About Us

Our Mission

We believe that students who will meaningfully impact society throughout their lives need personalized, guided educational experiences that inspire them to explore, to question, and to generate and test their own ideas. Pioneer Academics® offers these experiences.

Our mission is to transcend cultural, geographic and socioeconomic barriers to educational engagement. That’s why we select student cohorts that bring together ideas and perspectives from diverse cultures and geographies. Such peer interaction challenges stereotypes, augments creativity, and heightens students’ awareness of the global community in which we live. Pioneer also transcends socioeconomic barriers by offering verifiable-need-based scholarships to outstanding students. This initiative enables more students to engage in in-depth exploration of their academic interests under the mentorship of thought leaders than would otherwise be possible..

Our Vision

We will improve the current academic culture by creating educational experiences that are inspiring and life-changing, that unlock students’ curiosity and creativity, and that involve international peer engagement encouraging students to challenge preconceived notions and embedded stereotypes.

Our Social Mission

To transcend cultural, geographic and socioeconomic barriers to educational engagement.

A Public Benefit Corporation

Our social mission is to transcend cultural, geographic and socioeconomic barriers to educational engagement. As part of our social mission, Pioneer Academics dedicates funds every year to need-based scholarships for students to participate in the Pioneer Research Program.

Our Team

Founder and Program Director
Founding Director, Outreach and Communications
International Partnership Manager

Founding Advisors

Why Is Pioneer So Respected?

Pioneer has developed a rigorous pedagogical system with collegiate academic oversight. Through the highest standards, Pioneer sets authentic transparency of each young scholars’ level of accomplishment with the most selective college and universities.

Letter to counselors:

Dear counselor/educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by a (principled or high-minded) ethics code and an initial thorough admission process. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link [link to academics page] to learn more about the academic system.

Link to the academic system: Academic quality control and academic oversight Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests [Link to the ethics: ]

Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

[Link to the article about the partnership]

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring authentic field interest and a correct priority of applicants. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. [Link to admissions page: Professor-blind admission policy]

On this page, we have assembled the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Program director