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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  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 434 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.

Ponder High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
55 responses
Average ACT
24
40 responses
AP Enrollment
1%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$75,385
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,339
National
$949
Median Home Value
$164,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
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.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
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  • Fall festival
    24%
  • Mentoring kids
    17%
  • Pep rallies
    17%
  • Service Projects
    10%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Football games
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
434
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,236
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$10,420/ year
National
$12,239
45%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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Ponder High has been a great experience for me going there for the past 14 years! I have learned so much from many great teachers. I have grown an interest in science and math due to the teachers and my interest in learning. The dress code ensures that everyone is dressed properly and looks like a more sophisticated school. I have also enjoyed attending Ponder, because of the great students that go there. Most of my class has made me who I am today. They all have very similar goals as mine, a successful career. Most of all, I have enjoyed Ponder High School most through participation in the sports of Ponder High School. My coaches and teammates have made me love this school so much, and I know I am going to miss it once my softball season is over.
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Unfortunately, Ponder Highschool doesn't provide an acceptable variety of education opportunities. the curriculum is poor, restricting students from creativity and motivation to excel in assignments. Most teachers at this school don't provide an adequate learning opportunity for students, meeting the minimum requirement for their jobs. Constantly on their phones, no office hours provided for students to get extra help, and unnecessary amounts of assignments, at the expense of students, to submit grades in order to meet the deadline for grade books.
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.