I felt as though the teachers were more concerned about kids getting the right answer compared to really comprehending the material. My son liked the school and made friends easily.
We have had such a great experience at Pioneer MS! Mr. Stout, the current principal, has been exemplary. He has been instrumental in making Pioneer a top school in the area. Since being hired, he has raised the bar in so many ways, encouraging and inspiring the students to reach their full potential. My 3 children have loved their teachers at Pioneer. Each have had different interests and talents; each had teachers that inspired and challenged them. From Project Lead the Way (a computer engineering course) to Choir, from Creative Writing to advanced Mathematics...and everything else in between...my children became better people and students because of their talented and amazing teachers! Team coaches have been excellent as well! Things added to Pioneer: Spanish, Algebra I and Geometry are offered to students who test into it, sports for 6th graders, and a Football program returning this coming year. The office staff and counselors have been top-notch also. We are moving overseas this next year and they went the extra mile in compiling documents and proctoring assessment tests for admission requirements, always so helpful and friendly no matter the inconvenience.
I have been very impressed with the school. The leadership here is outstanding and the principals have excellent discipline and reward policies. They always make my children feel more then welcomed, knowing them by name. The staff is constantly revising and rethinking what they are doing to best fit the students. At this school I know my children are safe, getting a great education and are surrounded by adults who sincerely care for them.
Pioneer Middle School is located at 1750 Bobs Hollow Lane in DuPont, WA 98327 phone number is 253 583 7200 it no longer is located in Steilacoom. The old school building is now the District office for Steilacoom historical School District #1
Pros:They have a 100% club for students who turn in their homework for the whole quarter.No more Wednesday academy. They have sports for 7-8 graders such as baseball,soccer,volleyball,basketball etc. They have after school activities for everyone including builders club,woodshop,robotics,GSA etc They also have study hall. Fitness is the best subject there is you can actually do stuff instead just sitting there. They have help for special ed students and speech therapy students. They also have help for reading and math. There's also band and choir. Cons:There's no gifted program. Lockers are small. Some teachers are rude for some apparent reason. But over that pioneer is a great school. So I would recommend this school to you!
My child has been at this school for 7th and 8th grade, they offer many extras such as Builders club which is Key Club at the middle school level, sports, (wrestling, basketball, track, etc) wood shop, chior, band, yearbook to name a few. My son was challenged in his 7th and now 8th grade year with projects, papers and difficult assignments. There is a skyward system which allows you to check all of your childrens grades and even what they have bought for lunch. When I have needed to communicate to his teachers I have gotten a response within 24 hrs. The school has several events to include a monster bash, bingo night and other dance/open gym nights. I volunteered within the school for a year and I think the school is great! The principal was changed last year and there are several new teachers this year as well. Love Pioneer!
These people change the Principal almost every single day when will this school be stable. Chloe Clark was an amazing school but going here puts that school to shame! Horrible Principal to they will suspend you for sneezing.
Very bad school. Especially 8th grade teachers! Very rude and Principal is Horrid! Needs to fire all staff and restart! This school is trying to restart with the new Principal, but his Vice principal is horrible when the Vice Principal because the Principal this school will fall apart litterlly! And every single person up there is always acting exhausted or tired! (Besides lady at front desk)
Apathetic teachers that punish students when their parents make inquiries about missing assignments, no intramural, gifted, or summer programs, average at best curriculum. Loved Chloe Clark but really disappointed when my daughter graduated to Pioneer. Hoping her high school experience is an improvement. Will be transferring her to UP if it is the same b.s.
My son just completed 6th grade here. We are a military family and my son has attended schools in several states. Pioneer, although a very nice facility, was a disappointment to us this year. Several of my son's teachers seemed burned out and lacked enthusiasm. There are few frills - no gifted program, no summer school. There has been an AR reading program at some point but apparently there is no money in the budget to continue to fund the program. There is something called Wednesday Academy for students to attend when they are missing assignments but no teacher leadership is present to make sure the students actually accomplish something when they attend. Lots of half days that count as full days in the calendar. The curriculum seemed lackluster and not terribly challenging. Very little writing is done. Very, very disappointed.
