The Opportunity to Pursue their Dreams

How Rigorous Instruction Prepares Students for Postsecondary Success at the Pioneer Charter School of Science II

The Pioneer Charter School of Science II —winner of the 2021 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools—was founded out of a deep belief that all students can achieve academic excellence and become successful professionals in today’s competitive world. Since the school received its charter in 2013, it has regularly outperformed state averages in standardized test scores and graduation rates. The school's graduates have gone on to succeed at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. This case study explores how Pioneer educators empower students to set ambitious college and career goals, provide rigorous instruction to make students’ goals a reality, and offer individualized support to ensure that every student has the tools to succeed in a demanding environment.

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