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Our History

"The vision of the Pioneer Programs began in 2001 while I was working with a young boy with autism. It was through working as a special education teacher that I saw there was a whole population of students whose needs were either unknown or unable to be met by their current education programs. I knew there must be a better way.

Autism is a complex developmental disability affecting 1 in 150 individuals. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain and often requires specialized educational methodologies and programming. I set out to create a school with a positive environment and sense of community, where students with various learning needs can be successful socially, emotionally, and academically.

Pioneer Day school opened its doors in 2003 with 1 student.  We have since created a successful program that has improved the lives of hundreds of students and families in our community. I thank all who have contributed to the advancement of our cause and appreciate the continued support for a school where students with unique learning styles can flourish and realize their own potential.  We started our school on the premise that every child can learn to be successful, and we work very hard each and every day to achieve that goal, one student at a time."


James Leiner

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