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9-12
Public district
Parker, CO
Students enrolled: 1,166
 

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7007 East Bayou Gulch Rd
Parker, CO 80134

(303) 387-4000
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April 03, 2015
My oldest son has always had a hard time fitting in because of his intelligence. He has thrived at Ponderosa this Freshman year. He has the most amazing teachers who listen to his needs as long as he voices them. He has a 4.0 GPA and loves the choices he has in classes as well as the teachers. I am looking forward to sending my next 2 kids to this HS as well. I will deal with both the top end and SSN depts. at this HS.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2014
What a horrible experience! So bad that we are pulling our Freshman daughter out to attend another school for the rest of her high school career! Many teachers do not input the students current grades so you never exactly know just where you student stands in their classes. Also the math department is a joke. 5 emails to a certain teacher went unanswered for 5 weeks and only when I phoned the principle did I finally get a response from "the" teacher that addressed nothing that was in my emails. The students are more interested in partying and bullying on-line (via AskFM.com....parents should know if their kids use this site, because it is eye opening!)....I found that there was little focus on college from the students and that the environment was not conducive for learning and not focused on growing healthy students who want to pursue a college education... We are selling our home in Pradera and moving on. I just hope that how ever buys our home does not have children that would be attending Ponderosa....and even though we want to sell our home I cannot in good faith not answer them honestly when they ask about the local high school in their immediate district.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2013
I am so thankful to the staff and administration at Ponderosa for helping my children achieve their dreams! I currently have a Junior at PHS who will have her choice of any college she wishes to attend and is already receiving scholarship offers. I have a child in college who was completely prepared for the rigors of college classes and is ready to move on to medical school. I also have a child in grad school who received a full scholarship to the Air Force Academy and a full scholarship to grad school. Their academic success can be directly attributed to the outstanding teachers at PHS. I highly recommend Ponderosa to all parent and students!

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2012
The teachers at PHS are incredibly supportive of kids and their education. They also support our children emotionally, personally, and futuristically. We couldn't be happier with our experience there.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
I have had many good conversations with teachers and admin at the school. I see lots of parents getting involved in activities. For a school that is shrinking in size due to the new school being opened I see the kids being involved as well. From the Sheriff's reports generated at the school, there are far less criminal incidents at Pondo that the other 2 Parker schools. My son has excelled in this school!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
Ponderosa has a Caring and professional staff, with outstanding athletics and activities. I am a graduate of Ponderosa and give it a 5 out of 5!

- submitted by a community member

April 03, 2011
As an alum of Ponderosa High School, I cannot possibly say enough positive praises about this school. Ponderosa pushed me to excel both academically and in community involvement during my 4 years there, earning me several hundred thousand dollars of scholarships to universities across the U.S., including a full tuition scholarship to the University of Denver. Now that I am out of school and working, I am so grateful to not be burdened by student loan payments. I still remain in contact with some of Ponderosa's top-notch teachers, and would confidently recommend Ponderosa to any student or parent. Don't be fooled by other newer schools in the area- newer does not necessarily mean better. Ponderosa is tried and true, and still offering the best option for academics and extracurriculars in Douglas County... Go Mustangs!

- submitted by a community member

April 01, 2011
This is just a great school, hands down. The AP classes are second to none, and the staff will go out of their way to help students. I would have absolutely no problem recommending this school to anyone looking to send their child to a high performing high school, with great teachers, and great extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
Ponderosa is a great school in a great school district. It is a huge part of the community of Parker.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
Although Ponderosa is the second oldest school in the county, it continues to be one of the best in preparing students for college. PHS has an excellent selection of AP classes and college credit classes. They have a great selection of extra curricular activities, giving students an opportunity to get involved. Their athletic programs are THE best in Parker, garnering 22 state championships, compared to a combined 2 among the other high schools in Parker.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
Ponderosa has a great business department not only offering 13 well designed courses from Microsoft Office to Marketing, but classes such as Entrepreneurship and Multimedia. The Microsoft Office class offers certification in Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. The business department also has the Apple Award winner teacher and all the business teachers have master's degrees.

- submitted by a teacher

April 01, 2011
Both my daughters attend Ponderosa High School as Freshmen. They are excelling in their academic classes. They enjoy their art, choir and PE electives. Both are involved in the after school sports programs. They like their teachers, have challenging curricula and have grow tremendously this past year. In our family we are proud to be Mustangs!!

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
A school with great traditions. Faculty and staff are top notch. Students are prepared for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
Ponderosa has turned out excellent and well prepared students. The variety of classes is great from jewelry, to auto shop, to theater, and a wide range of AP classes. The staff is caring and interested in the students that attend Ponderosa. The office staff is friendly and easy to work with. Ponderosa is a great place to have your students.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
I am in my 13th year working at PHS and this school gets better every year! Both of my children graduated from here. Our administrative team is top notch; they are professional, intelligent, kind, and compassionate and truly care about "what is best for kids". Students are involved in a multitude of exceptional extracurricular activities. All you need to do is drive by the school and you will see cars in the parking lot, well past the end of the school day. Students excel here and go on to be responsible citizens of the world. I am proud to be a part of Ponderosa's family and would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone looking for a safe and nurturing environment where all staff and teachers truly care about how to help all students be successful!

