Students enrolled 605
School leader Lisa Horne
Transportation options Yes
District Pioneer Union Elementary

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8810 14th Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230

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(559) 584-8831
(559) 584-7409
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4 stars
Based on 25 ratings

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March 20, 2012
My child is about to complete Kindergarden at this school and so far I have not been impressed. His teacher consistently sends home work that is completed with a "good job" sticker on it, when the numbers are backwards or words are misspelled. I know it is just Kindergarden but reenforcing bad habits is shameful, its like she didn't even look at the work. Everyday I work with my child to ensure that these mistakes do not occur again and fix the problems he missed at school and when I do (rarely) hear from his teacher all I hear is how excellent he is and how advance he is. Of course he is but not because of Pioneer but because of my husbands and I unswerving devotion towards education. I also agree with a lot of the parents complaints about a lack of communication from the school, time and time again my child tells me something that his teacher said but I would prefer some type of written confirmation of these things. Oh and one more thing, DO NOT expect your child to learn anything in the months leading up to December, because it seems all the students efforts are put into practicing songs for the winter show.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
My child attended this school for 1 1/2 years and I couldn't be more happier to get my child out of that school. Unfortunately, I could not rate this school as high as other parents based on bad experiences we had to deal with concerning staff, lack of communication and judgmental small town views. I will say the two teachers my child had were very nice and were good teachers. My son is a great ready and has been since age 4. I was very disturbed when a letter was sent home saying my child was below average, when I addressed this issue with the teacher, she seem equally surprised I received the letter and agreed their was a mistake because my child actually was proficient and a excellent reader and explained that particular test is given in the beginning of the school year in a loud,full cafeteria,given by volunteers,she went on and determined since my child talked in a low voice the volunteer probably assumed they didn't know how to read.Pioneer is a good school for that area and for the people that were raised there but I was very disappointed on a number of other factors we experienced and felt a lot of the time office staff was more focused on personal and misinformed issues

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
So disappointing! We had our first grade son in this school and thought we would be ok placing him in a public school because Pioneer is supposed to be the best. It may be the best, but we were stuck with a horrible teacher. Communication coming out of the classroom was terrible as far as how the students were progressing. We were concerned that he was struggling in math, but every time we asked the teacher we were told he was doing well. We only received graded homework back once every 4-6 weeks which is ridiculous! How can we as parents help our children when we get 2-3 tests back all at once? Finally we got some supplemental help from the teacher and hired a tutor at the end of the year! The teacher didn't seem concerned with his failing math scores the final quarter. Check the CST scores. Not good!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
i am moving from florida to hanford my fiance is miltary and after looking up school online we went with this one. my daughter is some what behind on reading but this year she made a huge jump and i hope by putting here in a good school she will do much better and bring up her reading and math.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
During a recent visit to the school, the kids were obviously at home in their school and they seemed happy to be there. Good sign of a good school, it is children friendly with parent involvement--both are present here.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
It is a great school, with a great staff who care for the children whoi attend the school.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2008
My son attends this school and he loves it. I do as well. The school really encourages parent interaction and has never made my husband or I feel silly about any concerns we may have. The only thing I did not like was that since my son came here from out of state we were told that his reading skills were so poor that he needed to be held back and/or put into pre-first. His teacher told us that he is an excellent reader and that holding him back would have ruined his education and self-esteem. I just wish that the school took more time out to test new students.

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September 25, 2008
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May 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2008
My children went to Pioneer for 4 years, until we moved out of the area, and I miss it so much. Pioneer is a great school, from the aides to the PE teacher, the pricipal, but the best are the outstanding teachers, who are professional, creative and movitating. Pioneer is a great learning environment!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2006
I have had three children go through Pioneer, and I also teach music there, so my experience is from 'both sides of the desk.' We are military, so I was unprepared for the stark difference between Pioneer and the other elementary schools in town. Of course you can check API scores (which we did as soon as we got orders to NAS Lemoore).... but there is SO much more to a great school than test scores..... (although that has genuine validity). What really stands out about Pioneer is a cohesiveness that is not present in other local schools. They have a vision, and a set of shared values and ideals that the entire staff, from custodians to administrators, share and continually strive to achieve. It functions like a well-oiled machine. I love teaching there! It's the best school in Hanford, hands down.

