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7315 Eustis Hunt Rd
Spanaway, WA 98387

(253) 683-8900
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Grateful to: Teacher
November 22, 2015
A big thank you to Mrs. Sollin for her positive insensitives that are inspiring my daughter to want to read each day. Her reading skills have markedly improved in this teacher's class.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 30, 2015
It depends on the teacher, of course, but I've come across good and bad and insist on being able to meet a teacher before my student enters their class for the first time as well as keeping up with them at least weekly during the school year. If problems arise, I intervene to ensure my kids get the education they're entitled to. The school resists my requests to meet a teacher before school and each year I have to be firm and insist that they allow me to do so or schedule me a meeting with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
July 30, 2015
This year the school adopted a new math program that teaches common core and I really like the streamline approach. Also their homework policy allows a student to not get burned out by only asking a student to work for up to 30 minutes an evening on homework, after that point, they can stop if not finished and the parent can write a note to the teacher explaining that they'd spent time working on the assignment but were not able to finish in a reasonable amount of time.

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March 25, 2015
I dont even know where to begin. The principle is horrible and refuses to include ALL parents with any issues. My son was threatened w/ a broken bottle just off school campus. My children told him and he told them if nobody was hurt it wasnt an issue. But since another parent went to him about a different issue (which i have witnesses telling me this other issue did not happen) now my son is the one being punished. He kept all my kids after school w/out my concent. When i addressed this with him and my concern about this he stated "he was the principle and he has the authority to do so" my son even told him he needed to contact me.

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August 28, 2013
As far as the school goes it's the parents, principal and staff (teachers) that make a school work. We've been attending this school since 2009 and am highly discouraged by the processes the principal has in place to address issues. Teachers have overall been great with the exception of Mr. Marquart, there is something off about him. Going to back to school night last night there were a lot of teachers that left and appeared to be a lot of unhappy teachers that stayed behind. Mr. Rushing was NO help and couldn't answer any of the questions that I asked him. Mrs. White in the office is always amazing to talk to and so friendly however Ms. Jones is awful. I think the school has lost some great teachers. 1st grade parents weren't given the notification of the teacher change prior to last night either. It was just a SURPRISE as we entered the school that no one had the teachers they were assigned because of the very clear changes. The transition/change could've been handled better. Can't wait to be out of Pioneer Valley.

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May 20, 2013
I have a handicapped child. It was so difficult to get the accommodations he needed. Once he was hurt at school for lack of a teacher failing to follow his care plan. Thompson was 200% better.

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January 03, 2012
I have felt nothing but judgment from the teacher's and office staff, the pick up line after school is ATROCIOUS, no one enforces the rules of the blue line, people pick up their kids where ever, and then come tearing out of the line, I have been almost run over twice trying to leave the parking lot after getting my kids. I had a woman, who I guess thought driving 15 mph in the parking lot to get to the pick up line, was to slow for her, so she went speeding around me and got in line RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!!! The whole pick up line is just sooooo messed up.

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June 21, 2010
I enrolled my son here with very high hopes. My daughter attended Pioneer Valley and did very well there but that was 11 years ago. She just graduated an honor student from GKHS 2010. I could blame it on the over crowding or lack of funding but my son had a great 1st grade teacher. This year my son's teacher lacked the patience. I noticed a general attitude of 'being bothered'. I witnessed it with other children with similar quirks. Maybe she has frustrations of her own but we look to our schools for guidance and comfort. On a postive note, I do believe that the special programs that are offered need to be incorporated in the regular curriculum because it made all the difference in his learning. Because we entrust our children to these individuals we should feel like celebrating and not have regrets because our choices are limited.

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May 27, 2009
I love this school. My daughter writes notes to her teacher almost daily to let her know how much she loves her. We've not had any problems on the playground (an occasional tiff between friends that is solved amongst themselves I wouldn't count as an unmanagable problem - that is part of learning and problem solving). I'm curious about the statement that NO one cares about the children. I disagree and would encourage that parent to make contact with a teacher and/or principal to have their issue resolved. If they have knowledge of these things taking place, try to solve the problem rather than adding to it. I appreciate the balance between academics and a real care and compassion for the students' well being. I'm grateful to have Pioneer Valley as my daughter's school!!!!

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no rating
May 27, 2009
My grand daughter is currently finishing up the 5th grade with Mrs. Best. I have the utmost respect for this particular teacher. Mrs. Best donates her own time after school to assist students struggling in math 2 days a week. She goes the extra mile to make sure her students succeed. The staff overall at Pioneer Valley is friendly and helpful. I'm proud to be a Pioneer Valley parent. Teresa Thurston

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May 23, 2009
I have had my child enrolled at PVE for 3 years and have not had any problems. The teachers have been caring and helpful. I am shocked at the bad reviews here.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2009
I was very wrong about this school. I cannot believe the general attitudes of teachers and staff at Pioneer Valley. Don't expect the school to take care of your childs needs. Don't expect them to respect the confidentiality that goes along with your childs academic progress, physical demands, or limitations the child may have. This will be talked about on an unprofessional level and your child may also become gossiped about around other parents, by the staff. They will also do nothing about this as well, and i guess is an accepted part of their core values and morale as a school. The kids in the classes are able to get away with a tremendous amount of hostile behaviors towards each other~ cussing and verbal abuse are common, and nothing will be done about this either. There is no one truely there for the best interest of the children.

