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Ponus Ridge Middle School

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 22, 2014

Everyone from the principal to the teachers are outstanding. I am so grateful that my son goes to this school. I can't say enough positive. I don't know where these other negative comments are coming from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

The principal runs it like it's her own private kingdom and has made WONDERFUL teachers and support staff so miserable that they quit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

The special ed. team does an exceptional job!. They have a learning strategies course that is so good helping with organization. The whole team along with the regular ed. teachers all work well to intertwine the curriculum so that these children can get the support they need right in the classroom rather then be taken out so other children would notice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

is not a good school horrible no discipline lot of bulling principal and assistant principal dont really do nothing and the only thing they seem to do is suspension but not at good clean and safe envirment at all i move jest to make sure my son dont go to this school any more is my personal experience and opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

This is a great school. I feel more parents should get involved in guiding principle on what works and what will not. This year school participated in Robotics competition and I was suprised to see kids and teachers excitement during this event. All parent needs to make sure that in order to improve their kids future they need to make every effort to help teachers at Ponus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

there was the one time when i just kept getting bullied everyday and just for all different reasons . no one wanted me to have friends.. other than that the 8th graders seemed so happy and nice


Posted October 31, 2011

Horrible horrible horrible. The principal runs it like it's her own private kingdom and has made WONDERFUL teachers so miserable that they quit. The ONLY discipline they seem to use is suspension - there is no effort made to assist kids having problems. I filed a complaint with the CT Board of Education, who sided with me. My son's guidance counselor was practically comatose and since they move with the class, he had three years of her. I feel bad for the good teachers who endure this environment. The happiest day of my life was my son's graduation day in 2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

After the first year, my overall opinion that the school is good but not great. The 6th grade orange team teachers were excellent and gave my child the challenges she needs to excel. However, the principal is clueless and seemed to lack control of the students from the first orientation we attended. My opinion has not changed from that first meeting. Drugs and alcohol have been known to be present on the grounds with little disciplinary action from the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

Ponus is a great school. I am particularly impressed with the seventh grade teams. I have had a child on each of these teams. While every teacher is different, they continually strive to challenge each student. It was a positive experience for both my children and my husband and me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

This is a terrific school. The fights have decreased significantly in the past 5 years or so due to a positive change in the student body. The academics are also great and fully prepare students for high school. The faculty is very willing to help students with problems they have, even if it's not related to school. There are also several events throughout the year for students to attend. I highly recommend this school. to school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

I love this school I think that I is the best school in the world but its very strict thought.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2008

My daughter is a student at Ponus Ridge, and has been on High Honors since the beginning of the year. If you pay attention in class, and don't get caught up in everything, they will do fine and achieve well. She likes all of her teachers, and can't wait to go to school everyday. Overall it has been a great experience for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

I have been trying to get an update on my child's grades and it has been 2 weeks! I just get shifted from this one to that one, they don't seem to care!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2007

My child attended Ponus and while overall it has been a good experience, 2 years out of 3, the quality of the school fluctuates wildly from year to year and class to class. 6th grade Orange Team was a fabulous experience, they helped to make the transition to middle school smoother than I would ever have imagined for my child, who is usually quite resistant to change. 7th grade Red Team, the teachers are just going through the motions and biding their time until retirement, they just really couldn't care less. 8th grade Blue Team, absolutely amazing. The teachers on that team are great at keeping the students motivated, and they are very communicative with parents, with positive feedback as well as any concerns that arise. The school is very diverse, about 1/3 each White, Black, Hispanic, small % Asian. My son is racially mixed and got along easily with everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2004

My oldest daughter went to ponus ridge middle school for grades 6-8, and take my word for it, academically and educationally, ponus ridge is by far one of the best middle schools in the norwalk public school system. Their teachers are excellent! sure, some fights may break out ocasionally between students, but where are you not going to see that happen? If you are thinking about sending your child to a middle school, i think that pinus is the one. You must be a hard working student to achieve high standards, so if your child isn't doing so well in school, it's probably due to a lack of concentration. Sit down with your child and talk to them about how school is going. Join the ptso, you will get more involved than you think, and then you will really be able to tell how school is going!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

Not a very good school, lots of drugs sex and violence! My child went there and failed. Teachers dont help out, they are scared to. Principal just wants her paycheck and doesent seem to care. School needs major renovation, physically dirty and unsafe. Also my daughter went to roton middle school which in my opinion is the best middle school in norwalk, passes all classes with fliying colors. Ponus is just not good!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female79%
Male85%
Black81%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
Black70%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students82%
Female88%
Male75%
Black75%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female87%
Male69%
Black63%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
Black77%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Writing

All Students78%
Female88%
Male67%
Black71%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female82%
Male72%
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students81%
Female88%
Male76%
Black70%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

All Students66%
Female71%
Male62%
Black46%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Writing

All Students77%
Female87%
Male71%
Black67%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 20%
Black 27% 13%
White 26% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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21 Hunters Ln
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: (203) 847-3557

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