Ponaganset High School

137 Anan Wade Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857
(401) 710-7500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 751 students 12 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
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About this school

Ponaganset High School is a public high school in Glocester. 751 students go to Ponaganset High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 14% of the 751 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ponaganset High School is 12:1. Harmony Hill School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 99% 99%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0.3% 0%
Hispanic 0.3% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Great School! This area is known for high performing schools and kids. The school system has been recenlty updated and the commitment from the teachers is evident.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was fortunate enough to learn from many of the really excellent teachers that teach accelerated classes at this school though it is true that there are some really terrible ones teaching standard classes. Unfortunately most of the classes are polarized into one of these two groups so the average student either receives an education way above or way below their ideal level of learning. The administration (when I was in attendance) was in general petty immature and inexperienced which made them difficult to respect. Despite this many of the students are in general good natured and friendly. The music mathematics science and phys ed departments are run by high-quality instructors. The school has its problems yes but as far as public schools go I think it is exceptional; a focused student can certainly thrive here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was student and all 3 of my kids are graduates. It's not a perfect place but it a very good school. If your student is a high achiever they will be challenged. There are many AP courses available. They do fall short with the kids who are struggling. They offer a variety of activities for students to be involved with. Track basketball FFA and music to name few. Many parents volunteer to support these groups. Teachers in middle and high school routinely write and receive grants to benefit the students. I know people who have gone on to great things after attending this school. I feel students are given a lot of opportunities here but in the end it's what they make of it.

  • (5 years ago)

    i went to this school and not for nothing but the teachers need to have tests taken before they are sent there to teach our youth. im very disapointed in that school system and i regret making the choice of going there. i should have went to a private school. i do not recomend this school for your children. they are really hard on the students and they really do not teach you a thing. i had to correct teachers there a few times and i got in trouble for it. nice huh?

  • (5 years ago)

    Not too bad of a school. Full of druggies but where isn't. General education is a joke but music and the Alt Energy program are some of the best anywhere. Dan Coyne and Ross McCurdy among other exemplary teachers make up for the high level of busy work and poor administration.

  • (5 years ago)

    the high school is so much better then the middle school the teachers and staff are nicer and u get more done

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has excellent teachers but did not give me the standard of education required to excel in a collage situation.

  • (6 years ago)

    I recently graduated from Ponaganset and matriculated at a university. The education I received at Ponaganset did not prepare me for the rigorous academic environment I entered. My skills and general knowledge base especially in math and science were not comparable to students educated both at other public schools (especially those educated in Virginia Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and private schools. I was surprised at how ill prepared I was for college because of the high academic regard in which Ponaganset held itself when I attended. Although some teachers were exemplary and devoted the vast majority were over-entitled and inadequate. If I had a child I would not (unless the school has changed in significant ways) send him/her to Ponaganset

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is pretty well equipped for the educational portion of high school but I wouldn't necessarily say that it is exemplary. It is a tight-knit community and very close-minded not a school for diversity or (in my opinion) minority students. This was my experience and opinion only other students and families may have had better memories.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a recent graduate and a current student. Ponaganset serves a rural area that is also a bedroom community for professionals who work in Providence or online. Ponaganset is not immune to the ills of the society but motivated students find others who want to learn and there are dedicated teachers there to help them. Community support has provided a building project that will be completed by September 2009.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm a former pupil. The worst school I could imagine. All inbred cousin types who don't give a hoot about education. Nothing but druggies. Please for your kids' sakes don't put them here.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love this school with a passion.

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