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Ponderosa Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 545 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 5, 2014

My child attended Ponderosa from Kindergarten through 5th grade, and enjoyed every single moment of it. From the principal, Mrs. Jackson--who is a consummate professional with a loving heart and kind ear-- to all of the devoted and dedicated teachers, I simply could not have asked for better than what I found in this school. The teachers genuinely care about the academic success of each and every student, not just a select few. Whether your child needs additional support in their studies or desire a more rigorous academic challenge, most of the teachers will do what it takes to meet your child's needs. There is a strong PTA presence that strives to enrich the social and cultural side of the school in addition to providing much needed fundraising efforts. Although this is Mrs. Jackson's last year (2014) as Principal, there is a lot of optimism and confidence in the new principal, Mrs. Meltzer, an individual in her own right who is highly respected and regarded. My daughter's experience at Ponderosa was better than what other school districts or private schools offered and if I had to do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

My daughter finished her Kindergarten in Ponderosa, and it was a great year for her at school. Her Kindergarten Teacher for always very responsive, and addressed my daughter's academic, social as well as artistic needs. The Principal is very approachable, and dedicated to the school programs. The PTA group does a great job in supporting various events, and communication with parents is great. I will definitely recommend the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

I'm very happy with Ponderosa. I have two daughters my oldest one has been going there for 4 years and youngest one for 2 years. So far I have liked all of there teachers. I like Mrs. Jackson I think she does a GREAT JOB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

My daughter just started her kindergarten here at Ponderosa. She loves it ! Her teacher is very caring for her students. We are happy at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

My child has been attending Ponderosa school since last three years and we are very pleased with his progress. Overall, he is very happy in the school especially when we moved him from Challenger school. Teachers pay attention on a 1:1 basis and get parents involved when needed. Staff and principal is very supportive to innovative ideas (in the time of budget crisis) and implement those ideas. We are fortunate to be in the neighborhood of Ponderosa school. I will highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

It is one of the best schools. I am very blessed to have my son study in that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

My son went to this school and i can say this is one of the best school he has attended.The teachers here are great and principal is very very experienced.This school has played a major role in developing neighbourhood areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

I think it's a great school. The language curriculum is fantastic! Teachers are very educated and caring. It's very easy to meet and talk with them. All the parents know each other and the kids. Our new principal is very strong and the PTA is excellent. We have lots of events and activities going on. I'm happy that my son attends Ponderosa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

I have had 4 children enrolled at Ponderosa and know most of the teachers there. We have had our children in 3 different elementary schools over the years. The teachers at Ponderosa are exceptional. One of our children was struggling academically when we moved to the area. The teachers at Ponderosa have made a tremendous difference in his performance and adademic confidence. I can't praise them enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

I student taught at this school and the atmosphere was incredibal. Very positive staff. In it to help the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2006

Poor math curriculum compared to the same grade in other schools, which are already teaching multiplication and division in the second grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2006

My daughter is in Ponderosa Grade 1. I am happy with the teachers but I feel that studetns are capable of much more than they asked to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

I am very pleased with the quilty of teaching at ponderosa. It is a great place for children to learn and thrive.The school over all is a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2005

My two kids went to ponderosa and we are very happy with the school.Excellent school. Very caring teaches. It's very safe school also. I like reading program the best. Math and science is excellent. So many different fun program during school year and PTA is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

Excellent school... amazing teaching staff that really cares about the kids. Exemplary program in writing, but good math teaching, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

Ponderosa is a wonderful school. The teachers truly care about their students and have year around functions for families and students giving it a real sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

My son goes to Ponderosa (3rd grade). Our experience with Ponderosa has been very good. They seem to focus on academics and their math and science curriculum is good. They are little on the lighter side as far as extracurricular activities are concerned. My sone enjoys going to Ponderosa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2005

Good school. Teachers are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

My daughter transferred from Benjamin Cory Elementary and the quality of education she is now receiving is monumenmtal. The environment at Ponderosa made the transition into the 3rd grade very easy for her and she has really excelled, and even receiveed a superstar award for reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2004

A very caring and nurturing school. I was so pleased, and pleasantly surprised when I moved from Massachussets. I had heard horror stories about California public schools, but could not have been more surprised. The faculty works very hard, and they are supported by very understanding staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

851

Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

851

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females67%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females60%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females74%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females81%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner69%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females82%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females79%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females78%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females80%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner61%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females73%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 35%
Asian 30%
White 25%
Black 3%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
English language learners 40%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone: (408) 423-4000

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