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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Ponderosa High School is a highly rated, public school located in Parker, CO. It has 1,237 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.
Address
7007 East Bayou Gulch Road
Parker, CO 80134
Telephone
(303) 387-4000

Ponderosa High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1220
93 responses
Average ACT
26
120 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$121,615
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,907
National
$949
Median Home Value
$397,500
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.20 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 62 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    23%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Everything
    15%
  • Valograms (singing valentines)
    15%
  • Senior Prank
    10%
  • Harvey Awards (theater)
    6%
  • Student directed One Acts
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,237
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,519
Teachers in First/Second Year
34.4%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,371/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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I love the family feel that both Ponderosa students, and faculty members share. It is very obvious that teachers truly care about the subjects that they teach and that they want every student to succeed. The teachers all take their jobs seriously while still making the subjects as fun and interesting as possible for each and every student.

This is my fourth year at Ponderosa and I have enjoyed being a part of the mustang community. Participation in sporting events is a big part of the mustang experience, and there is always a large crowd of parents, siblings, staff members, and students present. Ponderosa is very spirited and has managed to find a way to include students through a large variety of clubs. They even let students create their own clubs if the students feel they don't have a place to fit in.

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I love the school and the fact that we get block days! A block day means that we only go to half of our classes in a day and the classes are each and hour and 30 min instead of 8, 45 minute classes. So if it's a "odd day" you only go to periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and vice versa. I love this system because we aren't packed with so much homework and we have more time to get into the work flow and get things done. But I've heard that we might be getting rid of that system and if they do decide to do that, then I am going to transfer to another school that also has the block day system in place.
Ponderosa is a good school. The teachers are passionate about what they teach, which makes student want to learn. Students have a strong support system provided by the school. Most students participate in an activity or sport, and student involvement is encouraged by school staff. The building itself is quite run down, but the administration and district's plan for renovation seems strong.