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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 559 students

Serving the Auburn Community

 

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Posted June 22, 2013

This school has a great academic program that gives every student to chance to grow and reach their full potential. They have regular testing and notifies parents monthly. I have been in many districts and seen many kids and I feel good about my kids playing with these kids. The school also offers healthy snacks and promotes exercise daily. I do have problems with the school staff. I have reported issues to the office staff to relay to the principle regarding a teacher's inappropriate comments, discipline, and lack of knowledge of the laws regarding bullying; those concerns never reached the principal but did reach the teacher. It is important for all staff to ensure teachers take accountability and be watched if a parent feels a class is being mistreated. This was not the case. Also my 7 year old child was tardy and forced to sweep the grounds by the office staff with out my knowledge. All disciplines and reasons are listed in the handbook and parents are to be notified prior for the option of due process. Proper protocol was not followed nor was the tardiness punishable by on grounds chores. That punishment is 1 step before suspension for serious infractions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

We must all agree education starts in the home, but must also understand the importance of parents and teachers working together as an educational team. What are we willing to do to create those very important links between home and school and break done the barriers that keep our parents out of our school. Parent Involvement is key in the education of our kids.


Posted August 4, 2005

Pioneer is a great school and has a wonderful atmosphere. They are very supportive of the students. Our son has special needs and the school staff went out of their way to make sure he thrived. The school is very involved with the community and the PTA is strong. Older students are encouraged to role model for younger students and work together on projects. Ice cream socials, carnivals, school dances, book fairs, and so on make this school a community hub.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2004

My child was new to Pioneer this year. She is in the 2nd grade. Her teacher was so helpful and supportive of her transition. I have heard so many positive things about Pioneer so I was excited to be able to send my daughter. The teachers show genuine concern for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2004

i have been really impressed with the qaulity of this school and the respect and support the staff not only give the students but the parents as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2003

Pioneer is a great school. The teachers are very dedicated and work amazingly hard at providing quality instruction. Overall, a very good school with very good teaching instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2003

Pioneer has very dedicated teachers and staff and they do a wonderful job at providing our students with a positive learning environment. Parent involvement is very low which is concerning. Studies have shown that when parents are involved with their child's school, the child does better. Being involved does not mean you have to spend all-day, every-day at the school. You can spend 1 hour a week, or 1 evening a month. By showing it is important to you, it shows that it should be important to the kids.
—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 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
16%
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 Students86%
Female85%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income85%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English86%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income79%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English69%
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 Students86%
Female81%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income85%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English73%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income83%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English77%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income53%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English32%
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 Students74%
Female73%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income73%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English64%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female70%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income75%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English64%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female36%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited English16%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 56% 20%
White 26% 60%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 143%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 279%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 30%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Washington State Achievement Award (2013)
  • Washington Schools of Distinction Award (2012)
  • Washington Innovative School Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Debra Gary
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 931-4734

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Olympic Middle School
Auburn High School
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2301 M St SE
Auburn, WA 98002
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Phone: (253) 931-4986

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