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2700 Pioneer Road
Tustin, CA 92782

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September 26, 2013
Wonderful, have a high level of teaching, my son is very happy to be part it. But I have a complaint, he had violin lessons for 2 years earlier in the evening program that gave part of the school district tustin, which allowed him to be part of the school orchestra with the recommendation of the Director of that group, unfortunately in that year the'm terrified the director of the orchestra in Pioneer, lack patience, neglect, ill-treatment and zero tolerance of the teacher towards all students, especially those who do not have additional private lessons . Never spoke with you on any questions and in spite of that he wanted to continue with the orchestra the following school year because loves music. He had to make a decision because of their schedules, could not be back in the orchestra group unless it was in chamber orchestra ... (which he corresponded by time in orchestras). It was flatly rejected by the teacher without listening to their reasons and their dreams in music, the wanted to have the opportunity that corresponded and was denied. That was very hard for my child get over it soon I hope. For the rest is an excellent school. !

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Pioneer is an excellent school, offering an environment where striving for top grades is the norm. This school has a safe environment, due to strict adhearence to rules, so students can spend all their time learning. Though is has over 1300 students, it has a small school feel. Our son has had great teachers, and the staff has always been extremely helpful. The PTO is very active, so the school is able to raise funds and supplement areas where State funnding has been cut. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Fabulous music program. It is a serious class and not for goofing off but for those willing to work it is an incredible experience. Very big school, so it can be a rough transition from elementary. It really is too big. Some excellent teachers. Fairly diverse student body. Pedagogy not inspired but it is solid.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
Introductory Band is not recommended for children with no musical background. The music teacher s specialty is in conducting skilled child musicians, who already know how to play an instrument & know the music basics. His dictatorial teaching style is best for self-directed children, who can win awards & sit perfectly still 45 minutes each day, 5 days a week, while telling them what to do. Therefore, a prerequisite for Beginning Band should be prior musical training. There is little tolerance & patience for those who do not immediately pick up the lesson. The teacher lacks the patience to explain how to work an instrument & read music. He is unapproachable to novice musicians because he reprimands & chides those who ask for help. Additionally, the teacher provided a hostile & confrontational environment whenever the restlessness of the solid B+ student was addressed with the student, during or after, class, or the parent. He was clearly resolved to limiting the student to the first semester. It is severely disappointing that such an abusive introduction could potentially discourage future musicians from the wonderful world of music.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
Pioneer is one of the GREATEST middle schools in the nation. It has won TWO California Distinguished School awards, one NATIONAL Blue Ribbon School award, and it has been ranked the NUMBER ONE school in Orange County. The teachers and staff work extremely hard to make sure students get excellent grades. After all, Pioneer's motto is "To maximize every student's academic potential and personal responsibility." People have said that there are too many students at Pioneer, but that is because the school is so awesome, over a THOUSAND families want their kids to go there. ALSO: Pioneer's Band and Orchestra plays "like the NY Philharmonic" and has performed at Disneyland for over 10 years. Why SHOULDN'T you go to Pioneer? (:

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May 04, 2010
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March 30, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 16, 2009
I'm in the 8th grade this year and this school has brought me nothing but happiness. It is a wonderful school and I've loved every minute that I've had at Pioneer. All of my teachers that I have or had were phenomenal and I couldn't think of a better school that I would want to go to. Thank you for the great times I had. GO WILDCATS! :D

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
Pioneer is so awesome ... all the teachers are cool and the new prcincipal is great and there is nothing bad to say about Pioneer Middle School. Their motto is 'To maximize every student's academic potential and personal responsibility.'

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2009
An excellent school. Probably one of the greatest public middle schools in California. Received both a Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School awards. The teachers are great and the education is amazing. Great school

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January 14, 2009
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September 07, 2008
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September 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 11, 2007
Very well run school. My son is getting excellent attention and teaching there.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
Pioneer is the best. We have a bunch of fun activities, and we also maintain a bunch of good academic stuff. Our orchestra and bands are great, and so are our API points.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2007
Pioneer is 1 of the best middle schools I have ever seen. The people are great and the teachers are amazing. Teachers like Mrs. Badraun and Mrs. Flint they were really good teachers. Mrs. Flint is really cool she could be strict and but always make learining in some kind fun. If any parent decides to enroll your child at Pioneer you are making the best decison you could ever make for your child.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2007
I wanted to thank Mr. Mattos and all the staff for doing EXCELLENT JOB! at Pioneer Middle School.

