Ponder ISD serves approximately 1550 students in grades PK-12 on three campuses. 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, football concession building, football field house, football stadium with press boxes, softball press box, baseball press box, additional paving of driveways, parking, and sidewalks, plus other items. (View the 2007 bond election brochure.
Ponder Elementary is a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade campus with a strong academic program that includes fine arts and physical education. The elementary campus is housed in a building that opened in the fall of 2004. The school's principal is Marlen Velasquez, and the assistant principals are Mrs. Cymica Gallahan and Mr. Hays Lowe.
Ponder Junior High School opened in the fall of 2005 as a sixth through eighth grade campus campus. This school is housed in the newly renovated building that was originally the elementary campus. The school's principal is Connie Ford and the assistant principal is Mrs. Heather Thornburg.
Ponder High School is a ninth through twelfth grade school that stresses small class sizes and high academic achievement. High school students also excel in a variety of sports, Fine Arts, UIL academics, One Act Play, Art, Student Council, Peer Assistance Leadership, TMSCA and Agricultural Science activities. Other electives include Business, Computers, Journalism, Health Science, Education, and Foreign Language courses. The school's principal is Mr. Chris Jones and the assistant principal is Mrs. Daina Hunt.
Beginning with the 2015-2016 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 12th grades utilize Dell Chromebooks with touch screens. Students in grades 6-12 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 common place in classrooms across Ponder ISD.