School Profile

Pioneer Preparatory School: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Phoenix, Arizona’s Maryvale neighborhood serving grades K–6.

As a school community we work as a team to ensure that each child enjoys, honors and benefits from his/her experiences as a student at Pioneer Preparatory School CFA. The experiences here serve as some of the finest opportunities available in any public school. At Pioneer, the overall atmosphere for learning is everyone’s responsibility—staff, scholars and families—working together. Learning can only take place when scholars, teachers, administrators and families work together toward establishing a positive learning environment.

Pioneer Preparatory School is a Title I school. We are identified to receive Title I funding based on free and reduced lunch percentages. Schools that have 40% or more of their students receiving free or reduced lunch receive Title I funding. Our school is rated a letter grade of a B for the 2018.19 school year! The staff, students, and families work very hard to overcome the achievement gap! Our data shows they are succeeding.

Being a Title I school means receiving federal funding (Title I dollars) to supplement the school’s existing programs. These dollars are used for:
– Identifying students experiencing academic difficulties and providing timely assistance to help these student’s meet the State’s challenging content standards.
– Purchasing supplemental staff/programs/materials/supplies
– Conducting parental Involvement meetings/trainings/activities
– Recruiting/Hiring/Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers

Pioneer is part of a Schoolwide Program. A schoolwide program means that the Title program serves all children in the school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall Schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in core subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need.

A target school program serves students who are identified as most at risk for not meeting the state academic standards. The program targets resources only to those students most at risk academically. Professional development is provided to those working with the identified group.

Pioneer set aside 1% of the Title I budget for parental involvement. All Title I schools emphasize bringing in parents as academic partners and each school receives funding to further this partnership. To learn more about your school’s Title I program and specific parent involvement opportunities, please take a look at our webpage.

Welcome Parents! If your child has just enrolled in any of the above schools, please review your rights as a parent at a Title I school and some of the exciting services that will be available for your child. Please visit our school website. We look forward to working with you and creating a partnership that will guarantee your child’s success.

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of Pioneer Preparatory School: A Challenge Foundation Academy is to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum with balanced support from staff, teachers, family, and community – providing scholars with the knowledge and wisdom to be self-sustaining members of our society. Scholars will meet and exceed academic standards ensuring their success as life-long learners.

At Pioneer Prep CFA, we believe that “Together, Each Achieves More” (T.E.A.M.), and that all children can grow, learn, and achieve.


Pioneer Prep CFA was founded in 2009 to provide high-quality school choice opportunities to the underserved Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. We began in leased space in the Boys & Girls Club with 80 students in grades K–2, and moved in 2010 to our current facility in Maryvale.

Now serving grades K-6, Pioneer Prep CFA is a proud member of TeamCFA, a growing network of quality charter schools in three regions across the country. Our schools bring quality school choice to the communities and families we serve. We invite you to learn more about our network at


  • Race: 95% Hispanic/Latino; 2.5% African-American; 2.5% White
  • Socioeconomic Status: 94% Free/Reduced Lunch
  • Language Status: over 65% of Pioneer Prep CFA students are identified English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Special Education: 14% of students qualify for special education services
  • Number of students: 643
  • Average Class Size: 23

Statement of Purpose

Pioneer Preparatory School will provide parents the choice of curriculum and higher expectations of involvement. Parents are expected to be involved in their child’s education, and assist with class needs, as able.  The students and their families living in Arizona will have the option of choosing a school that requires a commitment of students, parents and all staff members in the form of a contract. The Board feels it’s sending an important message in that every stakeholder accepts and signs a contract of responsibility and commitment.

The Core Knowledge Sequence, the main component of our curriculum, is aligned with the Arizona State Academic Standards and was carefully chosen to enable parents to guide their children towards a higher level of academic achievement. We believe that if all children have a solid base of knowledge early on that the academic achievement level will be in place to attend college. It is our goal to provide a school that accommodates parents’ work schedules as well as a rigorous academic program for their children.