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September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
Pioneer Middle school is outstanding! Mr. Mattos and the staff work together to make middle school life one of the best experiences I have had in my life. I am going to be President of Pioneer this fall and would give this school 5 stars in everything except discipline. Some of the punishments are weird and don't fit the action but there is always a flaw in every school. Math: A- I understand everything clearly. Many students get confused in the way the math teachers say things. P.E.: A. Very involved with everyday things. Science: A+. I have learned so much in my 2 years at Pioneer in the science department. Core Lang/Soc Stud: A- Many of the teachers are excellent but a couple do not meet my expectations. Electives: B Teachers are fun but mess around little to much. Clubs/Sports:A Excellent venue any one can do something they like. Overall:A

- submitted by a student
no rating July 23, 2007
Since Mr. Mattos has been principal the focus has been on the bottom 5% of the students. The GATE/Honors program has gone by the wayside. Non GATE trained teachers are teaching these classes and there is no program for the high achievers at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 14, 2007
The best middle school you can get. They have excellent teachers that are nice and provide one of the best educations, the best music program with Doug Fischer as director, many electives, many great extra-curricular activities, friendly students and a great administrative staff. Wait-A-Go Pioneer!

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May 31, 2006
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May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 07, 2006
I am a substitute teacher for the TUSD and so I have seen the inside of all of these great schools, but Pioneer is the best one by far. It all begins with the attitude of the principal and trickles down from there. This principal is very involved every minute of the day. From standing in front of the school everyday greeting everyone as they enter, to countless meetings with teachers and parents, this guy is Mr. Incredible. He always has such a positive attitude and tons of energy. It transcends to the teachers and then to the students. I have never seen a better, happier group of teachers at any other school. Good Job!

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2006
I am very impressed with the quality of this school. However, I feel that there is way too much reliance on the parents for academics in the form of excessive homework and very stringent rules. The school has excellent extracurricular activities. I feel that the school's discipline program can be improved. Sometimes the consequence does not seem to fit the action.

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October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2005
My niece attends this school, and her father is thrilled with the difference in education quality between this school and the PRIVATE school she used to attend in Glendale, CA. She is challenged, without being overworked, and has projects that apply to what she learns.

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August 22, 2005
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July 15, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
May 07, 2005
Music Program: Excellent, Challenging, professional. P.E. department: Fair Advance Mathematics: Teachers get an A+. Superior ability on motivating students to excell and go past and beyond the average. Principal: Good job. Needs to get more involved in supervising the GATE program. A bit confused about our 'qualifyig' for the program... Needed to be reminded that 'a Spanish origin last name doesn't necesarily indicate that our family worked in the strawbery picking field'. Well... Over all, a good school. Would move to another school if possible. Would miss the Math, Science and Music Department's solid teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
This is a very large school for a middle school. Occasionaly the kids can be lost in the crowd. If you child is outgoing they can excel. Challenging honors curriculum but many exceptional students take regular courses instead of honors coursee to get higher GPA's. Decent school sports. Good parental involvement and you better be. There is definetley the beginning of the caste system.

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April 09, 2005
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February 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
This school has too many kids. The kids get lost in a number. There are so many kids that it seems more like a college. Communication with teachers is lacking. I feel like I have no handle whatsoever in what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
Outstanding learning environment. Parental involvement is very high and the teaching/administrative staff are top notch. Safe and clean. There is a real sense of pride at Pioneer.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
Pioneer middle schools is one of the greatest schools in california. The principal has brought this school to a distinguished school award and helped this school earn the award for Schools to Watch. My kids have enjoyed this school very much. The kids here are friendly and funny, very smart and know how to have fun. My children come home every day happy of their test scores and of events that have happened during the day, They look up to going to school everyday for the experience of something to remember.

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Pioneer Middle School
2700 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA  92782
(714) 730-7534
Last modified Pioneer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pioneer Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top