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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Ponder High School is an above average, public school located in Ponder, TX. It has 396 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
300 W Bailey
Ponder, TX 76259
Telephone
(940) 479-8312
Website

Ponder High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1140
38 responses
Average ACT
24
29 responses
AP Enrollment
1%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$89,226
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,094
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Fall festival
    25%
  • Mentoring kids
    17%
  • Pep rallies
    17%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Football games
    8%
  • Service Projects
    8%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
396
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,287
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$10,853/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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I left right before a change in principals, but I had gone to Ponder from 1st grade through my sophomore year in high school. I didn't really participate in sports until 7th grade because of a mistake in scheduling and I quit my last sport after 9th grade. All the teams were basically picked well before school started and there was no chance for me to make a team because I hadn't been there in 6th grade. There was a limited number of electives and the majority were agriculture based. For some reason, all coaches were required to teach but barely any knew how to and there were many "free periods" because of this where people played on their phones or computers because it was a useless class. Of course, there were a few amazing teachers, some of them coaches. For a kid interested in math and science or furthering their academics as much as possible, this isn't a great fit; the highest class until dual credit was Pre-AP.
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Ponder is a small school, but the community there is really great. They have an awesome basketball program that has won state many times! Go Ponder!
Ponder High School has a good education system in a small town. Personally, I like the feeling of knowing everybody and having good relations with your teachers. The administration in a little stricter than other schools, and Ponder doesn't offer as many sports as other schools do, but that's because it's a small school. Overall as a student, Ponder isn't a bad school to get an education.