The primary goal of our school is to develop and maintain a culture that fosters positive interpersonal relationships, promotes academic excellence, and emphasizes respect for cultural diversity. To meet the needs of our children, we will utilize a variety of instructional strategies which includes differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, inclusive practices, experimental learning, and data-driven instruction. All instruction will focus on the development of critical thinking skills. The expected outcome is high growth in academic achievement for every student. Fourth and fifth-grade students are also provided the opportunity to participate in enrichment clubs during the school day to help build upon their instruction and/or experiences.
Polo Ridge is a neighborhood school that received a school grade of an A+ during the 2015-2016 school year. Polo Ridge has a current enrollment of 1,041 students. There are currently 137 students in kindergarten, 166 in first grade, 197 in second grade, 155 in third grade, 188 in fourth grade, and 180 in fifth grade with these current demographics: approximately 54% Caucasian, 32% Asian, 7% African-American, 5% Hispanic, 2% Multi-Racial, 0.5% American Indian and 0.3% Pacific Islander. Five percent of the students are receiving free or reduced lunch. 47 classroom teachers are supported by 10 teacher assistants in addition to the following support staff: one full-time art, music, physical education, technology, and media teacher, one half-time physical education, art, and music teacher, two Talent Development Catalysts, two Instructional Facilitators, two school Counselors, a School Psychologist, one full-time ESL teacher, two EC teachers, one EC assistant, one Assistant Principal, one Dean of Students and Principal. Of our teachers, 65% have five years experience or more and over 40% of our teachers hold advanced degrees. All teacher assistants are utilized as instructional assistants and are responsible for working with students in small groups during workshop time throughout the school. There are 118 students currently served by our Before and After School Education Program which operates daily from 6:45-8:15 and 3:45-6:00.
The Polo Ridge family will work collaboratively to continue the development of social skills, character, and academic knowledge of every child. We will celebrate the diversity of all students in a nurturing and caring environment. Students will experience the joy of learning and the sense of accomplishment that result from performing at their highest potential.
Polo Ridge staff and community will engage, nurture and inspire respect for life-long learning.
Polo Ridge Elementary Shared Beliefs
Students' needs are best met by addressing the whole child through a variety of teaching strategies, learning styles, and flexible grouping.
High expectations assure a challenging curriculum for each child.
Parent and community involvement are vital for student success.
Cultural diversity awareness increases understanding of different cultures, values, and learning styles.
Children take responsibility for their own behavior and learning.
Each adult is responsible for the physical, academic, emotional, and moral success of each child.
Teachers provide students with a rigorous curriculum that is data-driven.
A safe school is maintained through continuous, consistent discipline strategies and consequences, both at home and at school.
Technology is an integral part of the instructional delivery.