Pioneer School

618 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99037 (509) 922-7818

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Welcome to Pioneer School Website

Serving gifted, talented, and highly capable students

Now Enrolling for 2017/2018 School Year! Call today for your personal tour: 509-922-7818

Located at 618 North Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99037

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Learning Adventure Picture Gallery 2015-2016 - See what we are up to!

School Facts

We are proud of our Math is Cool 4th Grade state champions!

Achievements and Honors

Core Givens

Special Events


Stepping Stone to Higher Education

Our graduates have attended: Whitman, Duke, Princeton, Stanford, Northwestern, Gonzaga, and many other colleges and universities.

Since 1991 the Spokane Scholars Foundation has honored graduating high school students with the highest academic achievements, selecting outstanding students from all area high schools, the following Pioneer Alumni have been honored: (for 7 of the last 8 years at least one Pioneer alumni has been honored)

2009 David Smentek, Gonzaga Prep; 2009 Colleen Culbertson, St. George's; 2009 Allison Roy-Ting, The Oaks

Commitment to a wide variety of quality learning experiences


  • We offer violin, guitar, and piano lessons (at additional cost)
  • group recorder class

Academic Enrichment

  • Chess Club (at additional cost)
  • Math is Cool
  • Computer Science Education

Physical Education

  • Bicycling, Roller Skating, Ice Skating, Gymnastics, Jump Rope, Skiing (For 6 Fridays, school is on the slopes!
  • Cross Country at Mt Spokane & Downhill Ski lessons at Schweitzer.)

Current Topics 2015/2016:

Trees and Plants, Sept-Oct, Pacific Northwest History Nov-Dec., Space Jan-Feb, Authors and Artists, March, and Ocean Life April-May-June

Past Topics have included:

Geology, Pioneers, Human Body, Birds

Birds and Bats, Chemistry, Desert and Polar Regions, the Human Body, Insects, Medieval Times (Castles & Dragons), Native Americans, Other Countries, Our Earth, Pioneers, the Pacific Northwest, Trees and Plants, Rain Forests, Space, Whales & the Sea, Winter Olympics / Geography, Geology, Inventions, the Water Cycle, Weather, Transportation

View our "Whales & the Sea" Research Notecards created by Kindergarten through Grade Five


Pioneer School was built in 1980 - over 36 years of excellence.

We offer...

  • Grades: Pre-K through 5
  • Ages: Young 5-year-olds to 10-years-olds

Pioneer School is committed to serving highly capable students whose primary need is academic stimulation. Pioneer expects to work in partnership with parents who are significantly involved in the education of their children.


The educational philosophy at Pioneer School is based on a thematic approach to education. Every year we choose four to six special topics for in-depth study. Each topic serves as a vehicle for teaching subjects such as Math, Science, Reading, Spelling and Social Studies. It is our belief that standard subjects are more meaningful to students, and skills are more readily acquired, when taught in the context of an interesting theme. It is also our belief that immersion in an area of study allows the students to experience success and the satisfaction of accomplishment as they expend time and effort thoroughly exploring a topic.

Pioneer School is dedicated to making school an exciting place where children enjoy learning. Our thematic approach emphasizes student involvement with hands-on activities and topic-related field trips.

Pioneer School students work through challenges in group settings as well as independently. Some of our projects are short-term, while many continue for the duration of a topic.


Tuition is $8,000 Annual, payable in 10 monthly installments, very reasonable compared to similar schools in the area, limited number of work-trade discounts available.

Pioneer School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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