- submitted by a teacher

April 01, 2011
The best overall established school within Douglas County schools!!!! The athletics department is the best overall in the district...still catering to challenging academic requirements! The History of Parker is at Ponderosa!!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
I love working at Ponderosa High School. The kids are great and are truly outstanding in many areas. We have some expert teachers that guide and mentor our future generation to be successful in whatever path they may choose.

- submitted by a teacher

April 01, 2011
Ponderosa has provided a wonderful education for both our children. My eldest transitioned to college and was wonderfully prepared. I am most impressed with the caring teachers who have gone the extra mile for my kids. We currently have one daughter at PHS, she is happy, challenged and thriving. Need I say more?

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2010
I have to agree with the most recent post dated June 8, 2010. My son who is a special needs student has constantly been bullied while attending this school, with no accoutability imposed by the teachers/staff to put a stop to this problem. The schedule my son was given is a repeat of PE (2nd yr) and no foreign language classes (as he is a junior this year) How is that soppose to prepare him for college? When I call to address an issue of any kind the office staff & teachers are rude. (most recently I asked if it was possible to get a schedule change & I was spoken to very rudely by a staff member) It takes an "act of congress" to transfer to another school. We've tried. I wouldn't recommend this school at all, especially if your child goes in with a learning disability/special needs.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2010
Ponderosa is a horrible high school. From expierence, I am lead to believe thier administrative team members have no idea where my child is throughout the day and this causes some viable safety concerns. I went to pick up my student and was told several times she was at lunch. 20 minutes later I found her sitting in one of her classes. That is not even the beginning of it. My student was also sent away (by her treacher) from her scheduled class becasue it was too full. She was then given three PE classes back to back. She only needs one full year to graduate. It supports the view that the school is disorganized and chaotic. The school and staff are ignorant, rude and managed poorly. The athletes are treasured here and everyone else is just a fill in to meet numbers.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2009
I'm a former student currently attending Duke University. That's right, this school got me into the 8th best university in the nation. The best thing about Pondo is the community. Between developing relationships with your teachers and extracurricular activities, if you get involved early and often, this school will give you so much. No, it's not one of the brand-new schools that Douglas County is churning out, but it has a better community because of that.

- submitted by a student

November 13, 2008
A typical 'old school' mentality at Ponderosa High School. The school administrators and counselors are clueless how to deal with kids that are anywhere outside the 'traditional box!' They are a very old fashioned, uptight school with old fashioned ideas, favoring athletes over artists, etc, etc. Most of the parents are all right wing Republicans and don't want to hear any dissenting opinions. They need to update from the top down -- not a contemporary school for today's kids at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 11, 2008
I currently attend Ponderosa High School, and the classes provided are astounding. There is also a wide variety of people, thus no one is left behind. The principal takes his leadership role very well, and even greets his students every morning at the front door. I feel as if the academics are very well balanced with the athletics department. This school is amazing!

- submitted by a student

May 26, 2008
This is a fantastic high school! Both my children currently attend Ponderosa, and are in accelerated classes. Some classes will allow them to obtain college credits in High School. I do not feel athletics are emphasized unduly. I do feel that hard work in the classroom is rewarded. The atmosphere is wholesome, and extracurricular activities are exceptional. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 17, 2008
I am currently attending ponderosa high school and to me it has been very unfair just by who you hang out with and how you dress. There are very few good techears and the ones that are good are great. ponderosa highly favors there athletes over other students

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2007
When I went there it was a top notch school. Academics were decent but I will give an extra plus to the Math department..>I went to a private college and was well ahead of my peers. I played football and baseball and excelled tremendously...the environment for sports used to be one of the best in the state but I have heard a lot of things have changed. There was definitely a lot of pride in the school when i went there....it was second to none.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2007
I have a child with a IEP since 3rd grade. Ponderosa has the worst IEP program I have come across in 4 schools. As a parent I have not recieved any support or help in trying to improve my childs grades. It has gotten so bad I am worried he is giving up hope of succeding,or continuing school.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2007
This is an excellent school. I have three children who went there and from my viewpoint the school is a great place for kids to learn and do all the extra after school activities that High School kids should be involved in. The Theater department is unbelievably talented and skilled with how they put on plays. The choral department is lead by a teacher who is excellent. All the athletics are top notch. As far as academics I suggest that you check out the ratings of the school that is given by the CSAP testing and you will see that PHS ranks one of the highest in the state.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2006
This year(2006) Ponderosa is under the leadership of a new Principal, this is resulting in greater security measures, academic founding, and parental involvement then the last principal could only fathom. The clubs are doing better, mostly, exept for clubs like the speech and debate club and team. From the perspective of an observent Sophmore, Things seem to be improving greatly.

