Pioneer Ridge Middle School


Principal Michael Estes


Assistant  Principal
Nathan Muckey
7th Grade


   Assistant Principal
Gwenn Tauveli
8th Grade

About Pioneer Ridge

Pioneer Ridge opened in the fall of 2000 and houses grades 7-8. Divided into five separate areas, or communities, the 129,000 square foot building includes 66 classrooms, 2 gymnasiums, a commons area, administrative offices, and a science center. The name of the school was selected because it reflects the many pioneers who have been a part of Independence history and for those who will be part of the new century.

Mission Statement

The Pioneer Ridge community will create a supportive environment that embraces involvement of all stakeholders in the educational development of every student. Our success oriented atmosphere focuses on mutual respect and cooperation with the goal of assisting all students in becoming positive, productive, and contributing members of Pioneer Ridge Middle School and society.

CHARACTERplus Traits


AMBITION- to have strong determination to accomplish challenging goals


RESPONSIBILITY- to be accountable for your actions


INTEGRITY- to do the right thing


CITIZENSHIP- to be a productive, responsible member of society


COMPASSION- to understand the challenges of others and to want to do something about it

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Upcoming Events

August 12th  - Back to School

August 17th  - Fall Sports Begin

August 20th  - Open House 6:30pm

September 1st – Fall Pictures

September 7th – No School (Labor Day)

Oct. 15th - Pioneer Ridge Choir Concert at Nowlin 

Lunch Prices


Meal Prices
Elementary Students
Breakfast $1.60
Lunch $2.30
Extra Milk $0.45


Middle and High School Students
Breakfast $1.70
Lunch $2.45
Extra Milk $0.45


Adults and District Staff
Breakfast $2.00
Lunch $2.90


School Information

1656 S Speck Rd
 Independence MO 64057


                      PLEASE NOTE NEW START                      AND END TIMES

   Start: 8:15am
     Dismiss: 3:09pm

Standards-Based Grading

Pioneer Ridge is using Standards-Based grading as a method to better assess and monitoring student learning.  Please refer to our Understanding Standards-Based Grading document to learn more about how student work will be assessed and scored. 

Standards Based Grading in ISD
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Pioneer Ridge Sports
School Bell Schedule
  7th Grade 8th Grade
1st  8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00
2nd  9:04 - 9:49 9:04 - 9:49
3rd  9:53 - 10:38 9:53 - 10:38
4th  10:42 - 11:52 10:42 - 11:27
5th  11:56 - 12:41 11:31 - 12:41
6th  12:45 - 1:30 12:45 - 1:30
7th  1:34- 2:19 1:34- 2:19
8th  2:23 - 3:09 2:23 - 3:09
Box Tops

Pioneer Ridge Middle School is a collection location for Box Tops. Please drop them off in the main office area at any time.