Ponderosa Elementary

Summary:

Ponderosa Elementary is a public elementary school in Anaheim, California, serving 856 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school faces significant challenges, with a student population that is over 90% Hispanic and a high percentage of students from low-income families.

Ponderosa Elementary consistently ranks in the bottom 10-15% of California elementary schools based on academic performance. The school's students perform significantly lower than the district and state averages on standardized tests, and the school has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.6% in 2017-2018 to 41.2% in 2022-2023. In comparison, nearby schools like Stoddard (Alexander J.) Elementary, Orange Grove Elementary, and Revere (Paul) Elementary generally perform better academically and have lower chronic absenteeism rates, despite serving similar student populations.

The data suggests that Ponderosa Elementary faces significant challenges in terms of academic performance, student engagement, and socioeconomic factors. The school's high concentration of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, coupled with its declining academic performance and rising chronic absenteeism, indicate a need for targeted interventions and support to address the unique needs of the student population. Addressing these underlying factors could be crucial in improving the school's overall outcomes and ensuring that all students have access to a quality education.


Detail:

Public K-6

 2135 South Mountain View Ave.
       Anaheim, CA  92802-4917


(714) 517-8926

District: Anaheim Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
5550th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,332 Help


Students who attend Ponderosa Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    South Junior High
High:    Katella High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.7 Help
Number of students:  856

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
91.1%
Two or more races:
3.0%
Asian:
2.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  80.6% Help


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Compare Details Ponderosa Elementary ranks worse than 94.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks last among 23 ranked elementary schools in the Anaheim Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.22. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (91.1%), two or more races (3%), Asian (2.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 80.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ponderosa Elementary is 23.7. 19 elementary schools in the Anaheim Elementary School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ponderosa Elementary is $6,332. 21 elementary schools in the Anaheim Elementary School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ponderosa Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Ponderosa Elementary 5550th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Ponderosa Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Anaheim Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Anaheim Elementary 1224th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ponderosa Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 15.47 4924th 5377 8.4%
2012 23.57 4409th 5390 18.2%
2013 31.61 3923rd 5530 29.1%
2015 22.25 4403rd 5611 21.5%
2016 15.84 4972nd 5614 11.4%
2017 11.50 5401st 5692 5.1%
2018 10.69 5403rd 5662 4.6%
2019 8.42 5649th 5789 2.4%
2022 13.37 5501st 5883 6.5%
2023 12.22 5550th 5874 5.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.07 2986th 3246 8.0%
2019 24.48 2906th 3275 11.3%
2022 22.03 3106th 3311 6.2%
2023 21.64 3064th 3250 5.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 25.29 1892nd 2420 21.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.09 4786th 5084 5.9%
2019 10.83 5029th 5173 2.8%
2022 16.63 4872nd 5264 7.4%
2023 13.78 5125th 5374 4.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 27.41 292nd 356 18.0%
2023 17.39 319th 336 5.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.50 5101st 5413 5.8%
2019 8.98 5358th 5492 2.4%
2022 13.71 5298th 5635 6.0%
2023 15.77 5082nd 5617 9.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.76 1659th 2128 22.0%
2019 29.90 1803rd 2585 30.3%
2022 26.52 1662nd 2227 25.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.51 5243rd 5431 3.5%
2019 9.10 5380th 5510 2.4%
2022 14.47 5257th 5663 7.2%
2023 10.08 5517th 5650 2.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ponderosa Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.30 4628th 4830 4.2%
2019 10.05 4860th 4963 2.1%
2022 15.84 4757th 5084 6.4%
2023 15.39 4768th 5098 6.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Ponderosa Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Ponderosa Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2011 36 14 29 980 2 8 3 0 1072
2012 28 10 46 1066 1 13 1 0 1165
2013 22 8 46 1044 1 13 11 0 1145
2014 18 7 40 991 1 7 2 0 1066
2015 13 5 32 1010 1 9 4 0 1074
2016 20 3 34 955 3 13 4 0 1032
2017 24 15 28 967 2 10 13 0 1059
2018 22 3 22 958 2 12 12 0 1031
2019 22 2 24 923 4 6 14 0 995
2020 23 2 23 924 2 8 15 0 997
2021 26 4 28 837 5 9 13 0 922
2022 21 3 24 779 0 7 16 0 850
2023 17 5 20 780 0 8 26 0 856

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ponderosa Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 1072 n/a n/a 98.5
2012 1165 42.7 27.2 n/a
2013 1145 42.9 26.6 93.8
2014 1066 35.5 30.0 95.2
2015 1074 36.0 29.8 96.2
2016 1032 38.0 27.1 91.7
2017 1059 39.0 27.1 95
2018 1031 37.5 27.4 95.3
2019 995 38.1 26.0 92.9
2020 997 n/a n/a 91.7
2021 922 37.0 24.9 90.5
2022 850 38.0 22.3 79.4
2023 856 36.0 23.7 80.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ponderosa Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 1072 n/a n/a 98.5
2012 1165 42.7 27.2 n/a
2013 1145 42.9 26.6 93.8
2014 1066 35.5 30.0 95.2
2015 1074 36.0 29.8 96.2
2016 1032 38.0 27.1 91.7
2017 1059 39.0 27.1 95
2018 1031 37.5 27.4 95.3
2019 995 38.1 26.0 92.9
2020 997 n/a n/a 91.7
2021 922 37.0 24.9 90.5
2022 850 38.0 22.3 79.4
2023 856 36.0 23.7 80.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Ponderosa Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%1.0%0.0%2.0%99.0%98.0%99.0%98.0%98.0%
201399.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201498.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%98.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%99.0%
201597.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%97.0%100.0%100.0%97.0%99.0%
201697.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%98.0%99.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201898.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202293.5%0.0%4.4%97.1%96.4%97.8%96.4%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ponderosa Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,332

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ponderosa Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5649th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5550th of 5874 Elementary schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ponderosa Elementary)16.419.5
 3.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Elementary)31.824.5
 7.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ponderosa Elementary)14.619.1
 4.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Elementary)33.228.7
 4.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ponderosa Elementary)16.113.5
 2.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Elementary)32.627.6
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ponderosa Elementary)14.314.5
 0.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Elementary)3024.8
 5.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ponderosa Elementary)17.214.6
 2.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Elementary)34.330.8
 3.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ponderosa Elementary)3.93.2
 0.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Elementary)22.218.4
 3.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Ponderosa Elementary)7.22.4
 4.8%
   5th Grade Science (Anaheim Elementary)17.317.7
 0.4%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ponderosa Elementary)23.827.5
 3.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Elementary)35.830
 5.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ponderosa Elementary)16.79.9
 6.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Elementary)26.219.1
 7.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students995856
 14%
African American25
 150%
American Indian40
 100%
Asian2420
 16.7%
Hispanic923780
 15.5%
Pacific Islander68
 33.3%
White2217
 22.7%
Two or More Races1426
 85.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients92.9%80.6%
 12.3%


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Students at Ponderosa Elementary are 91% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 2% White.

Students who attend Ponderosa Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : South Junior High
High : Katella High

Ponderosa Elementary ranks in the bottom 5.5% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 856 students attended Ponderosa Elementary.


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