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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 917 students

 

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Posted March 11, 2014

I can't say enough about how wonderful this school is. The teachers, communication, facilities, and quality of education are first-rate. My son is really enjoying kindergarten and loves going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

A great school in a very upscale neighborhood. I am very proud that we are able to send our daughters to this amazing school. The quality of education is fantastic. The teachers are some of the best I have ever dealt with. Parent involvement is very good. I would not have my children attend school anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I thought this would be a great place for our family. Remember always keep your eyes and ears opened, stay involved. Teacher quality... there are some that like to cover things up and administration will turn a cheek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

Love this school!! My son has attended since 1st grade and is now in the 4th. I have been very pleased with all of his teachers and you couldn't ask for a better principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

This is our first year at Pioneer and I am so please with the school, teachers and office staffs. My child is a 3rd grader and is always eager to go to school everyday. The principal and asst principal are very approachable and friendly. Lots of interesting events are organized by the parent club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

The teachers are very approachable and so in the Principal. We have been very happy with all aspects of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

Pioneer is a great school that really tries. I am so impressed with the parent involvement as well as Principal Erlich's focus and commitment to making it a great place for education. Having struggled with private vs. public for my son I am glad I sent him to Pioneer for his Kindergarten year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

Having been at Pioneer since it opened in 2004, we have been very happy with the quality of teachers and staff. With the turnover in the administration in the last year, in addition, to a massive growth spurt of students, Pioneer is struggling to keep communication at the forefront. I don't feel that the school has had the community feel this year. I am hoping that it comes back. Everyone needs to realize that everyone needs to participate. All in all, I am glad that my students have had quality teaching at Pioneer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

Pioneer's Campus, Staff, and Parent Participation is wonderful!! My son finished his first year attending Kindergarten and we were very happy with the school year. It was nothing but joy, and a great foundation to the rest of years to follow. We have two more to come through and I can't wait to have them in the school. I have already heard great things for the next grade levels to come for my children. Nick Casey did a wonderful job with all of his students as well as keeping in communication with all of the parents. Job Well Done!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

My experience so far has been very good. Great staff and environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

This school has a lot of parent involment as well as teachers who want children to do well! Wonderful School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

Pioneer is an excellent school. The teachers are dedicated and well educated. Professional development is actively pursued and the well-being of all children is central to their mission. A recent change in administration is the only negative; losing Principal Eaton has had a dramatic impact on the Pioneer experience. Whether Pioneer will recover remains to be seen...
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Posted September 19, 2006

This is our first year at Pioneer. We were very impressed with the information given about the school at orientation night. Pioneer Days on Friday was very fun for the kids. We are excited about the new reading program the school has adopted. The kids are already having a spelling test and contest. My child is 5 and she seems very motivated to learn in her classroom. The teacher has had some discipline problems with one student that sat at my child desk. The teacher communicated well with us on what she was doing to help the situation and we felt great about that. Now about AIM High program. We were not too sure about it at first, but after being there for a few months now, they take great care about learning and doing school work, now just playing around. We would recommend AIM High Program also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

Pioneer is a great school in a very upscale neighborhood. Principal Eaton is just fantastic and is very supportive of the staff and teachers. This school has an outstanding parent involvement and volunteer program. The inviornment is extremely safe and my children are just thriving in all aspects of education. Great job Pioneer teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

848

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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7 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females65%
Males64%
African American55%
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females79%
Males80%
African American55%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability62%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner79%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students49%
Females51%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students60%
Females59%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females76%
Males77%
African American71%
Asian67%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students82%
Females86%
Males79%
African American71%
Asian92%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability69%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner70%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females74%
Males65%
African American41%
Asian77%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females73%
Males78%
African American53%
Asian85%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students53%
Females53%
Males53%
African American41%
Asian54%
Filipino56%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 39%
Hispanic 28%
Black 9%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Samy D'Amico
Special schedule
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Fax number
  • (925) 513-6419

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