I am an 8th grader in pioneer. The curriculum is not challenging. The teachers only focus on students passing their class. I take algebra, and many students don't understand half of what the teacher says. There's this thing called the Wednesday academy, where students missing 2 assignments in 1 class have to attend to finish them. At least 30 people from 8th grade attend, and there's probably more.
Teachers pretty apathetic. Curriculum not that challenging. Inadequate Intramural activities and enrichment programs. Kids that come from other State's generally have to do self study because they are so far advanced.
Well i finally finished Grade 8 and i'm pleased to say that i genuinely think that it was the most fun and the toughest grade I've been through. The Staff were excellent, Curriculum was difficult to adjust to but very necessary, such as Algebra 1 if u got it, and Although we did not have many field trips, actually only 2, they were quite interesting and kept you active. JA Finance was the first field trip and at first i was a little... skeptical of the planned event but as soon as i got there and got into the swing of things it was quite exquisite. i'm going to leave out what you do there to keep it a surprise. The second field trip was our trip to...WILD WAVES!!!!! it was considered to be our promotion gift from the school.it costed about 20 dollars for us, that was the bus ride and ticket in, it was great. so the teachers were set up at a tent by the wave pool and they basically set us free to run and play to our hearts content. there is the testing of MAPS and MSP and the EOC (Algebra), state required tests and If your going into 8th grade at pioneer your in for a wonderful and challenging time, if your child is going into 8th grade at Pioneer your in for a ride as well. -CR
What happened to the principal at Pioneer Middle? First, she was there. Next, she was absent without reason. Now, her name is off the school web site?! Hum, Steilacoom SD needs to work much harder on it'sinformation flow to parents. Poor hiring practices, poor leadership, poor education for our students.
We've been very pleased with Pioneer Middle School. The 6th and 7th grade teachers have interesting and challenging curriculums and my daughter has learned much in her classes. The building is beautiful and the students are well behaved. We would love to see orchestra offered and a stronger choral program, but feel blessed to be at this fine Middle School.
I currently a seventh grader at Pioneer Middle School. Allthough the school looks nice on the outside, seventh grade teachers are terrible. My sixth grade teachers were challenging, creative, and fun, but seventh grade, come on! I am constantly bored, with hours on end and nothing to do. There was a scheduling problem this year too. I was placed in an 8th grade P.E. class. My teacher was awesome and I wish I could stay in her class all year. Tat's pretty much all I have to say that is good. The principal is taking a "break" and has been gone for a month.
I don't believe a school could be any better. Excellent teachers who genuinely care about the their students while holding them personally responsible and accountable. Children grow up while at Pioneer becoming young people who are ready for high school.
This is a very good school. Though I went there for only one year in 6th grade, I was very impressed. There is no gifted program, and the 'sixth grade camp' was not a good way to spend the week. Those were the only real negatives. The students, even though they're in a 'normal' public education program, were actually fairly kind and smart, especially compared to my current school. The new school in DuPont is great, and new technology is present in every classroom, including Smartboards and computers based on Core 2 Quad processors. The teachers were very good at teaching. Mr. Folmer is definitely the best band teacher this schoool could possibly have, and in fact they have him. There is no orchestra, but the band and choir are both great. A wide variety of after-school activities are availible. This is definitely a great school.
My son has attended Pioneer for the last two years. He is now in the newly built school in Dupont and we couldn't be happier. The school is absolutely beautiful with state of the art equipment and technology. The teachers and staff are well trained and very involved with the kids. I couldn't be more pleased about the education my son is receiving.
My daughter and I really love this school. Awesome campus, great teachers, very easy to communicate with teachers and staff. Great after school activities to get involved with.
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