- submitted by a student

November 16, 2006
The school has moved in a very positive direction with a new administration staff. The moral in the school is great and it's a great environment. All schools have their fair share of problems, but this is an ideal high school environment, if your child takes advantage of it as I have!

- submitted by a student

May 12, 2006
Terrible school. Many drug problems in halls/bathrooms. As a teacher who went to apply for a job, I actully caught two kids in a drug related incident. I have sent one kid here, and regret it. The extracurricular activies were very good, but have declined recently. Good teachers are getting few and far between.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2006
The school is pretty crappy. With only a few good teachers, who are growing fewer and fewer every year, your child will learn to hate the school. Its over the line rules push kids to rebel and cause more trouble than neccessary. It has come to a point that the students cant walk down the hallways without being yelled at for not having the correct bathroom pass. If you are on the second floor, you have a different pass than if you were on a the first, 'elliminating' the possibility to be were you arnt sopposed to. Unfortunatly, it doesnt matter what the kids think about this, and for that matter, what the teachers do, since they are not allowed to have there own bathroom passes according to this new rule.

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 25, 2006
Thumbs Up! Great school with great teachers and students.

- submitted by a student

February 03, 2006
high level of academics and expectations, fabulous for sports, not as good for the average to below average student

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2005
My daughter is in her second year. Great sports programs and academics. Studentbody is growing fast which may lead to overcrowding in the future but for now it's fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2005
This school is so fun to attend! Ive had a blast andI hope you will too

- submitted by a student

February 10, 2005
I graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2003. I am currently of Junior level standing at the Colorado School of Mines. I feel that I was far better prepared for my intense academic course load then most of my peers. I also came into college more then a semester ahead. The AP level courses at Ponderosa are awesome. I personally took both AP English courses, AP BC Calculus and AP Physics. I personally feel the AP classes had the best teachers. The spanish department at PHS is also wonderful. Ponderosa has a strong after school activities program. Varsity sports are awesome at Ponderosa, and the coaches really care and put alot of time into their coaching and teaching. I am not a fan of the current principal (she was new my senior year), however, the assistant principals and teachers easily make up for where she is lacking.

- submitted by a student

January 24, 2005
The academic experience I had at Ponderosa was simply inadequate. I have since moved from Colorado and the high school I currently attend is, on the surface, not as well-funded or fortunate as Ponderosa. But I have found my less wealthy, far more security-heightened inner city school's academic aspect much more engaging and quality than that of Ponderosa's. Two areas in particular I was extremely dissatisfied with: the Science and English depts. This school also places too much focus on sports. I am an AP student, in the top 5% of my class of 720+, but my year at Ponderosa was the year I suffered the most, and it still has a scar on my cumulative GPA and academic record. But I will end this on a good note and say that Ponderosa's Spanish dept. was excellent, with Mrs. Stanton being a wonderful teacher, and the band/choir was lovely as well.

- submitted by a student

January 24, 2005
I am a former student. My major issue with this school is the low level of security. Anyone can walk into the building, and there is such a thing as too much freedom for the students. Past events have shown that even in a pretty, framed suburban town the trust can be taken advantage of. I'm not saying install metal detectors or anything, but keep track of the students better. Also, I have heard that the dress code has supposedly been better enforced since I've graduated and I think this is not right considering that in the real world one must present themselves as professional, mature adults, and a habit of dressing respectably should being while in high school at the very latest.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2004
I am a senior at PHS and I love school. The AP program has truly challenged me and I feel very welcomed by all the wonderful teachers we have. I've participated in the marching band program all four years of high school, and have loved every second of it.

- submitted by a student

November 12, 2004
My grandson graduated from Ponderosa in 2003. He received a scholorship from a Nebraska College. He played baseball for Ponderosa. I think Ponderosa places far to much emphasis on sports at the expense of better education. Academics seem to take a back seat.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2004
My child recently enrolled into Ponderosa after a family move, and although Ponderosa may be one of the best schools in the state, it don't compare to my daughter's pervious school. Because she is a senior and must take many required-for-graduation courses, her schedule is not as challenging as it has been the past 3 years. Ponderosa does not offer very many honors or multi-level classes, and she must attend class with students with lower ability. she has expressed her extreme unhappiness at being at such a school.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2004
I have had a wonderful experience at Ponderosa. I have been challenged in my AP classes and have been very involoved in athletics and activities. Ponderosa has a very strong athletic and activities department which contributes greatly to the success of its students. As with all schools Ponderosa is not without its problems, but the administration is aware and working hard to correct the very few descrepancies.

- submitted by a student

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Ponderosa High School
7007 East Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO  80134
(303) 387-4000
Last modified Ponderosa High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ponderosa High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top