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Pioneer Elementary

About Our School

Patrick Murphy, Superintendent

Joel Lang, Principal

Our school is located on the corner of Carlyon Avenue and Henderson Boulevard near Olympia High School. Our service area reaches out to several neighborhoods of southeast Olympia. Because of this proximity, Pioneer is truly a neighborhood school. Safe walking conditions allow many of our students to walk or ride bikes to and from school. Buses and parents transport the rest of our students. 
Pioneer School was remodeled in 2007. The remodel included 16 new classrooms, 2 kindergarten classrooms, library with vaulted ceiling space, administration area and a covered entry to the school. Pioneer Elementary School now has wireless Internet access.

Teachers emphasize a strong foundation in a basic skills curriculum. Students often work in cooperative groups with each individual held accountable for learning and work completion. Healthy social/emotional development is also a priority at Pioneer. We are focused on our work as a professional learning community. Part of that work is to fully implement PBIS strategies that promote a solid foundation and set of expectations for our students. Our school-wide efforts on P.A.W.S. (Practice Responsibility, Act Safely, Work with Courage and Show Respect) are important to our collective success.

We enjoy a strong, positive partnership between parents, staff and students where all are valued and respected. We share a focus on serving our learning community so that Pioneer will be a trusting and collaborative community that develops life-long, self directed learners.



2022-23 School Facts

Based on the October 2022 enrollment report, there were 381 students enrolled at Pioneer Elementary.


The OSPI Report Card captures data for all enrolled students as of October 1 of each year. This total number DOES NOT provide a complete count of students Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) which districts receive funding. For additional resources on enrollment reporting and FTE calculations visit Washington OSPI Enrollment ReportingOpening in a new windowOpening in a new window.



Hispanic/Latino of any race(s)   
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 
Black/African American 2.2% 
Two or More Races


Student Demographics

Male students 55.6%
Female students 43.8%
Gender X 0.5%
Special Education 17.8%


Teacher Information


  • Number of classroom teachers: TBD
  • Average years of teacher experience: 18.4
  • Teachers with at least a Master's Degree: 76.7%



2022-23 District Operating Budget





Building Administration
$10,620,504 6.42%
Maintenance & Operations   $10,667,395 6.44%
District Support
$5,113,296 3.09%
$4,832,295 2.92%
Technology $2,072,858 1.25%
Utilities & Insurance $5,034,198 3.04%
Food Service
$4,206,291 2.54%
Other $195,070 0.12%
Total Expenditures $165,535,574 100.00%




$31,547,262 19.42%
Federal   $13,996,756 8.62%
Other Sources                          
$511,105 0.31%
Total Revenue $162,433,780 100.00%

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program

Washington students participate in state tests annually to assess their progress as well as the progress of our educational system as a whole.

Our state uses the Smarter Balanced assessment system, aligned to Washington’s K-12 Learning Standards. The scores below represent the percent of students meeting standard in three core subjects, ELA, Math, and for grades 5, 8, and 11, Science (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science or WCAS).

2021-22 3rd Grade SBA


2022-23 3rd Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 82.8% 47.2% 47.4%
73.0% 53.3% 47.7%
81.0% 51.3% 49.1%
73.4% 52.9% 50.3%

 2021-22 4th Grade SBA


2022-23 4th Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 77.0% 54.4% 48.9%
79.6% 50.5% 49.0%
64.4% 50.1% 45.5%
63.0% 50.7% 48.2%


 2021-22 5th Grade SBA


2022-23 5th Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 66.7% 55.2% 51.6%
74.4% 57.0% 52.5%
52.4% 40.5% 38.0%
53.3% 43.0% 40.9%
Science 69.8% 59.7% 50.0%   73.3% 57.5% 50.9%


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

MAP is a district assessment that measures a student's developing skills through a series of questions that adapt to the child’s level of learning. Research on MAP indicates the results are highly accurate. The results help teachers measure growth and determine whether a student may need more support or more challenge.


What is the Rasch UnIT (RIT) scale?

When students finish their MAP Growth test, they receive a number called an RIT score for each area they are tested in (reading, language usage, math, or science). This score represents a student’s achievement level at any given moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. The RIT scale is a stable scale, like feet and inches, that accurately measures student performance, regardless of age, grades, or grade level. Like marking height on a growth chart, and being able to see how tall your child is at various points in time, you can also see how much they have grown between tests.

The higher the RIT score, the more achievement the student has in the subject. The student's percentile ranking and conditional growth percentile can show how much the student has achieved in comparison with their peers. You can also refer to the Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions to understand how students are performing relative to other students in the same grade level according to our national norms.


2021-22 Reading


2022-23 Reading 

Our School  
Our District 
National Norm 
  Our School 
Our District 
National Norm 
Kinder 158 155 152   157 156 153
Grade 1 172 172 171   179 173 171
Grade 2
192 186 185   193 190 186
Grade 3
210 200 197   206 201 197
Grade 4
214 209 205   215 208 205
Grade 5
218 214 218   220 216 211

2021-22 Math


2022-23 Math 

Our School  
Our District 
National Norm 
  Our School 
Our District 
National Norm 
Kinder 164 161 156   163 162 157
Grade 1 182 178 175   188 180 176
Grade 2 
199 193 189   196 194 189
Grade 3
212 202 200   206 201 201
Grade 4
215 211 210   215 210 211
Grade 5
222 219 218   221 219 219


Olympia School District Vision

We envision a supportive environment that promotes trust, growth, and achievement of the highest standards. We build our capacity for success through leading-edge programs and operations based on continuous improvement. We have a 100 percent commitment to quality and excellence in all things.


Pioneer Elementary School Mission Statement

Pioneer’s community nurtures and supports each individual to reach full potential by fostering mutual respect, trust, cooperation and a love of learning.


National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey of grade student achievement in core subject areas. NAEP measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. Current state-level results may be viewed here.

To learn more about NAEP, visit this page.



For More Information

If you would like more details about student achievement and demographics, visit the OSPI website and select reports by district or school.

If you would like other information about Pioneer Elementary SchoolOpening in a new window, please call (360) 596-6500.