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Pioneer High School

Public | 9-12 | 1651 students

 
 

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Posted November 29, 2011

RAGHHH !! THIS SCHOOL ROCKS THE SOCKS OFF OF CHUCK NORRIS !!!! OMG OMG OMG IT'S JUST THAT AWSOME!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 27, 2011

My son was attending this school but was essentially kicked out for making rookie mistakes during his freshman year. They completely threw him under the bus and the principal told my son and myself that if he returned to their school he would fail. The law in Michigan is that administrators have the power to do this and I disagree. I am a tax paying citizen and I deserve to have my child attend the school that I want him to attend instead of being forced to attend an alternative school that is 20 minutes away in a completely different city. The alternative school is like a prison. It is smaller than an elementary school, there are no sports teams and my child is not allowed to participate in any activities at his "home" school Pioneer because the principal is "vehemently opposed" to my student (he said this in front of me and my son). My son has no behavioral problems he failed two classes and he made one up during summer school but they still want to bully him. The administrators at both schools probably think that we don't know what we're doing and that they've gotten away with something by doing what they did but they are in for a big surprise. We will prevail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2011

My eldest went 9th and 10 grade to Pioneer. She was over whelmed ( due to the size and the set up of the mini college campus atmosphere) I felt this would help her out of HS and best to adjust now. She never did. They tried to be accommodating but grew weary fast into the school year. The shy, under achievers get ignored quickly and they will focus their attention on the faster paced, better behaves children. The Special Ed was non existent. The music and drama classes/courses was awesome however. There was and still is LARGE amount of bullying and out of control behaviors the kids find ways to get away with. I got a lot of "our hands are tied" :were trying with what were allowed to do" when complained. the busing system using public transit as a means of transportation was a bad idea.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

Elitist and overrated. It is a decent high school but it is really very average and the snob/ bully effect is widespread.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Pioneer is over rated. There are a lot of very light weight classes (known as slacker classes) and the music program is only good for elite musicians. It's very excluding and both my kids dropped out of it. There are a lot of extracurricular activites and that is good. But there are a lot of invisible kids there that are overshadowed by the high performers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I moved here my Senior year. As hard as that may seem it wasn't hard to do it here at all. I had also moved my Junior year, so this was my 3rd High School. At my school my junior year I didn't ever feel comfortable there. I felt comfortable at Pioneer during the first week of school. Its just not very cliquey and everyone is just so welcoming.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Pioneer is one of the best schools in the nation. What they have to offer is stunning. The teachers and Administration are top-notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The music program is amazing - professional, top quality, challenging and yet supportive, high expectations with plenty of encouragement to reach the goals. Good music instruction has been shown to support skills in mathematics and other academic subjects. It is just the best of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Pioneer High School's commitment to continuous school improvement to help each student excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

My three children all attended Pioneer and had AP classes and great extracurricular classes. All were accepted by competitive colleges. The oldest is currently getting a Ph.D. at U of M. We moved here for the schools and I don't think you will find better public schools. Because of the size of Pioneer, my children have been undaunted by being at universities and facing competition. They also had excellent help from the counseling department at Pioneer - often going above and beyond to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

Administration has good intentions but often uses inefficient methods of making sure students aren't late and are doing their homework. Lunch is far too short for the large number of students at the school; lunch lines are incredibly long and the cafeteria can't hold half of the student body. The lack of off-campus lunch privileges for classes 2011 and up will create an even more chaotic lunch with so many students crammed in the school. Hallways are crammed during passing time and is difficult to walk in. The music, athletic, extra curricular activities, and AP classes are excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

I'm a freshmen, and I've only attended this school for a few months, but I love it here! Right away I knew that this school is full of wonderful opportunities, ranging from the challenging AP classes that are offered to the numerous (and nationally-acclaimed) arts and music programs, and not to mention the sport teams. I feel that there is truly a place for everyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

This is the high school where everyone dreams to go, there's numerous sports and activities. The students here are very welcoming. I attended a lutheran school before attending Pioneer so freshman year was my first year in public. I'd have to say that I was extremely afraid of stepping into a highschool (by the way the movies portrayed it) but Pioneer was no more scarier than a kitten. The counselors were there to help with open arms and checked in on you when you were having trouble in a certain subject. The teachers, one word, brilliant. They are there to teach you exactly what you should know and do not like wasting there time on things that you would never use in life. This school has a brilliant atmosphere and it's so diverse that even if you were nonsocial...there's a group for that! It's not cliquey...everyone's just friends with everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

I know for the fact Pioneer has great inspirational knowledge for all of us as students when you reach out of high school for college! It made me realized what I was good at and shown me what were my weakness. The teachers has taught me how to improve my weakness through their knowledge and stood by me when things didn't make sense to me. I appericate for all of their hard work and let me reached my goals in adulthood life.Go Pioneers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

My 3 kids have had wonderful opportunities available to them, especially in the arts and in the number of AP classes offered at PiHi. I've always found the counselors most helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

This school was wonderful, number one music program in the country throughout the years. I like how the teachers are mostly dedicated teachers, with a smile on their faces most of the time. I especially liked the way the teacher really reached out to connect with the students. If i could, i would definately go back.


Posted September 15, 2007

The school is great for both social and non-social students, it has an open, diverse group of students that allows every student a chance at finding something they're interested in. Being a current student there, I think that it is a great school, with only one exception: The Counciling department at Pioneer High School is a total disaster, it is lost, and unable to properly handle the diverse student body. Many students, myself included, feel that they do very little to better the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2007

Lack of leadership and vision have created issues for a school that should be thriving given its site in an affluent community, a diverse student body, and highly educated parents who are committed to educational success. The administration, including the counselor, suffers from a bureaucratic mentality and are unable to give individual attention except in crisis situations. That being said, the extracurricular opportunities are impressive, there are a number of outstanding teachers, and the culture is progressive and positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

As the parent of 3 (2 recent graduates and 1 current student) at PHS, I have experienced many of the good and negative aspects of this school. Currently, staff morale is very low; budget cuts have lead to very large class sizes. The administration is weak, verbalizing their hesitation to act on issues, fearing job security. The student body is quite diverse. Lunch time is total chaos; when my kids call home, the noise is SO loud, you can't even articulate a basic message. The AP class selection is excellent, but expect your child to be with 35+ other students and often not enough textbooks or desks. Cliques are minimized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

After moving to Ann Arbor this year from another community, we have been delighted with Huron. Yes, it is currently over crowded but opening the third high school should eliminate that problem. Our daughter came from a very small K-8 school and has adjusted well, even with the large numbers. She is in varsity band and has made numerous friends there. We love the opportunities that Huron has for her and have been so impressed with the Huron Music Association and with the entire band/music program at Huron. We would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone interested in attending.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

421 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

99%

Average ACT score

24

Graduation rate

>95%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 69%
Asian 15% 3%
African-American 14% 18%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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