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7825 Elkhorn Mountain Trail
Austin, TX 78729

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(512) 464-4200
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June 21, 2015
We lucked into PSE after several years floundering in AISD in a sub-par school (it's a 5 out of 10 on here, so I won't name names.) There, they wanted to test my highly intelligent daughter for ADHD because "smart kids don't get bored." There, she was bullied by students and staff alike. At Pond Springs, my daughter was challenged academically by the gifted and engaged faculty and encouraged to be empathetic, kind and respectful to all those around her. She recently matriculated out of 5th grade, and we've since moved to another school district. I think the most telling thing was, at the 5th Grade graduation, we had several of the teachers seek us out to tell us how great she'd been, how kind and compassionate, how smart and curious. I don't believe this would have happened at our old school. I hope my daughter carries her Pioneer Pride with her always.

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July 23, 2014
I love the community feel of Pond Springs. Students live nearby and families often do things together outside of school. The faculty and staff are committed to providing a positive atmosphere.

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June 02, 2014
This is a fantastic school! The teachers work hard and are very caring. I wish more parents would be involved in the PTA. It seems to be the same ladies every year. They do a great job! I just wish more parents would step up and help out.

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November 02, 2013
Hi What a wonderful event I attended on October 26 at your school! I come from CANADA and visiting my 2 year old grandson Lucas who lives across the street from the school. Hopefully he will attend your school in a couple of years. I am a teacher myself of special needs kids and I never attended such a spectacular event that everyone could easily participate....not one thing was missing!! YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.I know it took a team to organize this. Suzanne Fortin Ontario Canada

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October 24, 2013
Pond Springs Elementary is a great school that welcomes all students and helps them succeed. It has many great events throughout the year for families to participate in.

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September 12, 2013
I give PSE 5 stars without reservation. I have 3 children there currently, and I find the majority of teachers there to be extremely caring and dedicated. I am glad there have been some recent administrative changes, but I never had a personal issue in the past. I just cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff, and their dedication to students' success (including the specials teachers). In particular, Ms. Jones (1st) and Ms. Kerley (kinder) are absolutely fantastic instructors. We have a really active, involved, and supportive PTA as well. I am very happy to have my children at Pond Springs.

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May 09, 2013
We relocated from out of state to this neighborhood and this school and it has been wonderful. Both of my children have special needs and other than giving me a hard time and not fully believing me when we first transferred in (i.e. not taking the old schools word for it and having to wait a semester to prove to them he needed services), our experience here has been fabulous. The teachers they've had have been very encouraging and patient and the resource teachers truly want your child to succeed and will try many strategies to help get them there. I feel like they are also very academically challenged and the Friday enrichment program has been a great addition. We may have to move again and this is the biggest thing I will miss from our area. Helpful, caring, accommodating and academically strong.

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September 25, 2012
There are cultural diversity and discrimination issues. How come staffs who are working for children keep that kinds of attitudes!!

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August 05, 2012
The academics here are good. Some of the teachers go through great measures to in sure that your child is progressing. On the other hand the teachers that are less sufficient have very bad attitudes. The assistant principal is very ill mannered and talks down to parents. The principal does nothing to correct the bad attitudes of the staff and is not concerned with students on a one to one basis. Her only concern is how the school looks as a whole. The school does not offer much in the realm of cultural diversity and discrimination intolerance. The principal has told me that she herself is uncomfortable dealing with those issues. Its a nice school but stuck in a 1950's mindset and needs to catch up to the 21st century. Oh and it wouldn't hurt if some of the staff stopped frowning and smiled from time to time.

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January 24, 2012
Disappointed. This is a very challenging school where calm and complacent children can learn very well. They are doing very well with Texas standardized testing, which is what the exemplary rating is based upon. However, nurturing it is not. If you have a young child who is more expressive and creative, it's been our experience that these children are considered disruptive. Even in Kindergarten, these children's parents are pressured to medicate their "hyper" child. It took me a few months of birthday parties to learn that almost every boy in our Kinder class was medicated already. In addition, I've felt that because I haven't allowed them to pressure me into doping my 5 yr old, they want to basically get rid of us. I've formally requested counseling, since if in fact my child is having issues, that would seem logical first step. But my request was ignored. I can also back up what the 6/30/11 reviewer says about the rude way the staff treats those parents that aren't their buddies. So, just average.

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May 27, 2011
My son went to pre-k at this school. Both of the pre-K teachers are amazing- the best teachers I've ever dealt with, and I have a 10 year old also. Most of the other teachers are very friendly as well. My only issues with this school are the parking/dropping of system (horrible) and the assistant principal. She is the rudest person I have ever dealt with at a school. When she called me on the phone for issues with my 4 year old, she talked down to me and I have witnessed her yelling at other pre-k children. If your child attends this school, watch out for her. She should not be dealing with children that's for sure.

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May 03, 2010
My daughter is about to finish Kindergarden and I have nothing but great things to say abou this school. At the parent orientation my daughter's teacher said 'By the end of the year she will be reading.' I was truly skeptical, but here it is May and she is reading full books. This is a wonderful, loving school.

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April 15, 2008
Both my children have been very successful at Pond Springs. My daughter has gone on to excel at her High school and I credit the TAG program here for her confidence and love of learning. My son shows the same curiosity and level of achievement. I credit the TAG teachers and the class teachers for nurturing my children in every way. Also, the principal for creating an atmosphere where individuality and talent are encouraged.

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June 13, 2006
My two children have been very successful at Pond Springs. The quality of the teachers and academic expectations are very high.

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April 24, 2006
My daughter in is kinder there and she loves it. It has been a wonderful environment and great faculty.

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April 19, 2006
My daughter attended Pondsprings for a year. I was very happy with the overall school atmosphere and the willingness of the teacher to work with the parents. One of the things I disliked was the number of half days the kids had, they had slightly longer schhol days to compensate for that. I liked the flexibility the teacher was able to add when assigning work/homework to challenge the child at the individual level.

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April 03, 2006
Great school! The staff is very professional. The school has been considered exemplary according to the state of Texas. Children who go here achieve well in many ways.

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March 21, 2006
my son goes to pre-k class at this school and he has a good teacher. He has learnt all his alphabets and numbers. He loves going to school and enjoys playing with other kids there. I found the staff to be very helpful. Overall very happy with the school.

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August 18, 2005
It is a great school with commited teachers and as good PTA.

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June 25, 2005
Pond Springs is a great school. Teachers work very well together with the students, parents and other staff to create a warm, encouraging but motivating environment to learn. The level of parent involvement is very high and the school is always 'buzzing' with parents coming in and out. The only downside of Pond Springs in my opinion is its size. With over 850 students I think it's too large for an ideal elementary school.

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May 09, 2005
Great school. Superb principal, although your child's achivement will greatly depend on his assigned teacher

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December 30, 2003
I can not express in words how good this school is and how dedicated the teachers are. We have 2 children attending and one is a special needs child. Both get exceptional help from the teachers and principal and the one 1st grade teacher, Ms. Flemming, is a absolute standout.

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Pond Springs Elementary School
7825 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin, TX  78729
(512) 464-4200
Last modified Pond Springs Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pond Springs Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top