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Posted January 12, 2014

I was not at all impressed with this school. I believe the class sizes has a lot to do with the quality of interaction teachers can provide. My child was in a class with 27 students. This school regularly takes away children's recess time to cram more academic learning time into their day instead of allowing children to be outside, run,play and make friends. My child's teacher sometimes would call me and say only negative things about my child. One day my child had to be picked up from school early- they had never met or seen the person who picked her up yet they failed to ask for identification-SCARY!! My child's teacher also said extremely rude and negative things about my child to her grandmother when she came to a holiday event at the school. My child was miserable at this school she did not want to go often pretending to be sick to avoid going. My child was being bullied by children in her classroom and the teacher seemed to do nothing and even blamed my child for the way orher children treated her. The teacher obviously did not like my child nor have any extra time to give my child proper attention. I'm so glad my child no longer goes there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Ponderosa Elementary -- I felt like attention is paid to the safety of my grand-daughter. I like how there is a barricade at the office so you have to sign in and talk to an adult before you can get into the main area. I like how the secretaries wer attentive to the adults and the kids. It was nice to read information on the wall about the accomplishments of children and encouragement to be kind to each other.


Posted May 27, 2011

Ponderosa has been fantastic for our son. Ms. Gilbert was an amazing 1st grade teacher and helped him grow beyond our expectations. The fact that in 2nd grade he cannot wait for what is in store for 3rd grade shows me that Miss Keane has pushed him to excel and he is so proud everyday. I've had the privilege to speak with Mrs. Baker and she has been kind and supportive of students and I'm grateful she is our principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

My children attended this school and there was nothing but problems from faculity in the higher athority positions. Disapline matters never consistant. I have heard the same complaint from many parents. Would not recommend this school to anybody, which is sad because I also attended this school when i was young. It use to be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

Excellent school, great teachers, a principal that is outstanding. Best thing I have done for my son was to move into the Ponderosa area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Teachers are excellent, although lack of supplies inhibits their true ability. The principle, although well meaning, lacks polished delivery when dealing with parents. Academic programs are at grade level and not terribly challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

I would disagee. As a parent who has been around I would say that the principal cares immensely and works hard to keep the kids safe. She does not tolerate bullying- by kids or parents. I volunteer every week for two hours and I can tell you that the principal can't walk down the hallway without getting hugs from kids. As far as getting in the newspaper- the only thing I read in the paper are budget cuts to schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

Principal is too militaristic but most teachers are pleasant. Ms Gilbert was a great teacher for our daughter. Principal does scare me. No warmth in her. Overcrowded and too much focus on beating other schools and getting in the newspaper at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Excellent school. Wonderful staff and great teachers. Class sizes to high in some grades is hurtful, but they make the best of it. My kids love this school! I'm very happy with it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 83% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 90% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 80% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indiann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indiann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female84%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 78%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3483 East Ponderosa Blvd
Post Falls, ID 83877
Phone: (208) 773-1508

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