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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Ponderosa High School is a highly rated, public school located in Shingle Springs, CA. It has 1,778 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 60% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
3661 Ponderosa Rd.
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
Telephone
(530) 677-2281
Website

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
60%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1220
192 responses
Average ACT
26
78 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$82,070
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$701
National
$949
Median Home Value
$465,900
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • The Boat Regatta
    19%
  • Spirit Weeks
    17%
  • Farewell Rally
    13%
  • Football Games
    9%
  • Sports events
    9%
  • Theater
    7%
  • Free Food
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,778
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,725
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.6%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,196/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Overall, my experience attending Ponderosa High School was positive. During my sophomore year, a fellow group of students and I petitioned the school to start a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising group through the FFA. We were granted permission and we able to continue work with that club through our senior year. I give Ponderosa High School a lot of credit for allowing its students to engage in such endeavors. I think the largest issue Ponderosa High School faces relate to issues of acceptance of diversity. Ponderosa consists of predominately white students. This is not bad per se, but it does sacrifice exposure to different cultures, religions, races, and orientations. I think that exposure to these differences in the world would be beneficial, especially in the classroom. I also believe that the school could increase awareness and resources for the minority students on campus, as they do tend to lack representation.
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We have amazing teachers at Ponderosa High School! All of my teachers thus far have been extremely dedicated to students' success. I have never personally required after-school help, however I know a multitude of students who have and they all have great things to say about the improvements in grades that they witnessed. A lot of teachers have differing teaching styles, however in most departments all of the teachers seem to be very collaborative with each other which makes students better able to help each other, even if they have different teachers. All teachers are interested in their subject of instruction, and take a better-than-average interest in their students' success in their classes.
What I like best about Pondo is the academics. Although my advanced courses have been challenging, I've always felt like I can ask for help- whether from a teacher or a classmate. I can't vouch for sports, but there's a club for everyone at Pondo. All in all, I've enjoyed my experience so far!