School Details

Pioneer Charter School

3230 East 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
(303) 329-8412
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-7 393 students 16 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

32%
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51%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
27%
51%
70%
27%
56%
73%
8%
36%
51%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
58%
72%
33%
52%
68%
22%
42%
53%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
39%
53%
71%
18%
44%
65%
24%
38%
56%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
52%
65%
39%
55%
70%
6%
31%
49%
23%
45%
57%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
46%
51%
66%
34%
49%
69%
18%
25%
47%
28%
45%
60%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
52%
62%
33%
57%
73%
45%
48%
58%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
36%
51%
63%
33%
50%
71%
30%
47%
62%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
46%
55%
32%
52%
68%
34%
49%
61%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
39%
52%
27%
47%
67%
23%
34%
52%
36%
42%
56%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pioneer Charter School is a charter middle school in Denver. The principal of Pioneer Charter School is Dorothy Ward, whose e-mail is dorothy_ward@dpsk12.org. 393 children attend Pioneer Charter School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 90% of the 393 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pioneer Charter School is 16:1. Wyatt-Edison Charter Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 14%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 3%
Multiracial 0.3% 3%
Asian 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm very excited to see that a new administrator has been placed at PCS. As a former teacher at PCS I witnessed so many challenges and problems that were not being addressed. The achievement level was so low. It was frustrating to be in the classroom and not have the support I needed to help these children gain necessary skills and knowledge for their grade level. We spent so much time in meetings on topics that were never put into practice. Knowing what I do about the school I would never send my own child there. I often think of my former students and hope that they are able to succeed with the rocky start that PCS has given them. The PCS community needs a strong leader that is very knowledgable about elementary education and language acquisition. Good luck to the new principal. There is a lot of work ahead.

  • (6 years ago)

    Pioneer Charter is a great school! The teachers have really gone out of thier way to help my student. The principal always takes time to meet with me if I have questions. My student loves going to school at Pioneer.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a staff member of Pioneer Charter School I am saddened to see some of the postings about such a great school. Our administration strives for the best an so sometimes that means that teachers have to move on. Our administration is in no way inept but rather driven and focused on what is best for our students. Our principal absolutely has the character it takes to lead a community of learners and is doing exactly that. I am proud to be a staff member at Pioneer Charter School and truly believe that it is a great place for kids! I know that Pioneer only accepts the best of the best and that is what our students deserve. Pioneer is 'Denver's Best Kept Secret' because we do what is best for kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    The previous post is quite misleading. Turnover teacher is high at Pioneer however it has nothing to do with Pioneer 'not settling for the average teacher.' This statement makes it sound like administration is getting rid of unqualified teachers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Practically all of my former colleagues who have left Pioneer (and there are over 50 now) have done so strictly because of the inept administration and not the students/parents. I know of only two teachers who were asked to leave. This current administration rather than getting rid of unqualified teachers is driving highly qualified teachers away from the school. I can't think of any other district that would allow the amount of teacher turnover that is allowed at this school without serious repurcussions for the admnistration. But as the slogan of Pioneer says 'Pioneer Denver's Best Kept Secret.' Unfortunately quite true.

  • (6 years ago)

    Pioneer charter school continues to be a school worth avoiding. The principal is a poor example to the community and students when you consider the way she treats her staff and dominates the students. She simply does not have the character it takes to lead a community of learners. The unfortunate effect of this is that the students suffer. They suffer academically because talented teachers can't be expected to work in that environment. More importantly they suffer economically because they may never recover from the acheivement gap they are dealt due to the poor curriculum and will face a bleak future career wise. Sending your child to PCS should not be considered at least not if you consider your child's education to be important.

  • (6 years ago)

    Pioneer Charter School is indeed a great school. The administation and personnel strive for academic excellence. The teacher turnover rate has been high in prior years as PCS cannot and will not settle for the average teacher but is only looking for those with the drive and dedication it takes to work with second language learners. PCS is not for everyone only the best. Many that have left Pioneer Charter do see that the grass is not always greener and many desire to return to Pioneer Charter. PCS has had teachers that have left for personal reason nothing to do with administation. Pioneer Charter has developed structure that many are not used to. It is a safe environment for students families and staff. PCS has a very welcoming environment one that the community takes full advantage of.

  • (6 years ago)

    My students have been at Pioneer Charter for 4 years so far and it has been an outstanding experience. The school has great curriculum and teachers. My students are above grade level in math and reading due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers. I highly recommend sending your students to Pioneer!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school moving forward in the right direction. The building is well-kept students are happy and teachers really care! State scores aren't everything; they have quality after-school programming and continue to move in the right direction. 4-stars to a great school.

  • (7 years ago)

    A couple of years ago I was a student from Denver University who volunteered at Pioneer Charter School. I remember walking into the building and immediately noticing a chaotic and unruly atmosphere. After a few weeks into my classroom experiences I was appalled at the low level of achievement. As a parent of a bilingual child I would never consider sending my daughter to this confusing school with such low standards for their students. It was such a disappointment.

  • (7 years ago)

    In the 6 years of data available from the Colorado Department of Education website 45 teachers have left this school since the current principal has taken over. Although Pioneer is a charter school it has no curriculum theme whatsoever. Due to its status as a charter school DPS has forgotten all about it and has allowed the principal to have carte blanche regarding all decisions made about the school. Abhorrent administration. /

  • (7 years ago)

    My children attended Pioneer several years ago before I pulled them out. I had thought that a charter school would be a great opportunity for them but it turned out to be a major disappointment. First of all a majority of the teachers were very young and inexperienced. The school has an extremely high rate of teacher turnover which seems to show me there is something wrong with how it is run. That kind of inconsistency cant be good for the kids. Test scores don't seem to be going up. There was no parental involvement and there were a lot of discipline problems. There were mornings my kids didnt even want to go to school. If this charter thing isn't working by now it'll never work. Send your kids somewhere else in DPS.

  • (8 years ago)

    Through my experience at Pioneer Charter School I think that it doesn't matter how much training and how many grants they receive. Since the beginning there hasn't been any follow-through. It's hard to make a school work when half of the staff leaves every year. It takes a lot of hard work to turn a failing school like PCS around. It's one thing to get new programs and grants and quite another to put them into practice. I don't think they have an administration with the right background or expertise to do this regardless of the money and help they get. I think the only answer is to close it down or turn it back into a normal school with the backing of the district. Why take a gamble on a whole population of students' futures?

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