School Details

Ponus Ridge Middle School

21 Hunters Ln, Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 847-3557
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 609 students 12 students/teacher (CT avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

82%
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84%

Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2013
  • Norwalk School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
85%
85%
84%
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87%
78%
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83%

Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2013
  • Norwalk School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
85%
86%
81%
86%
86%
66%
76%
77%
77%
83%
86%

Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2013
  • Norwalk School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ponus Ridge Middle School is a public middle school in Norwalk. 609 students attend Ponus Ridge Middle School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 51% of the 609 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ponus Ridge Middle School is 12:1. All Saints Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 42% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 37%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Everyone from the principal to the teachers are outstanding. I am so grateful that my son goes to this school. I can't say enough positive. I don't know where these other negative comments are coming from.

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal runs it like it's her own private kingdom and has made WONDERFUL teachers and support staff so miserable that they quit.

  • (1 year ago)

    is not a good school horrible no discipline lot of bulling principal and assistant principal dont really do nothing and the only thing they seem to do is suspension but not at good clean and safe envirment at all i move jest to make sure my son dont go to this school any more is my personal experience and opinion.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school. I feel more parents should get involved in guiding principle on what works and what will not. This year school participated in Robotics competition and I was suprised to see kids and teachers excitement during this event. All parent needs to make sure that in order to improve their kids future they need to make every effort to help teachers at Ponus.

  • (2 years ago)

    there was the one time when i just kept getting bullied everyday and just for all different reasons . no one wanted me to have friends.. other than that the 8th graders seemed so happy and nice

  • (3 years ago)

    Horrible horrible horrible. The principal runs it like it's her own private kingdom and has made WONDERFUL teachers so miserable that they quit. The ONLY discipline they seem to use is suspension - there is no effort made to assist kids having problems. I filed a complaint with the CT Board of Education who sided with me. My son's guidance counselor was practically comatose and since they move with the class he had three years of her. I feel bad for the good teachers who endure this environment. The happiest day of my life was my son's graduation day in 2011.

  • (5 years ago)

    After the first year my overall opinion that the school is good but not great. The 6th grade orange team teachers were excellent and gave my child the challenges she needs to excel. However the principal is clueless and seemed to lack control of the students from the first orientation we attended. My opinion has not changed from that first meeting. Drugs and alcohol have been known to be present on the grounds with little disciplinary action from the principal.

  • (6 years ago)

    Ponus is a great school. I am particularly impressed with the seventh grade teams. I have had a child on each of these teams. While every teacher is different they continually strive to challenge each student. It was a positive experience for both my children and my husband and me.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a terrific school. The fights have decreased significantly in the past 5 years or so due to a positive change in the student body. The academics are also great and fully prepare students for high school. The faculty is very willing to help students with problems they have even if it's not related to school. There are also several events throughout the year for students to attend. I highly recommend this school. to school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school I think that I is the best school in the world but its very strict thought.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at Ponus Ridge and has been on High Honors since the beginning of the year. If you pay attention in class and don't get caught up in everything they will do fine and achieve well. She likes all of her teachers and can't wait to go to school everyday. Overall it has been a great experience for my daughter.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been trying to get an update on my child's grades and it has been 2 weeks! I just get shifted from this one to that one they don't seem to care!!

  • (8 years ago)

    My child attended Ponus and while overall it has been a good experience 2 years out of 3 the quality of the school fluctuates wildly from year to year and class to class. 6th grade Orange Team was a fabulous experience they helped to make the transition to middle school smoother than I would ever have imagined for my child who is usually quite resistant to change. 7th grade Red Team the teachers are just going through the motions and biding their time until retirement they just really couldn't care less. 8th grade Blue Team absolutely amazing. The teachers on that team are great at keeping the students motivated and they are very communicative with parents with positive feedback as well as any concerns that arise. The school is very diverse about 1/3 each White Black Hispanic small % Asian. My son is racially mixed and got along easily with everyone.

  • (10 years ago)

    My oldest daughter went to ponus ridge middle school for grades 6-8 and take my word for it academically and educationally ponus ridge is by far one of the best middle schools in the norwalk public school system. Their teachers are excellent! sure some fights may break out ocasionally between students but where are you not going to see that happen? If you are thinking about sending your child to a middle school i think that pinus is the one. You must be a hard working student to achieve high standards so if your child isn't doing so well in school it's probably due to a lack of concentration. Sit down with your child and talk to them about how school is going. Join the ptso you will get more involved than you think and then you will really be able to tell how school is going!

  • (11 years ago)

    Not a very good school lots of drugs sex and violence! My child went there and failed. Teachers dont help out they are scared to. Principal just wants her paycheck and doesent seem to care. School needs major renovation physically dirty and unsafe. Also my daughter went to roton middle school which in my opinion is the best middle school in norwalk passes all classes with fliying colors. Ponus is just not good!

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