- submitted by a teacher
November 30, 2006
Pioneer Elementary is one of the best public schools in the state. The quality of education is equivalent to most private schools, and the teachers, administrative staff, and other parents are wonderful. We have two children attending right now and feel very fortunate that we are in the Pioneer Elementary School District. The school promotes ethics and values along with academic excellence. Parents, teachers, and students all take pride in the quality of this school and this is obvious from the second you step on the school grounds.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
An excellent school that encourages parent participation. All 3 of my children attend and love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
A terrific school! My children moved here from a private school to take advantage of all the wonderful educational and extracurricular oppportunities. The school maintains wonderful communication with parents and they are always receptive to suggestions, ideas, and input. I enjoy participating in the active parent teacher club. If you are moving to Hanford, this is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
The quality of the academic program is really good. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are minimal for the younger grades, but older grades receive more instruction. Parental involvement is average. There could be more parent volunteers in the classes. There were plenty for kindergarten and first grade classes, but opportunities to volunteer for the older grades is minimal. Overall, the teachers are good and the kids seem to really enjoy the environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
Excellent teaching staff and the kids really have fun learning. One improvement would be to add more music and art classes for the younger grades.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
My daughter has been completely happy here--she compares Pioneer Elementary to the wonderful school she attended when we lived in Arlington, VA. Pioneer's teachers are not only mentors, but they genuinely care about their students, often going out of their way to accommodate the individual needs of each child. It is obvious Pioneer Elementary is very meticulous when hiring their teachers, as they are 'the best of the best' in my opinion. I have no complaints whatsoever about Pioneer, and I consider myself quite fortunate to have my daughter spending her fourth-grade year there.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
Been very happy with the staff - my kids have done well. Excellent administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2005
Pioneer is a great school because of the teachers! My son has been a Pioneer for 3 years and all 3 teachers could not have been better. The only problem this school has is the cafeteria... they need to get that worked out. My son will only bring because the line is too long. The bus come very early in morning, but Pioneer lets the children play. They do need more supervision on the playground.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
They have good academic performance, great tachers, nice environment. Rich atmosphere for young children with lots of activities in addition to academic education. Tachers adn principle are very helpful and good with home work and parent involvement. I am not aware of any music instruction at this school but they have good sports and extracurricular activites including museum field trips, play areas adn play equipment and supplies. Parent involvement is encouraged and desired but not all parents participate.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
Both my husband and myself attended this school when the Elementary and Middle School were one. We knew that this school was considered one of the best in the area. Now our son has helped to provide that the Administration, Teachers and ALL of the School Staff helps to make his years of learning better. The teachers incourage parent involvement in the classroom as well as at home. When my son was in Kindergarten, I attended classes. As a First Grader, my husband was a weekly helper in the class. In addition to the academics, Pioneer Clubs get students and parents involved for fundraising, an annual carnival and Special Nights for Parents and Students (Science Night).

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
We have been very happy with the teachers, staff and principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Pioneer is a school that prides itself from getting rich parents and white students. They deal in small town politics and are a great example of what is wrong with education in California.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
Pioneer is great! The teachers are very interested in the kids, they keep parents up dated in their child progresses and problems too, if there is one and work with you to find ways to make your child happy and learning. I also like that I have the oportunity to be involved in the school through volunteer service. The children realy learn in Pioneer.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2004
Pioneer is one of two great elementary schools in Hanford, CA. Parents tend to migrate to the northwest side of town to get their kids into Pioneer Elementary. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and the kids learn.

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Pioneer Elementary School
8810 14th Avenue, Hanford, CA  93230
(559) 584-8831
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