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Pioneer Trail Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 714 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2013

Pioneer Trail has come a long way in the last few years. The administration is strong, the students are friendly and generally well-behaved, and most of the teachers are superior. There are a few teachers who are unsatisfactory, but administration does listen and respond to parent input. The great teachers definitely outweigh the bad. My third child is presently a student at PT and really enjoys the school. There is also a great mix of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, which I think prepares my children for the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, KS is a excellent school. My 6th & 8th grade sons moved here at X-mas break. Both my sons were worried about starting a new school in the middle of a school year and not knowing any students/friends or teachers. Both my sons have been on the honor roll every semester/quarter their entire middle school careers. I was worried about their transition, grades, and meeting friends. The counselor, principal, teachers and students were extremely friendly, positive, and accepting of my sons. My sons transitioned just fine. 3rd quarter conferences were thorough/informative (however the wait to visit teachers were long at times). My sons tell me what they like most about school is that their "doesn't seem to be any bullying, the kids are very friendly, and the teachers are good." I will say that my sons seem to enjoy their teachers and the wide array of elective classes offered by the Olathe school district. What they are learning seems to be very real and relevant. My only compliant is the "Parent Access" system (online grades). There seem to be glitches, a lag w/ teachers inputting grades, and it isn't as user friendly as where we came from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

Not impressed i am not likeing the office staff , i am not happy with the pricepal i am not happy with the VP either . They are very cold and do not help the parents of 6 th gradersor even the sixth graders eas in to the big change of middle school. everytime i have called them they where cold and did not help apperntly if you try to give you child a message at the school you can not . they are not concerdit of bed times for kids there "meetings" go until at least 8:00 p.m if not later . They are not helpful . i am not happy with them . I think they need to get a better office staff and an more compasonit Principal and VP they are cold hearted men!!!! The only think i can say that is posstive is the teachers seem to be really nice and on top of things . and Mr. Meyer is a wonderful orchsstraTeacher :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I have been very, very impressed with this school. I had heard horror stories and was nervous for my 6th grader to start there last year. The principal, who has only been there for a few years, is wonderful. He is just tough enough but very approachable. The school really encourages academics and has made huge strides in recent years. My child struggled at her elementary (Walnut Grove) but because of the support here made Principal's Honor Roll!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

It helps the kids so much. andd my daughter loves the teachers andd staff. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

A lot of changes have been going on this year, but ever since 7th grade this school has been amazing. The teachers care about everyone. The discipline could be a bit better, because there are still people who get too rowdy in the hallway (and sometimes in class), but otherwise I love this school. I'm really going to miss it next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

this school usaly gets a bad wrap but is actually great and there are more chances and opportunities here!!
—Submitted by a student


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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 83% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

239 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

250 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

248 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

231 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
African American85%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnic90%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities94%
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students96%
African American85%
Hispanic95%
Multi-ethnic80%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities97%
Proficient in English94%

U.S. History and Government

All Students90%
African American79%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander80%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities67%
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
African American96%
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnic88%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander83%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities93%
Proficient in English84%

Reading

All Students95%
African American89%
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnic94%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities98%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students87%
African American70%
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnic88%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander75%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities76%
Proficient in English68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
African American86%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnic75%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities82%
Proficient in English90%

Reading

All Students95%
African American97%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnic88%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities88%
Proficient in English85%

U.S. History and Government

All Students83%
African American69%
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnic71%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities61%
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 68%
Black 13% 7%
Hispanic 11% 16%
Asian 5% 2%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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15100 West 127th
Olathe, KS 66062
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