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Ponderosa Elementary

Santa Clara Unified School District 

  • A California Distinguished School


    Please report student absences by phone or email. You will need to report student's first and last name, room number, and reason for absence. If a student is absent for three or more days a doctor's note is required to excuse the absence. Please email or call (408) 423-4005 to report an absence.

    P.E. Doctor's Notes Information 

    P.E. Class - When Your Child is Injured

    If your student experiences an injury that temporarily limits his/her physical ability, s/he may continue to participate in Physical Education class through modified activity.  Please have the doctor provide a note indicating what specific activities your child can do, OR have the doctor complete and sign the form linked below. Your child should then give the form to the school office.

    PE Modification Form for Doctor - Elementary


    PBIS Implementation Award
    PBIS Implementation Award
    Ponderosa Earns Silver!

    Ponderosa is proud to announce that we have been recognized by the California PBIS Coalition, for successful PBIS implementation at the SILVER level. Our school is a recipient within the California PBIS Coalition’s System of Recognition, reflecting excellence in the measurement of fidelity as well as our efforts in implementing the core features of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports!

    Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Kind! 


    Volunteer Applications are Online Now!

    Does it take too long to fill out the volunteer packet by hand? Try the new online version! Easy to type in your answers, upload your TB test and click 'submit' and it will come right to our inboxes! Faster & easier for all!

    Give it a spin! Click here to access our online volunteer packet:

    Volunteer Link (English)

    Volunteer Link (Spanish)



    School Sign

    About Us

    Ponderosa provides our students with a strong academic curriculum in a safe and caring environment, supported by an enthusiastic, hard working parent community, many business partners and a talented and devoted staff. Each year we welcome about 100 new families to Ponderosa, many from countries around the world.   There are over 30 different languages spoken by our students.  All students leave Ponderosa well prepared for their higher education. Our International Night events are one fun way to celebrate the diversity at our school. We strive to educate the whole child who will be equipped with competitive life skills for the future.  We are proud to be a part of one of the most progressive school districts in our nation.  We look forward to a productive and memorable year together.  We will keep you up to date with our weekly Ponderosa Press