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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Pioneer High School is a highly rated, public school located in San Jose, CA. It has 1,574 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.
Address
1290 Blossom Hill Rd.
San Jose, CA 95118
Telephone
(408) 535-6310
Website

Pioneer High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1210
278 responses
Average ACT
28
103 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$90,303
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,689
National
$949
Median Home Value
$658,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Rallies
    29%
  • Mustang Madness
    18%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Dances
    10%
  • Drama performances
    9%
  • Art show
    7%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,574
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,156
Teachers in First/Second Year
17%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,403/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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Pioneer gathers students from Almaden Valley and around the surrounding area. White supremacists have existed on campus, however they are stifled into obscurity as others attempt to gain admissions into top colleges. This is usually very rare as the teaching staff are not all excellent: math courses lack teachers who are adept at teaching and knowledgeable about their subject. The college and career center will not aid efforts to reach Ivy Leagues or top 100 schools, everything relies solely on the student's effort and drive to succeed.
The administration does their best to support students and continuously gets better every year. They are enthusiastic about providing the best education and take threats to the student body very seriously. AP tests are subsidized if the student fills out a Free Lunch Program form, reducing the hefty price tag to only $5. This encourages students to self-study for AP tests even if they don't take the AP class.
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In my opinion, Pioneer High School is a rather average school. Our school spirit it lacking as no one is really hyped up or willing to attend school events and dances with the exception of some people. Clubs also aren't that big at Pioneer and don't really receive any or enough recognition. Juuls and vaping are also a big issue here but the administration hasn't really done much to help resolve the issue. However, people are pretty friendly and I haven't really seen too many fights occur in the four years that I've attended Pioneer. For the most part, Pioneer is pretty safe school. Academically, we have a balance of good and bad teachers here. The amount of knowledge a student obtains really depends on the teacher. The academic counselors aren't that helpful but they can help answer some questions about college. Overall, I've had a decent experience at Pioneer. I can't say that I hate the school, but I can't say that I've loved it all that much either.
Pioneer is an average school with nothing special to offer. Its music program is a sham, with a teacher who has no idea how to teach. There is no choir, as the school refuses to hire a new teacher. The math department is a joke- there’s a reason the average sat scores are low in math. The English department isn’t as bad as math, but liberally biased and not a good choice for students gifted in English, as the common core curriculum is designed for the most basic teaching. The food is terrible and unhealthy, and the administration does little to solve huge problems such as 20 year old textbooks and unsanitary bathrooms. There is no school spirit and students are always busy smoking in the bathrooms or getting in fights. Unless you have a passion for drama and want to work with the drama department here, go to Leland- it’s just down the street and does everything better.