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March 31, 2009
I have had two children attend this school, and both have passed the WASL testing with flying colors. My youngest is in 6th grade, and has a tremendous teacher that is strict, and ensures ALL work is conpleted. My oldest is now in Jr high, and has excelled in higher learning classes, which is a direct result of the caring faculty, great learning environment, and teachers at PVE.

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no rating
February 13, 2009
I really disliked Pioneer Valley because my student had a teacher that was rude and was gone at least once a week !

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March 11, 2007
I haven't taken my son to many schools, but I do know that he thinks highly of his teacher, loves to learn, and has many friends. That to me is worth putting up with a few petty rules such as a dress being too long. As far as the staff, they have only been courtesous and respectful to me and my wife.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2007
As the parent of 2 PVE students (3rd & 6th grade, both who have attended since kindergarten) I am very happy with the teachers, staff and parents at PVE. We like the uniforms, makes it easier to get dressed in the morning. I was very surprised to read the bad reviews here. While I know everything is not perfect at PVE (overcrowded, etc.) I can't imagine someone being so disappointed with the school. We are looking to move out of state and I hope we can find another school with staff and teachers as caring as those at PVE.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2007
I have been very happy with the administration, staff and students at PVE. I have been constantly impressed with the dedication the teachers have provided my children through the years. If you are looking for a school with high achievement, look no further, our PVE teachers are top notch with a desire for their students to learn. We couldn't be happier! PVE's PTA and parent support is amazing and continues to radiate through our school. Indeed we do wear uniforms, but quite honestly it is less of a hassle each morning and more cost effective and needless to say, the kids look quite dapper in their red, blue, gray and white!!

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2006
I chose this school because of the high ratings. However, I have never been more afraid for my child's safety and education. The attitude from the faculty is one of aloofness and disregard. I thought the idea of a dress code was great. However, I found out that a female student got in trouble for wearing a skirt that was too long. I have started talking to other parents about these problems. I am going to remove my child as quickly as I can. Don't be surprised if this school makes the headlines

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May 06, 2006
This school has been wonderful to my children, they have really good teachers. The teachers care about the children and help them through troubles the kids might have.

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January 24, 2006
I have two children that attend Pioneer valley and I am very pleased with the academic program that is offered here. They have a great staff and are very welcoming every time I visit. Also, the principal makes the school far above the rest! He is fabulous and keeps things running very well. I can see a brighter future each year as he leads the way.

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July 27, 2005
We have had our daughters at this school for the last 3 years and they have had an excellent education. The teachers they have had worked one on one with them in thier problem areas and have listened to our suggestions concerning their learning process. While looking for a new home to move to we have been comparing the schools to Pioneer Valley because we want our girls to continue on at another school learning the same great education that they have been learning for the past 3 years. The staff has been friendly and is very cooperative with all situations also.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2004
I continue to be very pleased with the faculty supporting our school. My grand daughter is currently finishing up her kindergarten year with Mrs. Nykriem. The class has been a delight for the students and for myself; as a once a week onlooker and helper as needed. Mrs. Nykriems enthusiasm, high energy level, teaching skills and warm personality endear her to parents and students alike. She provides a warm inviting grandmotherly presense while maintaining classroom order and high student achievement levels. Students who love coming to school and enjoy their teacher are eager to learn. Mrs. Nykriem provides the warm rich atmosphere these young minds need to thrive in. School enrichments offered here such as having an author visit, donuts with Dad, muffins with Mom, holiday and fundraising events all well supported by the Principal and asst. Principal. Help make this school an excellent learning experience and solid educational foundation.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2003
I am a Grandparent parenting a returning student to Pioneer Valley . Having just come out of the EECAP program there for the past 2 School years. I have had the opportunity to interact with several faculty members who truly care about the students individually. Ms. Spruell and Ms. Richison layed the best foundation for education any parent could hope for. When I mentioned in passing that Amanda would like to learn to dance ,I recieved a call from one of the Schools faculty. Telling me how ,where, & when I could find reasonably priced dance clases for a 4 yr. old. Classes that Amanda continues to take. The teachers spent time talking & LISTENING to the kids & reported regularly & acurately the progress, needs, or secret 'worlds' not always reported at home i.e. favorite [ girl friend in class, favorite boy etc. ]. Parent & family member participation is strongly encouraged & appreciated ! My grand daughter always looked forward to going to school. This year, to date we have met with her Kindergarten teacher for the 2003-2004 School year. Amanda was put through her entry 'tests' by the warmest kindest Teacher. Mrs. Nykreim had projects for the parent to do while the student tested. { Very refreshing }. She also sent home EARLY school 'homework' for parent & child to do together each day, like an advent calendar leading up to the first day of class. Counting, number recognition & writing practice. Amanda is thrilled to have homework - that means she's BIG. She also sent home a shoe box for the student to decorate & keep for future 'reading' booklets that would be coming home. I was pleased to see the continuing effort toward solid reading skills that were already begun in their preschool there continuing. The principal is personable & the teachers care! I am very pleased to have a student attending Pioneer Valley. And very pleased with the student uniforms as a dress code.

- submitted by a parent
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Pioneer Valley Elementary School
7315 Eustis Hunt Rd, Spanaway, WA  98387
(253) 683-8900
Last modified Pioneer Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pioneer Valley Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top