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Alice Ponder Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 498 students

 

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Posted May 3, 2012

My child is just completing her Kindergarten year at Ponder and I have been very pleased with this school. Her teacher is great, there is alot of parent involvement, and I feel like she is getting a very good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

My children have attended Ponder over the last 7 years. We have been extremely satisfied with the education our kids have received. The staff is very friendly, knowledgable, and willing to help whenever we need it. I appreciate that all cultures are respected and celebrated at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2011

The school is old, the teachers are inadequate, the principles have poor leadership. There was never a friendly welcome feel by anyone at this school from the first time I enrolled my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

I am very disappointed with Alice Ponder Elementary. My daughter has been going since first grade and they were just being taught things she had already learned in preschool and kindergarten in her previous schools. The school has very old equipment and quite a few rooms have quite an aroma. Her teachers have been wonderful but they are restricted by a school district that seems to focus on new schools rather than keeping old schools caught up in technology leaving a great deal of the students behind. When they do eventually join the children in the middle schools, they will be leaps and bounds behind. Luckily I am a stay at home mother and can give her what she is not getting at school. I feel bad for the households that are not able to do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

All of my children have attended Alice Ponder. Though this is a more culturally diverse school in comparison to most in Mansfield, they still had a good education. In turn, they are more prepared for the world in which they live and more accepting of others. These values were supported by the teachers at this school. The teachers have also given each of my children the education they needed to be successful in school. All of my children have been succesful and continue to be successful academically. All are college-bound. I do have to say that I preferred the multi-age program of years ago over the traditional setting. Unfortunately, my youngest was only able to experience the traditional setting classroom. She did miss out on a great program. The teachers at AP need to keep up the good work and continue to keep the students first on their agenda!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

My son is going into the third grade next year and so far he has had two good teachers and one bad one. He is in the excel class which I am a bit dissappointed with though. Over all I feel this is a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

My child has attended ponder for the past four years. In these last four years i have been very pleased at times, as well as very displeased. I do not believe the school has been the same since gary manns left as the principal. I think that the school has gone downhill at an extremely fast pace. -very displeased parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

The school hasn't been the same, since the Principal, Gary Manns left. The majority of the best teachers left with him. He was fair, consistent, and loved the students. The atmosphere seems cold, and the staff isn't as friendly. During lunch time the students aren't supervised very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

I am reasonably happy with this school. I believe there are are lot better schools in the area though. If you are moving into Mansfield consider this when buying a home. We really didn't have a choice but to stay on at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

This is a great School. My daughter attended this school for 3 years and we loved it. I would definitely recommend this school. They have a wonderful staff and a lot of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

My children have attended this school for 3 1/2 years now, and the school is rapidly losing ground educationally. They lost their recognized standing to acceptable. This year, with the new school opening on Hwy. 1187, they lost their principal and most of the good teachers went to the new school as well. They also did not find an art teacher to replace the one that left. We are in the process of getting ready to move to a more suburban location, as Mansfield is growing too rapidly for us, and the new subdivisions are getting the new schools, and funds, while the older schools lose out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

They took art out of the school this year, but left spanish. The school also does not have as much community involvement as they have in previous years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

What a wonderful school! The principal has been very supportive in the success of every child. Even though a new principal will be coming in for the 2005-06 school year, I think that this is a great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2005

I withdrew my child after the first grading period. The staff did not supervise the children adequately. The administration needs to get the dropoff and pickup procedure under control. The staff was uncooperative with me when I voiced my concerns. One of the 'aides' yelled at the children like a nazi in the lunch room before school. She told them to 'sit down and shut up.' It was horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

I am really very pleased with Ponder Elem. I am allowed to be very involved in my childs education. The Principal is very pleasant and welcoming. My childs teacher is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2004

I tried to volunteer at the school but I have not been welcomed or given the proper treatment. I have been chosen as volunteer of the year at all schools I have volunteered at and also PTA life time member with 2000 hours a year but this school doesn't give you any opportunity to help at all. Dismissal time is not on a schedule the parking situation is entirely out of control and the children aren't supervised when being dismissed. The school either is so disorganized or needs more parent input. I am not happy with the school. There is no welcome mat for newbies at all and you are not allowed into the circle. The extra help for children is not available. Seems as it is only a job to some teachers. Very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2004

I would like to congradulate the people at ponder I am very happy with the entire staff I have had some challenges and they have allhave come to help with them. I have 3 kids in the school and am thankful my children get the opportunity to go to ponder.The teachers and staff all know me by name and know my kids as well when I go to pick them up they walk them all to my car and greet me everytime! Thank you ponder staff for all you do keep it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

I withdrew my child after a month at Ponder. The drop off-pick up situation was out of control. Anyone could walk off with a kid. The teachers do not supervise the children. The administrators are unconcerned and uncooperative. When I tried to address my concerns with the administrators, I was told that my concern was 'not appreciated.'
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

44 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female100%
Male87%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education86%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students79%
Female88%
Male68%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female90%
Male100%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted94%
Bilingual100%

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education57%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingual94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Female80%
Male84%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female88%
Male70%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)97%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual97%

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male64%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 52%
White 25% 29%
Black 12% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 44%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • DAVID THAYER
Fax number
  • (817) 561-3864

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