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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 535 students

 
 

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Posted October 30, 2014

While I have noticed some snobbish kids (and parents), the majority are not like that. My family does not live Glen eagle and it has not been a problem. The PTSA is a dedicated group of people who guinely love their kids and the school. They raise tons on money allowing the school to get loss of extras. I wish every PTSA was like that. Their new watch dogs program is incredible. Most teachers are amazing. Other reviews show these things as a negetive. I think dedicated parents, students and teachers are definately a good thing not bad. There will be bad apples at every school but how the school handles it will set them apart. My son had an incident last year and the principle jumped right on the situation and I never heard anything negative again. So overall, if you want your kids to have great teachers who care, a ptsa that may look like they walked out of a tv show but raise tons of money, dads who take the time to volunteer, a priciple that will always make the time to adress your concerns then this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2014

The school is located in pretentious Gleneagle - an above average middle-income neighborhood with strict HOA rules. Some believe this is high-class living at its finest and put on airs of prestige and snobbery. Here's a sampling of what you'll witness at Pioneer: SAHMs dressed to the nines, still walking their 5th-grader to school, zipping coats, tying shoes and generally being the helicopter parents that the teaching staff so despise. In general, the school lacks diversity and is predominantly white/Christian. There is a complete lack of culture and respect for diversity. Bullying is rampant, especially aimed towards students of color and those of lower socioeconomic status (those in homes outside Gleneagle). The school chooses it own rules and fails to follow national standards and public schooling requirements. For example: Christmas songs are taught, and Halloween is celebrated during the school day. Office staff are not helpful nor knowledgeable of answering basic questions, transferring calls, replying to e-mail promptly, etc.. I got the run-around frequently and we changed districts quickly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

I attended Pioneer from when it opened when I was a third grader to the last 6th grade class at Pioneer. Now that I'm in college looking back I truly have a love hate relationship with Pioneer. Over all the school academic is great the teachers are truly fabulous and Pioneer kids consistently end up to many majority of the valedictorian attended Pioneer. Though I must agree the school is full of snobs many children parents are so involved in the school that it is literally there full time job. The PTA is extremely clickie and nearly all of the parents live in GlenEagle. As one of my friend said there should be a reality show that intertwines around the Pioneer PTA. I guess if you want to be apart of a click it's a great school.


Posted October 10, 2010

When we moved to Arlington, we did allot of research on the schools. Pioneer came up as one of the better ones, yet it's an affordable area (a rare combination). We've lived here 3 years now. Both my kids attend Pioneer and we are very happy. The school is well run, and all of their teachers so far have been excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

I was so happy to be moving into such a 'great' school zone. I think it is horrible that the WASL scores go by % at basic level!!! Basic?! I thought the schools scores were great until I realized this. The teachers seem to shoot for 'basic' skills and nothing more. I want at least proficient from my son. My son went from proficient and advanced to basic level at this school. He was a GATE student as well which tells me that they were only teaching basic skills. The only good thing about this school is the brainteasers GATE program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

This school is the best! Both my daughters love it and I as a parent do also. The teachers have all been way higher than my expectations and the Principal always goes above and beyond. Keep up the great work Pioneer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

I would seriously have to agree with the parent who discussed the snobby kids and parents. We live in Gleneagle and have found oursleves very suprised about the superiority complex that shows itself in the children. When these instances arise we use it as an opportunity to teach our children a sad lesson about life and people. That being said, my children's experiences at Pioneer have been mostly positive. The staff is wonderful and for the most part we're very at home at Pioneer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2007

I feel truly blessed to have my kids attend this school. I cannot say even one bad thing about it. All of the teachers are so accepting of every child and truly have the childs best interest at heart. The principal has been a pleasure to work with and I only see things getting better (if that is possible). This school has an extremely high parent participation which adds to this already wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

We recently moved to Arlington seeking a better life for our children. Pioneer has lived up to our expectations. Our teacher this year has been phenomenal. We have not seen anything alarming our first year here. Next year we will have children in kindergarten and second grade. We are looking forward to the upcoming year. The school has additional playground equipment for the next year which the children are excited about. They also love learning about nature at the wetlands. I'm also pleased that my daughter is challenged. At her previous school her high performance was overlooked, here at pioneer they have worked with her to help her excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

At first I was nervous about the high goals that are set for the children but then I found out that everybody is comitted to help the kids reach their goals. I am glad they want the kids to aim high. There is also a high priority set on self-esteme for the kids & getting along with each other. Love this school! Best school in area. PTSA can be a little clicky but aren't they all(most of the parents are just awesome).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

My daughter went to Pioneer for 2nd and 3rd grade. The teachers and staff were great but the snobby kids...beware! There is a bully problem most likely brought about by the snobbish parents who live in Gleneagle. I've actually heard these people say that it's 'like' a private school since it is located in the Gleneagle neighborhood. I would recommend any other Arlington Elementary school unless you want your child exposed to 'clicks' early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2006

My son attended Pioneer for Kindergarten this past year (2005-2006) and loved it. He had a wonderful teacher who was nurturing and truly cared about each individual student. The staff was friendly and parents were very involved. The only issue I had was with the Kindergarten class schedule. My son was in a Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday schedule. I was hoping for more consistency.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

The school is great for the most part, however, this year (2005-2006) will be the real test. The office staff is awesome, but this year they will be very busy taking up slack for the non-existent school nurse. The district better pull their heads out and get this squared-away. Like I said, it's a great school, but the bugs need to be ironed out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

My child attended this school for a little over half of her kindergarten year (2004-2005). My daughter was singled out by a classroom volunteer, and was yelled at in front of the other children. The Vice (asst.) Principal told me that 'the volunteers do not talk to the children that way' & after a few more nasty words to my daughter, her Kindergaten teacher told me that this volunteer 'knew she had a language problem' The staff chose to do nothing about the volunteer, and I had to transfer my child. This is not a nurturing learning environment for children. The school is relatively new, and has 1 tiny playground. (this is important) The parents are required to do most of the actual 'teaching' with packets of homework sent out with kindergarteners. Pioneer does have a great library. my advice? pick a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

Pioneer is an excellent school! Teachers are passionate about learning. Parents play a very active role both in the school and at home. The PTSA is very involved. The administration is very visible and involved with the students on a daily basis. The school has a solid reading program. Overall, expecations are high and kids are risng to the challenge!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students57%
Female49%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income33%
Not low income65%
Special education15%
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female69%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income53%
Not low income76%
Special education23%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students62%
Female65%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income57%
Not low income63%
Special education0%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income86%
Not low income86%
Special education20%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income100%
Not low income81%
Special education40%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students72%
Female68%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income50%
Not low income80%
Special education8%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female79%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income64%
Not low income90%
Special education42%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income70%
Not low income84%
Special education25%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 60%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 225%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Arlington, WA 98223
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