioneer Preparatory School

Charter | K-8 | 550 students

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 25, 2013

Both my children started at this school last year and I loved it. However after a long battle with my sons teacher this year I am most likely going to be taking them out and putting them into a school where the teachers actually care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

this school had my children grow so much in the three years they been in Pioneer. Also with all the programs they have I now know more how to help mi daughter in 8th grade for her high school this year. as well this year my daughter in 8th grade would have the chance to go to Washington D.C. and New York they teachers are so wonderful there. This must be one of the best schools I would be able to send mi 2 daughters im a really proud parent!!!!! GO LIONS
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Posted August 6, 2013

Hello! My daughter has attended pioneer school cense it opened she has 4 years k-3 attending pioneer school. I as a parent think that pioneer school is a very good school for kids to attend. Teachers and all staff do a great job teaching. I like that teachers let you get involved in your students class room as a volunteer, I really enjoy been a parent at pioneer school. I also have my daughter in kindergarten that attends this year 2013. I like that in kindergarten they do the English test on kids before school starts its year. :) I also like that you need to sign in before entering indoor school. I'm a proud parent! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

Mixed reviews on this school. This first year my child was here, I loved it. It is a beautiful school, although I don't know about the reviewer who walks the halls once a month, because parents are not allowed past the front desk at all. Must be a TFA staff member. Child's teacher was awesome and patient. My child enjoyed the themes of the Core Knowledge curriculum. Then came the next year, and a teacher who decided 2 weeks into the year that my child needed to be in Special Education. I did not agree with this and communication with the teacher was difficult, email and calls not returned. I ended up taking my child out. of the school. Child was eventually diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, but actually working above grade level. ADD is not the same as Special Ed, and legally teachers are not supposed to be the ones diagnosing anyway. As a side note, I met a woman at a community who had a relative in the same class with the same teacher, and had the exact same situation. I really liked the school, and might return my child next year, but hope staff is trained that teachers are not in the position to diagnosed students, that is the what a psychologist does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

I visit this school once a month and walk the hallways and see how detailed all the teachers are here. I can say that they take PRIDE in teaching and this is a reflection on the Principal. Mr. Tony Best really takes the time to interact with the kids and makes sure they are focused. All the charts and motivating statements on the hallway walls are so encouraging, it just makes you feel so good and proud that this school has it right. If I was a child I would love this school and the staff here. Learning looks fun here. Great job to all the teachers and staff and the Principal for bring back the pride of learning.


Posted November 3, 2011

Great Facility, Great Teachers, Great Staff. They are instilling values and knowledge into the children everyday. You can't go wrong by sending your child here.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
29%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
22%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Underperforming".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 93% 43%
White 4% 42%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Yes
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Tony Best
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 252-0022

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College preparatory
  • Core knowledge
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Yes

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
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  • Pioneer Preparatory School focuses on the implementation of Core Knowledge, uses a strong character education program, and involves the community by educating parents after school.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Maryvale High
Trevor Brown
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6510 W. Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85033
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Phone: (602) 933-3733

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