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Ponderosa Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 593 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

My children are looking forward to the school year starting and loved their teachers last year. I like that the school had a program going during the summer to keep the kids up on their math skills, and I like that this school has a good mix of kids from different socio-economic backgrounds, as the kids get a chance to build an empathetic and understanding community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

My children have gone to Ponderosa Elementary since its opening. They began Ponderosa in kindergarten and are currently in the third grade. We were incredibly lucky to have Teresa Hjeresen as the principal for the first three years of Ponderosa before her retirement spring of 2011. Everything the other parent reviewer said about her I agree with completely. In the fall of 2011 we were equally blessed with the new & current principal, Steve Austin. He has done a wonderful job following in Teresa's footsteps making Ponderosa a warm and inviting place for students, parents and staff. Even teachers from other schools who have worked with him in the past gush about how lucky Ponderosa is to have scored such a wonderful principal. Furthermore, every teacher my children have had at Ponderosa have quickly become favorites to my children & me. They all truly care about each child as important, unique individuals. Even the teachers my children have NOT had in each grade level greet them with smiles, warming comments and love. These teachers take the time to know all the children that pass through their halls, not just the ones they are specifically responsible for each and every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

Earned Oregon's top rating, "Outstanding" on the 2009-10 Oregon Department of Education State School Report Card. Only 37% of Oregon schools earned the same rating statewide.
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Posted May 9, 2010

We are new to Bend and Ponderosa Elementary. I was a bit worried coming in because this was a new school, and I couldn't find much information about the academics for this school. What luck we ended up here! They have created an amazing community. The principal, Teresa Hjeresen, is incredibly involved, has hired amazing teachers, leads with her positive example, and makes herself available to the students, teachers and parents to help them achieve their goals for their student(s). You will even find her in the lunchroom with the students every day, cleaning up tables and talking to students. We had home-schooled our kids for a year while traveling through South America, and I as worried about my daughter's integration back into public school (both social and academic). She was placed in Mr. Shaffer's class, and welcomed with open arms. He is one of those teachers you hope your child gets at least once in their life! Energetic, caring, funny, interesting, Mr. Shaffer is able to draw the best work out of every child in his class, regardless of their skill/knowledge base, and moves every child forward, every day. My daughter went from hating to write, to writing an entire book of poetry, then writing more poems before school, after dinner, and on weekends! She also learned her multiplication facts within the first 3 months of his class. His class conducts a pond study program, where they take measurements of the water quality of a nearby watershed and identify local animals, teaching the kids scientific principles and showing how science is necessary in everyday life. I also appreciate the close working relationship the three third grade teachers have and their team approach to teaching kids in the subjects where they are broken up into groups by skill level, such as reading (Walk to Read) and math (Commute to Compute). I cannot 'gush' enough about our positive experience here at Ponderosa Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

I have to say that this school has accomplished more for my special needs child than any other school. They have a truly caring and proactive staff! I have to say that I do get some complaints from my child about students 'picking on each other' but the school is very proactive about how the students treat each other.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 61% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female63%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation38%

Reading

All Students78%
Female76%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female83%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation88%

Reading

All Students82%
Female75%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female67%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation63%

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students81%
Female74%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 65%
Hispanic 11% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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63100 NE Purcell
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 323-4300

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