About Our School
Pioneer Middle School is the first middle school in TUSD to be recognized as both a National and California Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage School (1 of 275 middle schools were recognized across the nation in 2019). In addition to these first time recognitions, Pioneer was also named an International Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) Middle School (2008-2018), a California Gold Ribbon School (2015), an Apple Distinguished School (2016), a California Distinguished School (2013), an AVID Highly Certified School (2011-2018), a Scholar School by the California Business Education of Excellent (CBEE) (2012-2018), and ranked number one, number two, and in the top ten best schools in Orange County by the OC Register for three consecutive years.
Over the past eight years, Pioneer has trained over 250 educators in the PLC process, the establishment of tutorials, the creation of a Pyramid of Intervention (POI), the integration of technology, and the review and sharing of common assessments. Pioneer Middle School continues to rank in the top 3% of all middle schools across the nation! This success is the direct result of effective and innovative practices that motivate students to learn and excel. Pioneer’s passion for student achievement along with collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking are consistently practiced for our Wildcats! Professional readings from Dweck's Growth Mindset, Reeves, Fast Grading, Vatterott's Rethinking Grading, and Jensen's Teacher with Poverty in Mind are indicators of a group of professionals that are committed with an intense focus on building a continuous learning community.
Tracey Vander Hayden