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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
high level of academics and expectations, fabulous for sports, not as good for the average to below average student
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.
This school is so fun to attend! Ive had a blast andI hope you will too
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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