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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 857 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 8, 2014

I love Pioneer school! The teachers and staff are all easy to get along with and go above and beyond in helping their students. I've had 4 children attend school here and besides a couple small issues (that were resolved) this school is amazing! My youngest son will be in 5th grade next year, it will be sad to go! Take the time to get involved and become a part of your child's education and I promise you will be happy you did. It makes a huge difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

This school is awesome. Love the teachers, principal, office team and PTC group. Given the tight budget and bigger classroom size, the school is still be able to manage the students to excel. My two kids have been attending this school from K to 5th grade. The eldest one is now in an accelerated math at Alvarado Middle School. She still talks about her teachers at Pioneer and occassionally opens her yearbooks and smiles. My youngest one is attending 5th grade. She loves her teachers and classmates so much that she is not looking forward to moving to the middle school. To keep up the good work, parent involvement is very important as well. Instead of blaming the school system or better teachers leaving the school, participate and get involved in your kids' education. Keep up the good work! Pioneer!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My son attended Pioneer from Kinder to 5th and enjoyed his time there. It is not only an academically rich environment, thanks to the teachers, but a place where the students are nurtured which is the foundation for molding happy and successful children. My daughter currently attends Pioneer Elementary school. She comes home with so many stories to share of what she learned in each class! There is nothing better than to see the excitement in your child's eyes. Thank you Pioneer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

My son is now going to be a first grader and my second son will be a Kindergartener . During the first year at Pioneer for my eldest son, I thought it was great. We had Mrs. Olivo and she was amazingly wonderful. My son excelled so quickly in academics and I believe it had to do with how a teacher teaches. Im hoping that my second son will have her as well. The school itself if pretty good. Responsive to all my concerns and questions that I had through out the year, took are of my son when he was injured and notified me. Im hoping with the grant money that was awarded to NHUSD that the teachers will be taken cared of as well as the students. I never really appreciated the works of a teacher until my son was in school. They are the first ones besides us parents, who help your child grow in this world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

This school has been going downhill pretty fast and their better teachers have retired or left thus leaving the lesser ones. The chances of landing a teacher of any substance you have to be in the "in" group with the teachers - or just get to know where teachers push their kids through follow that path...but its slim. The class size is just too much for the kind of teachers they have left...goodluck...if you go here send your kids to afterschool tutoring you will be better off....this school is not going to help them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

A great school and with many good teachers. Many experienced teachers who will work with you on many of your concerns. The school provides an enriching environment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

This is a great school, it seems that my son is going to an international school very well diversified. Great Interaction between students and teacher. Teacher are very experienced. Students are very respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

Pioneer has been a great school for my son. The teachers and all staff have been wonderful. I really appreciate the immediate involvement between staff and parents if there are ever any concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

Overall this school is better than most. I like the fact that the music program still exists and the school faculty is big on safety . Some areas of improvement are more hands on learning in science (field trips included) and smaller class sizes. The teachers my son has had are receptive to my concerns about academics but can only do so much due to lack of teacher assistants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

The academic program seems good. My daughter started first grade and so far I think this school is good. Lot of after school extra curricular activities likes sports and music groups. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at school and take interest in their childs education growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

The location of this school is great. The teachers are very friendly adn other staff is helpful.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 13, 2004

Pioneer Elementary School in Union City is by far, the most wonderful learning environment for children in this Union City area. My kids have attended from K-5. The teachers are nurturing and challenging, the administration cares, the staff is diligent and the parent community (PTC) is dedicated and generous. One can tell that Pioneer students thrive in this school (and it's a public school at that!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2004

This is a great learning environment for young children. Encouraging! Motivating! Read this story, please. My son is in kindergarten. He learned when working with me on his science project, Electricity/ Static. On the presentation day, principal Stanley patiently talked with my son at the project site. Gave Sam chances to tell what he learned. From 'What is ...?','How ...?','What...?' to 'What if..?' From Sam's exciting face with confidence in presenting his project, I saw/ see a great school for our children. Pioneer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2004

Both my children have attended Pioneer Elementary School. It is an excellent school with extremely caring teachers and administrators. The principal knows each child individually and both my children have greatly benefitted from attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

841

Change from
2012 to 2013

+9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

841

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+9

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students60%
Females60%
Males61%
African American18%
Asian67%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females65%
Males69%
African American9%
Asian76%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 Students53%
Females60%
Males45%
African American33%
Asian67%
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner5%
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 graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females68%
Males80%
African American58%
Asian78%
Filipino74%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students74%
Females76%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipino72%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students78%
Females73%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino84%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state75%
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 Students67%
Females70%
Males65%
African American42%
Asian87%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females62%
Males69%
African American58%
Asian85%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students67%
Females63%
Males72%
African American67%
Asian85%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 State average
Asian 58% 11%
Hispanic 14% 51%
Black 10% 7%
White 8% 27%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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32737 Bel Aire Street
Union City, CA 94587
Phone: (510) 487-4530

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