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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
It is one of the best schools. I am very blessed to have my son study in that school.
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.
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.
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.
I student taught at this school and the atmosphere was incredibal. Very positive staff. In it to help the children.
Poor math curriculum compared to the same grade in other schools, which are already teaching multiplication and division in the second grade.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent school... amazing teaching staff that really cares about the kids. Exemplary program in writing, but good math teaching, as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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