School Details

Ponderosa High School

3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(530) 677-2281
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1906 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Dorado Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ponderosa High School is a public high school in Shingle Springs. The principal of Ponderosa High School is Christopher Moore, who can be contacted at cmoore@eduhsd.k12.ca.us. 1,906 students go to Ponderosa High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Multiracial. 0.6% of the Ponderosa High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 12% of the 1,906 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ponderosa High School is 21:1. Workforce Investment Act Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus

Languages Taught

  • French

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 81%
Unspecified 4% 5%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Filipino 0.7% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 6800%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 12%
Limited English proficiency 0.6% 0.8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Im a student at Ponderosa high school.. this school is Great! Teachers are very supportive. We have a huge fan base for sports and its a great campus. And its a great school all around!

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to another school for my first three years of high school and honestly I regret the move... The staff is good and the education is alright to me but the extra curricular activities suck quite miserably and to me those moments are what makes kids remember the good ol' days of high school . My old school has powder puff and the spirit days are ten billion times better and students get way more into it. There are two separate rallies which for me makes no sense since my old school had about 1 000 more kids and had only one by the way the rallys are also much more entertaining and people don't regret going to them. The school spirit sucks and there isn't enough parking. I believe that Ponderosa needs to think about adding a little more entertainment. Powder puff was probably one of the most fun things I have ever done and it's not offered. I was told by a fellow student of mine who has gone there all four years and is in leadership that someone has talked to the activities director and they didn't do anything. I paid for my own jersey and got to keep it and they charged at the gate so they have no need to worry about finances. I just want my senior year to be fun.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ponderosa High School is a great school. We lost the best principal Mr Moore last year but the school is still good. The new principal is never seen. The teachers care about the students and help them to progress. Great sports programs too

  • (2 years ago)

    ponderosa is a pretty good school ) i wish they would offer more activities such as lacross or dancing... but the teachers are AMAZING! they really make you WANT to come to school )

  • (2 years ago)

    Ponderosa High School laid the foundation for my children to succeed when they attended Ponderosa and now that they are in college.

  • (2 years ago)

    Two children through and on to university one attending now. Great school for students who are high achievers.

  • (3 years ago)

    The administration is terrible! They do absolutely nothing to help the students nor parents! I use to love Ponderosa until I started having bullying/harassment issues at school... and Still ( A year and 2 months later) I am still having those same issues. The school does nothing! Its pathetic! However the teachers at Ponderosa are the best! They are so nice and thier ways of teaching are amazing. They truely care about the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have a daughter who just graduated from Ponderosa and a son who is going to be a sophomore this year and they are enjoying high school to the fullest. Best group of kids around! Wonderful parent participation!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Ponderosa is an excellent high school. I've had two sons attend and the academic offerings are fabulous. I found the staff overall to be fabulous especially in the advanced classes.

  • (6 years ago)

    Don't expect to get any help from the principals. This school is not safe. a lot of gang kids go here watch out.

  • (6 years ago)

    There is a lot of parent participation. The students are good kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved from the bay area about 2 years ago. My child attends Ponderosa and I have never been happier. This was the best move! The school is awesome!

  • (7 years ago)

    My twin sons are graduating this year and they are very different people. Both have found what they needed at Ponderosa. One is in FFA which is only offered at Ponderosa the other was in the Academic Decathlon which has won County 15 years in a row. The coaches they had were inspirational and they both got into good colleges. I hope it is as good for my Daughter and youngest son. 8 more years at Pondo for us!

  • (8 years ago)

    Generally a good school all around.

  • (8 years ago)

    I was actually a student at Ponderosa but I must say it is easily the best academic high school in El Dorado County. If my words are not enough consider the fact that the Academic Decathlon team from Ponderosa has won as of 2006 for fourteen straight years. The music programs were extremely good during my attendance however this may change since the old music teacher is retiring. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are also both plentiful and high-quality. I truly recommend this school to any parent who wishes for his or her children to do well in life.

  • (9 years ago)

    What a great year! my daughter was in the ninth grade earlier this year and couldn't beleive what a great school it is great teachers staff and the students are awesome. Very organized highly recommended to us from others in the area. I can see why.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child's teachers have always shown great interest in him. I have no complaints with the teachers. I'm very disappointed with the choices available at this school. I was stunned to discover that a school in this area would have such a bare bones curriculum. The textbooks are beat up as are the buildings furnishings etc. We paid a fortune for participating in basketball and football. I don't personally know how the finances work for music art or other activities. There is no orchestra. My child has many friends here but he has always been disappointed when signing up for classes at the lack of choices. Again I really like the teachers but if I had it to do again I would have moved to an area with better high schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    Don't expect to get any special ed help for your child at this school. The IEP process was very painful for us. We had no such problems at the school from which we moved. We were ultimately unsuccessful and feel some of the staff were very unresponsive perhaps even snobbish.

  • (11 years ago)

    I graduated from Ponderosa and went on to complete a BA in Liberal Studies. It wasn't until my senior year of college that I encountered classes as difficult and rewarding as those I took at Pondo. I am now working on a Master's degree and looking at PhD programs. I feel that my years at Ponderosa played a hugh role in my later studies and that I am better prepared than those fellow college students who attended private schools. The teachers at Pondo (especially Schuler VanWinkle Perpall and Harnden) were dedicated enthusiastic gifted teachers who made a huge impact on my life. I would strongly urge parents to send their children to Ponderosa.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a son in his second year at Ponderosa and another son that will be attending next year. I find that Ponderosa has a great staff of teachers and athletic programs. I have found that many of the teachers and coaches also graduated from Ponderosa and have returned to keep the tradition going. I think that says a lot for a school.

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