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Pony Express School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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4 stars

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16 reviews of this school


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Posted August 7, 2014

This is a good school with a great student-focused staff. They honestly care about their students. I have been happy with my kids' experience here over the last 4 years now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I really like this school,my daugther loves her teachers they are wonderful,I love this place. The people on the office are helpful and nice,thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I love Pony Express Elementary! I have 4 children all of whom have spent years here as students (2006-2013!) They have loved their teachers, and their experiences. There is a wonderful community feeling when you walk through the doors. There are/have been huge numbers of students enrolled 1000+ for grades k-6, however with the A and B track schedules and strategic lunch and recess scheduling the enormity of the student body is very well managed. (This was my biggest concern before my students started here.) This school benefits not only from the wonderful teachers and staff (They are amazing!!) but, there is a great community of volunteer parents who run programs such as PTA, radKIDS, AND an annual school musical production that is a collaborative effort from students, teachers, parents and former students. This school rocks!! We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

My son went to this school for 4 months when he was in kindergarten, when we moved into the area. He was never challenged or taught things that he really needed for kindergarten. When I would go in to help, there was complete chaos! The teacher had no idea how to control the kids. They did whatever they pleased. I came to help during centers, I figured they would be doing learning activities, but they were coloring Disney pictures and playing board games. This was every single day! My son had to play catch up the next year at a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

My child has been going to this school for 4 years and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about it awesome teachers, awesome front office, and awesome principal. They llisten when there is concerns, they have great parent involvement in the classrooms, and great newsletters to keep us updated. Great Place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

Like the teachers and family friendly area. If you are looking to move to Eagle Mountain i think you will really like the area. Safe and friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

My son only attended this school for about a month, but that was more than enough. The principal has no desire to ensure that the students there are challenged especially when overwhelming evidence shows above par performance. Instead he seems to be more interested in social standards that he really at an elementary level has little control over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

I love Pony Express and so does my son! Great staff and teachers! We were new to the community when my son started Kindergarten, but within no time we felt right at home. I love the front office staff and my son's Kindergarten teacher rocks! Everyone is so nice and friendly. Really great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

My girls transfered to this school with a month left last year. They loved their new teachers and the students were friendly...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

I think this is a great school. They have many after school activites including choir and a local Knowledge Bowl. I have a soon to be 4th grader and a soon to be 2nd grader who attended last year and I couldn't have been more pleased. If you get Mr. Morley as your child's third grade teacher count yourself LUCKY. He is one of the best of the best. My daughter and het entire class loved him and I appreciated his teaching style! Over all I'd say, for a new school, these guys are doing it right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Above all, the school, the teachers, and teh additional staff are amazing. My only 'downer' is as a working mother, I'm one of the few LDS mothers that work and cannot atten every single function that is had by my two boys (and there are a lot!). So sometimes I feel like trying to convey that I don't have the ability to just drop and run to various school things, I don't completely 'fit in'. But regardless, all in all, I give the school and all of those who help run it a 5+!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

I was nervous about this school because of the sheer number of students, but our experience has been awesome! Warm, caring teachers and staff do their very best to help parents have a voice and students achieve their best. A fun, positive atmosphere with teachers who really strive to create a strong learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

My daughter has thrived socially and academically at this school. The environment is warm and friendly and students are encouraged to excell without undue pressure. I substitute frequently at this school as well as others and it is my favorite place to sub. The kids are polite and support each other in positive ways. The admin staff is outstanding and they go out of their way to accommodate special needs and requests. The principal is the perfect balance of a great administrator and friend to the students. As a parent, I always feel my input is welcome and heard. We have had some unique circumstances and the teachers, staff and principal have always handled these situations exactly as I wanted them to and never made me feel that I was asking too much. The PTA is large, well-organized and productive. Parents seem to be supportive of one another. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

This school is great. The classes are a little big, but they have a schedule so some kids come early and then the rest come about an hour later it works out well. The teachers really seem to care about the kids and the admin staff is awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

this school is great the staff is very friendly and the teachers are just what you would want your kids to have they look like they love there job we love the school....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

I love this school! The teachers my son had for fist and second grade were kind, motivated, energetic people and I can't wait to see what third grade brings! Good communication, they welcome parent involvment, and the principal just makes it a fun place for the kids to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 82% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 67% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 77%
Hispanic 8% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3985 East Smith Ranch Rd
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: (801) 789-2600

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