• Ponderosa Elementary School Profile 2020-2021

    Educating Students in Grades PK-5


    School Pride:

    The Ponderosa mascot is the Eagle and our colors are navy blue, hunter green and tan. Our school motto is, “Soaring high to achieve success!” Our school is named in honor of the Ponderosa Pine.



    KayCee Choate, Principal

    Karla Holmes, Counselor



    38 Certified Staff

    23 Classified Staff



    450 Enrolled

    5 Languages Spoken

    5% Gifted and Talented

    19% Special Education

    30% Economically Disadvantaged 

    School Activities:

    PTA, Student Council, Speed Jump, Fuel Up to Play 60, Pacers, Book Fair, 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo, Service Projects.

    School and Staff Recognition: Sarah Chouinard, 1st grade teacher, is the Teacher of the Year. Monica Langford, Special Education Para-Professional, is the Classified Employee of the Year. Jennifer Stoor, PE teacher, was awarded the Youth Advocate of the Year from the American Red Cross. Kathy Crowley, Principal, was awarded the IASA Gem Instructional Leadership Award.

    Ponderosa serves students who are Deaf or hard of hearing in West Ada and surrounding school districts. We are also partners with IESDB and integrate their preschool program into the school. Ponderosa has a strong wellness focus. A track was installed for the school-wide Pacer program. Students and staff walk and run more than 40,000 miles a year. We participate in Mayor's Walking Club each year. Teachers often write grants to supplement materials, supplies, and specialized seating.