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Pioneer Elementary

External view of PIE from main entrance with building and entry sign
Pioneer Elementary render
PIE Principal Stephanie Strader addresses audience from podium at ribbon cutting
Superintendent Jarvis with scissors preparing to cut ribbon
Three ribbon cutting ceremony photos (1) board and superintendent at main entrance (2) Superintendent at podium (3) plaque
Hand holding copy of ribbon cutting program
Inside view of hallway and music room
Classroom with table desks and whiteboard
PIE External Main Entrance View
PIE external view from lower parking lot
PIE Aerial 1/22/21
PIE Library
Staff member observing gym from baselinee
View of play area at Pioneer with play structure and mat floor
PIE Main Office Space
Wood ceiling of commons areae with lights, and walls with blue and green accents

In June 2019, the district finalized the purchase of the facility that became Pioneer Elementary from the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound. Minor tenant improvements were made during the summer of 2019 and the facility opened as a district-owned site in August 2019. For the 2019-2020 school year, four 5th grade classrooms from Discovery Elementary and four preschool classrooms were housed in the building.

An approximate 39,000 sq. ft addition was made to the building and existing interior space was modified to create a 30 classroom, full-size elementary school. Pioneer is the ninth elementary school to open in the district.

The Pioneer Elementary School project is the first school completed out of four elementary school construction projects, and six projects overall, funded by the 2019 capital projects bond. The bond was passed by voters, approving school construction to address extreme elementary school overcrowding and other emergency infrastructure needs.  

Pioneer became the first new elementary school to be added to the district in 34 years when it opened for students on January 19, 2021. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on February 24, 2021.

As a magnet school with a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) emphasis, enrollment is open to all students in the district.


Project Information

Photo Albums



Video: Pioneer history and virtual tour





Video: Pioneer Ribbon-Cutting and
Official Opening Recording

Wednesday, February 24 at 11 am


Please enjoy an archived recording of the live stream.

Click here to view the digital program for the event.

Pioneer Ribbon Cutting Program Cover with PIE Logo, PIE Render and Title with Ribbon-Cutting Graphic Theme


Video: Opening Day




Staff First Look



Aerial TimeLapse Social MEdia Feature




video: Pioneer sneak Peek

PIE Sneak Peek from Peninsula School District on Vimeo.


Pioneer Principal Stephanie Strader

I am honored and proud to watch our dreams as a community come to fruition. Every step of the project has been a remarkable experience, as we have been given the freedom to rethink education and create the space in which students get to experience wonder and imagine the possible.

Principal Stephanie Strader


Latest Pioneer Construction News

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Patrick Gillespie
Director of Facilities
(253) 530-3880 

Vicki Smith
Capital Projects Coordinator

Project Management Consultants
Greene Gasaway
Jeff Greene, Calvin Gasaway,
Jesse Ahlberg, Sam Rosendahl