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Ponaganset High School

Public | 9-12 | 751 students

 
 

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Posted September 24, 2013

Great School! This area is known for high performing schools and kids. The school system has been recenlty updated and the commitment from the teachers is evident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I was fortunate enough to learn from many of the really excellent teachers that teach accelerated classes at this school, though it is true that there are some really terrible ones teaching standard classes. Unfortunately most of the classes are polarized into one of these two groups, so the average student either receives an education way above or way below their ideal level of learning. The administration (when I was in attendance) was in general petty, immature, and inexperienced, which made them difficult to respect. Despite this, many of the students are in general good natured and friendly. The music, mathematics, science, and phys ed departments are run by high-quality instructors. The school has its problems, yes, but as far as public schools go I think it is exceptional; a focused student can certainly thrive here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2011

I was student and all 3 of my kids are graduates. It's not a perfect place but it a very good school. If your student is a high achiever they will be challenged. There are many AP courses available. They do fall short with the kids who are struggling. They offer a variety of activities for students to be involved with. Track, basketball, FFA and music to name few. Many parents volunteer to support these groups. Teachers in middle and high school routinely write and receive grants to benefit the students. I know people who have gone on to great things after attending this school. I feel students are given a lot of opportunities here, but in the end it's what they make of it.


Posted May 28, 2010

i went to this school and not for nothing but the teachers need to have tests taken before they are sent there to teach our youth. im very disapointed in that school system and i regret making the choice of going there. i should have went to a private school. i do not recomend this school for your children. they are really hard on the students and they really do not teach you a thing. i had to correct teachers there a few times and i got in trouble for it. nice huh?
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2010

Not too bad of a school. Full of druggies but where isn't. General education is a joke, but music and the Alt Energy program are some of the best anywhere. Dan Coyne and Ross McCurdy among other exemplary teachers make up for the high level of busy work and poor administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

the high school is so much better then the middle school the teachers and staff are nicer and u get more done
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

This school has excellent teachers but did not give me the standard of education required to excel in a collage situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

I recently graduated from Ponaganset and matriculated at a university. The education I received at Ponaganset did not prepare me for the rigorous academic environment I entered. My skills and general knowledge base, especially in math and science, were not comparable to students educated both at other public schools (especially those educated in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and private schools. I was surprised at how ill prepared I was for college because of the high academic regard in which Ponaganset held itself when I attended. Although some teachers were exemplary and devoted, the vast majority were over-entitled and inadequate. If I had a child, I would not (unless the school has changed in significant ways) send him/her to Ponaganset
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

The school is pretty well equipped for the educational portion of high school, but I wouldn't necessarily say that it is exemplary. It is a tight-knit community and very close-minded, not a school for diversity or (in my opinion) minority students. This was my experience and opinion only, other students and families may have had better memories.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

I am a parent of a recent graduate and a current student. Ponaganset serves a rural area that is also a bedroom community for professionals who work in Providence or online. Ponaganset is not immune to the ills of the society but motivated students find others who want to learn and there are dedicated teachers there to help them. Community support has provided a building project that will be completed by September 2009.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

I'm a former pupil. The worst school I could imagine. All inbred cousin types who don't give a hoot about education. Nothing but druggies. Please for your kids' sakes don't put them here.


Posted November 30, 2004

I love this school with a passion.
—Submitted by a student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students48%
Female46%
Male49%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged students17%
Not economically disadvantaged students52%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant48%

Reading

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged students74%
Not economically disadvantaged students96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%

Writing

All Students60%
Female70%
Male50%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged students39%
Not economically disadvantaged students63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 99% 64%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 22%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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