Ponderosa High School and Career Training Center
Alternative Education Schools
Ponderosa High School's First Year
Ponderosa High School and Green Career Center celebrated a monumental first year. Ponderosa opened this year in Ben Lomond in order to provide students in the San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz County with an alternative school program. Ponderosa’s school curriculum focuses on academics with themes in sustainability, green consciousness, environmental studies, outdoor education, community involvement/service, and vocational training. Over the course of the school year, Ponderosa students participated in a variety of community service projects: the Homeless Garden Project, cleaning up the Evergreen Cemetery, shore restoration projects, native plant removal and trail maintenance at local State Parks, and growth and release of native Steelhead trout into local streams. They also built garden beds and a trellis for their school campus.
Photos courtesy of Laura Macondray, Guidance Counselor and Project Specialist.