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Ann Arbor, MI
Students enrolled: 1,651

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601 West Stadium Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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(734) 994-2120
(734) 994-2198
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July 21, 2012
Both of my children attended Ann Arbor Pioneer all four years of high school. They both got what they put into their education, which I think is true with any school experience. Neither took AP courses, which I believe are overrated and still received a sound education. There is a lot of opportunity for any student who wants to get involved.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2011

- submitted by a teacher

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

March 06, 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

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.

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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

October 03, 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

October 03, 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.

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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!

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September 16, 2009
Pioneer High School's commitment to continuous school improvement to help each student excel.

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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

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
no rating
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

January 07, 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

December 03, 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

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

August 05, 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

January 02, 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
no rating
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

March 11, 2006
I attended Pioneer last year (2004-2005). I believe that it is a great school for NON-Minority students. However, the expecatations for minority students is very low. There are teachers who do not in any way expect minority students to achieve and this is what often held me back from doin better than I di (2.7 g.p.a.) However, the school is not all bad, there are plenty of after school activites and sports to involve yourself in and these are what saved me from failing.

- submitted by a student

June 24, 2005
Pioneer is a great school for the academically talented but a poor place for the average or struggling student. There are many opportunities for gifted students and athlethes but very limited to poor opportunities for others. Many, many students are lost at Pioneer and there are many wild and unsupervised upper middle class students that are often causing trouble in the community.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2004
The education is great. I think it prepares students for college and for the real world. My complaints are: The school is to big, athletics are hard to be a part of. Teachers are so busy because they have so many students that the extra help is not always there. The counselors, pretty worthless. Try changing your schudule or getting it fixed, plan on waiting a couple of hours to see your counselor. Every place has its pluses and minus, Pioneer is no exception. It has been a great place for my daughter. Hopefully the new high school will take care of some of the issues at Pioneer

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2004
I attended this school from 1998-2002 and had a great experience. I'm obviously not a parent, however I stumbled upon this site by accident and thought that I should add my input as I was just a student there and who would know it better than a student? I agree that a student must be involved in an activity outside of school, this will help the student to find friends as well as having something to keep them busy and on track. This school offers great diversity and opened up doors to many oppurtunities, I am currently attending a four year University and feel as though Pionner really prepared me for the college environment. Don't hesitate to send your child to this school.

- submitted by a student

February 02, 2004
Students will only succeed if they are involved in some form of activity, i.e. music, athletics, and clubs, etc. Without positive peer pressure, many are lost. Counselors do not have time to truly assess your child unless they are failing, and those that are failing have been lost in the system for some time. A quick fix is too late at this level. Encourage your student to seek out their counselor and get direction in their future choices. They, too, should be a priority in their counselor's eyes. This high school is too large to benefit all students equally.

- submitted by a parent

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Pioneer High School
601 West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-2120
Last modified Pioneer High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pioneer High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top