Message From Elizabeth Sloan, Principal
At Ponderosa, we are a family consisting of 800 students, 43 different languages, and 300 non-native English speakers in Aurora, Colorado. Our dedication to empowering staff, students and community creates a climate of understanding and compassion where diversity is valued. We make data informed decisions regarding academics and behavior in order to close our achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students. We are committed to preparing students for a post-secondary education through a STEAM based, culturally relevant curriculum aligning with state and national standards. Our mission and vision statements are deeply rooted beliefs aspired to by staff members each and every day.
Ponderosa is a family where each child's individual needs are met and challenged:
through a relationship between home, school, and community. We celebrate success.
Curriculum: Our curriculum focuses on developing literacy skills through the instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). It incorporates inquiry-based learning and solving multi-step problems. Our curriculum challenges our students to think critically, respond globally, and reach high academic standards.
Students: We are empowered to be active participants in our learning. We treat others with respect and dignity. We strive for excellence, are responsible for our own learning and believe in a successful future.
Staff: We analyze data to determine the appropriate instructional methods, materials and resources in order to meet the needs of our students. We treat others with respect and dignity. We strive for excellence, are responsible for our own learning and believe in a successful future.
School: We create a safe haven where all people are cared for and challenged to meet high standards. We adhere to being safe, respectful and responsible.
Community: We develop relationships with our community to promote life-long learning. We give back to our community in order to make our world a better place.