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Ponderosa School

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Posted October 14, 2010

I just love this school, I attended this school in First Grade. All of the staff there were helpful and kind. I had a good experience at this school and I hope your child will to.


Posted October 31, 2008

We love this school. My son has adhd and from day one both the teachers and the principal have been very helpful. In most cases they have gone over and above the call of duty. They have been very supportive and make sure that he gets whatever help is needed. Thank you Ponderosa School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

My whole family loves this school and its faculty. My son has adhd and the teachers, staff and principal have been nothing but helpful. He also has some special needs and he goes to a seperate class just for that. Everyone has been very supportive and very concerned about my childs education. They score A+ with me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

We had a horrible experience here. My child has adhd and had been through several life-changes but had previously succeeded in 2 full years of regular school. On the first day the teacher told me my child was clueless and stated adhd was no excuse because he was on medicine. The focus was on punishment rather than recognition of any good behavior. I tried to meet with the teacher for a team approach but was told by the administrator that some teachers were not comfortable with this. Eventually my child was denied recess and lunch with the kids (spent this time at a table in the hall where every kid in the the school walked by - talk about ostracism!). We're now in a school where they work with my childs inattention, and I've seen others much worse by far.
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Posted November 21, 2006

I would like to recommend Ponderosa School to anyone who is moving to Billings. The faculty that makes up that school is absolutely wonderful! They work very hard to maintain a positive learning environment for all the children. They appreciate and encourage a high level of parental involvement. I had a 5th grader and a Kindergartner in Ponderosa, I know both girls will miss attending this school.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students37%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic62%
Participates in free/reduced lunch27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic79%
Participates in free/reduced lunch61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students74%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic86%
Participates in free/reduced lunch73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic95%
Participates in free/reduced lunch85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students74%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic76%
Participates in free/reduced lunch81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic38%
Participates in free/reduced lunch44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic56%
Participates in free/reduced lunch60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic60%
Participates in free/reduced lunch57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic65%
Participates in free/reduced lunch74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 81%
Hispanic 20% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 12%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Black 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 75%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4188 King Ave East
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 281-6218

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