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Mission

Pioneer Academy provides young people with a challenging, creative, and caring academic environment that values social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and artistic exploration. Our mission is to create an environment that inspires innovation and focuses on the development of awareness and compassion for others. 

 
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PHILOSOPHY

Every child comes into the world with his or her own individual perspective, ability and personality – learning and growing in unique ways. With this understanding in mind, Pioneer is committed to developing each child's human potential in a way that works for them individually.

We believe young people learn best when they are actively engaged in their education, responsible and aware of their personal growth, and comfortable with themselves, their teachers, and their peers. To find balance in themselves and develop respect for their world, children must learn about themselves, their boundaries, and how they think and feel - and to explore the reasons why. A child's personal, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social-emotional selves are all taken into consideration during their learning at Pioneer Academy. Continue Reading


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VIDEOS BY PIONEER STUDENTS

I AM HUMAN:

"This student generated video supports our inquiry into the question: Who am I? After many discussions and assignments, students wanted to explore their thoughts and feelings a little deeper than expected. We concluded that although our feelings of fear, anger, joy, sorrow, and happiness may sometimes seem to isolate us, ultimately they are all passing feelings and we all share them together as human beings."