THE PIONEER MODEL

AN EDUCATION FITTING THE 21ST CENTURY

The Pioneer School is a private, non-profit, middle school.  Students do their core classes in the morning on the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) online platform- the same curriculum content offered in public middle school, yet delivered in an online format by Florida's top teachers- supported by Pioneer School tutors.  In the afternoon, we facilitate rich and varying programs such as conversational Spanish, drama/ FL Jr. Thespians, boat building, ‘Brain Hour,’ 4-H, Human Skills, coding, ASL,  public speaking, music and art.  These dynamic learning experiences tie the students’ core studies to relevant life applications and develop their skills in leadership, citizenship, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, technology, and practical life responsibilities. We prepare our students for the selective and competitive programs in county high schools, such as IB/AICE, career academies, and arts programs.  At Pioneer, we honor the sensitive period of both physical and social & emotional growth during the adolescent years and use best practices in education to deliver a meaningful, relevant and deeply experiential learning journey to our students. The success of students at The Pioneer School is ensured by and dependent upon the three-way support of the student between the student's parents/guardians, FL Virtual School Instructors, and The Pioneer School staff - all of which maintain a high level of communication with one another.

The Pioneer School is non-sectarian. We have representatives from varied religions and beliefs in our student body and faculty and expect all students and members of the school community to respect the personal beliefs and convictions of others, knowing that they may be very different from their own.

All employees and agents of a public school district, charter school or private school have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. Failure to report misconduct may result in penalties up to termination of employment and revocation of an educator’s certificate. Misconduct includes: obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accept or offer favors. In the case of misconduct, please notify: Sam Turner, The Pioneer School Board President, 904-907-7844.