Ponder Independent School District

Ponder Independent School District (ISD) serves approximately 1550 students in grades PK-12 on three campuses; Ponder Elementary, Ponder Junior High School, and Ponder High School. The District has seen many physical changes within the recent past. In 1999 a new high school campus was built and four new classrooms were added to what was at the time the elementary campus. In November 2001, a $16 million bond proposal was approved by voters which allowed for the addition of a new elementary campus, administration building, renovation of the elementary campus for conversion to a junior high school, new vocational agriculture facilities, and improved athletic facilities. In 2007 a $13.4 million bond package was approved by the voters to build: 

  • A new gym at the Junior High School
  • A new choir and band facility
  • A football concession building
  • A football field house
  • A football stadium with press boxes
  • A Softball press box
  • A baseball press box
  • Additionally paving of driveways, parking, and sidewalks
  • Plus other items

Beginning with the 2015 to 2016 school year, Ponder ISD implemented a 1:1 instructional technology device program where each student is issued a digital device to enhance classroom teaching and learning. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade utilize iPad Mini 2 devices (Pre-K and Kindergarten students do not have their own individual iPads; instead they share 8 iPads per classroom). Students in 3rd grade through 12th grade utilize Dell Chromebooks with touchscreens. Students in grades 6 to 12 take their Chromebooks home with them each day while students at the elementary school leave their devices at school. Each student having access to digital devices has transformed the way teachers teach and students learn at Ponder ISD. It has allowed students to engage in lessons in ways that were not possible prior to the 1:1 initiative. Collaboration, creativity, and engagement are now even more commonplace in classrooms across Ponder ISD.

Source: Ponder ISD website - December 2018