Through rigorous core, honors, and elective curricula that are equal parts challenging and inspiring, as well as a diverse array of extracurricular opportunities in the form of clubs, activities, the arts, athletics, and service-learning immersion experiences both locally and internationally, Pioneer Upper School students embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth.
Ultimately, the Upper School’s commitment to challenging curricula, innovative pedagogy, self-directed learning, and support of student path-finding and well-being creates an inclusive, holistic, and resource-rich environment where all students can grow intellectually, ethically, individually, and socially.
As they transition from children into teenagers during this crucial phase of their intellectual, social-emotional, and ethical growth, Upper School students at Pioneer are supported in the development of their intellectual curiosity and subject-matter knowledge, areas of specialization or interest, and capacity for empathy and civic engagement.
Pioneer Academy Upper School empowers students to cultivate the ability to think critically, create, communicate, collaborate, investigate, lead and serve society both confidently and effectively in meaningful ways for success throughout their lives.
We facilitate and cultivate our students’ independence, mutual respect, resilience, and passion for learning, achievement, and real-world impact.
The Upper School’s legacy of catalyzing young leaders of the future, of college-preparatory excellence, and dedication to fostering student confidence and curiosity has yielded increasingly impressive college admissions results, with graduates placing in the best universities around the country.
Explore Upper School
Our rigorous graduation requirements, which set higher academic expectations than at most comparable high schools, ensure that all students take an appropriate load of college-preparatory courses each year. External exams, which include AP, PSAT, and SAT, recognize students’ academic ability and achievement.Learn More
Pioneer’s college counseling process begins in the junior year and is organized around regular individual conferences with students, with students and their parents, group counseling, and both individual and group meetings with local, regional, and national college admissions officers including campus visits.Learn More
Our STEAM Education is based on strategies designed to engage students in learning at high standards, including academically based community service, civic education, environmental education, place based learning, service learning, and work-based learning.Learn More
Clubs & Activities
We believe that access to quality extra curricular activities is integral to shaping the overall educational experience of each student. When Pioneer Academy students take advantage of our broad extracurricular program, they learn time management and commitment skills necessary to participate in a club or sport.Learn More