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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
    C-
Pioneer High School is a highly rated, public school located in San Jose, CA. It has 1,600 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.

Pioneer High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1220
405 responses
Average ACT
29
130 responses
AP Enrollment
35%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$133,117
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,422
National
$949
Median Home Value
$975,549
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 106 responses
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  • Rallies
    27%
  • Mustang Madness
    19%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Dances
    9%
  • Drama performances
    9%
  • Art show
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,600
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$92,550
Teachers in First/Second Year
17%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 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
$14,812/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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Pioneer High School Reviews

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In terms of quality of education, teachers were alright. Teachers in the Advanced Placement classes were cheerful and passionate most of the time, but teachers in the regular classes seemed uninterested in both students and the subject. The environment was very plain, with mostly concrete and only a few trees. There was one big grass field but everyone has those. The buildings were uninteresting brick and kind of poorly maintained. Food from the cafeteria was almost like dog food sometimes. There was very little school culture and spirit. Parent involvement was lacking. Clubs, activities, and sports were great.
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Many of the teachers are very good and care for their students. Administration is good too, always willing to help. Music department could use some revamping, especially orchestra. More school activities would be nice, especially volunteering opportunities. There are many clubs on campus, but most of them do not do much service, etc. But the wellness center is a nice addition, and a great space for students to learn about stress-management and mental health.
Pioneer High School saw a lot of changes over the 4 years I attended it. The administration is stronger now, and better at fixing issues as they arise. They don't try to hide the flaws with the school, and instead involve students and families in making the school better.
On average, the teachers are fairly good. Some teachers however, are not well equipped to be teaching, but teach there anyways. The school needs to look to help advocate for students under these teachers. The biggest flaw in the administration is not advocating for these students. I often felt that as a student, I was on my own handling these difficult teachers. The administration often said that there was nothing they could do about it.
Diversity is lacking and not a priority.