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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 788 students

 
 

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Posted September 9, 2013

I think teachers go an extra mile to make sure that students do better in academics. The administrative staff is nice also. My son had a lot of help in every way possible. A big thanks to all of them for doing such a good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

I absolutely LOVE Pioneer! The teachers and staff are amazing. They really care about the students, as evident in the curriculum set forth. If you want a great education for your child, Pioneer Elementary is the best place to receive it. I am grateful for Pioneer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

LOVE IT!!!!! I had nothing but great things to say about the teachers, facility & parents. Everyone there seems to all be there for the kids & to better their education!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

This school is awsome. My daughter learned to read quick. Her math skills advanced as well. A very friendly, safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

Our 1st grader is having a great time after almost a full year. Word of mouth had us steer clear of certain teachers, but that will be any school. Heard good things about the new principal, but time will tell. Residency requirements should be looked into further as class size and demographics seems out of proportion to the area. The new after school "Reach" program is working out great. For such a big school, wish there were more rating from parents on this site.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

Standards for this school have dropped since 4 yrs ago. classes are to big . I would like to know how many of Children attending Pioneer live in the area around the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

This school has great teachers, but I don't think is well staffed. I think they should have more bilingual/bicultural teachers. The last principle was not an approcheable person. Let's hope the new principle will be better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

This school rates high in my opinion. The teachers go the extra mile. The staff is well trained and professional. The students learn more than academics they learn to be responsible citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

I have lived here for 6 years. My oldest daughter attended Pioneer for 5 years and is a very smart and confident middle school child now. My son is going into third grade and he is not as academically adept. The teachers caught his low performance and have given him so much support. Everything from reading programs during school, tutoring after school, testing his strengths and weaknesses-all free. The teachers and administrators are respectful to me during all of this process and my son still loves school, but he says it is hard-I say 'that's a good thing.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

I am pleased about Pioneer School . This is only possible with excellent Principal leadership and parent involvement .I have spent a lot of time Europe and Pioneer is on par with some of better schools I have seen . The only draw back I have noticed is the large class sizes.One of the better schools in Bolingbrook by far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

In a recent Chicago Magazine article titled, 'The A+ Team', Pioneer Elementary School was listed among the top 115 schools in the region, and one of the top ten in Will County. The magazine considered statistical data including average class sizes, expenditure per student, and standardized test scores to compile their rankings. The schools were then grouped by county, and the city of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has twice cited Valley View Schools in recent years for student achievement. In 2004, Independence Elementary School was named as one of the top ten elementary schools in Illinois for narrowing the achievement gap between white and non-white students as measured by ISAT scores. The same designation was conferred by the Tribune in 2003 for Pioneer Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Overall this is one of the better schools in Bolingbrook as evident by the test scores. The teacher involvement is high and the children seem enthusiastic about going to class.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 25, 2005

We lived in the area for some time but moved to the Pioneer district before the start of 3rd grade for my daughter. It was the best moved we ever made. From the principal, Mrs. Haley, the teachers and staff of the after school care program - we could not have had a better experience. I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs. Haley during an end of the school year meeting, she then explained the school philosophy and what expects her staff to pas on to the children. From that meetin I could see not only the mutual respect within the staff but also the pride that carried throughtout the school and into the children. The children truly got the best learning experience possible. 'Thanks Pioneer, you are the BEST!' I only wish that we would have started with you from Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

My daughter is now leaving Pioneer School, with mixed emotions. The school has supported her for the last 5 years, and helped her to grow in confidence and knowledge. She has made a large number of friends with great character, and has learned to set a good example and be a good leader. The staff from Mrs. Haley, the nurse, the P.E. teacher, all teacher's, the After Care Program staff, and the cleaning crew.. have been wonderful, simply wonderful role model's and caring people! While she will miss Pioneer, she has been prepared that education is about learning, growing and moving forward. So while she has shead some tears of sorrow, she also is quite prepared and greatly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead of her. She is prepared and will do will academically, and she is socially, and emotionally awaiting the challenge eagarly! Thank you Pioneer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

This school is great! After moving here from another states school system, it was a breath of fresh air to come to Pioneer! Ms. Hayley made us feel welcomed from the start. The teachers are incredible,the front office staff are so helpful and kind (which to me is important,a great indicater of the attitude of the school and of the principal)and the classrooms encourage the children to do their personal best and to be encouraging to their classmates. Challenged students are also integrated in the classrooms which is great, because students are taught to be helpful and understanding of childrens challenges and abilities. To see the children interact with each other is a blessing. We are so happy to have our children in this school with the teachers that they had this past year. It made our move to a new state so much easier. Thank You Pioneer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

This is a wonderful school! The principal and teachers are dedicated professionals who care about our children. We have loved the after school care program as well as the many extra enrichment opportunities that have been made available to our child!! We have also been very pleased to see ISAT test scores which meet/beat those of DuPage Co. schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female74%
Male65%
Black44%
Asian93%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income53%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners31%

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male66%
Black56%
Asian97%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income48%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners46%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female63%
Male62%
Black42%
Asian79%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income58%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male74%
Black58%
Asian93%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income73%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black71%
Asian97%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income81%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female67%
Male80%
Black65%
Asian73%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income55%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female72%
Male83%
Black65%
Asian87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income61%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 51%
Hispanic 22% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 4%
Black 16% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1470 Raven Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
Phone: (630) 771-2420

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