Telling Our Story

Communicating Pioneer Academy’s story entails going far beyond just telling it...

Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story; Upper School students at main entrance

Communicating Pioneer Academy’s story entails going far beyond just telling it...

Pioneer Academy is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory day and boarding school located on a state-of-the-art campus in Wayne Township, in Passaic County, NJ.

Since its founding in 1999, Pioneer Academy has dedicated itself to and successfully established a tradition of quality in rigorous and ethics-driven college-preparatory education of students from Pre-K through Grade 12.

Pioneer Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution.


Pioneer Academy fosters an inclusive environment, with state-of-the-art facilities, for students to grow in knowledge through a rigorous curriculum grounded in ethical principles and multicultural awareness, inspired by engaging faculty.


We aim to inspire curious, creative, compassionate, and committed global citizens through intellectual growth and personal excellence within an ethical framework. We celebrate the pursuit of knowledge as inseparable from the development of character.
We at Pioneer Academy celebrate the pursuit of knowledge as inseparable from the development of character. 

Core Values

Our philosophy of education is purpose-driven: it is enabled by curiosity, creativity, compassion, and commitment, empowered by empathy, ethics, and community, open to everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity, or national origin.


We at Pioneer Academy are convinced that curiosity develops best when students are unafraid and rigorously encouraged to ask questions and engage in rational and civil discourse with both self and community. 

We believe that dedicated, skilled, and inspiring teachers, coaches, and mentors foster within students a commitment to learning and inquiry as well as a self­-directed motivation that will lead them to achieve excellence in all their future endeavors and impact in their communities.


Our conviction is that creativity begets innovation and is born of respect for others and our shared differences. Leveraging our students’ unique experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, strengths, and learning styles to unlock and spark creativity requires a learning environment that promotes problem solving, collaboration, and 22nd-century skills, but also one where students feel secure and confident enough to embark on the road less traveled or to take an unknown cognitive path, in their quest for knowledge or impact.


We act with empathy, caring for our communities and the world. We are kind and thoughtful. We hold that students and children naturally possess the capacity for empathy and that empathy can be a path towards academic and career success. At Pioneer, we thus prioritize teaching what empathy means and emphasize awareness and the practiced consideration of others’ perspectives and differences of opinion, background, or worldview. Students who cultivate and practice empathy have the humility, courage, and insight to embrace others’ ideas and unique perspectives in the communities they intersect.


Commitment is expressed in many ways at Pioneer Academy. We understand that the pursuit of knowledge and truth advances through honesty, respect, responsibility, and resilience. Our school is a learning environment where students’ principled engagement with self, with others, and with society is brought to life by discipline, hard work, and tenacity.  Our students are inspired and committed to learning and to ethical principals because we foster their agency––not only in their own self improvement, growth, and success––but that of their fellow classmates and citizens, their surrounding communities, and the world at large.

Honor Code

Pioneer Academy’s scholastic community is defined by and built upon a foundation of mutual trust, honesty, and integrity, as expressed within the Honor Code, a pledge that students sign upon matriculation and periodically reaffirm each academic year.

As a member of Pioneer Academy:
I will let my moral compass and conscience guide my daily participation and contributions at Pioneer.

I consider ethics and honesty as the foundation of our shared community: I hereby pledge my conscience and integrity to the Pioneer Academy community, and similarly expect that my classmates do the same, in keeping with Pioneer’s Four Pillars––Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion, and Commitment.

I shall neither give nor receive any unauthorized aid, assistance, or advantage, as defined by my teachers, faculty, and administration, both explicitly and implicitly, from any source, with respect to school work, homework, exams, papers, or any other school matter or academic endeavor, whether scholarly, extracurricular or athletic.

I shall neither steal nor violate other persons or their property, whether in the academic setting or not, whether intellectual or material.

On all my work, the signature of my name reaffirms my honor and continuous commitment to this pledge.